This job expired on 27 February 2024

  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    27 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    12 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£58,959.00 - £65,010.00 Annually (FTE) Salary range L10-L14

Head of School job summary

Internal Trust Candidates Only.

As our current Head of School is retiring after 22 years of service to Sidegate, we are looking to recruit a highly motivated and dedicated individual who will embrace the vision and values of the school.

The Head of School will work collaboratively with the Executive Head, who currently works 3 days a week, to lead the school on its continuing journey of improvement.

Sidegate is a 3-form-entry primary school in the north of Ipswich with 660 pupils on roll. The school serves a large catchment area with a wide demographic. The school has two Local Authority Specialist Education Units for pupils with a complexity of needs. These units and mainstream combined mean that the school has a higher than average number of pupils on the SEND register.

The Senior Leadership Team of the school consists of the Executive Head, Head of School, Assistant Head (Teaching & Learning), Assistant Head (Inclusion), Pupil & Family Welfare Lead (also DSL) and the School Business Manager. We meet weekly during school hours to ensure the smooth running of the school, to set a strategic direction for the school and to work towards these objectives. The school was rated good by Ofsted in 2022.

We are very well supported by The Active Learning Trust and work closely with other Trust schools in Suffolk and Cambridge. We also have strong links with local schools through pyramid meetings and the Suffolk Learning and Improvement Network.

We pride ourselves on the broad and rich curriculum that we offer to our pupils and our extensive extracurricular activities, which include residential visits in all KS2 year groups. Sidegate is a Platinum Artsmark school and annually achieves the Suffolk School Sports Gold Award. The work of the Head of School will be integral to ensuring that the teaching and learning of the curriculum is of a high standard and that opportunities are maintained and extended even further.

As a Trust and a school, the professional development, people management and wellbeing of our 110 members of staff are also high on the list of priorities for the Head of School.

Along with the vast majority of schools, our budget is tight and the Head of School will be expected to work closely with the School Business Manager to ensure that all money is spent strategically and efficiently.

We use PiXL membership to support the provision and use of summative assessment and interventions. We have recently introduced the CUSP Writing curriculum and are planning to introduce CUSP Reading in the Autumn Term 2024. Experience of these programmes is desirable.

School tours can be arranged with the Executive Head, please contact Toni Morris, Heads’ PA, on toni.morris@sidegate.net.

The Active Learning Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the advert closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The Active Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people. We expect all staff to actively share this commitment. All adults working in our Trust in whatever capacity will be part of a thorough safer recruitment process. All appointments will be subject to pre-employment checks including the taking of satisfactory references and enhanced criminal record clearance in line with the need to create and maintain a safe culture

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Sidegate Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
661 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Sidegate is a vibrant three-form entry primary school in the north of Ipswich. The school hosts a 25 place Specialist Education Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, giving approximately 655 pupils on roll. The school boasts large grounds, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and good ICT provision. We pride ourselves in the broad and engaging curriculum we offer our pupils; sport and culture

feature highly and are used to enhance the curriculum in all areas. The school received a “Good” Ofsted rating in October 2022. We were the first primary school in Suffolk to be awarded the prestigious Platinum Artsmark in November 2019; we also hold quality marks in RE, Science and Sport.

Sidegate became an academy in May 2014 with The Active Learning Trust (ALT). ALT encourages each of their schools to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the pupils in the school. They work closely with the school, providing specialist advisory support as necessary. We work closely with other schools in the ALT Ipswich Hub and the Northgate Pyramid of Schools. ALT offers a comprehensive package of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, to support career progression

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