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Ruskin High School

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On behalf of the students, staff and governors of Ruskin High School I would like to thank you for your interest in our school. It is a very special place and we are justly proud of it. We know with the right person leading it the school can only get better.

Ruskin High School often has more applications than places available. It is the only non-denominational High School in Crewe which is rated “Good” by Ofsted. Ofsted judged the school to be good in June 2015 and in March 2019. We are seeking a candidate who can build on this solid base by providing the leadership and inspiration to make the school “Outstanding”. Our current Headteacher, Ella Brett, is leaving after 10 years of dedicated service to be head of a larger school. She has been ably supported in her time at the school by her staff and governors with whom she has achieved a close and effective partnership.

We serve students from challenging backgrounds from one of the most deprived wards in Crewe in the top 10% for deprivation nationally. Our intake has a significant proportion of mixed cultural and ethnic heritages, including Bangladeshi and Eastern European. There are more than 20 first languages in the school. The school and the governing body welcome the diversity of the student body and the opportunities and the challenges it provides.

The teaching staff and support staff are dedicated, knowledgeable and hardworking. They win the confidence of students and this promotes high standards of behaviour and achievement. The governing body is looking for an outstanding leader to continue the school's journey and to maintain the highest standards of behaviour and attainment. If you are interested, come and visit. Talk to us and find out what we are about and what we want to be in the future. Contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership on 07736791138 or at martin.blair@hays.com to arrange an appointment or discuss making an application.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in Ruskin High School.

John Rhodes,
Chair of Governors

About us

About us

Ruskin Community High School is an inclusive, friendly and ambitious 11-16 comprehensive school in Crewe. The school is highly regarded within its local community, and beyond, and is oversubscribed with a growing roll which is currently at 685.

The school serves a vibrant and diverse community with a significant proportion of mixed cultural and ethnic heritages with more than 20 first languages spoken. It is also in one of the most deprived wards in Crewe and in the top 10% for deprivation nationally.

Results from 2016 to 2019 demonstrate that students make good progress to reach broadly average standards in English and particularly mathematics from starting points that are lower than average. The school was graded as Good in 2019 and there have been sustained improvements in the quality of teaching over time since then; improvements which are monitored at regular intervals. Teachers set high expectations, provide clear explanations, give clear feedback for improvement and, increasingly, facilitate time for the feedback to be acted on. Students say they feel safe in school, find lessons enjoyable and teachers supportive.


Mission Statement


  • Ruskin will be an inclusive community where every individual is valued and able to make a positive contribution
  • Ruskin will be a safe community where everyone feels secure and can thrive
  • Ruskin will be a community where everyone can enjoy learning and achieving, and is able to reach her or his full potential
  • Ruskin will educate everyone to be able to play their part as an active citizen in the local, national and wider world community


‘You do not educate a man by telling him what he knew not, but by making him what he was not’.

  • To be an oversubscribed, well-resourced Community High School, which has a good reputation and a central place in our neighbourhood.
  • To be a high performing school which serves its students and staff well, ensuring that they achieve, participate and, where possible, exceed expectations in anything they do.
  • To be a school where high standards and a traditional ethos pervade, where learning and teaching is excellent, potential is realised and where partnership and respect is mutual.

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The opportunity

L27-L32 (£77,818 to 87,960). Starting salary negotiable dependent on experience

Main purpose

  • Provide a compelling, strategic vision for Ruskin Community High which has high quality, inclusive education at its heart;
  • Inspire, challenge and empower all members of the school community to play their part in achieving that vision demonstrating ambition for students and themselves;
  • Ensure a culture where the school’s diversity is fully celebrated;
  • Manage resources effectively and innovatively in order to secure best value, and through a continued focus on raising standards promote the highest achievement for both students and staff alike;
  • Ensure a safe and stimulating environment;
  • Promote the school in the wider community and to work with others to support system wide improvement.

The Job Description and Person Specification are available in the Key Documents section of this site.


L27-L32 (£77,818 to 87,960). Starting salary negotiable dependent on experience


Closing date – 8am, Monday 23rd March
Interviews – 1st and 2nd April
Start date – September 2020


Candidates are more than welcome to visit the school. This can be organised by contacting Martin Blair at martin.blair@hays.com or on 07736791138

How To Apply

For further information, an informal and confidential discussion about the role or to discuss the application process please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.

Martin Blair, Hays Leadership Appointments
Tel: 07736791138
Email: martin.blair@hays.com


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Ruskin Community High School
Ruskin Rd