St Oswald's CofE Primary School, Kidderminster, Worcestershire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 14 to Lead Practitioners range 20, £56,579 to £65,561

Job description

Please email: ksb52@stoswalds.worcs.sch.uk or phone: 01562 751056 for an application pack.

Position: Head Teacher

Post Holder:

Responsible to: The CEO of the Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) and the Local Academy Board for St. Oswald CE Primary School

Responsible for: The strategic direction of St. Oswald CE Primary School

Scale: L14-20

Employment duties: To be performed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and within the range of teachers’ duties set out in that document.

This job description forms part of the contract of employment of the person appointed to this post. It reflects the position at the present time only and may be reviewed in negotiation with the employee in the future. The appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions as they relate to Head Teachers.

The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by the latest School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document, which should be read in conjunction with this document. This job description is based on the National Standards for Headteachers.
The Headteacher will have overall responsibility for the organisation, management and conduct of the school, providing:
• professional leadership and strategic direction to ensure the achievement of the highest possible standards in all areas of the school’s work, to ensure its improvement and success
• high-quality education and standards that will satisfy the vision and aims of the school
• management of the school’s resources
• the cultivation of an environment that secures and promotes the achievement of both pupils and staff
• full support for the distinctively Christian character of the school and DoWMAT

• Work closely with the CEO of DoWMAT, the Local Academy Board and others to ensure that the Christian vision and values of the school are clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon by all
• Support the DoWMAT vision of ‘To Love, To Learn, To Serve’ so that all stakeholders are enabled to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10)
• To maintain and continue to develop a learning environment which sets high expectations and delivers significantly with consistently improving pupil outcomes
• To embed a culture of achievement and strong progress in all year groups and thereby work towards creating an excellent school
• To work constructively in partnership with the Local Academy Board to develop its effectiveness, in order to ensure it carries out its strategic and statutory functions to the highest possible standard
• To maintain the profile of St Oswald School by working collaboratively with the DoWMAT and its academies, other local primary schools, secondary schools, and other stakeholders

• Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on providing a world class education for the pupils they serve
• Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards their pupils and staff, and towards parents, governors and members of the local community
• Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity - drawing on their own scholarship, expertise and skills, and that of those around them
• Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally, nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development
• Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centred on the school’s vision and the DoWMAT policies / procedures, ably translating local and national policy into the school’s context
• Communicate compellingly the school’s vision and drive the strategic leadership, empowering all pupils and staff to excel

• Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, overcoming disadvantage and advancing equality, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupils’ outcomes
• Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and pupils’ well-being
• Establish an educational culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice within and between schools, drawing on and conducting relevant research and robust data analysis
• Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other
• Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard, leading to clear succession planning
• Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice

• Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity and following DoWMAT policy
• Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in school and in the wider society
• Establish rigorous, fair and transparent systems and measures for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any under-performance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice
• Welcome strong governance and actively support the Local Academy Board to understand its role and deliver its functions effectively – in particular, its functions to set school strategy and hold the Headteacher to account for pupil, staff and financial performance
• Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of pupils’ achievements and the school’s sustainability
• Distribute leadership throughout the organisation, forging teams of colleagues who have distinct roles and responsibilities and hold each other to account for their decision making

• Create outward-facing schools which work with other schools and organisations - in a climate of mutual challenge - to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all pupils
• Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all pupils
• Challenge educational orthodoxies in the best interests of achieving excellence, harnessing the findings of well evidenced research to frame self-regulating and self-improving schools
• Shape the current and future quality of the teaching profession through high quality training and sustained professional development for all staff
• Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to school improvement, leadership and governance, confident of the vital contribution of internal and external accountability
• Inspire and influence others - within and beyond schools - to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people’s lives and to promote the value of education
• Contribute to the development of the DoWMAT by sharing effective practice, working in partnership with other schools and promoting innovative initiatives

• To be fully aware of and understand the duties and responsibilities arising from the Children’s Act 2004 and Working Together in relation to child protection and safeguarding children and young people
• Ensure the implementation of effective procedures for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people across the school and to follow the Child Protection/ Safeguarding procedures adopted by the school and DoWMAT

• To contribute to the positive team atmosphere and public image of the school
• To act professionally and with integrity at all times
• To assist with the general care and welfare of all pupils striving to maintain a happy safe environment at all times
• To adhere to and maintain school routines and codes of conduct, including confidentiality
• To support the aims and ethos of the school at all times
• To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participating in appropriate training activities
• To undertake other such duties and training as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job
• To undertake Health and Safety duties commensurate with the post and / or as detailed in the School Health and Safety Policy

• The job description allocates duties and responsibilities. It does not direct the particular amount of time to be spent in carrying them out and no part of it may be so construed. In allocating time to the performance of duties and responsibilities, the post holder will have regard to the needs and priorities of the school.
• The job description is not a comprehensive definition of the post and you may be required to undertake such other tasks appropriate to the level of appointment as the DoWMAT CEO may reasonably require. It may be reviewed annually or earlier if necessary and may be subject to modification or amendment at any time after consultation. You may discuss your job description with the CEO at any arranged time.
• DoWMAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and, as such, requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
• The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and service users and is consistent with the DoWMAT Equality Policy and Code of Conduct. All employees are expected to be committed to these.
• DoWMAT academies are a non-smoking environments

DoWMAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure, two positive references, medical clearance and evidence of appropriate qualifications.

Local Academy Board members, pupils, parents / carers, senior leaders, Academy Business Manager, classroom teachers, teaching / support assistants, EWO, clerical assistants, other professional groups, contractors, suppliers, DoWMAT Central Team
NOTES: The Leadership of the Academy Trust reserve the right to alter the content of this job description, after consultation, to reflect changes to the job without altering the level or responsibility. The duties described in this Job Description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all people and is consistent with the DoWMAT Equality Policy.

Signed (issued by): _______________________________ Date: __________

Signed (received by): ______________________________Date: __________

The DoWMAT Board of Directors and the Local Academy Board for St. Oswald’s CE Primary School are looking for an inspirational leader who can enable our pupils to achieve of their very best and to create an environment where staff are fulfilled and motivated to prepare the children for the future. The right person will have the flair and skill to release the potential of the school, to build on the commitment of all stakeholders to further the culture of continuous improvement, and to set and deliver high standards of behaviour and attainment.
The successful candidate will have proven success at building and leading high-performing teams and motivating pupils and staff. He or she will have an innovative and inspirational approach, along with a clear commitment to inclusive education in the community.
Should you decide to apply, please ensure your personal statement covers the essential criteria.

Letter from the Chair of the Local Academy Board
Thank you for your interest in the post of Headteacher for our school. We hope you will find the enclosed information pack useful and look forward to receiving your application.
St. Oswald’s takes pride in ensuring we provide a supportive, caring and nurturing environment for all our pupils whilst also enabling each pupil to achieve of their very best academically, socially and spiritually. We are also keen to invest time and thought into the wellbeing of all our staff who are the bedrock of a successful school. Our staff are determined to make learning inspirational and relevant and have been willing to go the extra mile in striving to achieve this. The community we serve is diverse in its aspirations and needs but the school has developed a strong relationship with parents and carers through providing a safe and welcoming place in which to learn.
In 2017, we decided to join the Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) and have since benefited from being part of an increasingly strong partnership of diverse academies throughout Worcestershire, all determined to work collaboratively and share good practice. This ensures we keep up to date and never feel isolated in an increasingly challenging educational landscape. I know our new Headteacher will be welcomed into this group and will appreciate the additional strength and support being part of such a partnership brings.
Please take the time to visit our school to meet our staff and find out more about our priorities.
There are many challenges ahead, but we have a strong and talented staff group to support you. We hope that you will share our vision and excitement for the future and wish you all the best with your application.
Nigel Taylor
Chair of St. Oswald’s CE Primary School Local Academy Board

Message from the Chief Executive Officer of the Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT)

Thank you for your interest in the post of Headteacher for St. Oswald’s CE Primary School.
This role provides an exciting opportunity for an inspirational system leader to work with the staff at St. Oswald’s to continue to improve outcomes for all children within the school. We are looking to appoint an outstanding leader who naturally inspires others and is passionate about teaching and learning. The successful candidate will be a highly effective and knowledgeable practitioner with a proven track record in leading teaching and learning and securing excellent outcomes for pupils. It is important that the successful candidate is able to gain the trust and confidence of all stakeholders and champion the mission of the school. Applicants should be driven by a commitment to create the best possible educational opportunities for all children.
St. Oswald’s CE Primary School joined the Diocese of Worcester Multi-Academy Trust (DoWMAT) in February 2018. The DoWMAT now serves 14 academies within the Diocese of Worcester, which encompasses the Local Authorities of Worcester and Dudley. All are deeply committed to implementing a collaborative approach to developing and securing excellent educational provision for all our pupils.
It is important that the successful candidate fully understands the Vision and Values of the Trust (included in Appendix 1 of this Pack) and is able to support St. Oswald’s CE Primary School as a DoWMAT school.
I would recommend, as part of your considerations for this post, that you contact our DoWMAT offices so we can explain our offer to each DoWMAT academy. We also have a website full of information about our services for your information.
I know our Headteachers would also be happy to have a conversation with interested candidates regarding what it means to be part of our DoWMAT family, should you wish to contact any of them.
May I take this opportunity to encourage you to apply and to wish you all the best for a successful application.
Claire Davies

Our School
St Oswald's Church of England (CE) Primary School is a one-form entry school, where each child is valued and respected. We also have a Nursery which offers both part-time and full-time provision for children aged 2 and up. We also offer term time wraparound care. We are part of the Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT).

As a CE school our ethos is distinctively Christian:

"The clear Christian ethos is confidently articulated by all stakeholders and permeates all areas of school life demonstrating a caring and nurturing community. The school motto ‘Inspire, Embrace, Succeed’ comes from its distinctively Christian vision, which is rooted in John 10:10, ‘I came so that they may have life and life to its fullest’." SIAMs Inspection Report, March 2017

Our aim is to provide a caring, safe, secure and stimulating environment where each child is encouraged to become a self-confident, self-disciplined and motivated learner.

Governors, teachers, support staff, parents and friends work together to ensure that the wellbeing of our children is at the heart of all that we do. We ensure that the lively, stimulating and caring environment within our school enables our children make progress to achieve of their very best academically and to develop as balanced, well-adjusted, thoughtful and polite young people with a lifelong interest in learning. Everyone here at St. Oswald’s is very proud of the achievements of our pupil. Not just in terms of academic achievement but in their development as young people.
Visitors to the school often comment on how friendly our school is and how happy the children our children are. We strive to create a nurturing environment where children feel safe and are able to flourish. We place a great emphasis on our school values and the development of the whole child. This all helps us to create an ethos where each pupil is valued, has an opportunity to contribute to our community and is supported to do their best. Above all, we place our children’s wellbeing at the heart of what we do so that they flourish in our care.
The best way to find out about us is to visit. We would be happy to introduce you to our school and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to come and see us, please contact the school office.
Our Vision and Values
"I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” John 10:10

This verse is the root of everything at St Oswald’s, it underpins our vision, informs school development and shapes our curriculum. The vision, ethos and values of St Oswald’s is as distinct as the community it serves. The person of Jesus, his ministry and teaching drive our vision and shape the approach that we take as we go about working with the children and families.

Jesus’s ministry was one of transformation of both individuals and communities – the Kingdom of God in the present. His ministry was counter-cultural and demolished the cultural norms of the day - breaking down barriers, unafraid to question authority and releasing potential in the people he engaged with; from the woman at the well, the lepers in the street to the tax collector in a tree he focused on those that were marginalised, friendless and without hope. His 2nd commandant (Love your neighbour as yourself) showed the love he had for everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender or place in society and his high expectations for their lives.

As a school we strive to emulate this example.

Our vision, summed up with our motto: Inspire, Embrace, Succeed, defines our values and ethos.

Inspire! Embrace! Succeed!

We want our school to inspire those in it and around it; to be a place where dreams are dreamt, goals are met and where confidences are grown.

We want those in our school to embrace life! To take every opportunity given, respect who and what is around them and to uphold the Christian values of our school.

We want those in our school to reach their fullest potential; to try their hardest, to give of their best and not give in – to succeed!

We aim to be a school where:

 Every individual in our school community knows they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God
 We live out our Christian faith and values in every activity and relationship
 Children have a zest for learning and a love of life
 Our curriculum is creative, rich and coherent and makes learning stimulating, meaningful and relevant
 Our staff are skilled, creative, reflective and collaborative practitioners
 Our pupils embrace the future with hope and confidence
 Parents are actively engaged as partners in their children’s learning and in the life of the school
 Individuality and diversity is respected and celebrated
 We can experiment, make mistakes and have the confidence to try again

When you walk into our school, we want you to feel that:
 There is a strong and distinctive Christian identity
 Everybody in the school community knows that they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God
 Pupils’ education comes first
 There is a buzz of children and adults learning together
 We are ordered and purposeful in what we do but we like to laugh and have fun
 We see change as an opportunity to embrace with relish
 You are welcome

Our values contribute to both the vision and ethos of our school. Whilst these values are Christian in their origin, they are values that those of any faith or no faith can ascribe to. These values flow through all aspects of our school life, they help inform decisions and policies, shape our curriculum and equip our learners with values for life.
Our values are:
Compassion : Courage : Forgiveness : Friendship : Generosity : Justice : Perseverance : Respect : Service : Thankfulness : Trust
The Recruitment Process & Key Dates

Thank you for requesting an application pack for the position of Headteacher of our delightful school.

In this pack, you will find an application form and a job description, along with essential and desirable qualities for the position. More information about the school, including the latest Ofsted reports, can be found on our website at https://www.stoswalds.worcs.sch.uk

Please ensure that your application form and covering letter endeavour to evidence all the aspects of the Headteacher’s role as outlined in the person specification.

If you require any further information, please contact us via email or telephone via the school office. A table of the key dates is shown below:

Item Date Notes
Closing date for applications 1st April Midday Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.
Shortlisting for interview 2nd April The D0WMAT CEO will notify successful candidates chosen for interview.
Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified.
Interview & assessment day 22nd and 23rd April
Panel decision* 24th April
*subject to references and ratification

Please return your completed application form and covering letter via email to;

Kirsty Bell: School Business Manager

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed and encouraged. To arrange a visit please contact the school office.

Essential educational requirements

Good Honours Degree

Essential qualifications

Training and Qualifications
• Good Honours Degree
• Relevant or recent development that prepares the applicant for this post
• Be willing to undertake further training where relevant

Essential skills and experience

Please see the Application pack for the essential qualifications, skills and qualities for this role.

School overview

School type Academy, Church of England
Education phase Primary
School size 184 pupils enrolled
Age range 2 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website St Oswald's CofE Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email ksb52@stoswalds.worcs.sch.uk

School location

Sion Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 2YL