Dunbury Church of England Academy, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset


Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary L10-L16 (negotiable according to experience) £51,311 - £59,528 p/a

Job summary

Please read and carefully consider the person specification and job description for this post.
Dunbury CE Academy is a positive and friendly place to work. The school is a small primary situated in two popular villages. We have gorgeous grounds and enjoy high quality resources. We are proud of our church school ethos that has the well-being of children at the heart of all we do.

We genuinely value the positive contribution of every member of our team and are keen to welcome other like-minded staff. We are part of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust and commit to working collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for all children in the Trust. We are a good school and always ambitious to reach the next level.

Are you looking for your next big adventure? Ready for a bigger leadership opportunity?
Are you determined, innovative and passionate about learning?
Do you have the skills and attributes to lead a team, determined to offer the very best education?
Can you commit to being part of a journey to secure excellent outcomes for our young people?

We are looking for someone who:
• Has a dynamic vision for the education of all children
• Has a proven track record of excellent teaching and learning
• Has a desire and commitment to raising standards for every child
• Is creative and can embrace change
• Has energy, enthusiasm and passion
• Can build positive working relationships within a diverse school community
• Can lead by example and is ready to learn and grow with us
• Is able to show reflectiveness and persistence when dealing with complexity
• Genuinely wants to be part of our future

We can offer:
• Young people who love their school and are excited by learning
• A team of dedicated staff who believe in keeping the children at the heart of everything they do
• A collaborative desire to be the very best we can be
• Opportunities for professional development
• A governing body prepared to support and work hard for the school
• A strong and supportive parent body
• A positive, caring school ethos firmly rooted in our church school values
• A Trust that offers many opportunities for working together and collaboration

Applying for the job

If you are interested in this position and would like to have a more detailed conversation before making the decision to apply for the post, please give us a call and we will be happy to help you with as much detail as possible to support this process. We encourage visits to our academies, and these can be arranged between yourself and the school.

When you have enough information to make your decision to apply, please complete all sections of the application form.. Please return your completed application form to office@dsat.org.uk.

All applicants will be notified of the shortlisting decisions by email. References for shortlisted candidates will be requested before interviews. Interviews are to be confirmed and further details about the interview process will be emailed to the candidates in good time.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy, Church of England
Education phase Primary
School size 120 pupils enrolled
Age range 4 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Dunbury Church of England Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email office@dsat.org.uk

About Dunbury Church of England Academy

Our School
Our vision – strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high – was shaped by the whole school community. It binds us together in our drive to provide the fullest possible experiences for our children and to enrich our communities with understanding of the world beyond our gates and beyond our local area. Our core Christian values underpin all that we do. As a Church school, we work together to provide an excellent education, within an inclusive, respectful and kind Christian ethos. We wholly uphold the belief that we are all one in God. We strive to enable our children to achieve the very best and to surpass all expectations. We want to inspire children to go out into their community and into the world and make a positive difference.
Shaping our vision required us to consider carefully the needs of the community that we serve. We have started to purposefully reshape our curriculum so that it bears out our vision. We identified that our rural Dorset communities do not always provide our children with the full richness and diversity of life in the UK. We identified that, increasingly, children’s resilience when encountering obstacles or problems can be overwhelmed, and this can be exacerbated by poor mental health and wellbeing. We identified that the greatest barrier to children achieving and enjoying all that education has to offer is poor language skills. Our vision is to foster a community that empowers each other to overcome these issues, and so these issues are the drivers of our curriculum.
Our curriculum is designed to be woven throughout with engaging, meaningful and high-quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and enrich the experiences of our rural school community. Carefully planned opportunities inspire and nurture a life-long love of learning, promoting positive learning behaviours and helping our children to grow and flourish as confident, resilient and aspirational individuals.
The foundation of our curriculum intent is our vision statement of ‘strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high’. Our curriculum is underpinned by our core Christian values of friendship, respect, courage and trust, while it is driven by our community priorities: community & diversity, resilience & well-being and communication & language.
We want our children to learn and understand a rich conceptual body of knowledge and develop skills that equip them to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
We want them to acquire an understanding of personal and social responsibility that enables them to have a real and positive impact on themselves, on their communities and on the environment.
We want them to grow and flourish as unique and curious individuals with the resilience and determination to continually challenge themselves, to innovate, to aspire and to achieve highly.
Through the curriculum they will refine their ability to create, perform and author high quality work. They will develop language and communication skills necessary to thrive and succeed. They will learn to think critically and independently, developing positive self-esteem, wellbeing and confidence.
Our curriculum is designed to provide an in-depth, relational and applicable knowledge and understanding in the different subjects. It is underpinned by the National Curriculum, strengthened through careful mapping of how concepts progress in complexity across each year group. Core personal, social and thinking skills are woven through the curriculum, so that children aspire to be Intrepid Individuals, Team Players and Life-Long Learners.
We want our curriculum to enable every child to fly high, creating ground-breakers and change-makers, communicators, instigators, leaders – and friends

Arranging a visit to Dunbury Church of England Academy

Visits to our school are welcomed. To make an appointment to visit the school immediately after the Summer holiday, and meet the Chair of Governors, please contact Sarah Sherwin in the School Office on 01258 880501. For the opportunity to speak to our Chief Executive, Mark Lacey, please contact Nicki Summerill on 01722 746948 or office@dsat.org.uk.

School location

Dolway Lane, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, DT11 0AW