This job expired on 19 May 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    26 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale

L6 - L9

What skills and experience we're looking for

Governors are seeking to appoint a Head of School who is:

An excellent classroom practitioner with a clear vision of educational excellence.

Enthusiastic, highly motivated, and with the potential to be a strong role model for all.

Have a strong commitment to further improve standards through promoting high quality teaching and learning for all children.

Have a proven record of success on the Senior Leadership Team of a primary school

Have a strong knowledge of working with high needs children and supporting staff with managing a range of behaviours.

A current and in-depth knowledge of safeguarding.

Be committed to diversity and inclusion in the context of the School's Christian ethos.

A SEND qualification and experience is desirable, however, the school invites candidates who are willing, with training and support, to undertake the role.

Person Specification – Head of School

Qualifications and training

  • Qualified teacher status (as recognised by the Department for Education).
  • Be a skilled and experienced teacher with exemplary classroom practice.
  • Participation in recent, relevant in-service training.
  • Willing to undertake SEND training with support.
  • Have experience and understanding of supporting the learning of pupils with the full range of abilities and needs and a strong track record in making an impact on their progress.

Duties in School

  • Day-to-day running of Swineshead St. Mary’s CE Primary School
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Looked After Child Lead
  • To work with the SENDCo at Sutterton Fourfields or, if qualified, lead on SEND.
  • Lead on day-to day teaching and learning
  • Monitoring standards and progress across the school
  • Work experience/college placement leader
  • Oversee day-to-day behaviour management
  • Pupil Progress Meetings
  • Assessment / data analysis / gaps analysis
  • Performance Management of HLTAs and TAs
  • Educational Visits Coordinator
  • Attendance Champion
  • Oversee Growing Acorns Nurture Group
  • Key holder
  • Engaging with and implementing work from brokered support
  • Head of School reports to Governors


  • To celebrate and enjoy being part of a church school family and understand its Christian distinctiveness
  • Be a lead on safeguarding within the school.
  • To implement the federation’s systems, procedures and structures.
  • To have high standards of effective behaviour management.
  • Be able to lead, motivate, challenge and inspire others to achieve excellence.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibilities of senior leaders and governing bodies within primary schools.
  • Experience of previous or current responsibilities within a successful senior management team. Desirable experience includes: a Phase Leader, Head of School, Deputy, Assistant Headteacher or Headteacher.
  • Experience of successfully leading staff to deliver improvements and initiatives with demonstrable impact.
  • Think strategically and to plan effectively in both the short and long term.
  • Inspire, motivate and support pupils, staff, parents (and carers), governors and the wider community about the work of a school.
  • Consult, seek advice and be pragmatic when making decisions.
  • Promote the professional development of all staff.

Commitment to excellence in education

  • Implement the school and federation’s systems and procedures, including the school development plan.
  • Strengthen and maintain high standards of behaviour among pupils.
  • Robust knowledge and understanding of recent developments and legislative changes in education and how these impact on the leadership and management of a primary school.
  • Substantial and high-quality experience of teaching within the early years foundation stage, key stage 1 or key stage 2 of the national curriculum.
  • Commitment to raising the academic and personal achievement of pupils significantly and to holding high expectations of all children.
  • Understanding of effective assessment in education and its use to promote the academic progression for pupils.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, ensuring all pupils can participate in a full range of curricular and enriched extra-curricular activities.
  • Promote a positive ethos and pride in a school and its physical environment together.
  • Raise standards and significantly improve achievement.
  • Innovate to make learning inspiring, engaging and fun for pupils.

Equal Opportunities

  • Commitment to promoting, implementing and monitoring equal opportunities across all aspects of the school.

What the school offers its staff

The school offers:

o Highly professional and dedicated staff and supportive governors.

o A non-class-based role.

o An excellent environment in which to develop professionally.

o A community that is supportive and ambitious.

Further details about the role

Dear Applicant,

I would like to send you a warm welcome and thank you for taking an interest in the post of Head of School at Swineshead St Mary’s. The school is a popular school on the outskirts of Boston with good transport links to the Boston, Spalding and Sleaford areas. We currently have 245 children on roll.

We are part of a Federation – I am the Executive Headteacher and there is a Head of School at each site. Our partner school is Sutterton Fourfields CE Primary School. Both teams work well together in sharing ideas and best practice, as well as providing support.

We are currently in a period of consultation to join Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust and we expect that most of the due diligence checks and the work involved will be almost complete by September 2024.

Our schools are church schools and we value our links with our families, our local churches and the wider communities in the villages our schools are in. We are proud of our children, they work hard, are a pleasure to teach and are well behaved.

We are lucky to have lovely school grounds. We are well resourced with teaching assistants, who work hard to support our teachers. We are looking for a dynamic Head of School with high expectations to drive our school forward, who is friendly, has good sense of humour and who will work well in our team.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. I would strongly encourage you to come and have a look around our school – please contact the school office to arrange this.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Claire Collett

Executive Headteacher

What do we value?

Everyone in school is committed to doing their best, as educational and pastoral professionals, for each and every child. To do this we try to ensure that our school is colourful, exciting and welcoming to all who enter it where children and adults feel secure and confident enough to experiment and take risks, whilst always striving for excellence.

We know that each of our children comes to school with different experiences, knowledge and skills and that each has different learning needs and preferred ways of learning. We therefore aim to match our provision to the needs of each child.

We seek to not only provide an environment which promotes achievement in learning but also one of warmth, security and care, valuing each member of the school community and working to encourage the realisation of each individual’s potential.

We celebrate all achievement whether big or small and challenge our children (and ourselves) to improve even more. We encourage a ‘can do’ culture, a thirst for life-long learning and a pride in each other's skills and attributes

All children need to be cherished, protected and nurtured. Our mission is to help them to be the best that they can be in a safe and caring learning environment where respect, responsibility and co-operation are valued.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, medical and reference checks. Pre-employment checks are in line with " Keeping Children Safe in Education"

In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

All shortlisted candidates will need to verify their eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

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About Swineshead St Mary's Church of England Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
263 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01205 820356

Swineshead St Mary's C of E Primary School is a welcoming school with high aspirations for all children. We have a committed staff team and close links with our families.

Arranging a visit to Swineshead St Mary's Church of England Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email emma.woods@suttertonswinesheadfederation.co.uk.

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