18 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    4 May 2021 at 9:00 am

  • Date listed

    1 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership Scale L32 – L38 (£90,379 to £104,687 – Sept 2020)

Job summary

Post: Head Teacher
The Park Community School
Park Lane, Barnstaple, North Devon. EX32 9AX
N.O.R. 1421 (11 years to 16 years)
(Part of the Tarka learning Partnership. Roundswell Community Primary School, Claypits Road, Roundswell, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3WJ)

Grade: Leadership Scale L32 – L38 (£90,379 to £104,687 – Sept 2020)

(starting point negotiable dependent on experience and proven track record)

(Generous relocation package to a successful applicant)
Required from 1st September 2021 or 1st January 2022.
We are looking to appoint a new Head Teacher of the Park Community School in Barnstaple, North Devon.

Your opportunity

This role is an exciting and rewarding Headship position for an individual looking to take their next step in education leadership. This post would suit an ambitious leader and offers a fantastic role in a thriving school community. As Head Teacher of the School, you will shape and oversee the delivery of outstanding education in a school as part of the Tarka Learning Partnership , encouraging staff looking to innovate, transform and improve together.

As part of the Tarka Learning Partnership, you will join a community of staff dedicated to transforming education in North Devon. Join us in our mission to positively contribute to cultivating an exceptional learning environment for all our students. We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in North Devon and helping create exceptional places of learning. For those seeking to go beyond Headship, then the Trust will support future career ambitions.

We offer: -
• Working with an energetic, friendly and engaged student body
• Working with a highly committed staff team
• Working in an area of outstanding beauty – UNESCO biosphere
• Leading within a Trust dedicated to developing you and your school

What we are looking for

For this post we are particularly interested to hear from existing Head Teachers as well as experienced Deputy Headteachers and Vice Principals. The successful post holder will need the leadership qualities, drive, ambition and a proven track record of successful school leadership to lead our school to further success. With the opportunity to experience the support and network offered by the Tarka Learning Partnership, this post would suit an experienced senior leader looking for the next challenge and wanting to join a highly supportive partnership made of local schools.

About The Park Community School

The Park Community School is one of two 11-16 comprehensive, mixed gender secondary schools serving the town and villages surrounding Barnstaple. The school was formed in 1972, although our history and part of the campus dates back to 1910 with the former Barnstaple Boys and Barnstaple Girls Grammar schools.
The school is popular and frequently oversubscribed, a trend which looks set to continue. Our catchment is wide, serving 31 feeder primary schools and a geographical radius in excess of 12 miles; however, many of our students travel a short distance and join us from one of our Trust partner schools or other local feeder schools.

The Tarka Learning Partnership

The School is an integral part of a locally based Trust - The Tarka Learning Partnership (TLP); a local Trust for North Devon schools, many of whom are the largest feeder primary schools. The Trust supports a number of schools including Eden Park Academy, Fremington Primary School, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Newport Community Primary Academy, North Molton Primary School, Roundswell Community Primary Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Devon Primary SCITT and the Devon Teaching School Partnership.

Safeguarding Notice

The Tarka learning Partnership and schools are fully committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our Trust policy all new colleagues will be undertake a probation period of 6 months.

Diversity and Equality

We are committed to equality and to embracing and valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.

Applying for the job

Please follow our link to the online application, to download the relevant documents. Applications must be made using our Trust Application Form and submitted with a supporting letter of application, no more than 2 sides of A4 font size 11. We do not accept CVs as a method of application. Send applications to jmarshall@academicis.co.uk

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1404 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01223 907979

About The Park Community School

The Park Community School is a mixed, mainstream, non-denominational secondary school in Barnstaple, Devon. It caters for students aged 11 to 16 and has approximately 1440 students enrolled.

The Park Community School was founded in 1910 and was first known as Barnstaple Grammar School. The school took its current name in 1973 when it became a comprehensive. Since then, the school has grown and has an enviable reputation within the local community. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2015 and with the new leadership came a renewed focus on staff development and Teaching and Learning. The school is oversubscribed for the rising year 7, this is a true reflection of the recent developments and school journey.

The school is organised around a traditional House system, comprising of 5 houses, each with two tutor groups per year. The house system promotes strong pastoral care balanced with a healthy level of competition.

The Park Community School’s main aim is to be the best educational facility in Devon and to earn itself a national reputation of excellence. To do this, the secondary school strives to ensure that every child discovers their passion for learning and understands that they can achieve their potential. The school aims to be a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment that allows each student to become a confident, resilient and adaptable learner.

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT. Students are taught how to work well in a team, as well as the importance of self-reliance and citizenship.

Ofsted report:

"Pupils are aware of their responsibilities as citizens and demonstrate this by their involvement in the life of the school."

"The behavior of pupils is good. They are polite and well mannered. This contributes strongly to the calm atmosphere in the school. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive and respectful."

"The school runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis because pupils know and adhere to the high expectations of staff."

"The headteacher provides strong, clear-sighted leadership. Since his appointment, he has raised expectations at the school"

Arranging a visit to The Park Community School

Contact Academics - jmarshall@academicis.co.uk 01223 907979 or 07799 763440
Or contact the School/Trust directly via jo.down@tarkatrust.org.uk 01271 443120

School location

Park Lane, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9AX

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