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  • Expected start date

    1 April 2022

  • Application deadline

    29 November 2021 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    8 November 2021

Job details

Job role
Key stage
Early years
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
Group 2, Leadership 8 (L8-L14)

Job summary

Do you want to lead a vibrant, forward thinking and diverse nursery school that places learning and the community at the heart of everything it does?

The governors of Wood Farm Primary and the Slade Nursery Schools are looking for an ambitious, creative and dedicated professional to join us as Head teacher of the nursery school from April 2022. The Slade Nursery School is a highly successful and vibrant early years setting, serving the diverse Headington community in Wood Farm, Oxford. Federated with the adjoining primary school, and located in beautiful modern accommodation this is an exciting opportunity to join a highly effective nursery school, with a strong local reputation for excellence and to lead the next stages of our development. The Slade comprises a maintained nursery school, open for 36 weeks a year, and Day Nursery open for 47.5 weeks. We cater in a variety of ways for children from 6 months old through to children in the year before they move to Reception, and includes Breakfast and After-School provision: our full intake numbers are detailed on our website.

The successful applicant will:
• Be an excellent early years teacher who is able to lead and inspire our children and staff
• Be an ambitious leader, who will continue to develop our outstanding school on the next stage of its journey
• Bring experience of working and thriving in a similar diverse community
• Have a strong, clear vision of the importance of high-quality nursery education
• Be dedicated to the progress and well-being of all children

We can offer the appointee:
• The exciting opportunity to lead a vibrant, friendly and effective school – recently judged Outstanding (2021)
• A dedicated and hard-working staff team
• Support from a wider team of highly experienced senior leaders
• A beautiful working environment, in an easily accessible location with excellent transport links
• The opportunity to make a lasting difference to children and families

Working closely with the federation Executive Head Teacher and governors, you will be responsible for the strategic direction and day to day running of the nursery school and day nursery. You will have proven experience of Senior Leadership and be looking for the next step in your career.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 2 to 5
Education phase
School size
75 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 5
Contact phone number
01865 762575

About Slade Nursery School

Housed in a beautiful set of buildings and landscaped grounds in the Wood Farm/Headington area of Oxford, we believe that The Slade is a very special place to work, learn and grow. We are proud of our rich curriculum, and our recent OfSTED report echoes our aspirations:
"Children are thriving at this happy nursery school. They cannot wait to begin their day and arrive eager and ready to learn. They thoroughly enjoy playing together and are active, busy learners. The very well-appointed outdoor area is a hive of activity. Children love exploring out here, whatever the weather. They relish solving problems, such as finding the best way to climb the slope to cross the bridge. Leaders have high ambition for every child to develop a love of learning and achieve exceptionally well."

The Slade has a Nursery School and Day Nursery, with the Nursery School open for 36 weeks a year and Day Nursery open for 47.5 weeks. We cater in a variety of ways for children from 6 months old through to children in the year before they move to Reception, and includes Breakfast and After-School provision: our intake numbers are detailed on our school website, and children join our school from a wide variety of backgrounds. We pride ourselves on the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that we have established in The Slade, and work hard to ensure both children and adults enjoy learning. We do this by giving children opportunities to learn though play, first-hand experiences and the experiences of others both indoors and outdoors every day, and by creating a happy, safe, secure and stimulating environment in which each individual is known, valued and encouraged to make a personal contribution.

We are part of the Wood Farm Federation, working closely with our next-door neighbours in Wood Farm Primary School, and like the Primary School team we have high expectations for our children and for our school. Our new head teacher will benefit from being part of the wider supportive leadership of both schools, and from working with the experienced executive head teacher of the federation. Our work actively engages the families and community we serve, promoting home/school relationships based on mutual trust and understanding, so that parents and teachers can together enrich every child's education and progress.

Our website is easily accessible at
and we have a growing social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: do check us out!

Arranging a visit to Slade Nursery School

Visits are encouraged, by prior arrangement.

Please contact Catherine Routledge, School Business Manager on 01865 762575, to arrange a visit, or if you would like to arrange an informal conversation about this post.

School location

Titup Hall Drive, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 8QQ

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