Pensilva Primary School, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5PG

10 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    10 July 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    21 June 2022

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Headteacher job summary

Due to the planned retirement of our dedicated Headteacher, an exciting opportunity has arisen to become the Headteacher of Pensilva Primary School in Cornwall. The successful candidate will commence their role on the 1st January 2023. The Governors, staff and children are seeking to appoint a person currently in a position of senior leadership to build upon our achievements to date and to drive the future development of the school.

We are ideally located on the edge of Bodmin moor, a world heritage site, just a short drive from both the North and South coast we are a village school with close community links, including excellent links with our local pre-school. We are a four class school, with a growing number on roll, benefitting from the freedom to lead and develop curriculum ideas as we are not an academy or in a MAT.

Pensilva is seeking someone who:
• Is an energetic, inspirational leader who puts children at the heart of everything they do
• Is able to empower and motivate children, staff and parents, being a visible presence in our community
• Will embrace and build on our current strengths and can uphold our school vision and values
• Has a track record of successfully raising standards and ensuring all children make good progress through targeted assessment and intervention
• Is confident and competent with all areas of school management, including Safeguarding
• Will appreciate the opportunity to continue to have a small teaching role

Pensilva can offer:
• A cohesive, collaborative staff team committed to the development of the children
• A spacious site with large classrooms and fantastic outdoor spaces, including playgrounds, fields and woodland areas
• An excellent and committed PSA
• A supportive Governing Body
• A commitment to ongoing professional development
• Children are keen to welcome you to our happy, inclusive school
• “Parents highly value the work of the school and would recommend it to others” Ofsted 2018

The right candidate must be committed to safeguarding children and inclusivity and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Visits to the school are warmly encouraged, please contact the school on 01579 362546 or secretary@pensilva.cornwall.sch.uk.

Applying for the job

Please complete the full application form and return your application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by email to headships@cornwall.gov.uk

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About Pensilva Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
94 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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Our Primary school is situated in the heart of the village of Pensilva. The original building dates back to 1913 and has always been involved in community activities. Pensilva Primary School welcomes children from the village and a large area of the surrounding countryside.

We enjoy the best traditions of village schooling with creative teaching, an appreciation of the local environment and a good understanding of modern technology, which plays a major part in today’s world. The friendly atmosphere of our school provides the basis of a sound academic, caring, learning environment.

At Pensilva Primary School we believe that pupils can achieve high standards of work by developing an enthusiasm and a love of learning.

The school aims to create a stimulating atmosphere with appropriate resources so that children can develop their full potential in a working environment that takes account of their individual abilities, interests and personalities. We encourage respect for themselves and for others and adhere to our discipline policy as a framework to encourage good behaviour. We ensure that each pupil’s needs are met and that he/she can approach any member of staff for support.

Staff and pupils enjoy excellent facilities. The newer part of the school houses the kitchen, three classroom units and a main hall fully equipped for PE. Our school library, administrative offices, staffroom and two further classrooms are located in the original building. We share our site with the outstanding Pensilva Pre-School. Outside we have two playing fields and a “wild” area for environmental studies, where we run an active Forest School. There are two playgrounds - one for infants and one for juniors both with items of play equipment.

Arranging a visit to Pensilva Primary School

We would advise and encourage potential applicants to visit the school. Please contact the school secretary to arrange a visit secretary@pensilva.cornwall.sch.uk

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