2 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    April 2024 or as soon as possible

  • Closing date

    4 December 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    11 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

L15 to L21 - starting salary dependent on experience

Head of School job summary

We are excited to announce this fantastic opportunity for an inspirational Leader to join us at Polden Bower School. This role is permanent and is an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership career within our partnership of schools. Polden Bower School has grown over the last few years and now has 222 children and young people on roll. There are 2 sites,  the Albert Street Campus is where our youngest children Reception to Year 2 are based , moving to Bower Lane Campus from Year 3 to Year 14. 

The Head of School role is a non-teaching role, there will be a priority focus on teaching and learning, safeguarding, parental engagement and curriculum design.

We are seeking an experienced leader who has a proven track record of effective leadership and who :

  • Demonstrates effective leadership of a large team
  • Is effective in strategic and operational planning, that includes self-evaluation, school improvement and delivery
  • Demonstrates a shared vision with the Polden Bower & Avalon Federation, which inspires and motivates children and young people, staff and all members of our school community. 
  • Has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and relevant leadership qualifications are highly desirable
  • Exceptional communication, organisational and managerial skills are essential

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provide day-to-day leadership and management of the school,which includes both sites (Bower Lane Campus and Albert Street Campus)
  • Develop and implement effective educational policies and practices tailored to the needs of our children and young people
  • Lead, motivate, inspire and support a team of dedicated staff, fostering a nurturing, collaborative and cohesive work environment
  • Engage with parents, the local community and external stakeholders to build positive relationships and support the schools aims

We can offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • The opportunity for training and professional development
  • Networking and collaboration alongside an experienced and skilled Executive Leadership and Central Team
  • An exciting opportunity to be a Head of School where you can really make a difference to young people’s lives.
  • Continuing leadership development and training.

Polden Bower School was formed in 2021 after the amalgamation of Elmwood & Penrose Federation. The Executive Headteacher has the strategic oversight and provides executive leadership for Avalon School who joined Polden Bower School in September 2021 in a Hard Federation. The school is also in a formal partnership with The Bridge School, a Pupil Referral Unit in Bridgwater.

Polden Bower and Avalon Federation share the same Governance Board which is chaired by a very experienced Governor and Chair – David Purcell. David has been very supportive of the growing partnership and the work of the schools.

The partnership of schools provides professional development opportunities for all staff. The central business of the schools is managed by a core Central Team who work across the schools which includes finance, HR and premises.

Polden Bower School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS disclosure, medical clearance, proof of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory references. 

Following the acceptance of your interview, an online check will be carried out as detailed in the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines. 

Visits to the school are strongly  encouraged and welcomed, please contact Miss Jo Stamford to arrange a visit and for more information. 

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About Polden Bower School

School type
Special school, ages 4 to 19
School size
194 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19

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