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Penwortham Primary School, Preston, Lancashire

Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary £52,415 to £62,263

Job summary

'All your staff have very high expectations and their enthusiasm and dedication are infectious...staff and pupils are striving to achieve even greater success'. (Ofsted Nov 2016)

After 5 very successful years leading the school, Mr Mitchell is moving on to new opportunities: Penwortham Primary School is looking to appoint a new Headteacher.

Above all else, the following are the five key professional attributes that we are looking for in the person we appoint:

- Concern for excellence and demonstration of a high degree of attention to detail
- Decisiveness, consistency and a focus on solutions
- Resilience and conviction when trying to achieve the best outcomes
- A positive and optimistic outlook; ready to embrace innovation
- Ready to engage in collaborative partnership working, within and beyond the school

Penwortham Primary School is a single-form entry community Primary School with 204 pupils on roll. Our school has wonderful pupils, an extremely supportive staff team, excellent resources and very high standards and expectations. The school was last Ofsted inspected on the 29th November 2016 and we were delighted that the HMI agreed with our evaluation of the high quality of educational experience that we offer.

This is a Headteacher post. The successful applicant will lead the school to both maintain and further develop all aspects of the school's provision, achieving the best possible outcomes for each and every pupil.

This post will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to continue to move the school forward from its current strong position. The school leadership team includes: The Deputy Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead and Key Stage 2 Lead), the Assistant Headteacher (SEND and Key Stage 1 Lead), the Bursar and Lead TA/Vulnerable Pupil Champion. Middle Leaders take responsibility each year for a strand of the School Development Plan and have driven forward a number of school improvements as they develop their own leadership and management skills. We have a strong teaching team and standards of attainment and progress are consistently high.

All staff at this school make the education and welfare of our pupils their first concerns and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. The successful candidate will be required to act with honesty and integrity, be self-critical and be highly skilled at forging positive professional relationships.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be available to take up the post on 1st January 2020, however the governing body would be willing to delay this until 1st May 2020 for the right candidate. This will be discussed at the appropriate point. An inability to begin on 1st January 2020 should not be taken as a reason not to apply for this wonderful opportunity.

Penwortham Primary is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Key Dates

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 13 September 2019
Shortlisting: Monday 23 September 2016 (only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)
Task Day: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Interview Date: Thursday 10 October 2019
Proposed Interview Date:

For an informal discussion please contact:
We believe that visits to the school prior to application are essential for this senior post. To arrange a visit please contact the School Bursar, Mrs Julie Cullen, on 01772 743321

Applications will only be accepted when they are on our official application form. Completed applications must be returned by email in PDF format, to applications@penwortham-pri.lancs.sch.uk

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Successful leadership as a Deputy or Assistant Headteacher.
Evidence of successfully leading school improvement.
Evidence of the application of strategies to review, evaluate and improve teaching and learning.
Experience of leading curriculum development.
Experience of monitoring staff performance.
Experience of working constructively with parents .
An understanding of strategic financial planning in relation to its contribution to school improvement and pupil achievement.
The ability to provide support and advice to the Governing Body to enable it to meets its responsibilities.
To have had experience of guiding, mentoring or training individuals or teams.
Maintains good awareness of current national education policy and strategy.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 202 pupils enrolled
Age range 5 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Penwortham Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email applications@penwortham-pri.lancs.sch.uk

About Penwortham Primary School

School location

Crookings Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0HU