Headteacher Southwark Park Primary School, London

Job description

Job Description – Headteacher

The Headteacher will be accountable to the Governing Body and Local Authority and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the school. The duties outlined in this document are in addition to those set out within the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document, the National Standards for Headteachers and the performance criteria, objectives and targets agreed with or set by the school’s Governing Body. The post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure.

Core purpose:

• Provide professional and inspirational leadership for Southwark Park Primary School;
• Promote a secure foundation to achieve the highest standards in all areas of the school’s work;
• Enrich the school community and environment; build upon the school’s current ethos;
• Provide vision and strategic direction; ensure, with the involvement of staff and governors, that the school is well managed and decisions are underpinned by sound financial planning;
• Be committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils;
• Promote high standards of behaviour and discipline, enabling pupils to fully participate, learn, enjoy, and achieve;
• Embrace the shared vision and passion for the school;
• Set clear standards and expectations for all members of the school community;
• Build on the school’s strengths and drive it forward to new successes;
• Embed a culture of achievement and progress in all year groups and at all levels;


• Lead with integrity an inspiration.
• Provide motivation and vision for all pupils, staff, governors and parents
• Encourage the effective management of the school, meeting statutory requirements and ensuring sound financial planning.
• Drive school improvement.
• Communicate the school’s vision.
• Implement a culture that offers equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff and stakeholders.
• Lead the on-going development of the school’s curriculum.

• Ensure a safe and supportive school culture, where children’s rights are respected.
• Ensure safeguarding policies and procedures are implemented rigorously and are reviewed at regular intervals.
• Ensure safer recruiting, building and sustaining a community that is committed to safeguarding.
• Co-operate and work with relevant agencies to protect children.

• Build on the collaborative learning culture within the school.
• Lead by example and create a shared commitment and responsibility for the school through teamwork, distributed leadership, and professional reflection.
• Encourage and develop staff to reach their full potential.
• Promote excellence and ensure the highest standards of professional practice at all times.
• Maintain a positive school culture that promotes the wellbeing of staff, and inspire others to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

• Maintain a consistent and continuous focus on pupils’ achievement.
• Ensure that learning is at the heart of everything.
• Promote excellence in the classroom by using creative, responsive, and effective approaches.
• Encourage a culture where all pupils engage in their own learning and strive to achieve their best.
• Demonstrate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school.
• Secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
• Further develop an inspiring curriculum with an effective assessment framework.
• Employ new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils.
• Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice, promoting continuous improvement strategies through coaching and mentoring.

• Manage the school’s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently.
• Recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately to achieve the school’s vision and goals.
• Implement effective performance management processes for all staff and encourage staff to develop into middle leaders.
• Collaborate with leaders to formulate an effective school improvement plan.
• Manage and maintain the school environment, ensuring it meets the needs of the curriculum and health & safety regulations.

• Build on the school culture, which takes account of the richness and diversity of the school community.
• Promote and support positive relationships with parents.
• Collaborate with other agencies in providing for the well-being of pupils and their families.
• Maintain effective partnerships with parents and carers to support and improve pupils’ achievement and personal development.
• Seek opportunities to strengthen relationships within the community, to enhance and enrich the school.
• Work in partnership with other schools and the local community.
• Raise the profile of the school.

• Work with the Governing Body to enable it to meet its responsibilities..
• Fulfil commitments arising from contractual accountability to the Local Authority.
• Through effective performance management, ensure individual staff are accountable.
• Present a coherent and accurate account of the school’s performance.

Essential educational requirements

Degree-level qualification, or equivalent

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
NPQH or equivalent professional qualification - desirable
Relevant or recent development that prepares the applicant for this post - desirable
Up-to-date safeguarding training

Essential skills and experience

Successful experience in a senior leadership role in a primary school.
Substantial knowledge of curriculum leadership and development.
Experience of implementing a strategic school improvement plan.
Ability to identify and develop excellent teaching.
Evidence of raising achievement of all pupils.
An understanding and knowledge of successful financial management.
Outstanding classroom practitioner with a deep understanding of high-quality teaching and learning.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of current educational priorities and Ofsted expectations.
Ability to build, motivate and lead effective teams in order to secure the best possible outcomes for pupils.
Ability to interpret, analyse and use a wide range of data and information effectively to drive school improvement.
Ability to develop and implement a creative and relevant curriculum.
Up-to-date knowledge of statutory requirements and curriculum.
Commitment to equal opportunities

About Southwark Park Primary School

383 Southwark Park Road, London, SE16 2JH
LA Maintained School
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