This job expired on 11 March 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    11 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    2 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L25-L31 (£88,890 - £101,350)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Our Headteacher is leaving the school at the end of the 2023/2024 academic year. As a result, the Governors of Whitchurch Primary School and Nursery are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dedicated and inspirational new Headteacher with a vision for excellence and innovation. This is a fantastic opportunity for an existing Headteacher or a highly experienced Deputy Head to join our school.

Whitchurch Primary School and Nursery is an excellent four form entry popular school, rated Good in our last Ofsted Inspection in Sep 2023. It has a happy and welcoming environment where children are placed at the heart of everything. The 2023 Ofsted comments included the following:

  • “Pupils really enjoy coming to school. They are kind to one another and keen to learn.
  • Pupils bring the school’s values to life through their actions.”

This ethos underpins our vision to enable each individual, regardless of ability to achieve their full potential, to prepare for future life, to develop a thirst for life-long learning and to become good citizens equipped for the challenges of the 21st Century. Our children move on from us as confident, caring and responsible citizens with a love of learning and a high level of skills.

What the school offers its staff

We offer:

  • Creative, inquisitive and well-behaved children who love learning
  • A talented staff who are committed to providing a nurturing and enriching primary school experience for every child
  • A well-resourced calm and modern environment, including beautiful, landscaped school grounds
  • Governors who are dedicated to working with school leaders to move the School forward.

You will bring:

  • Passion and creativity to drive innovation whilst building on past successes
  • A visible, measured and collaborative approach to leadership, willing to guide and motivate success, encourage, but be prepared to make tough decisions when needed.
  • Passion about achievement for all learners, ensuring that the full curriculum is used to challenge our children so they achieve their full potential
  • Confidence in working effectively with governors and parents and being a pivotal part of the school community
  • Inspiration and ambition for the future growth of our school, using the potential of staff at all levels
  • Commitment to our vision and ethos with the energy and ambition to move our school forward to the next stage of its development.

We are proud of the legacy that our current Headteacher leaves after serving Whitchurch in the recent period. If you are someone who feels they can both embrace the strengths of our past successes and also rise to the challenges of the future, we would very much like to hear from you. Feel free to arrange an informal conversation or tour of the School with the Chair of the Governing Body, Peter Tenconi, by emailing the Clerk atclerk@whitchurchprimary.harrow.sch.uk

Please take the opportunity to visit the vacancies page of our school website (Our School > Vacancies) where an information pack and application form can also be downloaded. Completed application packs should be emailed to the Clerk of Governors, Deepti Bal atclerk@whitchurchprimary.harrow.sch.uk

Closing date: noon, Monday 11th March 2024

Shortlisting: Tuesday 12th March 2024

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 18th March 2024

Completing your Application

Application Form

Please complete all aspects of theLondon Borough of Harrow Application Formfully, CVs will not be accepted. Include your full work history with no unexplained gaps since leaving school education. Include all the significant training you have completed in recent years which have helped prepare you for headship.

Person Specification and Personal Statement

When writing yourPersonal Statement, it is very important that you address each of the requirements in thePerson Specification. Ensure that you evidence additional aspects, e.g. training and qualifications together with your background and experience in your Personal Statement. Your Personal Statement should not exceed two sides of A4.


Referees will be asked to provide a reference for all short-listed candidates. There will be a swift turnaround for this process. Preferred referees are your last two employers and you should provide their official organisation email address for us to contact. One referee is likely to be your current/last Headteacher or Chair of Governors.

Tours of the School

Tours of the school are essential. These can be arranged by emailing the Clerk to the Governing Body atclerk@whitchurchprimary.harrow.sch.uk

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment is subject to safer recruitment procedures, including but not limited to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check, satisfactory references, medical clearances, evidence of essential qualifications relevant to the post and proof of the right to work in the UK and to undertake the job offered in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
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School size
853 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery is a four - form entry school, situated close to the borders of Harrow and Barnet. We are on an exciting journey under our leadership, embedding the good practices recognised in our recent inspection (January 2018).

The school has specialist areas for food technology and ICT, a library, welfare room, a multi-purpose hall, resource room, music/drama room and dining halls. The grounds of the school are attractively landscaped with a large pond, an Eco-Garden and large hard play areas. Each classroom opens out onto a patio area. The technology at Whitchurch is designed for the twenty first century. There are administration and curriculum networks running throughout the School and the library has a computerised library management system. We have an extremely well resourced E-Learning Suite, and a technician to support all pupils and resources.

Our vision – learners today, leaders tomorrow – is built upon the high quality relationships that the School’s staff have nurtured over the years with pupils, parents and other key members of the school‘s wider community. In consultation with its stakeholders the School has adopted a number of values that underpin its forward vision.

This vision is underpinned by our work in actively promoting the core British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths and none, and of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

All members of the School’s professional team – from senior leaders to newly qualified teachers and support staff – are encouraged to embody these positive values themselves and, as role models, to transmit them to our pupils at Whitchurch.

We believe that one of the key aims of education is to inculcate positive values – and optimism – within young learners that they carry throughout their lives, and that enable them to fulfil their potential. ‘Values’ are tried and tested ‘principles’ that shape mindsets and guide behaviour.

Our Core Values
• Respect
• Responsibility
• Resilience
• Honesty
• Generosity
• Self-Belief

Arranging a visit to Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email clerk@whitchurchprimary.harrow.sch.uk.

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