Can you lead our Christian Primary School?
School name: Ainsdale St. John’s Church of England Primary School
School address: Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE
Commencement date: 1st September 2021
Our current Headteacher is taking a well-deserved early retirement after impeccably leading our school for many years. The Governors are therefore seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic and caring Headteacher who will lead and inspire our school family through the next phase of its exciting journey.
Ainsdale St John’s is committed to the provision and celebration of excellent education in a Christian context. We are proud of our links with the Church and how the core Christian values of faith, hope, love, respect and compassion are at the centre of everything we do. We are looking for someone who can ensure that learning remains enjoyable and enriching for all and is fully underpinned by their Christian faith.
The school is a special place. The governors appreciate just how important the ethos and culture of the school are to the children, their families, and all the staff. In selecting a new Headteacher, we are looking for an individual who embraces the special character of the school and demonstrates the same affection and commitment to all those in our school community.
If you are someone who feels they can both embrace the strengths of our past successes and also rise to the challenges of the future, we would very much like to hear from you.
The successful candidate will:
- Have Headteacher, Deputy or Assistant Headteacher experience
- Uphold high expectations and standards
- Engage the whole school community in a shared vision
- Nurture, inspire and motivate others
- Be approachable and empathetic
- Lead by example, empower others, and take decisive action when necessary
In return we offer you:
- The opportunity to make a difference and take the school forward
- A dynamic Christian ethos which is integral to the life of the school
- Dedicated, caring and skilled staff who work hard to meet the needs of the children
- Happy, responsive children who are motivated to learn
- Strong professional links through existing school and learning networks
- The support of a fully committed Governing Body
- Established partnerships with our Church, parents and wider community
School visits are strongly encouraged and need to be pre-booked for either Friday 14th May or Monday 17th May during school hours. To arrange a visit please contact Mrs Kirsty Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01704 578427.
The closing date for applications is 3pm Thursday 20th May. Application forms together with your supporting statement should be emailed to email@example.com.
The supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4 (minimum font size 11). Any part of the statement in excess of two pages will not be considered.
Shortlisting will take place on Friday 21st May. Those applicants selected for interview will be notified on Friday 21st May.
Interviews, including tasks and presentation(s), will take place on Wednesday 26th May and Thursday 27th May.
Shortlisted applicants are expected to be available for both days. However, Governors reserve the right not to progress candidates to the second day, or not to appoint to the role, if candidates fail to demonstrate the essential criteria in the person specification.
A candidate information pack and an application form can be downloaded from the link below or from our website: www.ainsdalestjohns.com (see News and Events >>Vacancies)
Candidates will be asked to provide three references:
- Positive and supportive faith reference from the priest/minister where the applicant regularly worships. Candidates who do not use their Parish priest/minister must give an explanation in the letter of application.
- Two additional positive recommendations from referees, including current employer.
The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It will recruit and select all employees in a safe, equitable, effective and efficient manner to employ the best person for the job and ensure that high service standards are maintained and the safety and welfare of children and young people is paramount. The Governing body expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Appointment to this post is subject to 2 satisfactory references, a faith reference letter and verification of qualifications. For those applicants shortlisted, Governors reserve the right to take up references prior to interviews.
This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) and will be subject to an enhanced DBS certificate with a children’s barred list check. You will also be required to complete a criminal self-disclosure form if you are short-listed for the post.
All direct contact must comply with the Covid 19 guidance in place at the time.