This job expired on 8 July 2024

  • Start date details

    January 2025

  • Closing date

    8 July 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    19 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£82,852.00 - £93,157.00 Annually (FTE) Leadership Grade 22 to 27, depending on experience

Headteacher job summary

Due to internal promotion within the Primary First Trust, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual with proven leadership experience to join the Primary First Trust as Headteacher for Mayplace Primary School.

About the School

Mayplace Primary School is a three-form entry school in the heart of Barnehurst, Bexley. It serves a thriving local community, is heavily oversubscribed and continues it journey to outstanding.

This position offers an exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity to be part of the continuing development of our school, which currently caters for 660 fantastic pupils aged 3 to 11. The school caters for a wide range of learning needs and has a resource provision for children with autism.

We pride ourselves on an inclusive green curriculum that supports the well-being of children and staff alike and, in turn, promotes a happy and healthy body and mind.

Our values of love of learning, leading learning, team, and belonging provide a framework that supports children in academic excellence and enables them to become clear thinkers, collaborative thinkers, and moral compass bearers. It is important that our children are accountable for themselves and others and understand where they fit into the wider world.

We have committed teaching and non-teaching staff who are a significant asset to the school and go above and beyond for the children.

Ofsted recognised this during their recent visit and suggested that the next inspection should be a Section 5 inspection with the possibility of an overall Outstanding grading.

The Role

You will lead the school, setting the vision, creating a creative and challenging curriculum, and the expectations for pupils' attainment and behaviour.

You will be responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day operation of the school, including the curriculum, learning and teaching, and pupil progress and achievement. You will also manage the budget operationally and be responsible for all staff at the school.

You will support the Trust in creating a culture of high expectations, self-evaluation, and constant improvement. In return, you will be supported by colleagues across the Trust who will lead and manage the central business services so you can focus on developing your school's unique culture.

You will champion and value diversity and every individual's unique contribution to the learning community by providing an environment where pupils and staff feel confident, safe and happy.

You will champion the use of technology across different aspects of school life.

You will also work closely with the other schools in the trust, the wider local community, the PTFA, and local community groups.

About You

You will have strong primary school leadership experience in an appropriate school or similar setting.

  • Be an inspirational leader, able to motivate and empower all staff and students, while providing strong, decisive and courageous leadership.
  • You will be able to proactively promote the principles of Inclusion and Safeguarding to ensure that these are delivered effectively.
  • Have a successful track record in achieving whole school excellence in attainment and progress and able to set and support challenging goals that motivate and foster continued improvement.
  • Be visible and accessible, engage positively, and build and maintain excellent relationships with children, staff, parents, governors, and the community.
  • Prioritise the wellbeing, resilience and achievements of all children and staff and put this at the heart of all decisions.
  • Be prepared to challenge established working methods and demonstrate vision and agility in decision-making.
  • Demonstrate a robust, innovative, and realistic approach to financial planning and a proven ability to manage financial and human resources effectively and efficiently.

We are proud to offer:

  • An ambitious school management team committed to staff professional learning.
  • Dedicated, professional and determined staff.
  • Highly motivated, happy children, keen to learn and develop
  • A strong commitment to staff wellbeing.
  • Excellent resources and vibrant teaching spaces.

Potential candidates are invited to contact Charlotte Cullen to arrange a visit to the school. This does not form part of the recruitment process.

You are also welcome to contact Lorna Hamilton, Deputy CEO, at lhamilton@theprimaryfirsttrust.co.uk to discuss the post in more detail.

Safer Recruitment, Inclusive and Diversity

The Primary First Trust is committed to safeguarding, Prevent and the welfare of pupils and this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Clearance, health clearance, social media checks, a probationary period and satisfactory references.

The Trust is striving to be an inclusive and diverse organisation where everyone feels able to be themselves and experiences a strong sense of belonging.

The Trust wholeheartedly supports the principle of equality and diversity in employment. It opposes all forms of unfair or unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sex. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention, and career development of people from ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds from as wide a range as possible, and we seek to develop a community of staff that accurately represents society as a whole. All applications for employment with the Trust will be considered against the criteria outlined in the person specification for the position advertised.

No agencies, please. We will contact you if we need support on recruitment.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Mayplace Primary School

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

Mayplace Primary is a fantastic school with amazing pupils. Our adventurous outdoor curriculum enables children to think creatively, problem solve and experience exciting learning opportunities.

Our values of Leading Learning, Love of Learning, Team and Belonging provide a framework for our pupils which supports them in academic excellence as well as becoming clear thinkers who are collaborative with a strong moral compass.

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