Court Fields School, Wellington, Somerset

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
L22 - L28

Job summary

Core Purpose:
The Headteacher will be the strategic lead professional at Court Fields School. They will provide vision, inspirational and professional leadership to ensure the continued success, improvement and development of the School and The Trust. The Headteacher will work strategically with all partners and stakeholders to develop provision beyond Good, which will transform the educational and future life opportunities of all pupils.

Employee benefits

The Trust is exceptionally supportive, with a core of excellent directors who have long service as governors and who understand and appreciate the work of schools, and challenge is welcomed. We work to create strong governance that acts as a good critical friend.

Applying for the job

To apply:
• Please complete the application and submit by 9:00am on Friday 29th January 2021.
• Write a letter of no more than two sides in Calibri or Arial font size 12. The letter should briefly set out your vision, why you want the post of Headteacher, what you have achieved to evidence your suitability for leading Court Fields School.
• Please do not write a further letter within the application form although you may write briefly what your interests are and something about you as a person.

For application packs and more information about The Castle Partnership Trust, please visit www.castleschool.co.uk. Candidates who wish to arrange a discussion regarding the position are encouraged to contact Julie Gregory, Trust CEOs PA, on 01823 274073.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
769 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Court Fields School

Court Fields is an 11-16 secondary school of about 775 students but a PAN of 860. At Court Fields, we carefully tend the positive and warm community where everyone is valued and treated fairly. Parents are very appreciative of the school. However, it is in its third RI judgment and progress is still not good enough. We want to be honest and transparent with candidates about this. The school joined the Trust in 2014 as a sponsored academy in Special Measures and was deeply so. It was taken out of Special Measures only 3 months after the Trust had taken it over and this was probably too quickly if we are honest, although at the time, we were very pleased. Since then a succession of school leaders have done much to improve the ethos, the behaviour and expectations but as you will know, it takes time to improve the quality of teaching and learning and whilst there is considerable progress and improvement, best practice is not yet fully embedded and consistent for every child in every lesson, every day. Leadership is strong throughout the school in both curriculum and pastoral however and I am confident that these improvements will be sustained given strong leadership and a determination from the new permanently appointed Headteacher.
Teachers and support staff have a great ethic and work hard for the children of Court Fields; they just need stability and consistency so that improvements already in place are allowed to embed fully. We do not need rapid change, we do not need a raft of new ideas. Everything is in place to more forwards and we need a steady hand on the till, guiding the school forwards at the right pace, supporting staff so that we retain the excellent people we now have in place, and maintaining the very positive relationships the school has with its community.
We are now seeking a new permanent Headteacher to ensure the school continues to move forwards.

Arranging a visit to Court Fields School

Where we would normally invite candidates to come and visit the school prior to application, this is not possible but you can make an appointment for a TEAMS meeting with the CEO and other available key personnel. Please contact Julie Gregory, Trust CEO's PA, on 01823 274073 to do so.

Any activities within the school will be fully risk assessed and appropriate safe distancing will be assured.

School location

Mantle Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8SW

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