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Head Teacher

Longstone CofE Primary School, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
L11- L17 (£52,902 - £61,195)

Job summary

Job Purpose:
To work with the Governing Body, the Diocesan of Derby, the Local Authority and other leaders to ensure that the pupils of Longstone CE (A) Primary School are given the opportunity to enjoy life in all its fullness by providing them with opportunities to:

Grow- through providing experiences rooted in faith, hope and love
Be outward facing – by valuing their contribution to the community
Be healthy- by providing a safe place of welcome and belonging
Learn – ensuring the pupils achieve the highest academic standards

• To model the values and vision of the school and of the Diocesan of Derby (as laid out above) and lead by example;
• To develop and manage the curriculum, the quality of teaching and learning, the safety and well-being of all pupils and ensure that policies are in place and adhered to;
• Promote excellence, equality and high expectations for all staff and pupils;
• Ensure that the school’s ethos and commitment to Christian values is evidenced in how we work and learn;
• Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally,
nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development;
• Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and pupils’ well-being and resilience;
• Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in school and in the wider society.

ACCOUNTABLE to the Governing body, the Local Authority and the Diocesan of Derby FOR:
• Sustaining the aims and objectives of the school, and establishing the policies through which they will be achieved; managing staff and resources to that end; and monitoring progress towards their achievement;
• Working to maximise pupils’ progress towards their full potential;
• Liaising with the stakeholders to support school improvement;

• Create a safe and productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for all pupils and staff;
• Collect, analyse and use a variety of data to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school and communicate these effectively to others;
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and ensure that all staff and volunteers share this commitment;
• Lead on child protection within school, contributing to serious case reviews and working in
conjunction with the locality;
• Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of pupils’ achievements and the school’s sustainability.


• Treating everyone fairly and equitably, in accordance with the Christian ethos of the
• Modelling a culture of personal responsibility and accountability that seeks excellence
and supports appropriate strategies to deal with under performance
• Ensuring and encouraging a high standard of professional development for all staff and
for self, regularly reviewing your own personal practice
• Motivating and enabling all staff to carry out their respective roles to the highest
• Working with all staff to build effective teams, modelling collaborative working within the
senior leadership team.
• Developing and maintaining respect across all stakeholders, inspiring individuals to
contribute positively to shared ideas and plans for the school
• Delegating appropriately and effectively


• Be responsible for the highest of standards and ensure that high expectations exist towards the quality of teaching and learning and for pupils’ achievements within a successful learning culture;
• Implement strategies that maintain high standards of behaviour and attendance;
• Strive to achieve all school targets and define, implement, monitor and report upon the action plans to achieve objectives, evidencing implementation, evaluation and impact;
• Ensure that the school is a self-evaluating institution with a robust system of quality assurance identifying priorities for continuous improvement;
• Lead, manage and support the senior leaders within the school and delegate professional duties to one of the senior leaders in the event of the Head Teacher’s absence from the school;

• Ensure that the school’s ethos and commitment to Christian values is evidenced in how we work and learn;
• Ensure that our staff have the necessary skills and knowledge to promote equality and take pride in diversity and promote the rights of children;
• Strategically and tactically lead performance management for all staff to ensure:
o the annual performance management of all staff
o consistently high levels of performance and commitment from all members of staff
o appropriate opportunities for professional development for all staff
• Challenge underperformance at all levels with effective corrective action;
• Continue to develop the school’s vision and plans with governors and staff and lead the school Development Planning process;
• Build and maintain excellent relationships with the school stakeholders;
• Oversee the school review process and combine the outcomes of regular school self-reviews with external evaluations in order to develop the school;
• Ensure high management standards of staff so that their contribution to the work of the school is developed and maximised;
• Manage the school involvement in relevant networks;
• Manage resources and allocate them to support effective teaching and learning;
• Ensure that the school is ‘Ofsted’ ready;
• Take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school as appropriate.


• Develop and maintain an appropriate, inspiring, relevant, purposeful and inclusive curriculum, designed to reflect the best current educational thinking, practice and research;
• Make sure parents and pupils are well informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress;
• Ensure that the curriculum is rich, broad and varied and is underpinned with our distinctively Christian values, enriching the lives of our pupils physically, emotionally and academically;
• Keep up-to-date with curriculum developments and liaise with all relevant outside agencies;


• Make sure teaching and learning reflects the vision and values of the school, particularly the distinctively Christian ethos and ensures the highest standards in every pupils’ learning;
• Ensure high quality transition from pre-schools and through to secondary schools the pupils may transfer to, with curriculum continuity and maximised pupil progress;
• Ensure a consistent and continuous focus on pupils’ achievement, with systems for recording individual pupil’s progress, and effective use of data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every student’s learning;
• Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies;

• Give regular feedback to colleagues in a way which recognises good practice and supports their progress against professional and performance management objectives, resulting in a tangible impact on pupils’ learning;
• Participate in appropriate meetings with colleagues and parents relating to the above duties;
• A Head Teacher should be a teacher at heart, who is able to model outstanding teaching, and as such will be expected to:
o undertake a teaching commitment at a level consistent with the needs of the school and the demands of the post in which the Head Teacher can demonstrate their outstanding practice and lead by example.
o facilitate development of teaching and support and coach teaching to outstanding levels.
o effectively lead on teaching and learning
o have an understanding of all the changes to the curriculum and assessment and effectively implement them in school


• Possess the skills and ability to identify abuse;
• Know how to refer concerns to the appropriate investigating agencies;
• Maintain detailed and accurate written records of child protection concerns;
• Support, advise and share expertise with all members of the school staff;
• Ensure staff members have access to and understand the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures, and any local procedures;
• Ensure child protection training is part of the induction for all new staff and that relevant training is provided where necessary;
• Annually review and update the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures in light of any new guidance, and present them to the Governing Body for approval;
• Provide a copy of the child protection policies and procedures to parents who request to see them;
• Contribute towards local child protection policy and groups by actively attending and contributing to meetings;
• Provide written reports to the Governing Body in a timely manner;
• Ensure that the Governing Body is updated on a regular basis regarding all child protection issues and investigations;
• Ensure that relevant safeguarding files are copied and forwarded, in line with data protection law, when a pupil transfers to another school;
• Lead a team reviewing and monitoring any causes of concern relating to pupils.


• Ensure that the school complies with national and local health and safety legislation and procedures;
• Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the school premises and any plant or substances used therein are safe and present no risks to the health of anyone using them;
• Ensure robust health and safety policy and procedures are in place and understood by all members of school staff;
• Provide a copy of the health and safety policies and procedures to parents who request to see them;
• Take responsibility for closing the school where health and safety concerns require it;
• Order contractors to cease working where health and safety concerns require it;
• In collaboration with the Site Manager, ensure that the school’s facilities and assets, including all electric, gas and water facilities, meet legal requirements and remain safe to use;
• Take responsibility for the health and safety of all staff, pupils and visitors on a day-to-day basis;
• Delegate selected responsibilities as necessary to ensure the timely delivery and implementation of policy and to ensure records, checklists, risk assessments and guidance documents from local and national sources are up-to-date.


• Developing and maintain the Christian ethos of the school, so that it is intrinsic and
permeates all aspects of the school’s life and curriculum, and contributes to academic
achievement and the building of community;
• Creating and maintaining an effective partnership with parents/carers and the local
• Strengthening the school’s positive image in the wider community;
• Actively supporting the diversity of the school’s community and pupils;
• Enabling a strong partnership with the local Church;
• Developing strong and positive relationships with colleagues in the Diocese and other local schools,;
• Participating in sector-wide activities in order to share best practice.


The current postholder has a flexible teaching commitment and SEND responsibility.

The Head Teacher will perform all other duties appropriate to the role as instructed by the Governors.

This job description is subject to annual review.

Employee benefits

In return, we offer:
• Enthusiastic children who are eager to learn;
• Support from all stakeholders including: dedicated governors, hardworking staff, committed parents and a loyal wider local community;
• A commitment to continued professional development and school improvement;
• An engaging learning and working environment with generous outdoor space.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England
Education phase
School size
107 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About Longstone CofE Primary School

School location

The Cross, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1TZ

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