Head Teacher - Gunnedah High School

$124,038 - $137,486 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Gunnedah NSW 2380, Australia
  • 25 Nov, 2021

Job Description

Organisation / Entity: Teaching Service Job category:

Schools | TCH Other

Job location:

Regional NSW

Job reference number: 00008N88 Number of positions: 1 Total remuneration package: Remuneration package valued at $137,486.00. This position attracts a base salary of $124,038.00, plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation. Contact: 02 67420155 - Emma Campbell Closing date: 08/12/2021 - 04:00 PM Principal network: Mooki Staffing area: Tamworth School name: Gunnedah High School FTE: 1.000


Gunnedah High school is situated in the North West of the state, 78 kilometres west of Tamworth in the New England Region. It is a comprehensive co-educational high school which serves the town as well as the surrounding rural districts bounded by Boggabri, Mullaley and Somerton. The Gunnedah and local area communities are experiencing renewal after a period of economic decline. This is due to the abundant supply of energy, raw materials, agriculture and open space for manufacturing facilities. It is predicted that this will lead to increased enrolments at Gunnedah High and its partner primary schools in coming years. Gunnedah High School has a student population of 430, 42% of whom identify as Aboriginal. There is a Gifted and Enrichment program and a Special Education Unit. Many of the students come from a low socio-economic background and the school attracts significant equity funding. Student participation and achievement is encouraged in the academic, cultural and sporting areas of the curriculum and recognised in both the school and local community. The school will become a Connected Communities High School commencing in 2022. This strategy is an approach that schools and communities can use to strengthen the educational outcomes for all students by positioning the school as a community hub. This will also include the employment of an Executive Principal and a School Leader Community Engagement. School initiatives for next year include the development of a Technology centre, extensive expenditure on improving the availability of technology across the whole school, planning for large scale enhancement of Agricultural facilities and the establishment of a Clontarf Foundation Football Academy. 

Selection Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria, 
  1. Proven ability to work as part of a dynamic executive team leading a cycle of continuous improvement aligned with the school’s Strategic Improvement Plan.
  2. Extensive knowledge and understanding of curriculum and assessment practices as well as proven ability to lead data informed initiatives across the diverse range of subjects in Technological and Applied Studies, including those in Vocational Education and Training.
  3. Proven high level of organisational and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to collaboratively build community partnerships, organise resources, maintain safe and high functioning practical environments and provide innovative practice for staff.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to lead faculty staff of all levels of expertise, in developing a culture of high expectations in differentiating the curriculum and learning experiences to meet the needs of all students.

General Selection Criteria

  1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice
  2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs
  3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams
  4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents
  5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning
  6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies


An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

From 8 November 2021 all Department of Education employees undertaking relevant work, including any work conducted on a NSW school site, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate for this position will be required to confirm full vaccination status prior to the Department of Education finalising the appointment of the candidate and entry on duty. Further information on the Department’s COVID-19 response is available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Special Notes

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at https://policies.education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/head-teacher-eligibility-requirements-policy

To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits your attachments must be in PDF format.

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines are in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/careers-at-education/roles-and-locations/roles-at-education/teaching/addressing-selection-criteria.html