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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    29 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    11 March 2023

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

  • View all Full timejobs - Full-time role in line with School Teachers Pay and Conditions expectations for leadership posts.

Contract type


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Experience at Headteacher level, which may include interim or acting roles

  • Proven track record of creating a rich learning environment and delivering successful behaviour management

  • Strong experience in successfully leading and developing colleagues and building effective teams

  • Proven track record of achievement in raising standards

  • Solid understanding of the regulatory frameworks associated with school management

  • Ability to forge productive and outward-facing links with organisations and providers to enhance provision in the school and our Trust
  • Ability to use self-evaluation to devise and implement a clear strategic plan for ambitious school improvement in line with OWN Trust values

  • Ability to work closely with the Local Governance Committee and the Trust Board

  • Good understanding of management functions including budgeting, finance, human resources, health and safety, risk management and marketing

  • A sound understanding and demonstrable commitment to safeguarding in all aspects of the school and for the whole school community

  • Thorough knowledge of the OFSTED inspection framework and how this translates into school life

  • Demonstrate commitment to the safety/wellbeing of staff and children

  • Ability to demand ambitious standards for all learners and determination to overcome disadvantage ensuring equality of opportunity

  • Ability to enthuse, inspire, engage and lead all staff, enabling them to carry out their roles effectively

  • Ability to be a visible and proactive champion for OWN Trust, its vision and values

What the school offers its staff

OWN Trust Board and the Local Governance Committee of the school recognise that new Headteachers will benefit from a suitable induction programme.

The Trust Leadership Group provides an automatic network of support, ensuring that no school leader within the Trust is working in isolation. There are regular opportunities for meeting colleagues and the Trust will also broker engagement with other colleagues outside of the Trust who have recently been appointed.

This is an informal system that is intended primarily as a supportive contact without the need for reports or feedback. This may also result in wider networks and opportunities to engage with both new and experienced headteachers outside of the Trust as part of the Trust’s School Partnership Programme initiative. The Headteacher performance review system, based on reviewee led objectives includes regular opportunities for coaching and discussion with the CEO.

In the first term, the Headteacher will have access to an early introductory meeting with the CEO, who will make contact to arrange this visit and will outline the support available from the Trust. The meeting will consider support that is available for both professional needs and for wellbeing, as well as access to any CPD needs.

The list is not intended to be prescriptive, but the following provision may be made available or will be supported:

  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme, provided by Education Support (confidential support and guidance, 24/7, 365 days e year);

  • Provision for professional counselling via the school budget, approved by Trustees;

  • Formal mentoring from within the Trust or through our partnership network;

  • Access to a strong local cluster of headteachers;

  • Access to either peer support or professional supervision through the Education Support School Leaders’ Service (dependent on successful application).

Commitment to safeguarding

The 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 appointments will be subject to pre-employment checks, including an enhanced check with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), as well as social media checks.
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About Woodston Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
549 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01733 259862

Woodston is a large sized primary school that has expanded from a PAN of 20 in 2002 to a current PAN of 90 and is 3-form entry. The school has been consistently at capacity which in recent years, was the reason the Local Authority authorised and completed 3 building expansion works. We have a beautiful school and extensive grounds – all our pupils love and respect the environment they are in. Indeed, we positively promote care for each other and our environment. The school has a mixed demographic with 29% of pupils eligible for pupil premium; SEND support & EHCP totals 13.4%, which although is slightly lower than the National for SEN support, EHCP total is higher than average. We have an effective Inclusion Team that includes 2 Learning Mentors, 2 Family Support Officers, 1.1 FTE SENDCos and an ASD Specialist. Our SENDCos are part of a very strong Trust wide team, ensuring quality provision for children with additional needs.

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