Headteacher

Elburton Primary School, Plymouth, Devon

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Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 16 to Lead Practitioners range 22, £59,528 to £68,851

Job summary

Headteacher - Elburton Primary School Academy - NOR 427 + pre-school Salary range 16-22

The post of headteacher at Elburton has become available as the current headteacher has been promoted to the post of CEO of Horizon MAT from September 2020. Elburton School is a founder member of the Horizon Multi Academy Trust and has been an academy since 2012. Elburton School is situated in Plymstock on the edge of Plymouth. The school has a very strong reputation in the area and is proud of the attainment and achievement of its pupils

We are seeking an inspirational Headteacher capable of delivering educational excellence and continuing the clear direction the school is currently on. The successful individual will lead by example, with a focus on supporting and developing the team from nursery to year 6.

We are seeking a new Headteacher who:
• Puts the needs of the children first, making them excited about their learning and develops their individual talents to the full
• Is an approachable, forward thinking, enthusiastic, communicative and inspirational leader with a track record of improving outcomes for children
• Is committed to delivering excellent standards of teaching and learning through a broad, balanced and creative curriculum
• Has high expectations of themselves and others, both extending and challenging everyone within the school community
• In partnership with Horizon Multi Academy Trust and the Local Governing Board drive and shape the vision of the school, leading us our exciting journey

Elburton Primary School, Haye Road South, Elburton, Plymouth PL9 8HJ

Further details including application form are available on our website: www.horizonmat.com/vacancies

Closing date: 14th September 2020, 12 noon

Interviews: W/C 21st September 2020

Start Date: 1st January 2021

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Completed application forms to be returned to: office@horizonmat.com FAO: Anna Pearce

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Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 475 pupils enrolled
Age range 2 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Elburton Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email office@horizonmat.com

About Elburton Primary School

Elburton School is situated in Plymstock on the eastern edge of Plymouth. Elburton is in easy reach of the city, Dartmoor, beaches and the A38. The school was opened in 1968 with 8 classrooms. Today we have 14 classes and continue to be oversubscribed and there are waiting lists for most year groups. The school became an academy in 2012 and was a founder of the Horizon Multi Academy Trust. This post has become available as the headteacher has been promoted to the CEO of the Trust.

The staff at the school are very dedicated to achieving the best for all pupils. There is great team work and co-operation and the successful applicant will need to demonstrate a commitment to a similar philosophy. Elburton School is proud of its welcoming inclusive ethos in which every member of the community is equally valued for their contribution. The new headteacher will be continuing the schools journey towards excellence. They will need to have a clearly articulated vision for the education that encompasses a strong collaborative attitude with all stakeholders.

All at Elburton School are very proud of its achievements. There have been two successive “outstanding judgements” either side of conversion to an academy. Academic attainment is high and the school has also had successes in other areas. The athletics team has regularly represented Plymouth. Our Football team has represented Devon and we are one of the first schools in the country to receive the Platinum School Games award for a second time. The school has received the International School Award, Health Schools and Bronze Art mark. The school has a strong choir and pupils have been successful in the Saltash Music Festival. Athletics teams have been successful in Devon wide competitions

It is expected that the new headteacher will have substantive experience of senior leadership in a school. They will be committed to the whole child and although they will have high aspirations for all pupils, they will not be solely data led. They will need to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of all primary age groups and curricular areas. The successful candidate will be expected to have an open mind to initiatives, be able to recognise what will make a difference and convey this with confidence. They will be expected to be approachable to the whole community and remain calm and patient when under pressure. Although the key leader within the team, they will not be afraid to take difficult decisions when called upon to do so.

The school has a planned admission number of 60 at Key Stage 1 and 62 at Key Stage 2 with two classes per year group. There are currently 427 pupils on roll plus a pre-school. There are 2 Assistant Headteachers at the school. There is a Teaching and Learning team comprising of 6 middle leaders and the senior leadership team.

The Local Governing Board is very active in the school and has a true understanding of issues that face it They challenge the school in an appropriate manner. The school’s relationships with parents are excellent. There is a very active PTA who annually raise well in excess of £20,000 for the school. The school runs Klub Kidz (for pre and after school care) and Stepping Stones (a pre-school). It is essential that the new headteacher is able to further develop the links between the School and the community.

The school is also joint lead of the Devon Teaching School Partnership and a key member of Devon Primary SCITT. We also participate in Plymouth School’s partnership which has provided many excellent sporting opportunities for our pupils.

Above all we are a happy school with eager and enthusiastic learners.


The appointed headteacher of Elburton Primary School will be expected to be an enthusiastic and active advocate of the vision of the Trust and committed to collaboration and co-operation with their colleagues. The new headteacher will be a full member of the Learning Board of headteachers and contribute to fulfil the stated aims and vision of the Trust. In return the new head will receive the support and encouragement of their new colleagues in all aspects of their new position.

Horizon Multi Academy Trust consists of nine academies Elburton Primary School Academy, Hooe Primary Academy, Pomphlett Primary School, Widewell Primary Academy, Ford Primary, Plaistow Hill Infant School, Hyde Park Infant, Hyde Park Juniors and Victoria Road Primary School.

Horizon MAT’s principle aim is:

To provide outstanding educational experiences for each pupil. We are determined to raise aspirations, opportunities and the standards of learning for all pupils.

This will be achieved as members of the Trust share the following values:

We believe that even better progress and attainment can be achieved through strong collaboration between schools across the city. In the Horizon MAT school leaders and governors will come together to share strategic thinking and expertise. By combining talents and skills we will support each other during challenging times.

Expertise will be shared across the schools ensuring that all schools have access to outstanding practice. The Horizon MAT will look to fund specialist teachers to work across all schools to provide richer curricular experiences for our pupils.

There will be opportunities for shared professional development, whether led internally or inviting in outside bodies. We would use professional development time to moderate between the year groups of the differing schools and shared subject expertise.

We believe that the Horizon MAT will enable the schools to tackle recruitment challenges and retain and develop staff from Initial Teacher Training to senior leadership. The MAT will encourage retention of staff through providing new opportunities, and plan effectively for succession.

As a Trust we will benefit financially as school budgets shrink. We will look to economies of scale, collective purchase and other financial efficiencies to achieve this.

All of this will be achieved while retaining and celebrating the unique ethos and nature of each Trust school.

School location

Haye Road South, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 8HJ