Person Specification: Head of Faculty

The Governors are looking for an exceptional teacher to play their part in driving and shaping the future of Ashlyns School.  Our person specification is underpinned by our educational philosophy. This centres around a shared view that a child’s starting point should not define their destiny and an understanding of, and belief in, the difference that school can make.

The successful candidate will share a commitment to:

  • our core values of respect, trust, honesty and hard work
  • high standards of academic achievement for all students
  • excellent pastoral care, support and guidance
  • developing the experiential element of school life to ensure that students leave our school as well-rounded individuals ready to take their place in the world

Personal Qualities

  • A passion for helping young people develop and learn
  • Integrity in relation to their own and the school’s practice
  • Decisive, consistent and focused on solutions
  • Dedication to school improvement
  • A positive, professional role model for staff and students
  • An effective self-manager who can prioritise and adapt as required
  • Self-reliant and independent worker
  • Someone with high expectations of themselves and others
  • An ability to complete tasks to a high standard
  • Enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Resilience and perseverance
  • Reflective and self-evaluative – individually and within the context of a team
  • Energy, drive and a sense of purpose
  • Flexible and adaptable to suit the school’s needs
  • Creative and innovative
  • A good communicator

Professional and Leadership Skills

  • The ability to inspire and motivate others – both staff and students
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills
  • The ability to think and act strategically
  • Excellent problem solving
  • Outstanding classroom practitioner
  • Clear vision for raising standards
  • To lead by example and provide support and challenge to others
  • Well-developed sense of school advocacy

Knowledge and Experience

  • Successful and proven track record of innovation and leading change with a demonstrable impact on school improvement
  • Working with others including parents, Governors and (where appropriate) external agencies
  • Successful line management and holding others to account


  • Graduate and Qualified Teacher Status
  • Evidence of continued professional development at middle leadership level

Obviously, the attribute table is not exhaustive. We are looking for the right person who will work incredibly hard and have the drive to help shape the future of Ashlyns School.