This job expired on 19 February 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    19 January 2024

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Payscale L12-18

What skills and experience we're looking for

Introducing a wonderful opportunity: we are on the lookout for an exceptional individual to join our vibrant educational community as the Headteacher of our thriving, local authoriy maintained primary school. This role offers a unique chance to lead and inspire the next generation of young minds, shaping their educational journey in a nurturing and dynamic environment.

As Headteacher, you will play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of learning excellence, innovation, and inclusivity. Our school is committed to providing a stimulating and supportive atmosphere where every child can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. If you are a passionate and visionary educational leader with a proven track record, we invite you to be a part of our dedicated team, guiding our school towards new heights of success and impact. Join us in making a lasting difference in the lives of our pupils and contributing to the future of education.


Qualified Teacher Status and evidence of continuing professional development that prepares the candidate for this role. An NPQH qualification is desirable.

Experience (essential):

  • Successful teaching experience within a range of environments.
  • Evidence of teaching in primary education.
  • Evidence of strong and successful leadership and management experience of at least two to three years.
  • Experience of working with pupils with special education needs.
  • Inspirational leadership and team building skills, combined with sound judgement and effective problem solving at a whole school level.
  • Evidence of an ability to involve the local community and education agencies in order to enhance pupil achievement.
  • Staff development and providing excellent collaborative leadership.
  • Use of formative and summative data to monitor and influence pupil progression through strategies within whole school.
  • Development and implementation of an innovative curriculum resulting in improved performance and results.
  • Instrumental within the delivery of school improvement.
  • An ability to promote and sustain a calm and positive ethos within a school environment.

Experience (desirable):

  • Experience of staff deployment and resources to optimise impact.
  • Evidence of building relationships with Governors and Education Challenge Leads.
  • Strong ICT skills along with an understanding of the use of new and emerging technologies to support learning and teaching.

For the full job description and person specification please see our Recruitment Pack (link below) or refer to the Dorset Council website.


What the school offers its staff

Southill Primary actively promotes and models excellent behaviour. We are proud of our wellbeing practice and support our staff in a number of ways, ensuring that we maintain a safe and welcoming working environment. We are ‘Outstandingly Happy’ and this is official! We have adopted a 2%er mindset and are committed within school to contribute to this. We are an Ofsted ‘good’ school with high academic aspirations. We work closely with Mental Health Schools Leaders to ensure that our practice is up-to-date and relevant to best support all our staff, pupils and our families.

As a maintained school under Dorset Council, we provide our staff with a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • Flexible working - we are open to discussing this at hiring point. We acknowledge that flexible working enables us to attract and retain the best talent to enable the very best outcomes for pupils in our school;
  • Pay increases based on competency increments;
  • Learning, career development and progression opportunities;
  • CPD time with resources to enable staff to keep a personal portfolio;
  • Additional leave and entitlements including a range of paid leave and career break options;
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced maternity leave, adoption and paternity pay (above statutory provisions);
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare vouchers and ‘bike to work’;
  • Membership to the Teachers Pension Scheme (a career average scheme);
  • Specialised advice and guidance to support your wellbeing.

We want staff to build a rewarding and successful career with us. Our generous range of benefits are designed to help staff to perform their best by providing a work/life balance to support wellbeing and by encouraging personal and professional growth.

More details can be found in our Recruitment Pack (link below) or on the Dorset Council website.


Further details about the role

For more details about this position please refer to our Recruitment Pack:


or refer to the Dorset Council website:



Visits to the school are welcomed and will take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February 2024. Please contact Sharon Howe, Senior Admin Officer by email: office@southill.dorset.sch.uk or on 01305 773144 to arrange a visit.

Please view the recruitment pack and apply for this position using the downloadable application form. Along with your application form please include a personal statement (500 words). Please share some insights about you and tell us why you are suitable for the position, how you meet the specifications and why you are the right person for our next Headteacher.

Please return your completed application along with your supporting letter to Mrs Sharon Howe, Senior Admin Officer, email:office@southill.dorset.sch.uk

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to robust Safer Recruitment processes as part of our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people. We will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. The purpose of these checks are purely based on the suitability of an individual to work with children, and includes all aspects of social media and online activity (internet searches). As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination, these searches will be conducted by a person not part of our appointment panel.

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About Southill Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
208 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01305 773144

We are a one-form entry primary school in Weymouth, positioned on the south coast of Dorset. We have a strong community and
awesome aspirations for our pupils. Here at Southill, we’re recognisably
unique. We pride ourselves in building high quality relationships between our staff and pupils, and we invest in our children’s interests - nurturing their
talents and skills within an inclusive environment where everyone is well
prepared to achieve.

Arranging a visit to Southill Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@southill.dorset.sch.uk.

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