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Willingdon Community School
Vision Statement

We are Willingdon

We are a united, vibrant community which demonstrates personal excellence in all that we do. Learning at Willingdon transforms lives by igniting curiosity and expecting the very best from staff and students alike. We value opportunities, aiming for success today to prepare for challenges and opportunities tomorrow. We are respectful, honest and courteous to empower each other on our unique learning journeys. We look after ourselves and each other, and show empathy, respect and compassion to all people and our environment along the way. We encourage tolerance, resilience and reflection, which in turn allows everyone to make progress every lesson. We work together as a harmonious community to be the very best versions of ourselves.

This makes us Willingdon

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Vacancies at Willingdon

Willingdon Community School is part of East Sussex County Council, this authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau).

As part of the application process, you will be asked to declare information relating to previous employment dismissals and criminal convictions. For further details about why we ask for this and what you should or shouldn’t declare, you can visit the Disclosure and Barring Service or Ex-Offenders and Employment

For further information about what is required in this process please go to

DBS Policy Statement

Equal opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

Our Equality Policy 

Current Vacancies

Full time / Permanent
Leadership Pay Scale L19 - L24  £65,735 to £74,295 per annum
Start Date April 2022 or September 2022

Deputy Headteacher Information

Deputy Headteacher Job Description

The position of Deputy Head has arisen from one long-standing member of staff retiring at Easter 2021. We are looking for a candidate who can support our vision of compassionate and collegial leadership. An individual who sees challenge as a strength and not conflict.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious leader to contribute to the development and growth of our school. For individuals aspiring to headship, this post offers the chance to further develop as a leader in a highly ambitious and successful organisation on a clear upward trajectory. You will work alongside the current leadership team with another Deputy Headteacher to make a vital contribution to the reputation of the School as it embraces change and fully embeds its personal excellence qualities as well as Progress Every Lesson.

The appointed candidate will combine a record of accomplishment of success in both middle and senior leadership with innovation and rigour. A key player on the Senior Leadership Team and within the wider community, the successful candidate will bring excellent communication skills and the personal authority to build strong relationships with students, staff and parents.

We are a community located school focused on ensuring all our learners have the very best opportunity to share both academically and holistically. We believe in our personal excellence values and hope the successful candidate will evidence ways in which they have embodied these personal traits. We are also working hard to consolidate Progress Every Lesson and are looking for a candidate with a proven track record as an outstanding practitioner. You will also need to be an exceptional and inspiring leader with a track record of improving standards, modelling the tenacity and the integrity required to deliver in challenging circumstances, remove barriers, and communicate a vision that inspires, motivates, and enthuses – fostering a passion for ensuring every child receives the very best level of education possible.

Closing Date:  Thursday, 6 January 2022 (by noon)
Interviews will be held on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 January 2022


No current vacancies


Single Status Grade 3 £18,562 per annum (pro rata)
Fixed term from 1st September 2022 – 31st March 2023
34 hours per week/39 weeks per year (paid for 44.85 weeks per year to include holiday entitlement)
Actual pro rata salary range is £14,671 per annum
Closing date: Friday, 7 January 2022 (by noon)

Single Status Grade 3 £18,562 per annum (pro rata)
Start date January 2022 / Fixed term until July 2022
34 hours per week/39 weeks per year (paid for 44.85 weeks per year to include holiday entitlement)
Actual pro rata salary range is £14,671 per annum
Closing date: Wednesday, 8 December 2021 (by noon)

Learning Mentor Information

Learning Mentor Job Description

Post 1: We are seeking to appoint a team of hardworking and enthusiastic Learning Mentors who would act as role models to our students and will join us from September 2022.

Post 2: We are looking to appoint a hardworking and enthusiastic Learning Mentor to join our existing Learning Mentor team from January 2022 to July 2022.

The post would be perfect for individuals who have completed their current phase of education and wish to experience working in a professional environment before embarking on their chosen career path.

Willingdon Community School has a highly committed and supportive staff body who would welcome you into the team.

Duties will include:

·         Being a positive role model

·         Supporting students in a range of subjects

·         Helping students who require extra support

·         Participation in school trips and supervising group activities

The successful candidates will help to develop students’ confidence and guide them how to access education to achieve their highest potential.

They will need to have excellent communications skills. tolerance and sensitivity.

Post 1 - Closing Date: Friday, 7 January 2022 (by noon)

Post 2 - Closing Date: Wednesday, 8 December 2021 (by noon)

Please clearly state on your application which post you are applying

To Apply

Please download the relevant application form from below, completed applications can be e-mailed to or posted to:

Willingdon Community School
Broad Road
East Sussex
BN20 9QX

Information about the interview arrangements will be sent to the shortlisted candidates.

Note to Candidates:  If you have not heard from the school/establishment within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should normally assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy 

Trans Employees Guidance Policy

Nurture Statement

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To apply for all vacancies, please download and complete the applicable application form from below and return via email to:

 or by post to:

Willingdon Community School
Broad Road
East Sussex
BN20 9QX

NB: we advise applying promptly for our vacancies as we reserve the right to close and interview early if sufficient suitable applications have been received.

Learning Mentors  - Information Video

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