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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    23 February 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    5 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L31 - L37

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a Headteacher to steer our vibrant, outwardly focused and successful secondary school as we enter the next phase of our journey.

The individual will understand and support our ethos of being a totally inclusive Single Academy Trust at the heart of the community, with the energy and drive to build on existing successes.

We are seeking a Headteacher who:

- Demonstrates energy and professional leadership, and shares our vision of ensuring every student achieves their full potential.

- Has the management skills and passion to lead our skilled Senior Leadership Team and dedicated staff.

- Will promote Penryn College in the local community, Cornwall and nationally by working collaboratively with our already well established, successful relationships.

Our commitment to excellence means we have been the most oversubscribed secondary school in Cornwall for the last three years, and our Progress 8 is the second highest in Cornwall.

We are proud of our genuinely inspiring learning environment and ambitious, diverse curriculum. We are participating in the ‘Creativity Collaboratives Programme’, funded by the Arts Council England, testing and evaluating a range of innovative practices in teaching and learning.

Vitally, we are dedicated to working collaboratively across the school with staff, parents/carers, Trustees and our community to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils in a safe, nurturing environment.We actively welcome and support pupils with a diverse range of needs, and our Area Resource Base (for pupils with special needs) places facilities for pupils and specialist staff at the front and centre of college life.

As one of the first Sports Colleges in England, we have retained our focus on sports and extra-curricular activities to enrich the experiences of our pupils, partnering with the local professional rugby team, the Cornish Pirates, who provide player-student mentoring sessions.

We are excited about our future and look forward to continuing with our vision of 'Achieving through Challenge'.

What the school offers its staff

The health and wellbeing of our entire school community, including staff, is of utmost importance to us. We have a dedicated Mental Health Lead and a number of employees at the school who are mental health trained to support staff and students alike.

Our Staff Wellbeing Team strive to organise a number of activities in and outside of school, including craft workshops, sports activities, and more. We also have a Workload Wellbeing Team that work to ensure the school is always considerate of staff members’ work-life balance.

We actively encourage staff to take part in the many continuing professional development (CPD) workshops and classes we operate at Penryn College, helping to strengthen and/or develop new skills.

Additionally, we are firm believers in working in partnerships. We have strong links with the University, a long established partnership with a large group of primaries and we are part of the ‘Creativity Collaboratives Programme’, funded by the Arts Council England, testing and evaluating a range of innovative practices in teaching and learning. This has developed our strong, existing relationships with local primary schools and universities, providing many benefits for our staff.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and as such our school aims to create the safest environment within which every student has the opportunity to achieve.

In accordance with our policies, we are unable to process applications via CV. Only applications made on a fully completed Penryn College application form will be considered.

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About Penryn College

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1147 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01326 372379

We’re a lively, thriving school, and we pride ourselves on offering the very best for our students.

We cater for children and young people aged 11-16 who live in Penryn and the surrounding villages of Constantine, Flushing, Mabe, Mawnan Smith, Mylor, Perranwell and Ponsanooth. Students also join us from Falmouth and other outlying villages and towns.

Our PAN (published admission number) for each year group is 210, but the occupational capacity is slightly different for each one. Currently, we are oversubscribed in all year groups.

Originally, Penryn College opened in Falmouth in 1957, and was moved to its present site in 1961. Since that time, there has been a programme of continuous improvement and updating of buildings/classrooms. Our biggest development was the opening of our £24 million College building in 2008.

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