The Palmer Primary Academy, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7PP

8 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    2 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    8 July 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    13 June 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



L18 - L24

Headteacher job summary

REAch2 Academy Trust and The Palmer Academy, Reading are seeking to appoint a new Headteacher to start in January 2023 or earlier if possible.
We are seeking a headteacher with drive and enthusiasm who will look to deliver the best possible education to all students at The Palmer Academy. Having undergone several staff and leadership changes in recent years, we are looking for our next headteacher to add stability and to develop existing staff members and enable them to be the best that they can be. With the support of REAch2 and the other schools in cluster 9, we are looking for our next headteacher to develop the school and move it forward at a fast pace to become the outstanding school that it can be. We are also eager for our next headteacher to further develop the established links with the local community, while at the same time fostering new ones.

Additional allowances

Potential of relocation assistance and a performance related bonus (which will be agreed with the successful candidate and assessed against the successful completion of performance criteria).

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About The Palmer Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
433 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

The Palmer Academy is a two-form entry primary academy serving the Katesgrove ward of Reading.
At The Palmer Academy we are committed to inspiring the futures of the children we serve through a creative, inclusive and relevant curriculum which enables and encourages them to question the world around them and be curious learners. This results in our children understanding that ‘enquiring minds’ result in ‘inspiring futures’.
We nurture and support our children and equip them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to become confident, determined and respectful young adults who have exciting and ambitious aspirations for their futures.
Palmer children will achieve academic success through a curriculum and ethos which teaches them essential skills and traits for life, such as tenacity, resilience and determination. They leave our school well prepared for the next stages of their education and life in the modern world, with a rich understanding of the subjects they have been taught.
We provide a range of opportunities for children to move learning from the short-term to their long-term memory, resulting in a deep and connected understanding of the subjects taught and the world around them. By the time learners leave The Palmer Academy, they have had many opportunities to learn and practise a range of skills, knowledge and values which prepare them to be citizens of the world.
We respect and embrace all cultures, ethnicities, races, values and beliefs within our community, and celebrate the positive contribution and impact they have on the school. Working together in partnership leads to our children making connections between what we are learning in school and how it relates to the community and world around them.

The Palmer Academy was inspected by Ofsted in June 2017 and judged to be good in every discipline. This means that the school is due to be inspected during the early part of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Arranging a visit to The Palmer Primary Academy

Informal and exploratory conversations are welcomed and encouraged. To arrange an informal discussion please contact Jenny Redgrove, Deputy Director of Education on jenny.redgrove@reach2.org to discuss the post in confidence and arrange a visit to the school.

We will be hosting a recruitment event where our leaders and members of the HR team will be on hand to discuss our current vacancies, potential career paths and what it’s like to work for Reach2 Academy Trust.
We would like to invite anyone with the drive and passion for school improvement to come and meet us for themselves, to find out more about Reach2 Academy Trust and what we have to offer.

Location: The Palmer Academy, Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7PP

- Monday 27th June 2022 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm
To register for the event, please email hrsupport@reach2.org
For current positions, please see the recruitment page of our website. Careers - REAch2 Academy Trust
Places are limited so be sure not to miss out and register your interest today.

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