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Overchurch Junior School, Wirral, Merseyside

Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 18 to Lead Practitioners range 24, £60,153 to £69,673

Job summary

Head Teacher, Wirral
Dates: Apply by 21st February 2020. Post commences September 2020
Salary: Leadership Scale points 18-24 (starting point based on prior experience)
Location: Upton, Wirral
Contract type: Full Time
Contract term: Permanent

Overchurch Junior School has a vacancy for an inspirational leader to undertake the post of head teacher from September 2020. (An earlier start may be an option.)

This is a wonderful opportunity to lead an improving school with great potential. The Governing Body and school community are proud of this school and are looking to appoint a skillful school leader to help us improve further. This successful candidate will build on the recent improvements implemented by staff and governors to improve academic attainment and address the development points from our most recent OFSTED report.

This large junior school is a popular and integral part of an established local community. Overchurch Junior School shares very large grounds with our Infant School partner. It is an oversubscribed three-form entry school. Governors have undertaken a lot of work in the last 12 months to ensure that the school has a sustainable budget. Approximately 20% of pupils are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

Overchurch Junior School is a positive and friendly environment in which to work and learn. Teachers, teaching assistants and support staff all work exceptionally well as a team. Governors are actively involved in school life. The children are well-behaved and participate wholeheartedly in all aspects of school life, both in the classroom and in the many and varied extra-curricular activities.

Governors are looking for a head teacher who will lead our school to even higher standards and ensure that we have a strong working relationship with Overchurch Infant School. Our new head teacher will need to inspire and lead staff and children to achieve our ambitions for the Overchurch community. We want every member of staff to know that they are valued and have a role to play in our school’s improvement. We want to ensure that all our pupils achieve their potential academically and as citizens who contribute to their community.

The Governors want a Head Teacher who:

• Has a commitment to well-being and education of children.
• Has passion and is motivated.
• Can demonstrate impact as a leader in a school.
• Is up to date with current research regarding effective educational change and learning.
• Has a track record of ensuring effective professional development for staff.
• Has extensive knowledge of all aspects of education relevant to a junior school.
• Has good interpersonal skills.
• Has excellent communication skills and is able to work well with parents, governors, our partner infant school and the wider community.
• Has vision and the stamina to achieve their aims.
• Is insightful.
• Is an effective staff manager.
• Is motivational.
• Is well organised and can implement effective systems.

The Head Teacher will get:

• Support of a committed and forward thinking Governing Body.
• A commitment to your professional development. This will include induction.
• A school that has a number of strong existing partnerships.
• An experienced, well-motivated staff team.
• Large community of wonderful children (currently 361 on roll).
• A warm, welcoming and supportive school community.
• An exciting challenge that provides an opportunity to have a ‘footprint’ in the development of a great school.

Appointment process details and dates:
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to embrace this commitment.
Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of an enhanced disclosure from the DBS and satisfactory references.

All Council vacancies are available at www.wirral.gov.uk

All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed on either the afternoon of 5th February at 4pm or the 10th February at 1pm. Please telephone Mrs Diane Brown, Business Manager at the school to confirm a visit on 0151 677 4150 option 4, e-mail; diane.brown@overchurch-junior.wirral.sch.uk

Application details are available on the school website www.overchurch-junior.wirral.sch.uk

Completed application forms and any supporting documents you wish to include should be sent direct to Mrs Julie McGetterick, Chair of Governors c/o school office.

Applications should be received by 21st February 2020.
References, if requested, will be required by 6th March 2020 (you are advised to alert potential referees to this requirement).
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will last for two consecutive days, which will be 9th and 10th March 2020.

Overchurch Junior School, Moreton Road, Upton, Wirral. CH49 4NS

Essential educational requirements

Graduate level qualification.

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Graduate level qualification
Evidence of continuing professional development
Evidence of recent and relevant training and development at headship level and/or in preparation for headship
Either completed or started National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
Recent and up to date safeguarding training
Successfully undertaken an approved ‘safer recruitment’ training or a commitment to do so before taking up the post.

Essential skills and experience

A recent and proven track record as a Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher or senior leader in Key Stage Two.
Evidence of impact as an effective strategic leader.
A working and current knowledge of challenges and opportunities with Key Stage Two education.
Experience of leading strategic change effectively
Understanding of how to effectively manage transition between Key Stage One and Key Stage Two for the benefit of staff and pupils.
Understanding of how to effectively manage transition to secondary school for the benefit of pupils.
The ability to lead an effective leadership team and develop leadership across the organisation.
Ability to work productively with the Governing Body and ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties
An in depth knowledge of relevant education research, national curriculum requirements and how to ensure this informs effective school leadership.
Track record that demonstrates an understanding of how to ensure success for every child.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 361 pupils enrolled
Age range 7 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Overchurch Junior School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email diane.brown@overchurch-junior.wirral.sch.uk

About Overchurch Junior School

School location

Moreton Road, Wirral, Merseyside, CH49 4NS