Coaching Leader (Head of Year) with the ability to teach Girl’s PE (Maternity Cover)

Salary information: Inner London (competitive based on skills and experience)
Start date: Ideally from 1st December, or January start
Location: Stratford, London - Newham
Contract type: 1 year maternity cover, full-time, subject to an Enhanced DBS check

Early application is encouraged as we are hoping to interview and appoint as soon as possible.  School 21 reserves the right to close applications early and make an appointment at any stage.

Our successful Coaching programme is the curriculum of the ‘Heart’ that focuses on personal, social and emotional development of our students in order to empower our young people to take on the world.  We deliver a robust programme of PSHE, RSE as well as facilitating a space for students to wrestle with big ideas through Philosophy for Children. Underpinning the whole curriculum is our Oracy toolkit which supports students in being able to communicate their ideas. Coaches not only facilitate the learning in this space but are also the key trusted adult for the students in their coaching groups. In your role as Coaching Leader.

The role of Coaching Leader is an innovative School 21 take on the traditional Head of Year role, supporting this team. You will manage the wellbeing, behaviour, academic progress and attendance of a year group. Alongside this, you will support your coaches with their delivery of the School21 coaching curriculum. You will develop and lead assemblies, assist with parent evenings and liaise with external agencies as and when needed.

As Coaching Leader for Year 8, you will set the highest standards for student behaviour and attitude to study and show a systematic perseverance and determination to maintain these standards. This is an excellent opportunity for an organised, charismatic and ambitious individual to join our successful, friendly and committed team. Your workload will have strong academic as well as pastoral elements and is excellent preparation for a range of senior- middle/ senior leadership positions.

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in.  All of us are striving to become pioneers (rethinking key aspects of education practice), multipliers (growing others and building teams), craftspeople (who think deeply about their practice) and people with integrity and humanity (driven by a strong sense of values and purpose).  This is what we are looking for in new members of staff.   We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity.   We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects.  We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff.

Through project-based learning “pupils achieve remarkable standards of work and demonstrated knowledge and skills at levels beyond those expected for their age group.”

“Pupils talk and discuss with a maturity and confidence that is remarkable for their years.”

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent classroom and pastoral practitioner
  • Skilled at fostering independent, student-led learning
  • A creative and deep thinker about pedagogy
  • Interested in the growth of every child – head, heart and hand
  • A strong team player who believes in the power of collaboration


  • 4 to 18 mixed, inclusive school in the heart of Stratford, Newham
  • Cutting edge pedagogy and curriculum


  • Bespoke, tailored CPD
  • Opportunities to work with the Big Education extended network o 
  • Collaborative working across the 4 to 18 school
  • A strong feedback culture so that teachers can develop in areas of their practice that are important to them

For more information please see the candidate information pack, or visit or e-mail Sakshi Saxena at [email protected].

School 21 is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply

To apply:  Please complete an online application form

Closing date

November 10, 2023




We value a culture which supports and develops all our people, where people come, stay and flourish.

The qualities we look for in our staff are reflected in our values and we look for people who are passionate about our mission and are keen to collaborate to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, families and communities.

We look to create an enabling, engaging, psychologically safe and collaborative culture and look to recruit staff of all levels and backgrounds.


Staff wellbeing is at the heart of our values

We are proud to offer family friendly policies including flexible working, shared parental and adoption leave plus a maternity return to work programme

We are passionate about supporting our staff through our Menopause policy

We offer 26 days annual leave for our full time staff which rises to 28 days after 3 years of service and 31 days after 5 years’ service

Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line

Online Healthy living and financial support portal

Lifestyle discounts to High Street shops, restaurants etc

Free online monthly Yoga classes

Free Flu vaccinations (if you are not eligible via the NHS)


We believe passionately about high quality CPD

Access to Big Education leadership courses Big 8 and Big Leadership Adventure

Access to our CPD hub for online courses

We support external study routes linked to your role

All staff annual Inset day

We are proud to be a London living wage employer

Health & Financial Wellbeing

Reducing financial stress

You’re entitled to the scheme from day one, helping you plan for the future

  • Big Education contributes to your pension
  • Tax efficient savings
  • Protection for your family
  • Flexible retirement

Electric car scheme, to help reduce our carbon footprint

Cycle to work scheme

Interest free travel season ticket loan

My Gym and My Active discount schemes

Technology IT scheme

Free mindfulness Headspace app

Free Will writing

Staff Discounts

Values in action

Passionate about our commitment to Climate & Sustainability

We encourage both pupils and staff to think about the environment and how their actions will impact upon their local surroundings, as well as the global environment.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

We create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We are committed to supporting our staff and applicants to be their authentic selves in the workplace without judgement and ensuring that diverse communities are celebrated.

Community Engagement

Join us in making a positive impact on society through our school community engagement initiatives. Check out our school websites and socials for details!