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  • Start date details

    1st January 2024

  • Closing date

    25 September 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    19 September 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Headteacher job summary

About Us

Grampian Primary Academy caters for approximately 240 pupils, aged 3 to 11. It is situated in spacious grounds which the children enjoy in both their learning and leisure time. The school is made up of eight classes. All classes are well resourced to provide a high-quality curriculum for every child. Our school is proud to be part of Anthem, an education charity that strives to create ambitious and successful schools in which every child thrives.

We are very proud of our school, our children and their successes. Our school mission is to ‘unlock positive futures’ for our children. We believe that strong, positive relationships provide the foundations for a school community to flourish.

We aim to ensure that all children receive an exciting, relevant curriculum which fosters a life-long love of learning. We wholeheartedly promote a stimulating and positive learning environment where all our children feel happy, safe and valued as individuals. Through a breadth of learning experiences, we want to inspire children and help them to be the best they can be. We believe that children learn best when they are happy, confident and well-motivated.

Throughout all parts of their school journey, we are committed to nurturing our children to be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. We emphasise the importance of respect, good manners and pride in our work by providing an exciting curriculum, in a positive climate, that enables everyone to succeed.

Job Purpose

  • To provide professional leadership and management of Grampian Primary Academy that will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work.
  • To establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all pupils.
  • To establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality, and high expectations to enable all pupils to succeed.
  • To create a stimulating, nurturing, happy, safe, and productive learning environment that is engaging and fulfilling for all pupils.
  • To provide vision, leadership and direction for the school and ensure that it is managed and organised to meet its aim and targets. Working with others, to be responsible for evaluating the academy’s   performance to identify the priorities for continuous improvement and raising standards.
  • This job description reflects the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (2015). These standards are built upon The Teaching Standards (2011) which apply to all teachers, including headteachers.
  • Quickly understanding the ethos, nature, unique qualities and strengths and areas of improvement for the school.
  • Leading the operation and ongoing strategic development of the school.#
  • Establishing the plans, structures, systems, and processes that support the above.
  • Appointing high-calibre staff.
  • Promoting and supporting outstanding teaching.
  • Establishing the school as the school of choice for parents in the area.

To achieve success, the post holder will:

  • Provide vision, leadership, and direction.
  • Effectively lead and manage teaching and learning to secure the highest possible and sustainable levels of progress and attainment.
  • Promote excellence, equality and high expectations among all pupils and staff.
  • Effectively and efficiently deploy resources to achieve the school’s aims.
  • Evaluate school performance and identify priorities for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure effective and efficient day-to-day management, organisation and administration of the school.
  • Secure the commitment and support of the wider community and encourage the involvement of parents and carers as well as key local community figures.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

The post holder will:

  • Define vision and clear values for the academy which can be understood, communicated, and acted upon effectively.
  • Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centered on the academy’s vision and values, ably translating local and national policy into the academy’s context.
  • Be able to model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to academy improvement, leadership, and governance.
  • Develop an outward-facing academy capable of collaborating in partnership with other academies, schools and organisations to champion best practices and excellent outcomes for pupils.
  • Lead by example – with integrity, creativity, and clarity – to inspire and influence other stakeholders to believe in the fundamental importance of education and to promote the value of education.
  • Contribute to the wider work of Anthem Schools Trust.

Teaching and Learning

The post holder will:  

  • Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, overcoming disadvantage and advancing equality, instilling a strong sense of ownership and accountability from staff for the impact their work has on pupils’ outcomes.
  • Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design.
  • Challenge educational orthodoxies with relevant research and robust data analysis, to provide a world class education for the pupils.
  • Shape the current and future quality of teaching profession through high-quality training, systematic approach to monitoring and sustained professional development for all staff.
  • Develop strong partnerships with parents and carers to support pupils’ achievement and personal development.
  • Deliver an innovative curriculum based on excellence for all, whilst meeting statutory requirements and the school’s and Trust’s education vision. Monitor and evaluate the curriculum for both quality and value for money.
  • Implement effective strategies that secure high standards of behaviour and attendance ensuring that pupils feel happy, safe, and supported, and have all barriers to their learning and progress addressed/removed.
  • Achieve robust systems of pastoral care and personalised learning to ensure every pupil feels valued and is known and supported during their time at the school.

Leading and Managing Staff

The post holder will:

  • Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other.
  • Establish rigorous, fair, and transparent systems and measures for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any under-performance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice.
  • Provide effective induction, continuing professional development and performance management in line with the school’s strategic plans.
  • Distribute leadership throughout the organisation, forging teams of colleagues who have distinct roles and responsibilities and hold each other to account for their decision making.
  • Focus on clear succession planning by identifying emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is standard.
  • Maintain, develop, and embed an organisational structure that reflects the school’s values, and enables management processes to work effectively in line with Anthem Schools Trust and wider legal requirements.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor clear, evidenced-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities.
  • Foster an autonomous culture that ensures policies and practice takes account of Anthem Schools Trust policies, national and local policies and initiatives, and comply with legal requirements.
  • Recruit and retain high calibre staff, deploying them appropriately within the school and the Trust, managing their workloads to achieve the school’s vision and goals.

Securing Accountability

The post holder will:

  • Welcome strong governance and actively support the Local Governing Body to understand its role and deliver internal and external accountability – in particular, its functions to monitor the implementation of the Trust’s strategy and support and challenge the Headteacher to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.
  • Present a coherent account of the academy’s performance in a form appropriate to the range of audiences, including the CEO, Education Director, local governors, Ofsted and other necessary stakeholders.
  • Hold all staff accountable for their professional conduct and practice.

Financial, compliance and facilities management

The post holder, assisted by the Operations Manager, will:

  • Plan and manage the school’s finances and resources to ensure maximum benefit for pupils.
  • Be responsible for the school site, its buildings, equipment, and grounds.
  • Develop, with support from the school’s Local Governing Body, the annual and projected yearly budgets for approval by Anthem.
  • Set appropriate priorities for expenditure and allocation of funds.
  • Ensure that the accommodation provides a positive and safe environment which promotes wellbeing and high achievement for everyone at the school.
  • Manage and organise accommodation efficiently to ensure it meets the needs of the pupils and staff.
  • Ensure effective administration and audit control.
  • Be accountable for safeguarding, and health and safety requirements.


The post holder will:

  • Provide a safe, calm, and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in the academy and in wider society.
  • Ensure that the child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures are fully implemented and followed by all staff.
  • Ensure that sufficient resources and time are allocated to enable staff to discharge their child protection and safeguarding related responsibilities effectively.


The post holder will:

  • Establish a school culture and curriculum which fulfils the vision and requirements of the local community and the vision of the school.
  • Ensure learning experiences for all pupils are integrated with the wider community, and that, where possible, they are community-based.
  • Seek opportunities to invite parents and carers, community figures, businesses, and other organisations into the school to enrich the school and its value to the wider community.
  • Identify and develop strong partnerships and relationships with other primary schools, and local secondary schools.
  • Secure strong links with other key partners who are supporting the school’s development.
  • Maintain and strengthen links with other Anthem schools to share best practice and to promote the development of staff through mentoring, sharing resources and collaborative working to benefit all schools.
  • Collaborate with the Local Authority and other agencies to promote the academic, moral, social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of pupils and their families.
  • Work closely with Anthem and the Local Governing Body to ensure that the development of the school is a success.


Our rewards and benefits package includes:

  • Membership of Teachers Pension scheme.
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme offering free confidential support on a range of issues such as work, wellbeing, money, health, and legal advice.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Access to Health Shield Health Cash Plan, optional scheme to pay a weekly or monthly premium to claim money back on everyday health care needs such as dentist, optical and physical needs.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exhaustive nor exclusive as the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grading of the post.

Other Details

Please note - to enable a recruiting window as long as possible, the closing date will be 09:00 the day before the interview. However, we do encourage you to submit your application in good time prior to the closing date/time to facilitate the shortlisting process and to allow you time to prepare for the interview day. If successfully shortlisted, you will be fully briefed on the requirements for the interview day, which will include a short presentation.

Interview date:                       Tuesday 26th September 2023

For shortlisted applications received prior to the below dates, we also have opportunities to take a tour of the school with the current headteacher on: 

  • Monday 18th September at 14:00
  • Tuesday 19th September 09:30
  • Thursday 21st September 14:00

Applicants must submit their application through our recruitment system, My New Term. Although we do not accept CVs in place of the application, please send your CV to HR@anthemtrust.uk in readiness of completing your application if you would like to provide advance notice of your intention to apply.

The school reserve the right to appoint before the application deadline.

It is an offence for an individual who has been disqualified from working with children to knowingly apply for, offer to do, accept, or do any work in a ‘regulated activity’. The position advertised is a ‘regulated activity’. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and require all staff and volunteers to share and demonstrate this commitment. The successful candidate will have to meet the requirements of the person specification and will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks which will, where applicable, include a health check, an enhanced DBS check, the Children’s Barred List check and satisfactory references.

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About Grampian Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
222 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

Primary Academy

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