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  • Earliest start date

    1 April 2023

  • Latest start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    30 November 2022 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    7 November 2022

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

L18 to L24

What skills and experience we're looking for

Main purpose

The head of school is responsible for providing the leadership and management of Willowcroft Community School in line with the vision of the trust and manage the day-to-day running of the school.

Duties and responsibilities

Leadership and management

Manage senior and middle leaders, developing a professional culture amongst all staff at the school

Support and challenge staff, dealing with underperformance effectively while making sure staff are given the support to do their jobs well

Manage the school’s budget and resources alongside the School Business Manager.

Implement the trust’s appraisal policy and other management processes and systems

Support the implementation of trust-wide policies and school-level policies

Undertake self-evaluation and school improvement planning alongside the trust-wide strategy to improve areas of weakness in the school

Support the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff

Provide training and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for all school staff

Identify areas of progression and promotion for staff that support succession planning for the school

Teaching and learning

Work with staff to promote high quality teaching across all subjects

Identify areas of weakness in teaching and implement, monitor and review interventions to improve these areas as well as teaching and learning across the school

Make sure the school’s assessment system is fit for purpose and provides teachers with useful information about pupils

Identify areas where staff may benefit from sharing good practice or accessing support from other schools in the trust

Monitor the outcomes of pupils and draw out any patterns of underperformance in key groups of pupils, such as disadvantaged pupils or pupils with special educational needs

Make sure standards of behaviour are high to foster an environment in which learning can thrive


Work with the Full Governing Body to keep them informed of the financial and educational performance of the school,

What the school offers its staff

Can you make a difference? Are you ready to give our pupils the power to change the world?

Yes? Then you could be our next headteacher!

This ambition is just one pillar of our very own dilemma-led ‘LEAP’ curriculum here at Willowcroft Community School. LEAP stands for Language, Experiences, Amethyst Learning, and Power to change the world. It is the ethos upon which we nurture our children, developing them into young people.

The LEAP curriculum also aims to foster innovation and inspiration amongst our teaching staff as they develop themselves to contribute to the success of the whole school. The result has been a move from strength to strength, including during those disruptive COVID years.

This vacancy is the result of our previous headteacher taking on a new challenge from September 2022.

Willowcroft School operates as a single academy trust for pupils aged 2 to 11. It has a pupil capacity of 482, with 472 on roll for the current school year. We are a member of OPEN (Oxfordshire Primary Education Network), an umbrella academy trust comprising four primary schools in Wallingford and Didcot. As a director of Willowcroft Academy Trust, you will be responsible for leading and managing Willowcroft School. In addition, being a director of the OPEN Trust brings wider responsibilities and opportunities with colleagues across the partner schools.

About you:

- You are caring, nurturing, and passionate about education.

- You are a team builder and leader, able to foster cohesion and integration across the school, both academically and culturally.

- You are an outstanding communicator, with a drive to build relationships and work in partnership with parents, carers, and the wider community.

- You will be a passionate advocate for maintaining and developing the LEAP curriculum.

You are forward-thinking with an innovative and creative approach

Commitment to safeguarding

Our school is committed to safeguarding children and aims to create a culture of vigilance. All staff should make sure that any decisions made are in the best interests of the child.

Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or where significant harm is suggested.

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About Willowcroft Community School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
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School size
492 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11
Phone number

Arranging a visit to Willowcroft Community School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email tbelcher@willowcroft.oxon.sch.uk.

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