Head of Year - Spen Valley High School

Secondary Schools
Spen Valley High School
37 hours per week, term time plus 5 days, Hours are 8am – 4pm with a 3.30pm finish once a week
Spen Valley High School Roberttown Lane Liversedge WF15 7LX
Grade 9
£26,150 - £28,542

We are looking to appoint a driven and ambitious Head of Year who will support our students through their time at Spen Valley High School and stay with them as they progress through the school to Year 11.

This role is challenging yet highly rewarding and the successful candidate will be a key part of a busy secondary school, making a real difference to the lives of our students. We are looking for someone who has experience in a pastoral role, and possesses drive and determination, is proactive and shows initiative. We want someone with high levels of emotional intelligence and who can work both one-to-one with a student, yet also has the presence and personality to engage a whole year group in an assembly.

As Head of Year you will provide leadership of this year group providing practical support to students with their learning, developing their social skills, and securing their social emotional and physical wellbeing. You will identify any barriers to achievement that our students may face and work closely with their parents/carers and other colleagues to remove these. 

This is a key time to join Spen Valley High School awarded ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted in March 2022, we are building on our many strengths and further developing a truly coherent and high-quality provision for our students.

In this role you will work alongside a team of highly professional & dedicated staff, who are welcoming, courageous, open-minded and supportive. We are proud to have been part of the Alex Timpson Programme and was awarded the Attachment Research Community (Secondary) Award in November 2021 which recognises our commitment to becoming a Trauma Informed School.  

When joining Spen Valley you are entering a supportive environment where we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of CPD opportunities including a bespoke CPD package through the National College. Being a member of Red Kite Alliance, we receive support, advice and training from some of the most successful schools in Yorkshire.  

Staff Benefits include: 

  • Employee Healthcare (including physiotherapy referrals, counselling and lifestyle advice) 
  • Pension (West Yorkshire Pension Fund) 
  • Cycle to Work Scheme 
  • Staff Counselling (a personal & confidential counselling & support service) 
  • Varied Staff wellbeing Initiatives 
  • The opportunity to work with colleagues and specialist support across the Red Kite Teaching School Hub 

How to apply 

When applying for a post in our school we ask that you do not provide a generic letter. We are looking for candidates who have a genuine passion for working in our school, therefore we strongly advise you to look at our website, particularly our Trauma Informed Practices and in your application give specific information as to why you want to work in a school such as ours and what experience and/or qualifications you have, will make you the best candidate for the role. 

For more information on the school please see our website at www.spenvalleyhighschool.co.uk or contact our HR Lead, Tracey Bland on 01924 405451 or by email hr@spenvalleyhighschool.co.uk.

All employees are required to promote and actively support the School’s responsibilities towards safeguarding and are subject to Enhanced DBS Checks.

Please return completed applications to hr@spenvalleyhighschool.co.uk

Available Downloads:

Schools Application Form

Schools Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


This job is subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, please refer to the Job Description/Profile.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

11 January 2023, 9:00 AM

This vacancy is closed to applications.