Department of Education
Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Kensington Secondary School
Deputy Principal
Level 3, $118,626 - $129,810 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/DP673735 

This is a twenty-four (24) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 3, 2021 with possible extension and/or permanency

Kensington Secondary School is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Deputy Principal to join their friendly team.

In collaboration with the Principal and members of the administrative team, the Deputy Principal provides strong educational leadership in the school and the community by developing and promoting the school vision, and encouraging school staff, members of the community and others to share ownership of the school’s vision, that ‘every student be a valued citizen contributing to the diversity and prosperity of the broader community”.

The ability to inspire excellence in teaching and learning, and build positive and connected relationships with staff, students and the community to ensure success for all students, will be highly regarded. Experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) system management and supporting staff to develop their capacity to integrate digital technologies into their practice is highly desirable.  In addition, you will ideally have knowledge and experience in explicit teaching practices in teaching students with disabilities, case management of students with higher needs, implementing positive behaviour support and developing student engagement to drive consistent whole school approaches.

As the Deputy Principal, you will ideally be motivated, hard-working and a highly effective leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to work flexibly and innovatively in a small school context. Previous experience with rigorous analysis of whole school data to work collaboratively with staff to drive planning for improved student outcomes is highly desirable. The successful applicant with work closely with the Principal and School Board to plan and execute the strategic direction of the School Plan through rigorous and reflective practice in order to build continuously towards a positive school culture focused on ongoing improvement. This position also includes a teaching role and applicants with the ability to effectively manage both teaching and leadership responsibilities will be highly considered.

Kensington Secondary School is the states only stand-alone secondary setting for students with moderate to severe disabilities. We support students who present with a diverse range of learning, medical, social and daily care needs. The School is committed to excellence and providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which we strive to ensure that every student is successful, and every teacher is highly effective.  Kensington Secondary School prides itself on the close working relationship that exists between parents, carers and the school, and the deputy principal has an important role in developing and maintaining these relationships. Staff work collaboratively together to implement evidence-based practice and support each other to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes for all student in our care.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position. 

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements:

  • Capacity to provide effective leadership in a diverse range of educational settings;
  • High level of interpersonal and public relations skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to achieve planned outcomes;
  • Professional knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure a high level of educational outcomes for all students (e.g. Aboriginal students, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with special needs).
  • Capacity to manage staff, physical and financial resources.

Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about Kensington Secondary School can be found by visiting Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Steve Hordacre, Principal, by telephoning (08) 93673620 or emailing  

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A statement addressing the Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV of up to three (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (one being your current line manager)

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.


Employees will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
  • hold a recognised qualification in teaching and be currently registered or eligible for registration to teach in Western Australia;
  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.


Employees will be required to:

  • Complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • Complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • Complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Wednesday, 19 May 2021.



WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Kensington
CLOSING DATE: 2021-05-19 4:30 PM