Headteacher West Oxford Community Primary School, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Job description

As Headteacher of West Oxford Community Primary School you will work with governors and staff to deliver excellence in education.

You will lead by example the professional conduct and practice of our enthusiastic and committed teaching and support staff in a way that minimises unnecessary workload and prioritises continuous professional development.

You will drive the design and delivery of an inspiring and comprehensive curriculum, harnessing the rich resources of our community and city; building on our school’s strengths in music, art and sports; and improving outcomes for all children.

You will steer our school through challenging financial times – informing tough decisions around funding priorities, thinking creatively around how to optimise staff deployment and working in partnership with parents and governors to raise additional funds for the school.

Finally, you will combine confident and empathetic leadership with a sense of fun, a passion for learning and an ability to inspire.

The School

Situated in a riverside suburb of the historic city of Oxford, West Oxford Community Primary is a diverse and welcoming school at the centre of an engaged local community. Our 200+ children speak more than 23 languages, span the full range of abilities and enrich school life from a diversity of cultural backgrounds.

Our school has easy access to Oxford’s rich cultural and natural resources. Our children regularly visit the city’s world class university museums which lie within walking distance of the school. Our school is bounded by rivers and nature reserves creating plentiful opportunities for outdoor learning.

An ethos of responsibility permeates across our school community. Our 2018 ‘Good’ Ofsted report noted the respectful behaviour of our students towards each other and our teachers. They also commented on how well parents and governors support both their children and the school. West Oxford Primary children are curious, open minded and enjoy coming to school.

We have a strong environmental ethos, generating power from solar panels, encouraging walking or biking to school and cooking healthy meals from scratch in our school’s kitchens.

We have particular strengths in music and art with a focus on equity of opportunity. All children are given the chance to learn an instrument during their time at our school. Children regularly participate in community competitions like Young Art Oxford.

Nevertheless, we have our challenges. Our early years and KS1 teaching provide our children with a strong foundation for learning. Performance in writing is more variable where we are making progress, but continue to have room to improve.

We continue to strengthen communications with parents to build their confidence and trust in the leadership of the school.

We are seeking an energetic and empathetic leader who can harness the unique resources of our community and city to deliver an excellent education for our children.

We encourage all applicants to visit our school before applying. School visits will be available from 9th-13th September 2019 and can be arranged by contacting governors on wocps.recruitment@gmail.com

Application deadline 5pm on 18th September 2019
Interviews 24th / 25th September 2019

Essential educational requirements

▪ Qualified teacher status

Essential qualifications

▪ National Professional Qualification for Headship (desired)

Essential skills and experience

Leadership and management experience, preferably at Primary Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher level
▪ Demonstrable experience of effective staff deployment, performance management and staff development
▪ Proven track record of raising standards in teaching and learning
▪ Substantial primary school teaching experience
▪ Proven track record of building effective working relationships
▪ Demonstrable experience of effective financial management
▪ Experience of leading GDPR implementation (desired)
▪ Experience of leading income generation (desired)
▪ Experience of overseeing site improvement projects (desired)

About West Oxford Community Primary School

Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 0BY
LA Maintained School
West Oxford Community Primary School website (opens in a new window)