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  • Start date details

    Easter 2024

  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 10am

  • Date listed

    18 October 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£66,628.00 - £75,331.00 Annually (FTE) ISR Range of L15-L20

Headteacher job summary

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.

Merrydale 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 curriculum.

Merrydale engages 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 world.

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 positive outcomes.
  • 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 other stakeholders.
  • Share and positively promote our school and trust values and be approachable, supportive and passionate about the well-being of pupils and colleagues alike.
  • 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 community needs.
  • 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.

David Briggs

Email: dbriggs@discoverytrust.org

Telephone: 07855 822376

 Paul Stone: CEO, DSAT

Email: pstone@discoverytrust.org

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.

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 Merrydale Junior School

School type
Academy, ages 7 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
353 pupils enrolled
Age range
7 to 11

We are a friendly community school, where families are encouraged to learn together and give their children the confidence to succeed. Visitors often comment positively on the children’s warm welcome, their enthusiasm and also on staff’s commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life.

Our school is part of the Discovery Schools Academies Trust. Discovery Schools Academy Trust is dedicated to improving learning and teaching by creating a culture that promotes excellence. The needs of all children are placed at the heart of all decision making regardless of the school they attend. Teaching and learning excellence is shared through learning networks, sharing of ideas and materials as well as leading practitioners between schools. Discovery has developed a school improvement system which focuses on improving outcomes for all children. It also places staff development, talent management and succession planning at the heart of achieving outstanding organisations.

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