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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    12 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Scale Point 15-21

What skills and experience we're looking for

Do you have the vision, energy and dedication to lead our school into its next stage of development?

As we approach a significant milestone in the history of our school with the retirement of our highly respected Headteacher in August 2024, the Governing Body invites applications for a visionary Headteacher.

This transition marks a superb opportunity for someone with the passion, drive and vision to elevate our already successful school to new heights. Our Ofsted judgement of ‘Good’ in May 2023 underscores our dedication to high standards in education, behaviour and engagement with our community.

We are not just seeking a Headteacher; we are looking for someone ready to embrace and enhance the values rooted in our school of Respect, Friendship and Honesty. Our new Headteacher will champion these values, joining our family, that prioritises the development of positive relationships, a love of learning, and the holistic growth of each child, and join a family dedicated to each child's journey. We seek a leader to enhance our child-centred approach and mission of ‘teaching with compassion’

Who we are looking for:

  • An inspiring and experienced leader with a successful track record in Early Years and Key Stage 1 leadership.
  • Someone with a strategic vision, committed to excellence, equality and fostering an inclusive learning environment.
  • Someone who values resilience, adaptability and the well-being of children and staff, skilled in building strong, positive relationships
  • A loyal and caring leader who embodies and promotes the school's ethos and values, ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

What the school offers its staff

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to make a significant impact in a school committed to making a difference.
  • Wonderful children who value the time they spend together as part of our community
  • A supportive and committed Governing Body
  • A hard-working, dedicated and experienced staff team who value educational excellence and holistic development.
  • A role that empowers you to make a significant impact on the lives of children, staff and the wider school community, within a supportive and inclusive environment.
  • Opportunities for further professional development and continuous learning, supported by a culture that values leadership and innovation in education.

Further details about the role

What you will do:

As the Headteacher, you will:

  • Lead with compassion and innovation, building upon our tradition of outstanding educational practice.
  • Continue to foster an environment of high expectations, where every child feels safe, secure, confident and valued.
  • Navigate complexities with resilience and adaptability, ensuring continuous improvement.
  • Strategically develop and communicate a long-term vision for the school.
  • Drive school improvement initiatives to enhance outcomes for all children, with a focus on SEND and disadvantaged students.
  • Mentor and coach staff towards professional excellence, fostering an environment of continuous learning and development.
  • Support the school’s strategic goals through effective organisational and financial management.

How to apply:

Please complete the standard application form available online together with a supporting letter of no more than three sides of A4 (font size 11) which sets out your educational philosophy and vision for the school, how this addresses the selection criteria detailed in the person specification and how you would approach the challenges of your first twelve months as our Headteacher.

Please submit your completed application form and letter to Lynne Hand, School Business Manager by email at sbm@oakwoodi.derby.sch.uk.

Closing date: Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 12.00 noon. Please note that any applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Interviews: Week commencing 25 March 2024.

School visits: Applicants are warmly encouraged to visit the school prior to submitting an application. Please contact the school office by telephone at 01332 574192 or email to sbm@oakwoodi.derby.sch.uk

Commitment to safeguarding

Oakwood Infant and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This position is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure check, underscoring our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring all shortlisted applicants for this post will be required to declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, and bind-overs both spent and unspent in their application, before interview and regardless of the passage of time.

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About Oakwood Infant and Nursery School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 7
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
311 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 7
Phone number
01332 574192

A very warm welcome to Oakwood Infant and Nursery School.

Situated in Alvaston in the city of Derby, our school is at the heart of the local and very diverse community. We serve 270 children between the ages of 4 and 7 and their families within our Infant school and offer a further 39 places for children aged 3-4 years in our Nursery from a wide variety of social backgrounds.

We pride ourselves on being a family-orientated school, teaching with compassion through the key values of trust, friendship and honesty. We are an inclusive school where all children feel they belong and every child has a champion who believes in them. This was recognised and celebrated through the recent award of a “Good” judgement from Ofsted (May 2023).

Oakwood Infant School has a significant SEN cohort. We are looking for a leader who is passionate about working with learners with special educational needs and who can continue to build exceptional teaching and learning in a setting where everyone is truly valued, supported and works as a team to deliver excellence. They will continuously strive to enhance learning opportunities for all pupils through setting high expectations and communicating and delivering a strong and aspirational vision for the school.

Positive relationships are at the core of all we do, so the new Headteacher will need to have outstanding skills in building relationships with our community and all who serve it. There needs to be a commitment to a holistic approach in developing our children and to ensuring that all children get the best possible advantages as they take the next step on their journey.

The successful candidate will be supported not only by a team of dedicated professionals, but also by a committed Board of Governors with a broad range of skills and experience. These people provide both challenge and encouragement to get the best out of you, in a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

For additional information on our school’s overall context and demographics, please see our website at https://www.oakwoodinfant.com/school-performance-data/

Arranging a visit to Oakwood Infant and Nursery School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sbm@oakwoodi.derby.sch.uk.

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