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Finding your new deputy head

The governing body are central to the recruitment of new staff.  Here is an example of the governors' contributions during the recent appointment of a new deputy head.


  1. Ensure a member of the governing body has attended 'Safer Recruitment' training with the local authority.
  2. Discussions on what school / governors want from a new deputy head
  3. Write up a job advert
  4. Governors meet to shortlist following the closing date of applications (five governors on the panel)
  5. Candidates who are successful at application are invited to perform a lesson observation and written task
  6. Candidates were then narrowed down, in this case to three candidates, for interview
  7. Interviews took place in May at The Bluecoat School, with a panel consisting of Mr. Simpson (HT), Laurie Kwissa (School SIP), Claire Glare (Chair of Governors), Gill Malone (Vice-chair of governors), Mrs. Denton (staff governors) and Charlie Coyne (co-opted governor.
  8. Following interviews and discussion, the new deputy headteacher was chosen.