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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    22 January 2024

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Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

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What skills and experience we're looking for

After thirty years of service to the school, seven as Headteacher, our current Headteacher is retiring. As such, Waterton Academy Trust and the Governors of Sharlston Community School are seeking to appoint an ambitious and innovative Headteacher who will lead our successful school on its journey to excellence from September 2024. We are in search of an enthusiastic and talented leader who will embrace our school ethos and have a sensitive and dedicated approach to an inclusive education for all.

The successful candidate will be someone who understands the school’s current strengths, who values distributed leadership, and has the skills and experience to deliver continued improvements.

We are looking for a leader with:

  • Proven senior leadership experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the primary curriculum
  • Evidenced impactful leadership
  • Vision and energy to inspire the whole school community
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to teamwork and developing colleagues
  • The ability to adapt to an ever-changing educational landscape
  • Flexibility to think creatively
  • Experience of contributing to a wider system leadership model
  • A robust and accountable nature
  • Obvious trustworthiness
  • A consultative and collaborative style
  • Presence and gravitas

What the school offers its staff

Sharlston Community School joined Waterton Academy Trust, a collective of thirteen primary schools, two specialist provisions and four pre-schools serving the Wakefield and Barnsley areas, in 2016. The trust’s driving ambition is to secure the very best outcomes for all its children and prepare them for future success. Sharlston Community School is proud to be part of this determined and collaborative group.

In return we can offer:

  • Mentorship and support from an experienced Executive Leadership Team, and the opportunity to work with an active and engaged Governing Body (Academy Standards Committee).
  • The opportunity to work alongside a professional, hardworking and motivated team of teachers and support staff committed to developing and raising standards.
  • Access to professional development and support from a wide network of colleagues within Waterton Academy Trust, including a team of skilled school improvement professionals. This would include a tailored CPD package designed to support you in your role and in your future career aspirations.
  • A firm commitment to your continuing professional development, including opportunities to collaborate and contribute within the trust and the broader education system.
  • A positive school community with a strong focus on staff and pupil wellbeing.
  • Motivated and engaged pupils who are keen to learn.
  • A comprehensive health and wellbeing package, prioritising your physical and mental health through SAS.
  • An attractive pension scheme, ensuring your future financial security.
  • Access to cycle to work scheme, promoting a healthy and eco-friendly commute.

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About Sharlston Community School

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
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School size
302 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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