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