APPOINTED! : Headteacher - Holy Trinity Pewley Down School

APPOINTED! : Headteacher - Holy Trinity Pewley Down School - Surrey

£Competitive to attract the right applicant + Relocation assistance - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 136 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024


Salary: £Competitive for the right applicant + Relocation support
Location: Guildford, Surrey
Contract Type: Full Time (Part-Time considered for a highly experienced candidate)
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2024

Supportive, creative, life-enhancing and committed to educational excellence

where you – and our children - flourish

Holy Trinity Pewley Down School (HTPD) is a Voluntary Aided CofE school - a hard federation of Holy Trinity Junior (Ofsted Good 2018 with 384 on roll) and Pewley Down Infants (Ofsted Outstanding 2012 with 180 on roll). Located on the edge of stunning Surrey countryside, but only minutes from the facilities and history of Guildford town centre, our two school sites are set less than half a mile apart.

HTPD has a distinctive child-centred focus with an emphasis on a love of learning, underpinned by a well-developed Christian ethos and values that welcomes and seeks the best for everyone in our school community, irrespective of faith, learning needs, ethnicity or (dis)advantage (over 30% of our children speak English as an additional language). HTPD is a joyful, open school where no one gets left behind.

Governors are now seeking a new Headteacher; an inspirational leader and passionate educator with the vision and moral purpose to lead our school community onto the next stage of our journey.

Priorities for our new Headteacher will lie in four key areas:

  1. Leading the next stage in the development of our creative curriculum, embedding consistent quality and depth in all subjects, ensuring high quality CPD for all staff.
  2. Maintaining a relentless focus on the educational experience and outcomes for children who experience disadvantage – in whatever form – and ensure their voices are used to shape the school’s culture and provision.
  3. Spearheading active collaboration with other schools and working with the governing body to chart a course for a future in which academisation is a growing part of the educational landscape.
  4. Re-establishing educational provision on the infant school site - currently closed because of RAAC - bringing to life a bespoke educational and working environment.

As our next Headteacher you will be ably supported by an experienced and dedicated governing body that includes members with a wide range of professional skills. The senior leadership team is similarly committed, talented, intelligent and fun, comprising two Deputy as well as two Assistant Heads.

If, as an existing Head – or indeed a Deputy or Assistant Head looking for their first step into Headship – you believe you offer the leadership talent which inspires and motivates others towards excellence, then we would love to hear from you.

Applications are sought from both practising Christians and those committed to supporting the Christian ethos of the school.

Closing date: Monday 18 March at 12 Noon
Interviews: Tuesday 26 March

We warmly encourage you to visit HTPD to see the children and staff at work. We are all really looking forward to working with our new headteacher and ensuring you have access to the right professional and personal support to enable you to thrive. Your wellbeing is a key priority for us.

In the first instance please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence on 01737 652043 or to request an Application Pack.

Our school is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

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