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Wimbledon Common Preparatory School - Deputy Head (Academic)

  • South West London

  • Wimbledon Common Preparatory School

  • Full-time


We are seeking to appoint a dedicated, enthusiastic and inspirational Deputy Head of academics for a January or April 2025 start.


Due to the relocation of the current post holder, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen at Wimbledon Common Prep School.

The successful applicant would ideally have experience in the London Day School 7+ application process. The position is classroom-based with a very generous amount of non-contact time.

Benefits include a generous salary based on experience, TPS and a King’s Club gym membership.

Main responsibilities for this role include:

  • leading on learning teaching and curriculum development
  • driving high standards of learning
  • championing engaging lessons with a high proportion of active pupil engagement
  • ensuring that teachers are adhering to academic policies and maintaining high standards of learning and teaching via lesson walks, book scrutinies and close monitoring
  • maintaining the learning and teaching philosophy at WCPS, leading on curriculum enrichment
  • line managing the heads of departments, staying abreast of departmental initiatives and objectives
  • leading the collection and analysis of all academic performance data
  • leading on the monitoring and acceleration of pupil progress
  • overseeing interventions as appropriate
  • arranging and leading all internal assessments
  • running the 7+ process
  • establishing deadlines and guidelines for reports
  • taking overall responsibility for proofreading reports
  • organising and running parents’ evenings
  • representing WCPS at the King’s Education Committee and the Pre-Prep Management Board meetings
  • be prepared to work with the King’s International team, coordinating overseas visits and lesson observations

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Deputy Head of Academics should also:

  • support the head in the leadership and development of the school, contributing significantly to the Development Planning and Self Evaluation of the school
  • attend parent-facing events such as fixtures, plays, concerts and school fairs
  • assist with the admissions process, interviewing prospective pupils and staff as required
  • update relevant policies as required
  • have a thorough understanding of KCSIE
  • be prepared to lead a Year group if required
  • partake in and lead CPD initiatives as required
  • understand and implement the IAPS and EYFS inspection framework
  • support and work closely with the Deputy Head Pastoral and Senior Leadership Team
  • take on any additional tasks reasonably required by the head
  • oversee the WCPS provision of the Learning Enrichment, line managing the SENCo.
  • ensure that classroom displays are engaging and routinely updated
  • be proactive in supporting the well-being and mental health of pupils and colleagues
  • be prepared to travel abroad to audit the King’s International Schools

Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • be a strong, dynamic and inspirational leader, with a track record of or an aspiration to first-rate leadership.
  • have a clear vision for a first-rate, modern, research driven and skills-based curriculum
  • be committed to academic excellence and eager to share in the joy of learning inside and outside the classroom
  • be an outstanding teacher, with the ability to contribute to the wider life of the school
  • communicate extremely well, with experience of change management at a whole-school level
  • be able work as part of a team, forging excellent working relationships
  • be analytical, with experience in utilising data to optimise pupil outcomes
  • be able to prioritise and manage time effectively, demonstrating resilience and flexibility
  • possess excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
  • be wholly committed to the role and the school
  • be trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality
  • have a sense of humour and a sense of compassion
  • be kind and caring
  • be willing to learn
  • be able to admit when mistakes are made and learn from them

Wimbledon Common Prep School (WCPS) is a pre-preparatory school for 175 boys aged 4-7 years. We provide a well-structured education that aims to instil a love of learning in a friendly, welcoming and attractive environment.

The School was founded in 1919 as a preparatory school for King’s College School (KCS) and other public schools. The premises were originally in Wimbledon High Street but in 1957 the then owner acquired the current building on the Ridgway, opposite King’s, where the school is now situated in a lovely building with a large playground area surrounded by trees near Wimbledon Village and the Common. The School remained in the hands of the Turner family until June 2006 when it was purchased by King’s. WCPS has an excellent reputation and feeds pupils through to King’s and many other respected schools.

Closing date: Monday 22nd July 2024 at 9am

Interviews: likely to be held week commencing 2nd September 2024

For further information and details on how to apply, please refer to the school’s website

The school reserves the right to appoint at any stage in the process.

Wimbledon Common Prep School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of an enhanced DBS disclosure, satisfactory references, medical clearance and proof of legal right to work in the UK.


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113 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4TA

  • 167 Day Boys (4-7)

020 8946 1001

Closing Date: 22 July 2024