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Deputy Headteacher

Barnes Primary School, London

Job details

Job role Leadership
Subjects Early years, KS1, KS2
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary L11 (£57,436) to L13 (£60,073)

Job summary

Barnes Primary School
Cross Street, London, SW13 OQQ
Tel: 020 8876 7358
www.barnes.richmond.sch.uk

Headteacher: Sue Jepson, MA in Education

Group 3: 412 pupils on main roll
plus 62 pupils in Nursery (36 full time and 26 part time)

Required for April 2021 (or sooner)

Deputy Headteacher
L11 (£57,436) to L13 (£60,073)

• Would you like an exciting senior leadership role in a highly successful, restlessly ambitious organisation that continually expects more and is committed to the achievement of excellence?
• Are you ambitious and driven, but personable and able to listen?
• Do you get excited by finding creative solutions?
• Can you balance rigour with reflection?
• Would you like to work in an amazing and enabling learning environment?
• And can you maximise learning, love and laughter amongst our children, our parents and a highly committed, talented staff team?

The governors wish to appoint an excellent Deputy Headteacher, with a proven record of successful leadership, to work alongside the Headteacher in this exciting role from April 2021 or before.

You will join an energetic and progressive school that is extremely popular with parents. Barnes Primary is an exceptionally happy, ambitious, stable, forward thinking, well-run and successful primary school. There is a very strong, shared understanding and an impressive high-expectations culture. You will work closely with a dynamic Headteacher to further the vision for excellence as we ‘Expect More’.

We are an exciting, forward looking community school situated one mile from Richmond Park in south west London. Our school is thriving and has continued to be so remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic related closure of schools. We can offer you a beautiful environment with exceptional areas for indoor and outdoor learning, excellent resources, great children and the chance to work alongside very capable and supportive colleagues.

Please view our website https://barnesprimaryschool.co.uk/ to see some of the wonderful learning, love and laughter that is taking place. We are confident that you will like what you see. Visits to the school are welcomed and can be made by telephoning Stephanie Dennis on 0208 876 7358 (these will take place after school, once there are no children on site, to enable us to adhere to strict COVID prevention measures). An application pack containing further details about this position can be obtained in the same way, or from our website https://barnesprimaryschool.co.uk/contact-us/join-us/

The closing date for applications is: Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 9am
A selection process is scheduled for: Thursday 10th December 2020

“Barnes Primary provides an outstanding education for all of its pupils.
Parents are exceptionally pleased with the school.”
Ofsted, June 2008

“The school's atmosphere is caring and friendly and it is properly attentive to educational standards. The inspirational head and the talented teachers are conscientious and systematic in their approach. They are also committed to the broader aims of education. Behaviour is excellent. The creative arts flourish.”
Schools Under Siege, why there is a better alternative
Peter Mortimore, Policy Press, 2013.

“The findings do not change the overall effectiveness judgement of outstanding from the last section 5 inspection.”
Ofsted, February 2020, following a Section 8 subject inspection

At Barnes Primary School we take the safeguarding of children extremely seriously. All applications will be thoroughly scrutinised and we will do everything in our power to prevent unsuitable adults from working with our children. All selection processes at our school are designed to identify and reject anyone who is unsuitable for work with children. At least one member of our selection panel will have attended a safer recruitment training course and gained certification. All staff working at Barnes will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up post. There is a culture of ongoing vigilance that ensures children are safe and secure with the adults they come into contact with at all times. References will be sought and checked and all staff are fully aware of the actions they should take if they have any concerns about the behaviour of a fellow staff member towards children.

Applying for the job

To apply please email your completed job application form and cover letter addressed to Sue Jepson care of sdennis@barnes.richmond.sch.uk

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Local authority maintained school
Education phase Primary
School size 504 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Barnes Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email sdennis@barnes.richmond.sch.uk
Contact phone number 020 8876 7358

About Barnes Primary School

Barnes Primary School is a happy, highly successful two-form entry community school with a large, attached nursery. It is situated in an attractive area, close to Richmond Park and is easily accessible by road, rail or bus. The buildings are just seventeen years old and they offer outstanding accommodation. Classrooms are bright and well furnished. There are two spacious halls, a music room, an art studio, a library, additional shared learning areas and a computer suite. We also have a forest school environment that enables more outdoor learning for our youngest pupils. The school is very well resourced. All classes have an interactive touchscreen whiteboard and a visualiser. Teachers have a laptop and an ipad. In addition, there is a wide and ever growing selection of high quality learning resources.

There are 420 pupils on the main school roll, plus 62 nursery pupils, who are either full-time or part-time. The school is very popular with parents. This is reflected in the extremely high number of applications for a place in one of our reception classes (consistently over 300 applications for 60 places). Findings from the regular questionnaires sent to all parents are extremely positive and complimentary.

In total, 35% of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. In addition, 16% of pupils speak English as an additional language. One of the strengths of the school is the very good behaviour of our pupils and the excellent relationships that exist throughout our community. As a result, it is a calm, secure environment where purposeful learning occurs. Teachers can focus their attention on pupils’ learning and do not have to constantly deal with behaviour issues.

The school received an outstanding inspection report when Ofsted last visited in June 2008: ‘Barnes Primary School provides an outstanding education for all of its pupils. Parents are exceptionally pleased with the school.’ We believe that we are far better school now than we were then. Academic standards are very high. In November 2016 the school was placed 3rd nationally in a Sunday Times three year average measure of high pupil performance.

Our curriculum is broad, vibrant and dynamic. We teach a full, well-rounded and balanced curriculum. A number of exciting theme events are held every year, such as our Arts Week, our Solve a Problem Week (Design and Technology) and our On Camera film making initiative. These inspire the children and result in highly creative outcomes. The current Headteacher was appointed March 2019 and took up post in September 2019 after 20 years as Deputy Headteacher at the school. She and the talented staff team are committed to achieving high academic standards through offering a rich, varied and exciting curriculum on line and remotely.

Teachers promote music, drama, the arts, healthy living and participation in a wide range of different sports. We also continue to make effective use of the many historical and cultural attractions London offers. Consequently, pupils at Barnes learn outdoors; enjoy very good music provision; regularly take part in dramatic productions; play lots of sport; participate in a wide range of after school activities and go on many trips to places of interest. We want all of this to be enjoyable and foster successful and exciting learning, love and laughter. One of our school maxims is ‘Expect More’: everyone at our school has the highest expectations. Our school is also an ideal place for professionals to learn as we offer a highly evaluated multi-layered, continuing professional development programme to all staff members.

Arranging a visit to Barnes Primary School

Visits to the school are welcomed and can be made by telephoning Stephanie Dennis on 020 8876 7358 (these will take place after school, once there are no children on site, to enable us to adhere to strict COVID prevention measures).

School location

Cross Street, London, SW13 0QQ

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