43 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 January 2025

  • Closing date

    5 September 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    11 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

Willow Grove Primary School is a co-educational school catering for 72 pupils within Key Stages 1 and 2. Pupils have a range of social, emotional and mental health difficulties. An increasing number of our pupils have a diagnosis of ADHD and/or Autism and many have associated learning difficulties.

The school, which has a Borough wide catchment area, is situated in Ashton in Makerfield in a pleasant residential area, set amongst large playing fields and spacious hard play areas.

Following the retirement of our long standing headteacher, the Governors wish to appoint a highly motivated and inspirational headteacher who will lead our senior management team in their commitment to ensuring high quality SEMH provision in line with our vision and mission statement.

We are already established in working through an Attachment and Trauma Lens, as such the school curriculum is one based upon the importance of building trusting relationships. We hold a strong stance that it is by doing so that our children have the best chance of being ready to learn.

The successful applicant will, through a positive attitude, inspire and engage with our whole school community. We are seeking a compassionate leader who has the ability to ensure staff accountability, flexibility and the resilience to manage the demands of the role of Headteacher.

This exciting role presents an excellent opportunity to play a key part in shaping the future of our busy and vibrant school in line with our vision and values.

What the school offers its staff

In return we offer you:

  • A caring and welcoming school which prides itself in maintaining excellent relationships with staff, parents, relevant services and the local community.
  • The support of an experienced Deputy Headteacher who strives to provide every child with opportunities and experiences that will motivate and inspire them, and who encourages the children, staff and parents to be the best that they can be.
  • A supportive leadership team committed to school improvement.
  • Friendly, hardworking dedicated staff team.
  • Ongoing professional development, mentoring and coaching.
  • A supportive Governing Board who are fully committed to the vision that every child will reach their full potential and become the best that they can be.

Further details about the role

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to visit school. Please contact Michelle Foster, Clerk to the Selection Panel, via email at michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk to make an appointment. An informal conversation about the school and any questions you may have can be arranged directly through our school improvement partner, Cole Andrew on 07776 900589, or via e-mail at cole@inclusivelearningnorth.co.uk

Application packs are available from and returnable to Michelle Foster using the above email or alternatively via post to Michelle Foster Clerk to the Selection Panel, Governor Services, 2nd Floor, Life Centre South, College Avenue, Wigan WN1 1NZ.

Closing date for applications Thursday 5th September 2024 at 12 noon

Shortlisting Wednesday 10th September 2024

Interviews Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September 2024

The Governors and staff at Willow Grove are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The post will be subject to the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulation and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

Enhanced checks through Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be required for this post.

Online searches may also be undertaken for shortlisted candidates.

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.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk

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About Willow Grove Primary School

School type
Special school, ages 5 to 11
School size
67 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 11

Arranging a visit to Willow Grove Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk.

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