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.
- 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
- 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
- Establishing the school as the school of
choice for parents in the area.
To achieve success,
the post holder
- Provide vision, leadership, and
- Effectively lead and manage teaching and
learning to secure the highest possible and sustainable levels of progress and
- 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.
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
- 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
- Contribute to the wider work of Anthem
The post holder
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Provide effective induction, continuing
professional development and performance management in line with the school’s
- 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
- 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.
The post holder
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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
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