Headteacher – Heartwood CE VC Primary & Nursery School

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Posted on: Monday 1 February 2021 | Heartwood CE VC Primary & Nursery School

Swaffham, Norfolk

We are looking for a Headteacher to lead and develop our Primary School & Nursery.

Tel:  01760 721357

Email:  office@heartwood.norfolk.sch.uk

Web:  www.heartwood.norfolk.sch.uk

As the successful applicant you will be dedicated to consistently providing the high standards and breadth of education that every child deserves. You will have a deep understanding of outstanding teaching and learning and have the flexibility and drive to successfully manage this recently converted primary. You will work collaboratively with the governing body to realise the vision and strategic aims of Heartwood.

As our school develops, with our new Key Stage 2 phase, there will be varying challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, it will be your confident leadership that will bring Heartwood through these successfully.

Immediate key priorities for 2021/22 will be to:

• Ensure that systematic phonics is consistently taught across the school, accelerating reading progress and supporting the new writing curriculum
• Establish strong behaviours for learning by making provision to match differing pupil need
• Implement the ‘Making a Difference’ curriculum – engaging children in their community and taking social action for change
• Ensure that Pupil Premium funding is targeted at breaking down the barriers for disadvantaged learners

The Church of England foundation of Heartwood is integral to the vision, operation and strategic direction of the school and you will, alongside the governing body, build on the strengths, work on any identified weaknesses and strive towards an Excellent SIAMS grading. You will also ensure that the close links that Heartwood has with our supporters in the local parish and with the Diocese of Norwich are developed further to support our vision and the Christian values and ethos that our school is built on.

Educational funding is increasingly challenging, so you will have a good understanding of resource management and will work with the governing board and support staff to ensure that the school is run effectively and within budget. You will ensure that there is appropriate deployment of staff to meet children’s needs whilst supporting teaching colleagues in their planning and delivery of lessons alongside the performance management cycle and CPD.

Heartwood is inclusive and serves all in our community.  Additionally, your understanding of the primary needs of all children, particularly those with special educational needs and disadvantaged groups will strengthen provision for all within the school. You will be keen to work with all stakeholders at Heartwood, local schools and cluster, the wider community and educational networks in Norfolk.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: Sunday 21 February 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 2 March 2021

How to apply

Please note that your application will be copied and distributed to the Shortlisting Panel, therefore it is important that any communication is clear and concise.

To access the online application form please go to www.educationjobfinder.org.uk, search for vacancy and follow the instructions. If you wish to submit an additional personal statement this should be either a Word document or PDF and emailed to jobads@educatorsolutions.org.uk by the closing date. Please do not submit a CV.

Please refer closely to the criteria found in the Person Specification and demonstrate how and why you meet these criteria, with relevant examples and ensure that your application includes the details of two professional referees, one of which must be your current/last employer.

Closing date for applications is midday on Sunday 21st February 2021.

School visits in person are not currently allowed due to the current circumstances, therefore interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Chair of Governors for a conversation. Please contact the Chair of Governors at sarahanderson6019@icloud.com to arrange a mutually convenient time.

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