We’re looking for a new Headteacher to lead a really exceptional leadership and staff team, and take Woodlands Primary School to the next level of effectiveness.
Applications for this role are being made through our partners at Navigate. Click here to access the recruitment microsite.
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.