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  • Job start date

    1 January 2025

  • Closing date

    1 July 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    7 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L18 - L24

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • We are looking for a reflective, innovative, creative leader to help shape our future.

    Our current Headteacher has offered dedicated and inspirational leadership but is now ready for new challenges. To be our new Headteacher you must be a dynamic leader with high expectations. We want a leader committed to building a culture of high performance, achievement and possibility for all.

    You must believe that a school should be a learning community, a place where everyone has the same chance to develop and succeed, where all, regardless of the complexity of their needs or circumstances, should aspire to excellence.

    If you are committed to identifying and nurturing the talents of your pupils and colleagues, within a stimulating and creative learning environment we would like to hear from you.

    Our school is located in the charming market town of Great Torrington. The town has a real sense of community and is surrounded by acres of common land. There are accessible beaches and rugged moorland close by.

What the school offers its staff

We are a local authority, voluntary controlled primary school catering for pupils from 2 - 11 years of age. Our school nursery has capacity for up to 39 FTE pupils, including ‘rising 3s’ and we are currently consulting on the development of an additional 12 FTE spaces for 2-year-olds. We host Nursery Plus and provide Early Years support on request to a range of settings through our Early Years Teaching Centre.

We have provided specialist provision for up to twelve KS2 pupils in our Bluecoat Group Resource Base since September 2017 and we are currently consulting on formalising and extending this provision to include places for eight Reception and KS1 pupils. We have a dedicated Forest School on site. We provide Breakfast, After School and Holiday Club provision through our dedicated Family Project, which is run by school staff and highly valued by our families.

Our school ethos is centred around the Fruit of the Spirit and the philosophy that “At the heart of the education process lies the child”. Our provision is child-centred, creative and innovative, fostering curiosity and a love of learning. It is accessible to all because we ensure all children are empowered to think for themselves and have the skills they need to engage with their learning at every level. The emphasis we place on metacognition helps us to prepare our children to be resilient, reflective learners able to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world. Our approach to ‘Building Learning Power’ is deeply embedded across the school.

We value pupil voice and have a wide range of citizenship roles in place which support and encourage pupil participation in the life of the school, including Pupil Councillors, Arts Ambassadors, Eco Warriors, ICT Ambassadors, Librarians, House Captains, Ethos Ambassadors and Peer Mediators.

In Devon we are committed to encouraging the participation of headteachers in national programmes as well as high quality local training and to foster close links with colleagues in Devon schools and others in the Local Authority. Newly appointed headteachers receive an induction briefing visit from the Link Adviser and are invited to attend a New Heads Welcome Day event, where new headteachers are given the opportunity to meet with colleagues and services available to support headteachers. They can also receive purchased support visits from the school link adviser to focus on leadership and management issues and to provide negotiated professional support and development. Headteachers will be provided with full details of the support available within the Local Authority.

Further details about the role

Visits to school to be arranged through Andrea Magarotto - amagarotto@bluecoat-learn.org, 01805 622333

Commitment to safeguarding

Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children, young people and their families. We expect all governors, staff, students and volunteers to share this responsibility.

The protection of children within our care is our first responsibility and will supersede all other considerations. Please see our Safeguarding Policy below and visit our 'Keeping Children Safe' page for more information and details of our safeguarding team.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to educate.educationadminheadships-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

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About Great Torrington Bluecoat Church of England Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
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School size
497 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

We are an Early Years specialist school with a Christian ethos which offers a safe, secure, and caring environment within which children aged 2 to 11 years can grow and learn. Our school is a spiritually vibrant learning community. We believe that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; we listen to our children and start from an understanding of their needs, views and experiences. Through our teaching we focus on equipping children with the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the issues they face in every area of their lives. We create a learning environment in which they can safely challenge their limitations and explore the opportunities the world has to offer. We provide opportunities which extend their experience of the world and raise their aspirations. We value childhood whilst promoting a lifelong love of learning. This is done through recognition and celebration of the new things we learn together every day. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children and adults lead happy and rewarding lives.

Arranging a visit to Great Torrington Bluecoat Church of England Primary School

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