Executive Principal - St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Stafford
1. The Exec Headteacher (EH) will lead the vision of the schools they are assigned to and agree the KPIs with Directors, the Executive Leadership team and Headteacher/Head of School. The EH has responsibility for monitoring the Headteacher/Head of School in the implementation of these strategies. The EH will have responsibility for ensuring the achievement of the highest possible spiritual and educational standards in the schools.
2. The EH will analyse data and guide the Headteacher/Head of School (if necessary) to areas needed for intervention so that the KPIs are met. The EH has no teaching commitment as their core purpose is strategic development. The Headteacher/Head of School will work closely under the direction of the EH and the CEO/DCEO/COO.
3. The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will be responsible for the appraisal of the staff in specific schools assigned to them (this does not include the Headteacher him/herself). The EH will lead on the intended targets to meet the KPIs in the school’s context. The Headteacher/Head of School, in conjunction with the EH, will be expected to maintain and develop an atmosphere and structures where all children and adults are valued and enabled to fulfil the school’s high expectations.
Note: approximately 50% of the EH’s time will be spent at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford. The remaining time will be allocated by the CEO/DCEO after discussion of the key priorities. For example, it may be that the EH is asked to support a specific school or it is possible that the EH works on a particular MAC strategy across several schools. This will be negotiated and agreed.
• The EH will guide on the strategic vision and hold the Headteacher/Head of School to account. The EH will also hold strategic responsibility to reflect and develop the Catholic ethos and identity of the school.
• The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will be practising Catholics who are witnesses to the faith.
• The EH has a key role in ensuring that the Headteacher/Head of School feels valued and supported. The EH and Headteacher/Head of School also need to communicate with staff to ensure that they understand the vision of the CEO/DCEO/COO and Directors.
The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will:
• maintain an ethos in which all individuals feel valued and where personal endeavour and responsibility are fostered.
• maintain high personal moral standards and set an example of these standards to others whilst demonstrating high quality leadership of the school.
• ensure that the vision of the school is reflected in strategic and development planning, and in an appraisal structure, which is supported by consistent and coherent procedures and protocols.
The EH must communicate with the Headteacher/Head of School on a regular basis to ensure that the Headteacher/Head of School clearly understands the strategic vision of the CEO/DCEO/COO and Directors.
The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will:
• ensure that the teaching of Religious Education meets Diocesan requirements.
The EH will monitor this through discussions with the Headteacher/Head of School and through book trawls and lesson observations over and above that conducted by the Headteacher/Head of School.
• be responsible for maintaining and developing a broad and balanced curriculum suitable for all of the children and meeting national guidelines.
• ensure that the curriculum is regularly reviewed, evaluated and applied.
The Headteacher/Head of School will report to the EP on how he/she monitors and evaluates plans. The EP will scrutinise the evidence provided. In addition, the EP will conduct monitoring and evaluation activities independently as he/she requires.
• ensure that the assessment requirements of the curriculum are appropriately carried out.
• ensure that suitable homework is set for children on a regular basis as set out in the Homework Policy.
The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will:
• ensure that children receive a high-quality of education designed to promote excitement, enjoyment and enthusiasm in learning, leading to the pursuit of excellence. This will include exciting and innovative ‘curriculum vehicles’.
The EH will independently observe lessons and evaluate provision as he/she requires (as will the Headteacher/Head of School). Communication between the two is essential so workload and wellbeing are considered. The EH will set objectives for the Headteacher/Head of School to achieve in terms of areas for development in the curriculum provision.
• ensure equality of opportunity for all, through the school’s policies, procedures and practices.
The EH will scrutinise evidence provided by the Headteacher/Head of School. The EH will be available to deal with any concerns/complaints but the Headteacher/Head of School should deal with these in the first instance.
• ensure that the progress of each child is monitored and recorded so that the most appropriate decisions can be taken with regard to the next step in his/her education.
The strategic process should be set out by the EH in a format that follows the requirements of the CEO/DCEO/COO and Directors. The Headteacher/Head of School will be held to account for the accurate monitoring and recording of data. The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will attend weekly SLT meetings at St Patrick’s to discuss how the data is used to improve progress. It may be necessary to attend other schools’ SLT meetings following discussions with the CEO/DCEO and Headteachers.
• ensure that the activities in which children are engaged are conducted in a caring, disciplined, safe and healthy environment.
• ensure all children are valued as individuals and ensure that all children are confident and able to achieve their full potential.
The Headteacher/Head of School will know the children extremely well due to daily duty, management by walking about, formal processes etc. The EH will oversee this and be expected to know the children and ensure that the environment for learning is excellent.
• To maintain a school environment and pastoral programme in which the needs and values of individual children are recognised and that also contribute positively towards their spiritual, social, cultural and moral development.
The EH will hold the Headteacher/Head of School to account for the development of an excellent environment including health and safety, and display. The Pastoral programme should be developed by the SLT.
The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will:
• work with the CEO/DCEO/COO, and other Principals/Headteacher/Head of Schools in the Painsley MAC in order to achieve the MAC objectives.
• share the strategic vision of the school and assist each other in the translation and execution of this vision of the school.
• be responsible under the guidance of the CEO/DCEO/COO and the Board of Directors, for the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff and all related personnel issues.
The Headteacher/Head of School will support the EH in the process of recruitment.
• ensure levels of performance necessary to achieve the agreed aims and objectives of the school.
The EH will report to the CEO/DCEO/COO and Directors. The Headteacher/Head of School will be invited to attend relevant meetings unless the EH has a particular reason why this should not be the case. It would be expected that the EH would discuss this with the Headteacher/Head of School.
• lead, motivate, encourage, support, monitor and evaluate to ensure continuing school improvement.
The Headteacher/Head of School will, on a day-to-day basis, motivate and support staff and children. The EH will oversee this and support the Headteacher/Head of School and/or other stakeholders as necessary.
• ensure that all staff have access to regular advice and have a training and development plan in place appropriate to the needs of the school and to their stage of development.
The EH will hold the Headteacher/Head of School to account for how staff are developed. The EH has direct responsibility for the development of the Headteacher/Head of School.
• be responsible for the annual appraisal cycle for all teachers at St Patrick’s (with the Headteacher/Head of School) and to report to the Board of Directors on the professional development of all teachers and TAs in the school.
The Headteacher/Head of School will be appraised by the EH.
• ensure all staff are valued as individuals and receive courtesy and respect at all times.
The EH will monitor the quality of relations. The EH will be responsible for developing an excellent and respectful relationship with the Headteacher/Head of School.
• To contribute to the teaching programme of the school(s) and to encourage the development of outstanding teaching practice.
The EH will not teach unless there are absolutely exceptional circumstances. The EH will monitor the teaching practice along with the Headteacher/Head of School.
• To contribute to, and ensure monitoring of, classroom practice and the appraisal of the overall quality of teaching in the school at regular intervals.
The EH will quality assure the Headteacher/Head of School’s accuracy in terms of lesson observations, work scrutiny and other monitoring and evaluation procedures. The EH will conduct independent monitoring and evaluation strategies as required.
• To ensure that safeguarding is of paramount importance in the school(s).
The EH retains overall responsibility for safeguarding but the daily implementation of the Safeguarding Policy lies with the Headteacher/Head of School who would be expected to attend relevant meetings relating to children etc.
• To ensure the commitment of the LGB to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is at the heart of the school and to ensure that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.
The EH will attend and lead on the LGB agenda items with the support of the Headteacher/Head of School.
Health and Safety
• To undertake Health and Safety policy making and management throughout the school.
• The EH retains overall responsibility for health and safety but the daily implementation of the Health and Safety Policy lies with the Headteacher/Head of School who would be expected to attend relevant meetings relating to safety issues.
• To ensure the maintenance of high standard of care in the school environment, including the grounds, buildings, furniture, equipment and learning materials.
The Headteacher/Head of School will manage the site on a daily basis. Major decisions must be referred to the EH.
• To ensure that health and safety, the wellbeing and workload of staff and children and safeguarding, emergency and contingency planning are carried out to the highest standards.
Board of Directors/Local Governing Body
• To advise, assist and inform the Board of Directors (as directed by the CEO/DCEO) in the fulfilment of its responsibilities, demonstrating an understanding of the statutory role of Directors in a Catholic Academy that is part of the Painsley MAC.
The EH has ultimate responsibility for this area but the Headteacher/Head of School should be invited to Committees as necessary as he/she has day-to-day responsibility for standards in the school.
• To have a firm commitment to working in partnership with the LGB and Board of Directors.
The EH will advise the Headteacher/Head of School when he/she is required to attend meetings. The EH and Headteacher/Head of School must attend LGB meetings.
• To formulate a personalised strategic plan for St Patrick’s and other schools appropriate that is based on the Painsley MAC plan and to secure its implementation with the collective support of the school staff, parents and children; to ensure all necessary resources are in place to support the plan.
• The Headteacher/Head of School must plan effectively and assist the Executive Headteacher/Head of School, CEO/COO/DCEO and LGB in the development of school based indicators based on the Painsley MAC KPIs as a foundation for the monitoring and evaluation of educational performance and the use of resources.
• The EH and Headteacher/Head of School will assist with the day-to-day management responsibility for the allocation of the delegated budget to all areas of school life and to operate within the strategic vision of the Executive Headteacher/Head of School, COO and CEO/DCEO together with the Board of Directors.
The EH has overall responsibility for the budget. The Headteacher/Head of School will eventually have delegated powers under the Scheme of Delegation. The COO will support in this process.
• To ensure the day-to-day financial management of the school is conducted in accordance with the Financial Regulations approved by the Board of Directors and managed by the COO.
The EH has overall responsibility for the budget but the Headteacher/Head of School must have a sound knowledge of, and work within, the financial requirements.
Parents, Parish & Community
• To encourage and develop positive co-operation between the school, home, parishes and the wider community.
The Headteacher/Head of School will have a daily responsibility for this area but the EH will also be known well by the key stakeholders – particularly at St Patrick’s. General correspondence including emails will be managed by the Headteacher/Head of School in the first instance.
• To ensure that parents have timely access to appropriate information about the school and the curriculum. This will be managed by the Headteacher/Head of School and overseen by the EH.
• To maintain accessibility to parents, particularly at the end of the school day, where possible.
The EH will be available on occasions but the principal contact is the Headteacher/Head of School.
• To ensure participation in the activities and liturgy of the parishes, including supporting the sacramental programmes.
• To maintain effective relationships with the parishes, the Diocese, the LA, the local community and other agencies.
• In co-operation with the Executive Headteacher/Head of School, the Headteacher/Head of School will have a responsibility for their own personal development plan.
The EH will have responsibility for the professional development of the Headteacher/Head of School and the other Headteachers in the Painsley MAC as directed. The EH will ensure that the Headteacher/Head of School at St Patrick’s carries out his/her duties as stated in this job description.
• A leader of a school community must also be aware of his, or her, own requirement to grow in faith and understanding in order to effectively discharge the responsibilities of Executive Headteacher and Headteacher/Head of School in a Catholic setting.
• This is an exciting opportunity for the postholder to lead St Patrick’s as EH but also undertake school-to-school support across a MAC. The Painsley Catholic Academy has a reputation of being at the forefront of educational and business development. The EH will reflect the ambitions of the MAC and be instrumental in MAC developments.
• Postholders will be expected to be available and on site between 8-5 Monday to Thursday and 8-4.30 on Fridays in order to support staff and the community as a whole.
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