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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    30 January 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: Permanent position

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership 24 - Leadership 27

What skills and experience we're looking for

As a motivated headteacher who is passionate about making a difference, you will oversee the provisions within the school, including the two Special Resource Provisions.

Red Oaks prides itself on inclusion. You will also ensure effective behaviour management strategies are adhered to so a rich learning environment exists for all children. You will provide equality of opportunity by encouraging, developing, and challenging the abilities, skills and interests of each pupil recognising and valuing their differences. You will encourage each child to participate with confidence and enthusiasm and develop a sense of self respect, independence, responsibility, and fun – something very important at Red Oaks!

You will ensure the quality of learning experiences for all our children is best in class and that the school demonstrates substantial pupil progress on both academic and non-academic levels, whilst instilling a culture of best practice in the school where everyone is working to achieve a common goal which is clearly understood by all.

You will create a working environment within which colleagues are motivated and empowered to support all children to aspire, achieve and grow.

Person Specific criteria

We are seeking someone who is:

  • An inspirational and creative leader
  • A collaborative leaders who is dedicated to working with other MAT leaders and staff
  • Committed to promoting high standards of behaviour and attainment
  • Dedicated to working alongside parents and members of the local community
  • Passionate about equality and equal opportunities for all children
  • Has a proven track record of raising standards and continual school improvement
  • Has a consistent and continued approach to school wide well-being and mental health

What the school offers its staff

What we can offer you:
  • A strong ethos of TEAM
  • A happy and supportive working environment with an experienced and dedicated team
  • Well behaved children with positive learning behaviours
  • Supportive central team
  • MAT benefits package including discounts, access to a doctor 24/7 and an electric car salary sacrifice scheme.
  • Supportive parents and wider community
  • A strong emphasis on CPD

Further details about the role

Job Description

Job Title: Headteacher

Role reports to: Director of Primary

Job Purpose:

The Headteacher will put into place the school and Trust’s ethos and provide leadership and direction. This will ensure a supportive, successful and inspiring educational experience for all children in line with the common goals of The Park Academies Trust.

Main Accountabilities

Strategic Direction

  • To understand the Trust strategic vision as it applies to the school and ensure it is clearly communicated to all staff, parents and pupils.
  • To work with the Director of Primary when setting objectives and operational plans, in order to promote and sustain school improvement.
  • To encourage the use of best and innovative practice at all times to ensure a vibrant and responsive school approach
  • Lead and manage change effectively and efficiently to ensure that the school continues to evolve and develop.
  • To at all times model professional leadership of the organisation which secures its future success.
  • Work proactively with other heads and staff across the trust to drive improvement.

Leadership and Management

  • The post holder should at all times ensure that safeguarding procedures and responses to concerns are robust, rigorous and follow all the appropriate guidelines.
  • To lead by example in adhering to the ethos and values which underpin the Trust.
  • To work with the Director of Primary and other improvement partners where appropriate to ensure readiness for external review, including Ofsted.
  • To deliver the educational objectives of the school, including exam performance in an effective, pupil centred manner.
  • Monitor teaching and learning across the whole school
  • Deliver CPD to support the development needs of all staff and encourage staff to source other forms of CPD
  • To ensure that policies and practices always take account of national, school and Trust data, including inspection and research findings and the outcomes of internal and external reviews.
  • To accurately monitor and evaluate the performance of the school and provide this information to stakeholders, particularly the Director of Primary where appropriate.
  • To work closely with Trust central functions such as IT and HR to ensure that actions taken at school level are compliant legally and consistent with the Trust policies and procedures.
  • To work with HR and appropriate school leaders to ensure the school recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately to achieve the school’s vision and goals, whilst having due consideration for budget constraints.

  • manage and organise the use of the school accommodation efficiently and effectively during the designated school hours under the requirements of the PFI contract
  • To support middle and senior leadership of the school to build capacity, recognise existing talents and encourage delegation, through mentoring and coaching having regard to development and succession planning put in place by the Trust.
  • To ensure the use of successful and effective Performance Management processes with staff to inform pay decisions (where applicable) but also to ensure the effective running of the school.
  • Poor performance should be addressed quickly and consistently with HR advice.
  • To direct the Academy Operations Manager to ensure the school environment meets the needs of the curriculum along with health and safety regulations.
  • To be aware of staff wellbeing and ensure that staff engagement is regularly reviewed in line with the Trust Wellbeing Policy, with concerns being addressed appropriate in the context of the Trust or school requirements.
  • To maintain effective community relations.
  • Report to the LAB as required and attend meetings.


  • To evaluate the standards of teaching and learning in the school, and ensure that proper standards of professional performance are established and maintained.
  • Ensure that the progress of pupils of the school is monitored and recorded
  • Ensure continuing effective systems of planning, assessment, recording and reporting, using data and benchmarks to monitor attainment and progress, in every child’s learning
  • Use this data continuously to support and improve standards.
  • Determine, organise and implement a broad and balanced curriculum for the school, having regard to the needs, experiences, interests, aptitudes and stage of development of the pupils and the resources available to the school
  • To ensure that improvements in the curriculum are a priority for all pupils.
  • Using Trust Behaviour for Learning policies, to ensure the maintenance of good order and discipline at all times during the school day when pupils are present on the school premises and whenever the pupils are engaged in authorised school activities, whether on the school premises or elsewhere.
  • To ensure that the health and wellbeing of children is encouraged through a nurturing environment via an effective pastoral system and staff awareness.
  • To develop effective relationships with parents/carers, including making arrangements for parents/carers to be given regular information about the school curriculum, the progress of their children and other matters affecting the school, so as to promote common understanding of Trust aims
  • To promote inclusion and equality in all areas of school life.
  • To monitor and promote good attendance. Communicate exclusions with parents, LAB and Trust Board
  • Cover classes or teach groups where required

Financial Responsibilities

  • To be aware at all times of the affordability of any proposal including recruitment, premises or resource costs, and to ensure this is a priority consideration in all decision making.
  • To ensure that all staff resources are used in the most effective way possible to have the greatest impact on the pupils’ education and achieve value for money.
  • To challenge poor practice or unsatisfactory working approaches as quickly as possible to ensure a reduction in waste
  • To develop his/her commercial awareness in order to have an understanding of the importance of financial stability to achieving other aims of the Trust such as educational or reputational objectives.
  • Work alongside the School Business Manager to ensure a balanced budget.

Developing the Trust

  • To contribute to the development and growth of the Trust.
  • To be prepared to provide leadership support across the Trust as and when required.
  • To actively support, encourage and participate in the sharing of best practice across the Trust at all levels, including cross phase and curriculum working groups to ensure efficient all through provision across our Trust.
  • Encourage a positive view of the Trust within the community

Supplementary Accountabilities:

To at all times be aware of the Trust priorities, direction and financial position when putting into place Academy plans or approaches. These will primarily be communicated by the CEO via the Director of Primary, but may also be directed by other senior staff e.g. DFO.

To develop his/her own skills as a leader and as a teacher, to ensure that she/he is aware of best practice and is able to model outstanding performance.

Job Scope: Number and type of jobs managed:

The Headteacher will directly line manage the Deputy Head and members of SLT at his/her school. The Headteacher is ultimately responsible for the conduct, safety and development of all staff within his/her school.

No job description can be exhaustive and the duties may alter in practice over time. The post holder is expected to use his/her professional judgement to ensure that the role continues to evolve and develop in line with the Trust’s changing requirements.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Relevant teaching experience.
  • Degree or equivalent qualification with appropriate membership of a professional body.
  • Proven success at SLT or senior leader level.
  • Working knowledge of relevant policies, codes of practice, legislation and regulations/statutory requirements
  • Strong communication skills, able to deliver the right message to the right people, to engage with stakeholders effectively
  • Project management and change management experience
  • NPQH preferable but not essential

Decision Making:

She/he should be aware of all aspects of delivery and influence decision making where she/he feels necessary in order to achieve the school and Trust aims.

Contacts and Relationships:

  • Director of Primary
  • Board of Trustees and Central Trust Executive.
  • Trust Functional Heads such as HR, IT and Finance.
  • Other Academies and appropriate local bodies such as; Trades Unions, LA, RSC and the ESFA

Creativity and Innovation:

Guidance and leadership, assisting team with developing solutions and maintaining standards across the Trust.

Education is an area of constant evolution. The post holder should be aware of changes in guidelines, exam syllabus and curriculum and ensure these are delivered in the most innovative and efficient manner.


In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, jobholders should take reasonable care to ensure that personal data is not disclosed outside the Trust procedures, or use personal data held on others for their own purposes. In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ensure requests for non-personal information are dealt with in accordance with the Trust’s written procedures.

Safeguarding - Children & Vulnerable Adults

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff must work in accordance with Child Protection/Safeguarding rules and policies and understand their role within these.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Red Oaks Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
470 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Phone number
01793 493920

Red Oaks Primary School in Swindon was built in 2006 and is part of The Park Academies Trust.

Red Oaks prides itself on inclusion. The school is 2 forms of entry including a nursery for 3 and 4 year olds and it also has 2 Special Resource Provisions (SRPs), one for Deaf children and the other for children with complex learning needs. These provisions have their own managers. The school has a fantastic, dedicated team of staff.

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