Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Office
Wigmore School, Leominster, Herefordshire
|Working pattern||Full-time only|
|Salary||£77,818 to £90,145|
The trust’s Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Officer will be responsible to the trust board and line managed by the Chair of the Trust.
Main Purpose of Job
To provide the highest quality of education, care and preparation for life for all pupils in the school.
To be the public face of the trust on a daily basis, managing its daily business and engaging in all activities and elements of school life.
To lead, promote and support the vision and direction of Wigmore School Academy Trust by providing the strategic and day-to-day leadership that will enable it to build success and provide high quality education for its children.
To have regard and respect for the ethos of the school, be an ambassador for the school and promote and raise the school’s profile in the wider community.
Qualities and Knowledge
1. Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on providing a first class education for the pupils they serve.
2. Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards their pupils and staff, and towards parents, trustees and members of the local community.
3. Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity - drawing on their own scholarship, expertise and skills, and that of those around them.
4. Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and trust systems locally, nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development.
5. Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centred on the trust’s vision, ably translating local and national policy into the trust’s context.
6. Communicate compellingly the trust’s vision and drive the strategic leadership, empowering all pupils and staff to excel.
Pupils and Staff
1. Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, overcoming disadvantage and advancing equality, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupils’ outcomes.
2. Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and pupils’ well-being.
3. Establish an educational culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice within and between trusts, drawing on and conducting relevant research and robust data analysis.
4. Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other.
5. Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard, leading to clear succession planning.
6. Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice.
Systems and Process
1. Ensure that the trust’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity.
2. Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in the trust and in the wider society.
3. Establish rigorous, fair and transparent systems and measures for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any under-performance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice.
4. Welcome strong governance and actively support the trust board to understand its role and deliver its functions effectively – in particular its functions to set trust strategy and hold the headteacher to account for pupil, staff and financial performance.
5. Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of pupils’ achievements and the trust’s sustainability.
6. Distribute leadership throughout the organisation, forging teams of colleagues who have distinct roles and responsibilities and hold each other to account for their decision making. The Self-improving School System
1. Create an outward-facing trust which works with other trusts and organisations - in a climate of mutual challenge - to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all pupils.
2. Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all pupils.
3. Challenge educational orthodoxies in the best interests of achieving excellence, harnessing the findings of well evidenced research to frame this self-regulating and self-improving trust.
4. Shape the current and future quality of the teaching profession through high quality training and sustained professional development for all staff.
5. Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to trust improvement, leadership and governance, confident of the vital contribution of internal and external accountability.
6. Inspire and influence others - within and beyond the trust - to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people’s lives and to promote the value of education.
This job description summarises the main duties and accountabilities of the post and is not exclusive. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties of similar level of responsibility.
It is anticipated that this job description will change over time in accordance with the needs of the role. The role holder will be consulted on any proposed amendments.
It is a condition of employment that staff will not disclose any information obtained in the course of their duties other than to those entitled to receive it. The postholder must ensure that the confidentiality of personal data remains secure and the terms of the Data Protection Act and relevant trust policies are met in respect of information held on the trust’s computerised systems.
The trust is committed to equality of opportunity. All staff are required to comply with current legislation, trust policies and good practice guidance.
This job description should be read in conjunction with the Staff Induction Policy, Staff Handbook, Teachers’ Standards and the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.
All staff are required to participate in the trust’s appraisal process and undertake any necessary training and development, to keep up to date with the requirements of the job.
An annual review of this job description and allocation of particular responsibilities will take place as part of the performance management review.
Under the H&SAWA 1974 the post holder must take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of any other person who may be affected by their acts or omissions. The post holder must also co-operate with the trust on all matters concerning health and safety and not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for the purpose of health, safety or welfare.
All staff are required to undertake child safeguarding training, adhering to policies and established practices. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure.
Essential educational requirements
An Honours degree.
Qualified teacher status.
Evidence of recent relevant CPD.
Essential skills and experience
Ability to analyse data to present information, draw conclusions and form plans.
Ability to strategically self evaluate.
Ability to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of teaching across both schools.
Share goals and vision with the school community.
Set targets that lead to improvements.
Good communication skills.
Establish the confidence of parents and guardians.
Plan for the future.
An up-to-date awareness of the national education picture.
Understanding of legal issues relating to school management.
Senior Leadership experience in at least one school (primary, middle, secondary or all-through).
Significant relevant experience of middle leadership and senior leadership roles.
Varied school based experiences.
Successful experience of raising achievement.
Experience of setting and monitoring budgets.
Understanding, and experience of, the roles and responsibilities of a governing body including academy trust operations.
Ofsted awareness and experience
L27 to L33 (£77,818 to £90,145)More on how to apply
|School size||446 pupils enrolled|
|Age range||11 to 19|
|Ofsted report||View Ofsted report|
|School website||Wigmore School website (opens in a new window)|
About Wigmore School
We are a highly successful Nursery, Primary and High School situated in the stunning surroundings of North Herefordshire. We cater for children from 3-16 years of age in two separate schools.
The schools have existed for over 50 years, federating in 2008, acadamising in 2011 under the umbrella of one academy trust, and establishing a Nursery in 2012.
In the local community, we have an enviable reputation for high standards, providing a quality education in a safe and welcoming environment. Behaviour at both schools is outstanding. As a result of our successes, we are the school of choice in the area.
Our motto is “enjoying learning together” which encompasses the shared vision to develop the notion of and celebrate the benefits of all-through education.
Our mission is to provide excellent all-round educational experiences in a nurturing environment of traditional values. We aim to ensure every child is happy, safe and successful. We strive to provide the best education locally inspiring our children to exceed their potential and develop into resilent, well-rounded, independent young people who are equipped to flourish in a modern global community.
Our pupils achieve their potential academically with many exceeding expectations. We place a strong emphasis on developing the whole child and therefore, work hard to provide an all-round education for our pupils. We offer many different experiences inside and outside the classroom, e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, foreign expeditions, forest school, values education, to ensure our pupils have access to a variety of different learning experiences.
Our staff and pupils are proud of our school, its high standards, its values and its strong emphasis on personal development. We believe that our children deserve the best education possible and values that prepare them for the future.
We welcome all children to our school and guarantee to look after them, nurture them and provide them with the best education possible.
Ford Street, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9UW