4 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    26 March 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    1 March 2023

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

  • View all Full timejobs - The successful Headteacher candidate will work full -time during term time, including INSET days, plus other days as required by the role.

Contract type


Pay scale

L11 to L17

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you a talented leader with a passion for achieving successful learning outcomes for all children?

We are looking to recruit an inspirational and effective leader to take our school onto the next stage of our journey. The ideal candidate will be someone who has strong interpersonal skills, the ability to bring people together to work as a team and who can strike the balance between providing support and challenge.

We believe that all pupils, staff, parents and governors are part of a community of learning, where standards and expectations are high and there is a real purpose in being part of the family of Christ. Our mission is to inspire a generation to learn, flourish and achieve in a caring, Christian community.

We are looking for a leader who:

  • Believes in and drives a distinctive vision for the Christian ethos and education of our children, whilst maintaining and developing our values.
  • Has a passion for the education of the whole child (the heart as well as the head), through a broad, compelling and knowledge-rich curriculum.
  • Can promote excellence and develop commitment to high standards of care and opportunities for all.
  • Can promote new initiatives and positive relationships throughout the school.
  • Integrity and excellent communication skills.
  • Has the vision, drive and energy to initiate, lead and manage strategies to build on the current successes and achievements of the school.

What the school offers its staff

Set in the heart of beautiful Christchurch, Dorset we offer a caring community, delightful and enthusiastic pupils, supportive and dedicated governors and a happy staff team who aspire to achieve the very best.

This is an outstanding opportunity to become Headteacher at The Priory CE VA Primary School. We are a successful, inclusive one-form entry maintained school under the diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth. We are rated both Good by OFSTED and our SIAMS inspection. We are proud of the heritage, ethos and culture of our distinctively Christian school. We aspire for all our pupils to be the best they can be, using a well-sequenced and inspiring curriculum.

Further details about the role

The attached 'Headteacher Application Pack' contains information about the role, our school and the application process. Full details of the vacancy can also be found by visiting our website http://www.prioryschool.dorset.sch.uk

Applicants are provided the opportunity to be given a tour of The Priory School in advance of the selection procedure. Prospective Headteacher tours will take place on the following dates.

  • Date 1: 09/03/23 9.30-10.30am
  • Date 2: 10/03/23 9.30-10.30am
  • Date 3: 15/03/23 4.30-5.30pm
  • Date 4: 24/03/23 9.30-10.30am

To discuss your application or arrange a tour of The Priory CE VA Primary School please contact the office on 01202 484105 or office@prioryceprimary.co.uk.

Applications are accepted via online applications only:

- DfE Teacher Vacancies website

Applications will be not accepted from the sources not listed above.

Appointment timeline

26/03/23 (11:59pm) - Closing date for applications

27/03/23 - A shortlist will be drawn up and successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible after this date.

18/04/23 Selection Day 1 - Further details will be sent to those candidates called for interview.

19/04/23 Selection Day 2

Commitment to safeguarding

This School is committed to safeguarding, preventing radicalisation and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. If successful, you will be required to undergo vigorous pre-employment checks including Enhanced DBS clearance in line with the Government's safer recruitment guidelines.

Applying for the job

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About The Priory Church of England Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
206 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01202 484105

Our mission is to inspire a generation to learn, flourish and achieve in a caring, Christian community. Helping children learn – academically, socially, spiritually, morally, emotionally, and physically – in order for them to achieve their God-given potential is our core purpose. The Priory CE Primary School is a voluntary-aided Church of England School catering for children from four to eleven years old, and is maintained by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Authority. Set in the heart of Christchurch, Dorset we offer a caring community, delightful pupils, supportive governors and a happy staff team who aspire to achieve the very best.

Arranging a visit to The Priory Church of England Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email hbrown@prioryceprimary.co.uk.

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