• Expected start date

    5 July 2021

  • Application deadline

    16 April 2021 at 12:00 pm

  • Date listed

    23 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (05/07/2021 to 31/12/2021)
£54,091 - £61,166 per annum

Job summary

The Governing Body is seeking to appoint an Interim Head (maternity cover), who will build on the recent improvements, lead and encourage staff in their development, while being sensitive to the current post-pandemic educational challenges that all schools face.

Our priority is a pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. This post is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join the school for this temporary position at an important stage in its development.

We are looking for a candidate who will bring their expertise and skills to lead the school.

We want to appoint a person who has the vision, drive, resilience, experience and personality to build upon our success to date.

Applying for the job

Please send your completed application form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form, together with a supporting statement to:

headships@suffolk.gov.uk (please ensure your email heading states clearly which school you are applying for); or

Headteacher Recruitment
Education & Learning
Suffolk County Council
Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 16 April 2021.
Interviews will be held via Zoom on Thursday 29 April 2021.

Your supporting statement should address the job specification and may be handwritten or typed and no more than two sides of A4, but should be in black ink to assist with photocopying. It would also be helpful if you could comment on the following in your application:

• your personal educational philosophy;
• your views on school leadership and management and the role of the Headteacher;
• the personal and professional qualities you would bring to this post; and
• how you would ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning.

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England
Education phase
School size
191 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email

About Sir Robert Hitcham Church of England Voluntary Aided School

Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School and Nursery is a voluntary aided primary school catering for children between the ages of 3 and 11. We have a strong Christian ethos and take pride in living our values and, as such, welcome children from families of all faiths and none.

We are a friendly one-form entry school, situated in the village of Debenham in the heart of Suffolk. As well as Debenham, our school also serves the nearby villages of Kenton, Winston, Pettaugh, Aspall and part of Rishangles. We have a Nursery class with 20 places and seven single-aged group classes for children between 4-11. Our school site also hosts the Roundabout Pre-school and the Debenham Village Library.

Our school is set in large grounds, which includes a Forest Schools area and a purpose built Early Years outdoor learning space. We maximise our use of this wonderful space, promoting PE and an active lifestyle, with real success. Indoors, our shared learning areas are used for group work, practical learning and to provide for the specific needs of groups or individuals. To help children develop their social and emotional skills, our ELSA-trained teaching assistant works with children in a designated room called ‘The Space’.

Arranging a visit to Sir Robert Hitcham Church of England Voluntary Aided School

Visits to the school are warmly encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the school directly on 01728 860201 or admin@sirroberthitcham.suffolk.sch.uk.

We would be delighted to show you round.

School location

School Corner, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6PL

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