22 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    7 February 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    14 January 2022

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type

Job summary

Due to the retirement of the current Headteacher, Ely St John's Community Primary School, Cambridgeshire, is seeking to appoint a committed and energetic leader who shares the school’s vision and values and will work closely with children, parents, carers, staff and governors to ensure that Ely St John’s is a thriving centre of excellence at the heart of the community. We are looking to appoint someone who will build on our previous head's fantastic record by developing the school’s existing strengths and nurturing its distinctive ethos while identifying opportunities to improve the school further in the coming years.


To become part of, and lead, an experienced, talented and collaborative team of staff
Motivated and enthusiastic pupils who are excited about their learning
The support of a caring, strong and committed governing body
A rich, diverse and successful extra-curricular provision.
The opportunity to develop your leadership skills and experience
A positive, friendly and attractive work environment
Access to the Local Authority induction programme for headteachers


Be passionate about achieving excellence in the education of our children.
Be a visible presence accessible to all members of the school community.
Be well-organised, versatile and enthusiastic.
Have the ability to develop the school’s vision, nurture its ethos, maintain high standards, and promote inclusion.
Be a team player, an outstanding communicator and a strategic thinker.
Value, support and empower all staff and nurture the strong relationships that exist with local schools and the wider community.
Be outward-looking, forward-thinking and able to lead developments sensitively.


Please refer to our website www.elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk and our application pack for more information on the school and the role. To apply for this role, please download, save and complete the application form. Email a copy of your completed application with a covering letter setting out why your skills and experiences make you a suitable candidate for this position, with reference to the Person Specification.


We actively encourage all candidates to visit the school prior to interview, and we are able to offer this with appropriate Covid adjustments. Please note that all visits will be informal; they will not be part of the selection process and will not have any bearing on our shortlisting, interview, selection and recruitment process.

To discuss this exciting opportunity and to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Ms Chris Ashley in the school office on 01353 612780 or email office@elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk
SCHOOL VISITS: Can be requested and will then be scheduled within the fortnight beginning 24th January 2022
Completed application forms should be returned to headship@epm.co.uk
Closing dates for applications: 9am on Monday 7 February 2022
Shortlisted candidates notified: Thursday 10th February 2022
Interview days: Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd February 2022


Our school has an equal opportunities policy for selection and recruitment in accordance with our safeguarding policy. The school and Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other employment checks, including references.

Contact details:
Ely St John's Community Primary School 
St John's Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3DW
Tel: 01353 612780 office@elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk

Applying for the job

Please visit www.elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk job vacancy page for further information and details on how to apply and obtain a recruitment pack.

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Supporting documents

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School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
School size
399 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

About Ely St John's Community Primary School

We have a 'family feel' to our school despite it being quite large. We all take an interest in each other and care for each other. Our approach is built around the ‘EJ Way’ which embodies the values, attitudes and behaviours we feel create a love of learning. Our aim is to provide a nurturing, friendly school community in which every child and adult feels valued and secure so that we are a school where people wish to be and belong

The city of Ely is a lively and thriving city in East Anglia and has been named amongst The Sunday Times' Best Places to Live list after being praised for its “friendliness and historic atmosphere”. It is situated 14 miles North East of Cambridge.

Arranging a visit to Ely St John's Community Primary School

Please contact the school office to arrange a visit.

School location

St John's Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3BW

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