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Head of School - King Arthur's School, Wincanton

Salary details: £60755 - £70370

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Sherborne, Somerset, Yeovil, Wincanton
Occupational group
Salary details
Leadership Pay Range L18 - L24 £60,755 - £70,370
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Catherine Watson
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Contact telephone
01935 810051
Closing Date
28 February 2019 09:00 AM
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Start Date:  1 September 2019

We are looking to appoint an inspirational leader with a proven track record of improving educational provision and outcomes to lead an exciting and ambitious journey of school improvement. Working in collaboration with the school’s leadership team, its governors and with the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust executive leadership group, you will provide exceptional strategic and operational leadership to raise standards and deliver high quality learning and teaching for our young people.

King Arthur’s School is a fantastic small secondary school at the heart of a rural Somerset community serving the town of Wincanton and surrounding area. Working in close partnership with its sponsor, the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust, OFSTED have already identified that significant improvement is underway. The school will join the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust in April 2019 to continue its pursuit for tangible and rapid improvement.

The school is located close to Sherborne and its surrounding area, it is one of the best places to live in Britain, with Sherborne itself being described as ‘one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous towns in the country’ and having the feel of ‘a small cathedral city’.  It is a centre of excellence for education.  There are easy road and direct rail links to London, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the glorious Dorset coast and countryside. It is a great area in which to live, offering something for everyone.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a very clear understanding of what makes a great school and the skills and character required to develop this
  • Demonstrate evidence of truly effective leadership at a whole school level
  • Have a passion for education and making a difference to children’s lives
  • Have the ability to lead and shape the vision of the School and the Trust
  • Is highly resilient, with relentless determination to succeed and drive change.
  • Have the ability to support, challenge and inspire our children, encouraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Have excellent communication skills and the ability to celebrate and promote high quality teaching and learning
  • Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge and to support each other
  • Use resources, intellect, creativity and innovation to be successful
  • Have the ability to be a team player and leader who will go the extra mile to support children and families

Our values and ethos focuses on developing a love of learning, high achievement both personally and academically which comes from the tremendous work of all our staff and the great achievements of our children.

This role will be challenging, yet immensely rewarding and as a Trust, you will be supported by an experienced Trust leadership team, strong governance and a committed staff. We will also offer an excellent package:

  • a competitive salary : L18-24 (£60.755- £70,370) Starting point to be agreed on appointment
  • leadership development support
  • high-quality CPD opportunities
  • possible relocation expenses
  • a strong sense of shared moral purpose and a real opportunity to transform the lives of young people

You are warmly encouraged to visit our school prior to application, please do not hesitate to contact Bella Byrne who will be happy to arrange this. Our CEO, Steve Hillier is also available to have an informal discussion with interested applicants about the role. Please contact his assistant Bella Byrne on 01935 811066 or at Bella.Byrne@sast.org.uk

For a recruitment pack and online application form, please visit the school website or trust website: www.sast.org.uk

Proposed Date for interviews: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March 2019