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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    25 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    31 January 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

L16 £68,400 to L22 £79,112

Pay scale

L16 to L22

What skills and experience we're looking for

We’re looking for a new Headteacher to lead a really exceptional leadership and staff team, and take our school to the next level of effectiveness.

Our outgoing Head leaves a wonderful legacy of strong culture, shared vision and collaborative practice, so her successor will be building on very secure foundations. As a team, our primary objective is to secure children’s personal and academic success – not least helping them make the best possible transition to secondary school – so we want to develop even greater consistency, and embed a culture of high expectations.

You’ll be a highly skilled classroom practitioner, with a sophisticated and ambitious approach to curriculum development and the stamina to see your vision through. A demonstrably ethical leader, you’ll model positive and collaborative behaviours at every turn. Exemplifying an open mindset, and a skilled listener, you’ll quickly build a high-trust, high-accountability culture which nurtures an innovative, ‘what works’ approach.

As the school’s strategic leader, you’ll direct and oversee a comprehensive school improvement programme that develops all aspects of school effectiveness and inclusion. This must be balanced with a highly visible style, and a sustained focus on the smooth management of the school’s daily operations. Strong candidates will bring experience of managing complex development projects alongside other school priorities. It’s essential that you can understand budgets, workforce planning and management, and system-level partnership working, and you must be an instinctive horizon-scanner, who can identify and adopt emerging good practice.

We’re not dogmatic about your experience to date, and would welcome interest from both strong candidates who are looking for their first Headship, or experienced Headteachers looking for a new challenge within a great trust. If you haven’t yet led a school, you must have held extensive SLT responsibility and / or acted up for a period. Alongside your open, optimistic mindset and profound sense of moral purpose, you’ll be an inspiring leader, who can both articulate and drive a strong culture of continuous self-improvement towards excellence. Emotional intelligence is essential, and you must have a track record of impact beyond the school gates. We are a professionally curious team, and you will share our deep interest in emerging pedagogy – in particular, how to maintain our rapid trajectory of improvement.

What the school offers its staff


“Working at Woodlands is different from working in other schools. It is so unique, warm, welcoming and everybody is treated fairly and with respect.”


"I have worked at Woodlands for 17 years and see my future here too. It’s like a family.”


"I love working at Woodlands for many reasons, but mainly because I get to work as part of a team who prioritise inclusion and meeting the needs of every single child.”


"Working at Woodlands Primary School brings a wide range of professional opportunities with a clear commitment to continuous profession l development and professional growth. The leadership team are all extremely supportive and invest time in staff.”


"The team at Woodlands are resilient, professional, hardworking and care and look after each other. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else."


"I have worked for schools within the trust since 2006 and see a strong future here. The trust and school are outward facing, forward-thinking, research-led, well – informed and work collaboratively."


"Working as part of a team here is more than just cooperation; it's true camaraderie. The entire staff team prioritises collaboration and supporting one another. We come together to create an environment where every child's needs are met, and this teamwork extends beyond the classroom. The sense of unity among the staff is what makes Woodlands a truly special place to work.”


“Workload at Woodlands Primary School is really manageable. I've been teaching here for several years, and the school's commitment to a balanced workload is truly refreshing. Woodlands makes it possible to give my best to my pupils whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”


“Mercia Learning Trust is committed to bringing out the best in everyone. It is such a supportive networking, and we have really valuable opportunities to collaborate with practitioners in other settings across the trust.”


“I love the challenge of how every day is different at Woodlands. How can you not love a job where there are 30 children who are excited to come to school and work with you every day?”

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About Woodlands Primary School

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

Thank you for your interest in joining Valley Park Community Nursery and Primary School. This is an excellent opportunity to join a great school and to play a key role in shaping the provision of education for our children.

At Valley Park Primary and Nursery School we care about success and about each other. We have high expectations inside the classroom and outside the classroom in all that we do. As a community school, we take our role seriously in providing the best quality care and education for children from age 2 to 11.

We focus on the important things that children need. We do not focus solely on outcomes and test results, but on giving children the right attitudes and knowledge for a successful life. To demonstrate this, we have our “4 Is” which we want all children to become: intelligent talkers, insatiable readers, impeccably behaved and inclusive citizens. Everything we do should focus on these.

Many of our children need the care and attention of our school to be like a family. So, we have our family values which are:

RESPECT: resilience, empathy, self-respect, punctuality, enthusiasm, character and talk.

All of us need to show these values at all times, our staff, children and community. This means we develop in our knowledge and our behaviour.

Our staff team are central to our success. They drive and accelerate the provision we offer to our community and we want the very best people to join us. We have a very strong staff team who are all focused on our children, making sure that every day is the best it can be for all of them.

If you feel you have the skills, drive and ambition to help support our aims, then please do read on.

Arranging a visit to Woodlands Primary School

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