Willingdon Primary SchoolEast Sussex

The governors of Willingdon Primary school are seeking to appoint an experienced headteacher for September 2021. The school was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted at its last inspection in March 2016.

Based at the foot of the downs just outside Eastbourne we are a school that prides itself on its excellent reputation and school diversity. We believe in working together to achieve the best results. 

Willingdon Primary School has 449 pupils currently on roll and benefits from a specialist Hearing Support Facility; a highly successful provision for deaf children. Willingdon is one of only two primary schools within East Sussex that have this provision. The Facility is part of the ISEND Sensory needs service. An independent nursery is also on site. We have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the school.

More details about the school can be found be visiting our website https://www.our-school.net/esussex/primary/willingdon

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated, dedicated and highly effective leader, who will drive change and ensure rapid and sustained improvement in teaching and learning.

In return we offer you:

  • a talented and committed staff team,
  • friendly and happy pupils who enjoy learning,
  • engaged and enthusiastic governors
  • supportive parents.

Further information about this vacancy, including the Job Description and Person Specification, are contained in the recruitment pack available from the Leadership Recruitment Team, see below.

Enquiries are welcome by contacting Laura Carter, chair of governors at laurac@willingdonprimary.co.uk Due to current covid restrictions visits may not be possible although we would try to accommodate requests for visit in a covid secure manner should government and Local Authority guidance allow. A virtual tour of the school is available on the website.

Your Application

Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity. This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisations, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

For a recruitment pack, please contact: Leadership.Recruitment@eastsussex.gov.uk

Closing date: 12 Noon, Friday 16 April 2021.

Shortlisting date: Monday 19 April 2021.

Interview date: Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 April 2021.

Start date: 1 September 2021.

References will be requested prior to interview for applicants shortlisted for interview.

Applicants invited to interview stage will be required to complete a Self-Disclosure form in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). An Enhanced DBS certificate will be required on provisional offer, including a check of the Children’s Barred List. Further vetting checks in line with the requirements of KCSIE, will be completed following a provisional offer of appointment.

Willingdon Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects 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 checks along with other relevant employment checks.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.

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