INTERVIEWING: Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School

INTERVIEWING: Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School - Cheshire

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 99 Date Posted: Wednesday 04 Mar 2020
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Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right candidate
Location: Lowton, Nr Warrington, Cheshire
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2020 or sooner by negotiation

Lowton CE High School is a Church of England secondary school that serves young people aged 11 – 16 years old within the neighbouring communities of Lowton, Leigh and Atherton. Situated just off the A580 between Manchester and Liverpool, the school is easily accessible by road from surrounding areas.

At Lowton, the whole school community sees itself as one big family with Christian values and vision at its very heart, summed up by our mission statement: Caring, Learning and Succeeding.

Whilst there is much to celebrate at Lowton, nevertheless the school does face challenges. Indeed, June 2019 saw the school receive its fourth RI judgement - the latest of which highlighted the need for greater consistency across all areas.

Supported by a committed and capable Governing Body, this headship vacancy represents a great opportunity for the right person to bring clear-sighted realism to leadership in a Framework with a different emphasis.

As you can imagine, we are seeking a strong and empowering Headteacher with the desire and know-how to nurture a dynamic learning environment: a leader who will bring an unrelenting focus on developing high aspirations, a high quality and vibrant curriculum, and facilitate successful outcomes for all our students.

For an existing Head, this could be the next big challenge you seek…or, equally, for an experienced Deputy Head with still yet untapped potential, this could be the right opportunity for you.

Whilst applications are sought from practising Christians, equally, others committed to supporting the Christian ethos of the school are warmly invited to apply.

If you believe you can provide outstanding leadership, which inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our learners, then we would love to hear from you.

Closing: Mon 24 February at 12 Noon

Shortlisting: Wed 26 February

Interview day: Wed 4 and Thurs 5 March

If you are an existing Headteacher or an Aspiring Head looking for a new challenge in 2020 then please contact Liam Dowds, our advising Emmaus consultant, for an exploratory conversation on 01737 652 043 or alternatively email him at ldowds@emmausleadership.me .

All conversations will be held in the strictest confidence.

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

ALL APPLICANTS ARE ASKED TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION PACK BY EMAILING ldowds@emmausleadership.me AND NOT APPLY ONLINE.



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