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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    22 January 2024

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership L17-L23

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking an outstanding Headteacher to start in September 2024, with ambition, experience and enthusiasm to lead our vibrant school. This is an exciting time for a candidate with the skills and vision to build on our successes and make a great school even greater.

Our new Headteacher will:

  • be driven by a love of learning and a passion to realise the potential of every child.
  • be a creative and inspirational leader who strives for excellence in all areas.
  • be an empowering and nurturing people manager.
  • be open, approachable and unwaveringly enthusiastic.
  • have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and a desire to build positive working relationships with staff, parents, and community.
  • be able to embrace and manage change with an entrepreneurial spirit and an openness to different ideas.

What the school offers its staff

  • We are a happy and inclusive school in the centre of the thriving semi-rural village of Sonning Common, just a short drive from Reading and Henley-on-Thames.
  • Our school is a values-led community school centred around making good relationships, teamwork and caring for others.
  • We have an ambitiousvisionfor how the school will progress.
  • We were judged as continuing to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted in September 2023.
  • We have an ambitious and cohesive curriculum which produces academic results consistently above the local and national averages.
  • We have an active and varied sports curriculum with an onsite swimming pool, a multi-use games area and a large sports field.
  • We have a huge and varied outdoor space including two woodland areas for teaching and learning and Recognised Provider status from the Forest School Association.
  • Even with the economic pressures over the past few years, we have sound financial management in place and a healthy positive budget.
  • Our PTA are active and supportive and organise multiple fundraising events during the year.
  • Our Governing Board is supportive and engaged.
  • We have excellent links to community groups, organisations and businesses in our local community to enrich teaching and learning experiences.
  • Our pupils are bright, excited, well behaved, eager to learn and value their school.
  • A team of excellent, dedicated teachers and staff dedicated to providing an education for the whole child, giving every individual an exciting and interesting start to life.

Further details about the role

A full application pack and application form are available from the vacancies page on the school website.

Application forms should be submitted with a covering letter addressed to Keith Settle, Chair of Governors, by 8am Monday 19th February via email to sbm@sonning-common.oxon.sch.uk. CVs cannot be accepted.

Interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 4th March

Visits to the school are most welcome by appointment. Please contact Kate Balcon, our school business manager (sbm@sonning-common.oxon.sch.uk) to arrange a time.

Commitment to safeguarding

Sonning Common Primary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post involves the type of work with children and young people that requires applicants to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check and appropriate Right to Work clearances in line with our recruitment and selection practices. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post. All users are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed.

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About Sonning Common Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
373 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
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Sonning Common Primary School is a values-led community, set in a beautiful rural site in South Oxfordshire.  We focus on our five values - Kindness, Politeness, Respect, Truth, and Doing your best – in everything we do.  We hope that this results in happy, productive children.  The school is set in vast rural grounds, with two large playing fields, two playgrounds, a full-size all-weather sports facility, and two forest camps.  We also have an on-site swimming pool.

Children at Sonning Common are taught by a diverse and committed teaching body, many of whom have experience in other careers and who can bring a varied range of views and ideas to inspire their classes.  Our results are consistently good, but we also aim to develop children more widely into responsible citizens, whose personal values reflect those of the school.  We always teach the full primary curriculum, and lessons and assemblies are enhanced by visits and visitors, our on-site public library, our garden and allotment, our sports and drama facilities and our forest camps.  We believe that all children leave us with a rounded and informed view of the world.  The achievements of our pupils in sport, music and drama are testament to this, as are the range of secondary schools they are able to move on to.

At Sonning Common we have a reputation for supporting all children, from extending the learning for those who are highly able to providing expert support for those with special educational needs, with both of these achieved through dedicated staff and tailored interventions.  Our pastoral support is superb, driven by a shared ethos that no child can learn effectively if they are anxious or unhappy.  Our wrap-around care (7.30am – 6.00pm) is always run by our own staff, and offers a range of activities and home-cooked healthy food.

Arranging a visit to Sonning Common Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sbm@sonning-common.oxon.sch.uk.

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