This job expired on 24 November 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    10 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L12 to L18

What skills and experience we're looking for

The appointed Headteacher will have:

  • The strategic vision to inspire and lead the school team into the future
  • An approach to the high SEND proportion in the school consistent with our successful Therapeutic Thinking system
  • The ability to connect with families across our community
  • A clear commitment to include and champion our Pupil Premium and EAL students
  • The capability to work with and inspire children across the primary age range
  • The drive to encourage excellence and high standards especially through our staff’s continuing professional development.

What the school offers its staff

In return, we can offer you:

  • An experienced staff team who are dedicated to the school and its family ethos
  • Enthusiastic, well-motivated and happy children
  • The support and challenge of an active and committed governing body

Further details about the role

William Barnes is a thriving rural primary school, which has just achieved our third consecutive ‘good’ OFSTED. The governors are seeking a Headteacher to maintain and develop the school’s ethos, rooted in the school’s motto of “Every Child Counts”.

Set in beautiful North Dorset, William Barnes Primary School is an attractive single form entry primary school set in spacious grounds in the middle of the ancient market town of Sturminster Newton.

The school is in an excellent position with strong academic and behaviour management systems in place and a highly committed and experienced staff. This has been recognised by three consecutive ‘good’ OFSTED inspections.

Due to the retirement of our current head at the end of this academic year we are looking to appoint a Headteacher with the skills to maintain the school’s ethos and the inspiration and vision to develop the school even further.


Our motto “Every child counts” underpins everything we aim to do. This is supported by the school vision:

  • Preparing all children for life
  • An inspirational, stimulating, well-resourced environment
  • A safe and secure school at the heart of the community
  • A high-quality professional staff team
  • Taking pride in all our achievements
  • Inquiry, independence and enthusiasm for learning
  • High standards of behaviour from all

You must have the knowledge, experience, and resilience to drive improvement throughout the school with the interpersonal skills to motivate others and lead our team. It is expected that this would be demonstrated by NPQH, or evidence of equivalent level of learning achieved through senior leadership role within a school.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged. Please call the school to make an appointment on 01258 472257.

Commitment to safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines, along with two satisfactory references. This school will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This will be part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. All aspects of social media and internet searches will be conducted.
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About William Barnes Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
178 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number

William Barnes Primary School is situated in the thriving market town of Sturminster Newton in rural Dorset. We currently have 176 children, with single form entry.

Arranging a visit to William Barnes Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@williambarnes.dorset.sch.uk.

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