APPOINTED! : Headteacher - St Nicolas' CE Infant School

APPOINTED! : Headteacher - St Nicolas' CE Infant School - Surrey

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 49 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024

Headteacher

Location: Guildford Town, Surrey
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent

The Governing Body, parents and children of this happy and welcoming school community are seeking to appoint a dedicated Headteacher who will lead the school into the next chapter of its long and successful story.

Although located in the heart of Guildford town with spectacular views, St Nicolas’ has many traits of a village school with its warm and tight-knit relationship with the local community.  The school has been faithfully serving this local community since 1852 and enjoys strong links with St Nicolas’ parish church in the nearby town centre.

In 2018, St Nicolas’ plans to become an Academy, joining The Good Shepherd Trust within the Guildford Diocese, representing a new and exciting phase in its development. Solid finances, well-ordered school buildings, combined with the outstanding pastoral and professional support coming from the diocese – this all represents a genuine platform for continued future success.

You will be working with happy, friendly children who are eager to learn; well-motivated, compassionate staff who work hard to deliver an education which is ‘bringing learning to life’; and dedicated governors committed to ensuring the school continues to progress.

If you are ambitious and enthusiastic, with previous leadership experience as a Key Stage Leader, Assistant Head or Deputy, then we would love to hear from you. 

In the first instance please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence on 07961 375 759 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me.

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

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Barry Leyland, Chair - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

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