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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    8 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    31 January 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L22 - L27

What skills and experience we're looking for

Winhills Primary Academy is a popular primary school located in a St. Neots Cambridgeshire. The school offers complete wraparound care and a fully integrated nursery within the grounds for pupils aged 3-11. We are seeking to appoint a new Headteacher who shares our ethos, embraces our vision, and possesses the enthusiasm and drive to inspire our motivated team of staff whilst bringing their own forward-thinking vision and innovative ideas that could further enhance children’s achievement and experience at our school.

What you'll need to succeed

This Headteacher vacancy presents the right individual with a significant opportunity to make their mark. The previous Headteacher changed career direction and moved into a Trust level role so we are looking to recruit a person who:

  • is ambitious for the school and all its children
  • loves working with children and passionately believes in the power of education to shape children’s lives
  • can empathise with the school’s/Trust’s ethos and knows how to embed this into the learning environment and build an inclusive sense of community
  • is at the forefront of educational thinking regarding teaching and leadership
  • a skilful leader, able to think strategically to achieve best outcomes for the school and its pupils
  • combines an excellent track record of classroom and management experience with evidence of continued professional development
  • can nurture, challenge and encourage staff, recognising and utilising the strengths within the team, facilitating collaborative working, high quality CPD
  • recognises the importance of experiential learning opportunities to inspire pupils’ and enrich their educational experience
  • has strong interpersonal skills and communicates effectively both inside and outside the school
  • recognises the school’s position within the wider community and is able to communicate our vision to it and all stakeholders
  • can work actively with the Trust on Trust level activities to build on and develop the Trust as well as the school

This is an exciting challenge for a visionary leader and educationalist to build on the school’s existing strengths.

What the school offers its staff

Working within the DLPT

As a Headteacher, we will offer you the following:

  • A welcoming, inclusive school and Trust with a strong ethos and sense of community
  • The opportunity to work with children who are happy, enthusiastic about learning, inquisitive, engaged and confident
  • Strong cross phase links and opportunities to build relationships with other primary schools both inside and outside the Trust
  • A strong, supportive and experienced local board
  • Staff who are totally committed to the school and its pupils and keen to continue to drive the school on an upward trajectory
  • Work as part of a dynamic group of schools across The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust
  • We try to ensure that you do not have the loneliest job in the school. You are never alone, we offer all Headteachers a mentor in addition to the Executive Team who are only a call away for advice and support
  • Lead practitioners to develop your teaching practice within school
  • We offer remote meetings to save on travel and time
  • We hold virtual meetings with all heads in the trust to share concerns, successes and news

Further benefits include:

  • Access to high quality professional development as part of the School Development Programme (The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust)
  • Centrally-run services that reduce the time-consuming administrative tasks so teachers can concentrate on educational performance
  • Induction to the school and the role
  • Opportunities to train/work with other schools within the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust to share best practice and resources

If you share our passion for raising aspirations and increasing children’s life chances through education, and if you believe that you have the skills and expertise to make a significant contribution to the life and work of Winhills Primary Academy, we do hope you will consider applying to join us in this role.

Further details about the role

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust

There are 14 primary schools within the Trust and 1 senior school. There is a pro-active partnership between the schools, sharing best practice and innovative learning experiences to enable pupils to achieve their very best outcomes.

We welcome applications from existing Headteachers and experienced school leaders who are ready to progress to their first headship.

The successful candidate will meet the person specification. Please note that the listed criteria will form the basis of the selection process. Applicants should address all elements of the Person Specification, indicating experience and where appropriate citing supporting examples within their application.

Duration of Post: Permanent

Work Commitment: Full-time

Salary Range: Salary L22– L27 leadership scale

Start: 1st September 2024

Closing date: Midday 8th March 2024

Interviews: 19th/20th March 2024

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 Winhills Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
269 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

We have an excellent opportunity for a Nursery Manager to join us at Winhills Primary Academy.
Job purpose:

• To manage the day to day running of the Nursery to include co-ordinating the provision of a caring, safe, secure and stimulating environment, meeting the minimum Ofsted requirements.

• To plan a range of activities based on an observation and assessment cycle for children aged 2 – 4+ years.

• Managing a staff team, working under the direction of the EYFS Leader and the Headteacher to ensure policies and procedures are implemented at all times.

• To fulfil legal and statutory requirements

Benefits include;
• Collaborative approach to working;
• Opportunities to train/work with other academies within the
Diamond Learning Partnership Trust to share best practice and resources;
• A friendly and professional team;
• Local Government Pension Scheme;
• A caring and supportive working environment.

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust is a charitable multi-academy trust. We are building a thriving community of schools that succeed on behalf of their children. The Family of Academies within the Trust currently incorporates two hubs; St Neots and The Fenlands.

The St Neots hub has nine academies; Middlefield, Winhills, The Round House, Wintringham Great Staughton, Kimbolton, Roman Way, Braybrook and King James Academy. The Fenlands hub has five academies; Thomas Eaton, Glebelands, Leverington, Murrow, Gorefield and Burrowmoor. As such, joining our MAT means joining an organisation with an array of career opportunities that span fifteen different locations.

Arranging a visit to Winhills Primary Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email pa@diamondlearningtrust.com.

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