13 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    29 April 2021 at 9:00 am

  • Date listed

    31 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Early years, KS1, KS2
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
L16 - L23 Group 3 School/London Fringe Scale

Job summary

St John’s school is at the heart of a richly diverse community welcoming children from Christian families, from other faiths and from non-faith backgrounds. The vision for the school is based on core Christian values. The purpose of the role of Headteacher of St John’s School is:

To be an inspirational leader for the next chapter of our school as we grow and develop.

To lead by example; actively modelling and embedding into all areas of school life the Christian vision and liberal inclusive Christian values of the school.

Deliver an enriched and challenging curriculum creating inquisitive, inspired, and independent learners.

To develop leaders at every level in the school team; creating truly distributed leadership across the school.

To create a supportive and joyful working environment for all members of the school team and nurturing opportunities for all staff to learn and grow to their full potential.

To further develop relationships with our families, parish church and the wider community to enhance the contribution to school life and outcomes and opportunities for children.

Key Responsibilities of this post:

The main responsibilities of the role are based upon meeting and upholding the National Headteacher Standards 2020 and promoting the Christian vision and values that are an integral part of our school ethos.

As Headteacher you will ideally be a practicing Christian, who will actively live out and embed the Christian vision and the liberal inclusive Christian values of the school.

The Headteacher will:

Meet and uphold the National Headteacher Standards 2020 which clearly set out the expectations of the role of Headteacher.

Take the lead role in working with the Governing Body to continue to develop our collaborative school vision, for the children, the staff and the community it serves.

Develop the leadership of the team and individuals within the school giving them opportunities to develop their leadership qualities and experience.

Develop the distinctively Christian, but fully inclusive, character of the school through its ethos, collective worship and religious education; where the love of God and our neighbours is at the heart of school life.

Deliver an enriched and challenging curriculum creating inquisitive, inspired, and independent learners.

Manage the financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the school’s vision and values in line with legal requirements.

Work within the statutory frameworks that set out professional duties, responsibilities and accountability.


The above principal accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.

The postholder must be flexible to ensure the operational needs of the school are met. This includes the undertaking of duties of a similar nature and responsibility, as and when required, throughout the various work areas in the school.

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and other associated legislation places responsibilities for health and safety on all employees. Therefore, it is the post holder's responsibility to take reasonable care for the Health, Safety and Welfare of him/herself and other employees in accordance with legislation and the schools Health and Safety Policy and procedures.

This job description should be read in conjunction with the National Conditions of Employment for Headteachers and the National Standards for Headteachers 2020.

Applying for the job

Please send your completed application form and accompanying letter to clerk.governors@watfordstjohns.org by the closing date Thursday 29th April 2021 at 9.00am.

Interviews will take place on Friday 14th May 2021 and we anticipate that the day will take place at school with social distancing measures in place.

We will cover all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses within the UK for your visit.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Free School, Church of England/Christian
Education phase
School size
177 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About Watford St John's Church of England Primary School

St John’s Primary School is a two-form entry Church of England Primary School based in central Watford, Hertfordshire. You can learn more from our website https://watfordstjohns.org including viewing our virtual tour from the front page, which includes hearing from some of our wonderful children.

We are a Single Academy Trust and our Articles of Association determine our close positive relationship with the Parish of St John’s and the Diocese of St Albans.

The school provides a unique educational experience for children in Watford through its Christian ethos, its understanding of the needs of the pupils and the community. We are totally committed to high quality education and the improvement of life chances for all. St John’s Primary School is a place where all our individual children flourish and the school community as a whole thrives.

Arranging a visit to Watford St John's Church of England Primary School

Please contact Donna Knight-Olds (our Clerk to the Governor) by email clerk.governors@watfordstjohns.org if you wish to learn more or to arrange a visit; be that in person or virtually. She will be happy to answer any initial questions and can put in touch with our Chair of Governors, Mr Robin Davis, or our current Headteacher, Mrs Helen Langeveld.

Once the school office reopens on 12th April 2021, you can also call on 01923 255017.

We would also like to invite you to view our school website https://watfordstjohns.org which includes a short virtual tour of the school.

An application can be downloaded from https://watfordstjohns.org/about/vacancies-recruitment/

School location

32 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JJ

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