About our school:

The Emmbrook is a flourishing school full of energy and high expectations. It was judged ‘Good’ when last inspected by Ofsted (March 2017).

We offer:

  • An ambitious learning community
  • Opportunities for personalised professional development
  • A supportive and forward looking team of specialist Science teachers
  • Well-motivated hardworking students
  • An orderly environment
  • Free employee assistance programme, with access to legal support, financial and life planning advice and counselling.

The Emmbrook is committed to proactively safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students and all posts are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.


Required from: January 2020 or as soon as possible

Roll: 900

This is an exciting time in the 55-year history of The Emmbrook Secondary School, Wokingham.  Following significant recent investments in new teaching blocks for Maths and English, and an Ofsted assessment of Good in 2017, we are seeking a new Headteacher who is an inspirational leader with the energy and vision to continue to raise standards and lead our journey from Good to Outstanding.

The School faces challenges common to all those in the state secondary sector, but its appeal and ethos as a truly comprehensive school and long-standing place in our community make it well placed to evolve further. We aspire to be a partnership between students, parents and staff and to provide a happy, caring, safe environment where students from all backgrounds and abilities learn and celebrate success together.  Whilst academic success remains a priority, the School is fortunate to have a supportive culture and a strong sense of family. Visitors to the School often comment on the friendly and positive atmosphere between staff and students.  The development of qualities of character alongside the highest possible academic outcomes are seen by us as the best foundations for life after School.

We are fortunate to have many committed and passionate staff leading the development of innovative teaching and learning across all subjects, seeking out effective pedagogy and new thinking to try and support all students in reaching their maximum potential.  Recruiting, developing and retaining high calibre teaching professionals will be an important part of the role.  We are committed to offering education up to the completion of 6th form, and overseeing the development of our A-level offering is an important task for the new Head.

A new Head will join at a time when there is real opportunity to shape the future strategy, values and ethos of the School.  The Governing Body is considering the potential advantages of academisation, and the Headteacher will have every opportunity to lead and influence this development. 

Within this environment, the new Headteacher will have the following priorities:

  • Promote engagement with all stakeholders.
  • Maintain the School's "Good" rating and ideally secure an "Outstanding" rating at the next Ofsted inspection.
  • Oversee the development of the School curriculum and teaching and learning to meet the requirements of the new Ofsted framework.
  • Manage the move to academy status.

The opportunities to oversee change and make a real impact on the lives and futures of a diverse range of students are significant at The Emmbrook.  An individual who shares a passion for inclusive and creative learning, continuous improvement, and a desire to lead by example our values of respect, integrity and personal responsibility will find it a welcoming and extremely rewarding Headteacher appointment.

Further information can be found in the Applicant Information Pack.

To apply for this post, please complete the Application Form and email it to Rebecca Clarke, Clerk to Governors, at

Should you wish to visit the School before applying, you may do so on either 6th or 9th September 2019; please request a date and time (a.m. or p.m.) by e-mail to Steph Guinn, Staffing Manager, at and your visit will be confirmed during the week before the scheduled visit.

Please note that the closing time and date for applications to be received will be midday on 13th September 2019. Short-listed candidates will be informed on 16th September 2019 and the selection process held on 19th and 20th September 2019.