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
senior and middle leaders, developing a professional culture amongst all staff
at the school
challenge staff, dealing with underperformance effectively while making sure
staff are given the support to do their jobs well
school’s budget and resources alongside the School Business Manager.
the trust’s appraisal policy and other management processes and systems
implementation of trust-wide policies and school-level policies
self-evaluation and school improvement planning alongside the trust-wide
strategy to improve areas of weakness in the school
recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff
and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for all school
areas of progression and promotion for staff that support succession planning
for the school
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’s assessment system is fit for purpose and provides teachers with
useful information about pupils
areas where staff may benefit from sharing good practice or accessing support
from other schools in the trust
outcomes of pupils and draw out any patterns of underperformance in key groups
of pupils, such as disadvantaged pupils or pupils with special educational
standards of behaviour are high to foster an environment in which learning can
the Full Governing Body to keep them informed of the financial and educational
performance of the school,
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.
You are caring, nurturing, and passionate about
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
You will be a passionate advocate for maintaining and
developing the LEAP curriculum.
You are forward-thinking with an innovative and
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.
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.
This job post has expired.