Headteacher – Wroxall Primary School

Are you a passionate, dynamic and strategic leader who can shape the future development of our school?

Salary: The indicative pay range is set at £61 882 (L12) to £71 019 (L18) 

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Our School 

Wroxall Primary is a small, mixed-age rural school in the south of the Isle of Wight, with five mixed-age primary classes. We also have Wroxall Robins Preschool an integral part of the 2-11 provision to ensure children get off to the best start, educationally, socially, and emotionally. The falling birth rate on the Isle of Wight has impacted numbers however, Wroxall continues to attract a large number of in-year admissions. 

In 2020 Wroxall Primary benefitted from a substantial £2,000,000 refurbishment programme which has transformed the learning environment.  

The school currently has a positive budget position and is approaching the end of the financial year with a surplus balance. Alongside all primary schools on the Island and nationally maintaining a balanced budget with reducing pupil numbers remains a challenge for school leaders.  

Our current Headteacher has transformed the school since appointment in 2020 with a real focus on achieving consistent high-quality teaching and learning for every child – Teaching the right thing to the right child at the right time, as well as prioritising safeguarding in its widest sense and making Wroxall an enjoyable and safe place to learn. Her Wroxall experience has given her the springboard to gain a Headteacher post at a larger school, a reflection of the opportunities Wroxall can give to the right candidate.  

Governors are keen to help the new Headteacher to enhance the school’s ethos and build upon the current nurturing aspect of the school, enhancing existing systems and finding new ways to communicate with and support families, and to give our children a greater involvement in the life of the wider community.  

We are very committed to supporting the ongoing development of flexible teaching pedagogy and a rich, broad and creative curriculum entitlement built on accurate planning, moderation and assessment.

Quotes from OFSTED 2022

"The school provides very well for pupils’ personal development. Leaders are keen for pupils to have high aspirations and broaden their horizons."

"The strong positive relationships between staff and pupils makes the school a happy place."

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The Job

(comprehensive detail available in the Job Summary) 

This is a very exciting time to be joining Wroxall Primary School. Under the leadership of the current headteacher, the school has moved a long way forward in terms of the curriculum, pupil attainment and wellbeing and behaviour; the time is right for a positive, hardworking and innovative person to play a major role in providing the strategic vision on the next part of our journey. 

Together with the enthusiastic and supportive governing body, the children, parents and staff are keen to work with the right candidate to further develop the school as an excellent and vibrant part of community life. 

What do our Children, Parents and Staff want in a new Headteacher? 

Child: “To be kind and allow us to show them our work we are proud of”.
Parent: " Somebody who has patience and accepts that children need different teaching approaches, and that learning doesn't look the same for everyone”.
Staff: Able to make positive working relationships with children and staff, showing care, commitment & dedication with the whole school community”.

Discover more about what our school community is hoping for in the Information Pack (PDF, 2MB)

Our Aim

Our aim is to provide education of the highest quality where every child is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

You will be an innovative leader with vision and energy, who will lead the school and help us achieve our potential and beyond. We will look to you to forge strong links with children, parents, staff, governors, local schools & the wider community.

We need a fantastic individual with an optimistic and approachable nature to continue to foster great relationships, working together to make sure that both children and staff flourish and reach their full potential.

In this small, caring school, our children are celebrated as individuals as we aim to provide the highest possible standard of education. The Governing body is keen to see applications from candidates who:

  • are an experienced deputy, head of school or senior leader who is ready to step up as a head teacher and is ambitious for the school’s prospects
  • have the energy and enthusiasm to challenge staff and governors to engage with new ideas, while respecting those elements that make the school what it is
  • have excellent communication skills who can engage with parents, carers, and the wider community and are able to build strong relationships with all stakeholders

We have a committed and experienced staff team who work tirelessly to ensure our children receive an outstanding education and enjoyable experience at the school. You will be leading this team of self-reflective and highly evaluative staff who relish challenge and who prioritise the needs of children at the centre of all they do.

Key Tasks

Following the significant improvements we’ve seen over the past few years, governors would like the successful candidate to focus, amongst other things, on the following areas of development:

  • to develop staffing to meet the future needs of the school
  • to continue to improve teaching and learning by building on identified strengths, with a particular focus on writing across the school
  • to develop assessment in the foundation subjects, to enable sharper planning and teaching
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Induction and Support

As governors, we will support you fully as you settle into Wroxall Primary School.

Working in partnership with the Local Authority, we will construct a suitable induction support package based on your individual needs. This forms part of the school’s strong relationship with the Local Authority.

At all times, governors will work with you to ensure that appropriate use of professional development is made to achieve the school’s operational and strategic goals, and to keep the school community safe at all times.

The Isle of Wight is a small Unitary Authority; there is a rich tradition of collaboration between schools and school leaders. At a primary level, this presents opportunities for joint working and projects, engagement in initiatives led by teaching school alliances and the Local Authority as well as attendance at regular headteacher conferences and training.

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Job pack

Essential reading


Supporting information

Please take the time to explore our website and learn more about our school.

Visits to the school are very welcome, please contact the school’s office by emailing sbm@wroxallprimary.co.uk to make an appointment – we look forward to meeting you! 

If you are excited by this opportunity, ready for a challenge and share our vision, we would love to hear from you.

How to apply

This vacancy closed on Sunday 24 March 2024 we are accepting no further applications.

Contact recruitment@iow.gov.uk

Please note:

You’ll need to give evidence / examples of your experience and achievements, addressing the appointment criteria listed in the job summary. Please use the ‘additional information’ section in the online application form to provide us with this information.

In your covering letter, please include appropriate contact numbers, and let us know if you will be available on the 16 and 17 April 2024 to attend interviews.

The closing date for this post is: Sunday 24 March 2024

Start date: We are hoping that the successful applicant will start with us at the beginning of September 2024.

If you wish to request an informal discussion, or need the recruitment documents in an alternative format, please email recruitment@iow.gov.uk

The council is an equal opportunity employer, proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.

The Isle of Wight Council is a disability confident employer. This means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview.

Please state on your application email if you have a disability let us know if you will need any special arrangements for any part of the selection process.

Benefits

As well as being a great place to work we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package, including:

  • agile and flexible working policies
  • relocation package of up to £8,000
  • home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
  • pension scheme
  • Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC)
  • Solent ferry travel discounts
  • local and national staff discount and benefits
  • Island bus network discount
  • cycle to work scheme
  • allocated free parking
  • discounted leisure and gym membership
  • access to private health care packages
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • digital learning hub
  • professional development

Safer Recruitment

Wroxall Primary School and the Isle of Wight County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with all other required employment checks.

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