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Education Support Centre



Full time: permanent

Salary Range: Group 5, L25 – L31 (£75,237 - £86,965)

Closing Date: 20th January 2020 at 8a.m.

Interview Date: 12th and 13th February 2020

Start Date: April 2020 or September 2020


Chessbrook is a highly successful organisation which proudly serves its family of schools within South West Hertfordshire. We have had three successive ‘outstanding’ judgments from Ofsted (2010, 2014 and 2018) and we have exceptionally high standards and expectations of every individual.

We are a dedicated and highly motivated team who work incredibly hard to support 15 secondary and 82 primary schools, as well as providing bespoke aspirational education programmes to around 50 key stage 3 and key stage 4 students onsite.

On our behalf our governing body are seeking a headteacher with a passion for education and commitment to provide a nurturing, enriching yet aspirational experience for every child; a Headteacher who will continue to value our highly trained team, creative to respond to the needs of the Local Authority as well as the large number of schools we work with and be successful in our very complex organisation. 

Please come and have a look around, we would be delighted to meet you and you can learn more about Chessbrook ESC. If you are interested you are welcome to apply if:

  • You have proven leadership skills at a senior leadership level along with the energy, creativity and vision to further drive innovation and progress whilst maintaining existing practices that are working effectively
  • A willingness to embrace diversity, identify student achievement gaps and ensure the provision of an inclusive learning environment so all students are catered for and can achieve their best
  • A visible, measured and collaborative approach and willingness to proactively engage with and forge close relationships with the students, parents, staff, Management Committee, Local Authority officers and the senior leaders of South West Hertfordshire schools
  • A commitment to develop a learning culture alongside a robust system of support and challenge to ensure students are able to continue their learning beyond Chessbrook and into their adult lives

We would encourage you to look through our last Ofsted report.

 If you have further questions or wish to arrange a visit, please contact the school office (01923 212025 or

 To apply please send your completed application form (CVs will not be considered) addressed to Mr Jeremy Turner, Chair of Management Committee, or email Mrs Lyn Harding, HR & Business Manager: Internal candidates may apply via a letter of application addressing the person specification and job description.



Please be aware that for all of our roles applications via CV will not be considered. We may contact you to fully complete application forms in order for you to be considered. You will be asked to sign applications submitted online. Unless candidates request otherwise, references will be sought in advance.

During the interview you will be challenged in relation to your attitude, motivation and values to young people. For applicants with previous school experience please note we are able to seek a reference from your previous Headteacher without informing you and we are able to reserve the right to interview you again following receipt of that reference.

As Chessbrook ESC is committed to promoting the safety of young people all positions require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be asked to provide, ahead of an interview, a signed declaration in relation to any previous offences in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


Our recruitment policy can be found here

Our child protection policy can be found here 


To make an application please complete and submit the following form:


Application Form