Deadline is tomorrow

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    21 April 2021 at 10:00 am

  • Date listed

    26 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type

Job summary

Following the retirement of our current Head of School, the Local Governing Body and Executive Headteacher of our uniquely located village school wish to appoint an inspirational Head of School who will work closely with our Executive Headteacher and the Trust to build on our strong Christian foundation and share our whole school vision. We are looking for a dynamic Head of School to continue the high standards of learning within our distinctively Christian ethos of mutual care, alongside a creative curriculum that nurtures the whole child and puts a particular emphasis on well-being and outdoor learning. This post has a teaching commitment of approx.0.7.

We would like to hear from you if you will:
• lead our school family by example in pursuing our distinctive Christian ethos;
• foster strong relationships with the whole school community, whilst positively promoting our school in the wider community;
• be an approachable, collaborative, organised and inspirational leader; and
• lead by example as an outstanding classroom practitioner.

We can offer you:
• a dedicated, skilled, mutually supportive staff team committed to care for and develop each child, including the support of an experienced Executive Headteacher (on site 2 days per week);
• a welcoming school with caring, enthusiastic children who are keen to learn and are supported by their parents and the dedicated Local Governing Body; and
• support in your continued professional development, as part of a Trust family of like-minded schools.

Applying for the job

Please complete the Trust application form (available by email or from the school website) and return it to us by 10am on Wednesday 21st April, either by post or electronically to, including a letter (not exceeding 2 sides of A4) outlining how you meet the requirements of the job profile and person specification. You must use the most recent version of the Trust application form ; CVs or other attachments / information will not be accepted.
Braithwaite C of E school is committed to safeguarding and safer recruitment. The successful applicant will be appointed subject to an enhanced DBS check, professional references, pre-employment ID and medical checks.
The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 21st April
Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 22nd April
Interviews are planned for Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, Church of England
Education phase
School size
44 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Braithwaite CofE Primary School

Our Vision:
We are a small family with big, caring hearts, striving to be the best we can be, treating each other with respect and, knowing God is always with us on our learning journey.

Braithwaite C of E Primary School is in a small village just outside of Keswick, in the Lake District National Park, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with magnificent views of Skiddaw and Barrow from the school field. We benefit from an active and supportive local community, including strong partnerships with the local Church. We maximise the use of our unique school grounds and surroundings, extending the learning beyond the classroom, particularly through the use of our Forest Schools area within the spacious school site.

Braithwaite C of E Primary School offers an extended day with Breakfast and After school care on site, benefits from once weekly use of the swimming pool opposite the school and has an active ‘Friends of Braithwaite School’; as part of the Good Shepherd Trust the school benefits from support with finances, school improvement and leadership and also has strong links with the local schools within the Keswick Cluster. In June 2018 we were rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and an updated SIAMS inspection is imminent when inspections restart.

Arranging a visit to Braithwaite CofE Primary School

Due to current Covid restrictions visits to the school by prospective candidates may not be possible in the usual way. If you would like to discover more we would encourage a visit to the school website, Facebook page or an informal chat with our Executive Headteacher. Please contact Kate Hughes, Clerk to the LGB (017687 78356) or e-mail to make arrangements. Our school grounds are open to the community over weekends and holidays if you wish to see our wonderful location (if possible within Covid travel restrictions) .

School location

Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TD

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