APPOINTED! : Principal - The King's School, Witney

APPOINTED! : Principal - The King's School, Witney - Oxfordshire

£Competitive + Relocation + School Fees support - Other Christian - Head/Principal
Ref: 129 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024

Principal

Salary: £Competitive + Relocation + School Fees support
Location: Witney, Oxford
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent

 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead a successful and growing Christian independent All Through School with an even brighter future.

The King’s School (TKS) is an independent Christian school managed within the Oxfordshire Community Churches Trust (OCC) catering to children of all abilities from Early Years to GCSEs.  TKS opened in 1984 and since then has had an extremely successful track record in achieving high academic standards whilst intentionally nurturing children in their Godly character and understanding of a biblical worldview in all subject areas.

TKS currently has 201 children on roll from nursery through to Year 11. Due to the increase in popularity and applications, Governors are currently in consultation with the Department of Education with a view to increasing the school’s NOR.

Governors are seeking a new Principal with the vision and ability to lead, manage and inspire our Christ-centred school community as a centre of pastoral and academic excellence for all.

You will be joining a vibrant and welcoming school - an exciting place to work with happy, friendly children from a culturally diverse range of backgrounds who are eager to learn; and well-motivated, compassionate staff who work hard to deliver a first-class education. The school is ably supported by dedicated Governors who are committed to bringing positivity and support as the school embarks on a new chapter on its journey.

If, as an existing Head, or indeed a Deputy or Head of Department (Primary or Secondary), looking for their first step into Headship - and from a background in either the Independent or State sector - you believe you offer the God-given leadership talents which inspires and motivates others towards excellence, then we would love to hear from you.

A requirement of the post is that applicants must be practising Christians.

Closing date: Monday 17 April at 12 Noon
Interviews: Monday 24 April (One Day)

We warmly encourage you to visit TKS to see the children and staff at work. We are confident that you will sense the palpable warmth, welcome and friendliness of the whole school community, for it is this that makes The King’s School such an exciting place to lead.

For further details or to have an informal discussion, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me BEFORE applying.

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

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