Upton Heath CofE Primary School, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1ED

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  • Expected start date

    1 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    5 September 2022 at 10am

  • Date listed

    11 July 2022

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L16 - L22 £61,166 - £70,745

Principal job summary

The core purpose

The Principal is the prime mover in creating, inspiring and embodying the Christian character and culture of this Church school, securing its vision with all members of the school community and ensuring an environment for teaching and learning that empowers both staff and pupils to achieve their highest potential and live life in all its fullness.

Thus, the core purpose of the Principal is to provide professional leadership and management for the school within the context of the Trust Deed and the Church of England’s vision for education. This will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work. To gain this success the Principal must establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all pupils. The Principal must establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils.

The Principal is the leading education professional in the school. Accountable to the Chief Executive Officer, the Principal provides leadership and direction for the school and ensures that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets.

The Principal, working with others, is responsible for:

  • Evaluating the school’s performance to identify the priorities for continuous improvement and raising standards;
  • Ensuring equality of opportunity for all;
  • Developing policies and practices;
  • Ensuring that resources are efficiently and effectively used to achieve the school’s aims in accordance with its mission statement, and;
  • The day-to-day management, organisation and administration of the school.

The Principal, working with and through others, secures the commitment of the wider community to the school by developing and maintaining effective partnerships with, for example, schools within the Trust, places of worship, other schools, services and agencies for children, the Local Authority, Diocese of Chester, other education institutions and employers. Through such partnerships and other activities, Principals play a key role in contributing to the development of the education system as a whole and collaborate with others to raise standards locally.

Ethics and professional conduct

The Principal is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of principled and professional conduct and is expected to meet the teachers’ standards and be responsible for providing the conditions in which teachers can fulfil them. The Principal is to uphold and demonstrate the standards for Headteachers and the Seven Principles of Public Life at all times. Known as the Nolan principles, these form the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

The Principal upholds public trust in school leadership and maintains high standards of ethics and behaviour. Both within and outside school, the Principal will:

  • Build relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observe proper boundaries appropriate to their professional position.
  • Show tolerance of and respect for the rights of others, recognising differences and respecting cultural diversity within contemporary Britain.
  • Uphold fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Ensure that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit their position, pupils’ vulnerability or might lead pupils to break the law.

Main duties

School culture

The Principal will:

  • Establish and sustain the school’s Christian vision and ethos, founded on Christian values and moral purpose, and its strategic direction in partnership with those responsible for governance and through consultation with the school community.
  • Create a culture where pupils experience a positive and enriching school life that enables them to flourish.
  • Uphold ambitious educational standards which prepare pupils from all backgrounds for their next phase of education and to experience life in all its fullness.
  • Promote positive and respectful relationships across the school community and a safe, orderly and inclusive environment.
  • Ensure a culture of high staff professionalism.
  • Secure knowledge and understanding of church school distinctiveness, keeping up with national and diocesan developments and ensure high quality RE and collective worship.
  • Lead creative Christian collective worship that engages with the school’s Christian vision and values, enabling the community to flourish and grow spiritually.


The Principal will:

  • Establish and sustain high-quality, expert teaching across all subjects and phases, built on an evidence-informed understanding of effective teaching and how pupils learn.
  • Ensure teaching is underpinned by high levels of subject expertise and approaches which respect the distinct nature of subject disciplines or specialist domains.

Curriculum and assessment

The Principal will:

  • Ensure a broad, structured and coherent curriculum entitlement which sets out the knowledge, skills and values that will be taught.
  • Establish effective curricular leadership, developing subject leaders with high levels of relevant expertise with access to professional networks and communities.
  • Ensure valid, reliable and proportionate approaches are used when assessing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum.


The Principal will:

  • Establish and sustain high expectations of behaviour for all pupils, built upon the school’s Christian vision, relationships, rules and routines, which are understood clearly by all staff and pupils.
  • Ensure high standards of pupil behaviour and courteous conduct in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy.
  • Implement consistent, fair and respectful approaches to managing behaviour.

Additional and special educational needs and disabilities

The Principal will:

  • Ensure the school holds ambitious expectations for all pupils with additional and special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Establish and sustain culture and practices that enable pupils to access the curriculum and learn effectively.
  • Ensure the school works effectively in partnership with parents, carers and professionals, to identify the additional needs and special educational needs and disabilities of pupils, providing support and adaptation where appropriate.
  • Ensure the school fulfils its statutory duties with regard to the SEND code of practice.

Professional Development Systems and Process

The Principal will:

  • Ensure staff have access to high-quality, sustained professional development opportunities, aligned to balance the priorities of whole-school improvement, team and individual needs.
  • Prioritise the professional development of staff, ensuring effective planning, delivery and evaluation which is consistent with the approaches laid out in the standard for teachers’ professional development.
  • Ensure that professional development opportunities draw on expert provision from beyond the school, as well as within it, including nationally recognised career and professional frameworks and programmes to build capacity and support succession planning. This includes the development of future school leaders.
  • Ensure that professional development opportunities include access to good quality CPD that supports the understanding of church school ethos and areas inspected under SIAMS.

Organisational management

The Principal will:

  • Ensure the protection and safety of pupils and staff through effective approaches to safeguarding, as part of the duty of care.
  • Prioritise and allocate financial resources appropriately, ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and probity in the use of public funds.
  • Ensure staff are deployed and managed well with due attention paid to workload.
  • Establish and oversee systems, processes and policies that enable the school to operate effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensure rigorous approaches to identifying, managing and mitigating risk.
  • Recognise and act upon the particular opportunities afforded by academy status.
  • Make a positive contribution to the success of the Trust as a whole.

Continuous school improvement

The Principal will:

  • Make use of effective and proportional processes of evaluation to identify and analyse complex or persistent problems and barriers which limit school effectiveness, and identify priority areas for improvement.
  • Develop appropriate evidence-informed strategies for improvement as part of well-targeted plans which are realistic, timely and appropriately sequenced.
  • Ensure careful and effective implementation of improvement strategies, which lead to sustained school improvement over time.

Working in partnership

The Principal will:

  • Forge constructive relationships beyond the school, working in partnership with parents, carers, local community and the Diocese.
  • Commit their school to work successfully with the schools within the Trust, other schools and organisations, including the Diocesan Education team in a climate of mutual challenge and support.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues across other public services to improve educational outcomes for all pupils.

Governance and accountability

The Principal will:

  • Understand and welcome the role of effective governance, upholding their obligation to give account and accept responsibility.
  • Establish and sustain professional working relationship with those responsible for governance.
  • Ensure that staff know and understand their professional responsibilities and are held to account.
  • Ensure the school effectively and efficiently operates within the required regulatory frameworks and meets all statutory duties.

Additional Requirements

This job description outlines the main duties of the post, incorporating the Department for Education Head teachers’ Standards 2020, but does not exclude other duties, which may be undertaken to ensure the efficient operation of the school. Other duties required will be consistent with those listed above and appropriate to the title and grade of the post.

The appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment of Head teachers, contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document and other current educational and employment legislation.

The Samara Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

Under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, the Public Sector fluency duty requires state funded schools to ensure candidates for their customer facing roles have the necessary standard of spoken English.

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About Upton Heath CofE Primary School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
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School size
422 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Upton Heath C of E Primary School is a two-form entry, co-educational primary school of just under 420 children with 58 staff serving a diverse community including children whose families serve in the armed forces. Upton Heath is a church school with a warm, family oriented environment and a strong community of parents/carers, governors, supporters and friends. The school is proud to be an inclusive school. Upton Heath was judged as a good school by Ofsted 2022 and SIAMS 2013.

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