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Start date: April 2020 or Earlier
Salary: Band within the range of a Group 4 School. Starting point to reflect experience.
Hours: Full Time
NET Academies- 'Shaping Futures'
NET Academies Trust board are looking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational Headteacher to lead Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy which has recently joined the Trust. This is an excellent opportunity to lead a newly converted community school with a committed staff and strong family ethos. Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy is a three-form entry primary and nursery with 614 children on roll.
You will be highly motivated and have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the school, across the MAT and with other key stakeholders. You will have recent school headship experience, with an ability to effect change.You will have a positive attitude that will strengthen and build partnerships within the community and motivate children and staff.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work closely with other school leaders and to contribute to and shape policy and practice across the NET team.
The ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader who can demonstrate:
• A proven track record of raising standards of teaching and learning, leading to improved achievement and attainment;
• The ambition and commitment to lead Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy;
• Affinity with NET's values and a strong vision for promoting educational excellence for all;
• Effectiveness in developing strong relationships with the local community;
• A proven track record of effective leadership and management of people and a commitment to working in partnership with governors, staff, parents, other schools and the local community;
• A desire to maintain and enhance the existing strengths of the school, bringing inspirational drive and ambition for continual improvement that is demonstrated through improved outcomes for children;
• An ability to be forward-thinking and flexible to adapt to the changing educational landscape;
• A passion to ensure that all children reach their potential and provide all children with a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which they can learn and flourish.
If you are an ambitious leader with a clear vision, who can contribute to the development of our Trust and is committed to raising standards through the development and motivational leadership of highly skilled teams, we would like to discuss this opportunity with you. Applicants must be enthusiastic and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy joined NET Academies Trust on 1st November 2019. Local NET Academies Trust Schools have recently been voted as "Employer of the Year 2018" by the TES and "Winner of the National School Community Wellbeing in Schools Award 2019" by Place2Be.
NET Academies offers a unique chance to be part of a friendly and supportive team. Being part of a growing primary trust, offers a unique set of opportunities to develop your career. We have a number of specialist staff who work across our academies who offer expert knowledge in Maths, English, PE, Drama, Art and music. At NET Academies we are committed to staff development and training.
Additional benefits at working at NET Academies Trust in Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy:
· Individual career programme for all staff
· Children who have a love of learning and a dedicated staff team
· A caring and happy learning environment
· Lead practitioner support in English and Maths for planning and teaching
· Personalised staff well-being programme
· High expectations and good behaviour
The Trust has a committed team that works hard to reach high standards in everything they do.
What Ofsted says about Waltham Holy Cross Primary School:
"Leaders and teachers have developed effective partnerships with parents and carers. The new system for recording children's development allows teachers to share with parents information about their child's learning. Many parents contribute to their child's learning record, enabling teachers to gain a bigger picture of what children can do. This has had a positive impact on increasing parental engagement."
"The wider curriculum provides pupils with a range of learning opportunities. Pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is supported well through the school's curriculum."
"Pupils enjoy school and develop positive attitudes to learning. They are taught how to behave towards each other and how to respect the views of others from different backgrounds."
"The behaviour of pupils is good."
"Pupils play well together during break times. They are happy and say that they enjoy school. They are polite, courteous and listen carefully in lessons."
"Parents comment positively about how their children enjoy school. One parent commented, 'The children are rewarded for good work and good behaviour, it certainly has had a positive effect on my daughter.'"
What Ofsted says about NET Academies Trust:
"Strong and purposeful leadership is galvanising staff, raising expectations and transforming the culture of the school. Other senior leaders share your ambitious vision for the school."
"The executive headteacher has made an enormous contribution to the improvements in this school in the two and a half years that she has been in post. She uses the 'fire in her belly' and her very high aspirations to continually and doggedly pursue excellence in every aspect of school life. The executive headteacher has a very clear vision for the future development of the school, based on a thorough understanding of what works in education and how children learn." OFSTED 2017
"Leaders of the MAT and the headteacher have a vision for the school, which staff share. There is a clear culture of hard work and excellent behaviour throughout the school."
"The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding."
"Pupils' behaviour and conduct in lessons and around the school is excellent."
What our teachers say about working with NET Academies Trust:
"I feel like it is an incredibly supportive working atmosphere where people want the best for one another and go out of their way to do their best for both staff and pupils. It is pupil driven which is why I particularly agree with the academy's attitude towards priorities."
"The academy allows me to be part of something larger that makes a difference."
"Staff and pupils feel that we are all part of one family that help and support each other."
"I very much enjoy working for the academy, because I feel supported, valued and work with a great group of people."
Potential applicants are both welcome and encouraged to visit the school. The CEO would be happy to meet you and show you around. Please contact … for an appointment.
Your completed application form should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
NET Academies Trust,
Latton Green Primary Academy,
In compliance with Safer Recruitment guidelines, CVs cannot be accepted. We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful candidate will be expected to undertake the appropriate checks including an enhanced DBS check.
Closing date: Tuesday 26th November 2019
Interviews: Friday 29th November 2019
Information about the School
Based in Waltham Abbey, our school is very special – a happy and safe environment in which our children can learn, grow and develop into confident and successful young people.
Through our engaging curriculum, we ensure that children can foster a passion for learning and curiosity that will help to develop: a strong knowledge base, high aspirations and a lifetime of memories. We believe in ensuring that children receive a well-rounded education; where individual talents can be spotted and nurtured to ensure that all children experience success and reach their potential.
The school has a caring team that works hard to reach high standards in everything we do. We firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner in your child’s education and value your interest and support.
We are delighted to be part of the NET Academy Trust. The key aim of NET Academies Trust is to promote and lead innovative practice to help raise educational outcomes for all pupils.
I look forward to meeting you and showing you around our lovely school.
Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy and Nursery.