Chawson First School, Droitwich, Worcestershire

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership Scale 16-22

Job summary

Responsible to: The Governing Body and Local Authority
Responsible for: All children and staff within the school

Core purpose:
• To provide dynamic and inspirational leadership that provides the strong foundation to enable high standards to be achieved in all areas of the school’s work.
• To inspire, challenge, motivate and empower all members of the school community to carry the vision forward, promoting excellence, equality and high expectations.
• The ability to evaluate the school’s performance, identifying areas of improvement and priorities for continuous growth and development of the school and its children.
• To deploy all resources, including staff and financial to achieve the school’s aims.
• To explore opportunities which will improve the learning and educational environment for all children.
• To secure commitment and confidence of the wider community.
• To have a secure knowledge of educational change including new pedagogical ideology and its impact upon the school, and setting school development priorities accordingly.

Key accountabilities:
Strategic Leadership
• To work with the Governors and Senior Leadership Team to create a coherent vision for the school, ensuring it is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all.
• Work within the school community to translate the vision, core aims, agreed objectives into school development plans which will promote and sustain continual school improvement.
• Ensure that strategic planning recognises the emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspect of life and considers the diversities that comprise the makeup of the school and wider community.
• Enhance opportunities through collaboration with other schools.

Leading Teaching and Learning
• To ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on children’s achievement, utilising data and appropriate benchmarks to monitor development in children, including disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
• Develop strategies that secure high standards of child conduct and attendance.
• Observe, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
• Determine, organise and implement a rich and varied curriculum and put into place an effective assessment framework.
• Challenge under-performance at all levels, ensuring effective corrective action and follow-up through coaching and mentoring.
• To ensure that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management.
• Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set challenging targets for all children.

• The Head Teacher is legally and contractually accountable to the Governing Body for the school, its environment and all its work. The Head Teacher also fulfils wider accountabilities in relation to children, parents, carers and other relevant groups.
• Utilise a range of evidence, including national, local and own school performance data to support, monitor, evaluate and improve aspects of school life, including challenging poor performance and identifying educational trends.
• Ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed, with the understanding that they are subject to rigorous review and evaluation.
• Fulfil commitments arising from contractual accountability to the LA.
• Ensure effective use of the school’s budget and best practice in financial and employment matters.

Strengthening Community
• Build and maintain effective relationships with parents, carers, partners and the community that enhance the education and well-being of all children and the wider community.
• Work effectively with other educational institutions locally and further afield, building effective partnerships.
• Develop the provision of extra-curricular opportunities.
• Seek opportunities to invite parents, carers, community figures, businesses or other organisations into the school to enhance and enrich the school and its value to the wider community.
• Recognise and champion opportunities for developing a rich and diverse school community, which respects the rights, responsibilities and dignity of all.

Managing the organisation
• Ensure that within an autonomous culture, policies and practices take account of national and local requirements and comply with legal requirements.
• Recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately. Staff training, CPD and an effective appraisal system should be first class.
• Manage the school’s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to ensure the school’s aims and goals are achievable.
• Create an organisation structure that reflects the school’s values, and enables the management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements and school objectives.
• Produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities.
• Ensure compliance with education statue and employment legislation.
• Ensure that the range, quality and use of all available resources is monitored, evaluated and reviewed to improve the quality of education for all children and provide value for money.
• Manage the school environment efficiently and effectively, ensuring it meets the needs of the curriculum, health and safety regulations and safety of all children and staff.
• Ensure a pastoral care system that focuses on each learner and supports school improvement is in place.

Chawson First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The Head Teacher is expected to demonstrate this commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and is expected to hold all staff, volunteers and governors accountable for their contribution to safeguarding regulations. Specifically:
• To ensure any policies and procedures adopted by the Governing Body are fully implemented and followed by all staff.
• Sufficient resources and time are allocated to enable a designated person and other staff to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in strategy discussions and other inter-agency meetings and contributing to the assessment of children.
• Ensure compliance with statutory ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ requirements.
• Ensure compliance with Prevent guidance.
• All staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice in regard to children and such concerns are addressed sensitively and effectively in a timely manner in accordance with agreed whistle-blowing practices.

The Chawson First School Governing Body expects its employees to work flexibly within the framework of the duties and responsibilities above. This means that the post holder may be expected to carry out work that is not specified in the job description but which is within the remit of the duties and responsibilities.

Applying for the job

For further information or to request an application pack, please contact Chawson First Community School Clerk to the Governors, Samantha Moran (clerk@chawson.worcs.sch.uk) or please call the school on 01905 773264.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
395 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 9
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Chawson First School

Chawson First School is located in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire with easy access to
motorways, train services and bus routes. The school serves approximately 400 children
from many different backgrounds with a number benefiting from pupil premium funding
and in need of additional support throughout their time with us. From September 2020 we will have an annual intake of 60 children. We enjoy a very positive relationship with the
other schools in our cluster including the other first and primary schools in Droitwich Spa, the 2 middle schools and Droitwich Spa High School. Our children have many opportunities to experience learning and activities in the middle school environment during their time at Chawson, particularly in years 3 and 4 to ensure their transition to these schools is as smooth as possible.

The school is set in grounds that provide a safe and interesting learning environment for our children; with 3 playgrounds, 2 forest school areas and play equipment. We have 15
classrooms across 2 floors, with 2 halls, a library area and provision areas for supported

The school offers a number of extra-curricular clubs after school and during lunch times
including football, knitting, board games, multi-sports and choirs. Our children also have the opportunity to enjoy swimming lessons and musical instrument lessons.

We have a committed and supportive PTA who organise many different activities including bake sales, raffles, summer and Christmas fayres and Quiz nights; that not only raise funds for equipment and trips for the school but also add greatly to our community values and ethos.

We have been rated as Good by Ofsted for the last 5 years, with our most recent inspection being in February 2019.

Quotes from Ofsted report
‘Leaders and governors have worked to make sure that the school has continued to move
‘One parent echoed the views of many when she said: ‘Chawson is a fabulous learning
environment. The staff are amazing at what they do. I couldn’t think of a better school.’
‘Staff are good role models for pupils. They help create a caring community. Pupils behave well in the school both in lessons and at breaktimes’
‘Governors have a clear sense of purpose. They have a wide range of skills and are
supportive of the work you do. Governors ask pertinent and challenging questions.

Arranging a visit to Chawson First School

Visits to the school are not possible for the time being, but we do have a virtual tour on the school website: https://www.chawson.worcs.sch.uk/tours-and-visits/

School location

Wych Road, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 8BW

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