Head of Primary

Mayfield School, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 0RH

27 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    17 April 2023

  • Closing date

    3 January 2023 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    21 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L16 - L20, £64,224 to £70,732

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Successful experience at Deputy or Headship level in the primary age range, with evidence of leading a successful team to bring about rapid and sustainable whole school improvement that has had a positive impact on pupils achieving their full potential
  • Relevant experience of whole school management, including financial, budgetary and resource management such as challenging and supporting staff through managing change, performance management, conflict resolution, staff recruitment and development processes
  • Proven track record of monitoring, evaluating and improving quality of learning and teaching, building effective strategies for school self-evaluation and making effective use of ICT in learning
  • Evidence of providing the support and resources that enabled a highly effective governing body fulfil their statutory responsibilities for teaching, learning and standards, and act as critical friend for the benefit of the school
  • Evidence of managing additional educational needs provision which required collaborating and building effective relationships with parents, carers, multi-agencies and the wider community to enrich teaching and learning for the inclusion and wellbeing of all pupils
  • Experience of being inspected by OFSTED at a senior level
  • Evidence of demonstrable leadership qualities, with the ability to set and achieve challenging goals which achieve improvement
  • Organisational, financial, budgetary and management skills relevant to the effective delivery of the duties of the post to achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities
  • Excellent people skills to build and lead an effective team; managing issues in a sensitive, supportive but appropriate manner to ensure the effective operation of the school, promoting high aspirations and success for all
  • A skilful communicator with strong, interpersonal and presentation skills, both verbal and written, which naturally adapts to a diverse audience, e.g. governors, parents and carers, staff, pupils and the wider community on a wide range of issues to provide clarity of vision, influence and direct or challenge others

What the school offers its staff

Our school is a very special place where pupils, staff and governors work in a community where we aim to be Ready, Respectful, Resilient, Responsible, Resourceful and Reflective every day. This could be the start of your Mayfield journey.

Mayfield School is at the heart of a thriving and diverse local community. We are one of the first single-site, all-through maintained schools in the country, which we believe provides us with a unique opportunity to join together for an educational purpose, to improve and shape the lives of the children (Year R – Year 11) in our learning community. Our school operates as an all-through school with a single vision, set of values, staff, and Governing Body.

Mayfield School started a new era with the opening of our brand new state-of-the-art building in 2021. This has provided our school community with new facilities, such as a large sports hall, new drama rooms, new assembly hall, a large canteen and café area and much more besides. We are a friendly, vibrant school with high standards and expectations. We pride ourselves on the positive relationships we foster, knowing every young person as an individual and challenging each of them to have the highest possible aspirations through our ambitious and inclusive curriculum. Our ambition is to build on our excellent pastoral care with high standards and expectations so that young people are able to flourish and to achieve their very best.

Commitment to safeguarding

Mayfield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to criminal records bureau checks along with other relevant pre-employment checks.

Applying for the job

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to hollis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

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About Mayfield School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 16
School size
1460 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 16
Phone number
02392 693432

Mayfield is a very successful and heavily oversubscribed school in the north of Portsmouth City. We are one of the first state, single-site, ‘all through’ schools in the country. We operate an “Outstanding” Pre-School and Nursery with reduced fees and preferential access for Mayfield staff. We have been successful in our bid to receive ‘Priority School Building’ funding which will result in the construction of a multi-million, ‘state of the art’ new build on the current school site which is due to open in summer 2021. In September 2016, OfSTED conducted a section 5 inspection and found all areas to be ‘good’ and in summer 2018 the school secured it’s best ever results across all key stages. All staff members have the opportunity to work across all sections of the school depending on their interest, skills and experience. During this period of growth, we have a number of vacancies in all sections and truly believe “our only limitation is our ambition”. Before you apply for a post at Mayfield please ensure you have read and embrace our ways of working and ethos by reading our Staff Handbook. Mayfield is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to criminal records bureau checks along with other relevant pre-employment checks.

Arranging a visit to Mayfield School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email hollis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

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