About Merrydale Primary School:
Merrydale Junior School is for children aged 7 to 11 years old, there are approximately
360 children on roll. Merrydale is a very friendly community school, where
families are encouraged to learn together and give their children the
confidence to succeed.
Junior School has been with Discovery Trust for many years.The school was
graded as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in October 2019, and continues to strive to be a
fantastic place for children to learn. Discovery Schools Academies Trust has
grown to 13 primary and 2 special schools and will continue to grow with a
clear strategic plan for growth.
The School is a Microsoft Incubator school leading the way in the use of digital
technology to support learning and the reduction of workload for staff. They
have digital devices for individuals to support learning and dedicated
technical support. The children compete in the Trust Esports league and have
access to drones, VR Headsets, and other STEM equipment to enrich their
fully with Inspiring Leaders and Discovery’s SCITT, providing high-quality
Teacher training placements each year and contributing to assessment,
moderation, and support across the partnership. This year the school will
be appointing ECT’s who have trained with them on the SCITT.
It is a vibrant and diverse
setting and a school where colleagues celebrate and promote children’s
backgrounds, aspirations and achievements.
Headteacher based at Merrydale Junior Primary School
Due to the retirement
of our current Headteacher, we have an exciting opportunity to recruit an
inspirational leader who has the ability and ambition to ensure Merrydale
Junior School remains an excellent place to learn and work and continues to have
one foot in the future, preparing students for the 21st Century
This is an extremely exciting opportunity for an
experienced Headteacher seeking the opportunity to apply their leadership
expertise within the setting of Merrydale Junior school, whilst having an
active role within school improvement across Discovery Trust.
The Head Teacher will work closely with the Director of Primary, being deployed one
day a week delivering school improvement and Trust strategy work. With the Trust
growing in size, there will be the opportunity to develop the role and
contribute more widely to the Trust as a whole, we therefore are looking for a
leader with an excellent leadership track record, a desire for system wide
leadership and an established understanding of effective school improvement.
As a Trust,
we pride ourselves in the development of colleagues and leaders by ensuring
everyone reaches their potential. Merrydale Junior School shares its expertise
and has developed many colleagues within the school who have progressed their
careers within the Trust.
Please refer to the Recruitment Pack and Headteacher Job Description attached for more information and to support with your application.
The right candidate will:
- Be a highly capable, strategic thinker with a clear vision
to lead the school to further success and a proven track record for delivering
- Possess an unrelenting focus to maximise student attainment,
progress and achievement.
- Be an enthusiastic, collaborative and innovative leader with
the willingness to understand the team and achieve the best from them including
the professional development of all colleagues.
- Have excellent communication skills with the ability to
engage effectively with children, parents, school and Trust colleagues and
- Share and positively promote our school and trust values and
be approachable, supportive and passionate about the well-being of pupils and
- Lead by example demonstrating a commitment to high standards
of teaching and learning and ensure consistent and excellent learning
opportunities for all children.
- Have the ability to share and learn from best practice,
including the use of appropriate research-based evidence.
What we offer:
- A peer network of like-minded Headteachers.
- A career structure for talented Headteachers.
- Recognition that all schools are unique, with an approach
that encourages local accountability and governance that is responsive to
- A commitment to excellence in education, grounded in a
shared moral purpose of ensuring high-quality provision for all learners.
- An established track record of high-quality education and
experience of leading rapid school improvement.
- An employer committed to offering all staff high quality
professional development opportunities, shared resources and expertise.
- Effective business management systems, ensuring that our
academies are able to focus on delivering inspirational teaching and learning.
- A great partnership with the local diocese.
- Free car parking
- Annual incremental pay increases with the pay scale range
- A defined benefit pension scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme - EAP
- Employee self service portal
- Eyecare voucher scheme and a cycle to work scheme.
- Benefits and discount scheme, such as gym discounts and dental care.
We would expect and encourage potential candidates to visit
us at school informally. Please contact David Briggs or Paul Stone, to arrange a
visit before the application deadline.
Telephone: 07855 822376
Paul Stone: CEO, DSAT
Telephone: 07870 194191
Safeguarding Statement: Discovery Schools Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidate invited to interview will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check and references will be sought prior to the interview taking place.
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