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  • Job start date

    1 January 2025

  • Closing date

    1 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    7 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£91,633 - £124,700 * (*for a suitably experienced candidate)

Pay scale

Group 7 ISR L28-L35

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you a strategic, visionary and experienced leader who can build on our strength and drive us forward to become Outstanding? We are rated “Good” by Ofsted, April 2023 and our P8 scores are in line with other schools nationally. Over 71% of students were entered for EBac subjects in 2023, reflecting our students’ aspirations and our high expectations as a school. Our current headteacher has built a successful and oversubscribed school and a strong and respected personal reputation, leaving our school in a very good place.

This is an exciting opportunity for the next successful headteacher of Sir John Thursby.

You will

  • Have a good understanding of the unique challenges faced by the community we serve and the characteristics and needs of the local community
  • Have a vision for our school and an ability to inspire others
  • Have a proven track record of leading and delivering research-based school improvement
  • Have a pastoral ethos which puts the student at the centre of all we do and a passion for improving the life chances of all our students
  • Have the strategic ability to develop and nurture a highly effective leadership team
  • Have a firm commitment to the well-being and professional development of all staff
  • Be approachable, inspiring trust and confidence across the school and diverse community, whilst leading by example

What the school offers its staff

We are a comprehensive 11-16 school rated Good by Ofsted (2023). We are proud that they recognised “Pupils enjoy attending this thriving and popular school. They feel a strong sense of belonging to the school community. Pupils achieve well and almost all successfully move on to apprenticeships, A levels or other forms of education, employment or training. Staff have high expectations of behaviour and know pupils very well”.

The successful candidate will fully embrace our ethos of ‘Belong, Believe, Achieve’ whilst bringing fresh ideas and vision that will build on current strengths and achievements. Our state-of-the-art building ensures that our students and staff have the best learning environment in which to achieve our aims.

Further details about the role

For more information see the covering letters from the Chair of Governors, Student Cabinet and current Headteacher, the job description and additional information enclosed.

More information about the school can be obtained from our website: www.sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Please submit your application form and personal statement (maximum 3 side A4) by 12 noon Friday 1st March 2024 to l.clayton@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Interview dates: Tuesday 16th April and Wednesday 17th April 2024

Pre-application visits by arrangement: please contact Mrs Leanne Barwell, Headteacher’s PA on 01282 682313 or email: l.barwell@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

For an application pack please:

  • download from the ‘vacancies’ section on the college website: www.sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk
  • telephone 01282 682313
  • or email l.clayton@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Send your completed Application form to: l.clayton@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk

Closing date: 12noon Friday 1st March 2024

Shortlisting: Monday 18th March 2024

Interviews: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th April 2024

Commitment to safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks. Please note that in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 an online search will be carried out as part of our due diligence on shortlisted candidates.

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About Sir John Thursby Community College

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1125 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
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Mainstream, Foundation, LA maintained, 11-16 Secondary School.

Sir John Thursby Community College is a mixed 11-16, multi-cultural, fully inclusive college which values all students, staff and our community partners. We have over 1,000 students on roll and over 150 staff enjoying working together to provide the best for everyone.

In 2016 Ofsted rated us GOOD in all areas. Our facilities are exceptional for 21st Century learning.

Arranging a visit to Sir John Thursby Community College

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email l.clayton@sirjohnthursby.lancs.sch.uk.

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