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Head of School

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Woodthorpe Church of England (VC) Primary School, Chesterfied
Salary details
Leader ship L1 - L5 £47,185 - £52,074 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Closing Date
28 April 2024


Start Date: 1 September 2024 

The Governors of Woodthorpe Church of England (VC) Primary School are looking to appoint an inspirational, forward-thinking Head of School to support the Executive Headteacher to lead our welcoming school. 

Woodthorpe Church of England (VC) Primary School is a small and friendly school situated in Woodthorpe, Chesterfield. We are a proud member of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (www.ddat.org.uk). The school enjoys a positive relationship with a team of professionals providing effective support in school improvement and operations. 

We are committed to ensuring that children's first years in formal education are happy, fulfilled and memorable. We aim to create a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which all children can fulfil their maximum potential. 

Are you already a serving Assistant Head, Deputy Head or Senior Teacher and eager for a new and stimulating challenge? You will be excited about operating in an environment where your ideas and enthusiasm can be directed to help develop Woodthorpe Church of England (VC) Primary School and a vibrant and growing Multi-Academy Trust. 

You are an enthusiastic and adaptable leader who: 

  • Has regard and respect for the experiences, knowledge and cultural diversity that every child brings to school and use this as a foundation for improving standards;
  • Values the achievements of all children and provides opportunities to develop self-confidence and a positive self image;
  • Provides a supportive culture in which all staff are encouraged to extend, develop and share their expertise;
  • Offers all children equal access to the curriculum and all aspects of school life; where individual differences are appreciated, celebrated, understood and accepted;
  • Encourages children to become good citizens holding British values, by developing caring attitudes, tolerance and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their community. 

In return we can offer you: 

  • Happy children who are eager to learn;
  • Dedicated, hardworking and committed teaching and support staff;
  • A commitment to continued professional development;
  • A supportive Academy Trust and active Local Governing Body;
  • A happy learning environment with the chance to apply your ideas and skills to a school that is thriving and ready for you to take charge. 

Applications should be made using the DDAT application forms only, available at https://ddat.org.uk/vacancies/, and submitted to HR@ddat.org.uk by the closing date. 

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion please email hr@ddat.org.uk. 

If you are also interested in being considered for the Head of School position at St. Giles Church of England Primary School (Killamarsh) currently advertised within DDAT, please state this on your application form. 

Provisional Interview Dates: 7 and 8 May 2024 

DDAT welcomes a diverse population of both children and staff and is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020). 


Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

Please be aware that Derbyshire County Council is placing this advert on behalf of this organisation and you should refer directly to its website for details of the terms and conditions attached to this post. Any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process should be made directly to the organisation.