Headteacher, Plymouth

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Goosewell Primary AcademyPlymouth
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Start date: 1 January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (£64,417 - £74,615 per annum)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking an Inspirational Headteacher for one of its Primary Schools in Plymouth to start on 1 January 2019, due to the retirement of the current postholder.

We are looking for a Head Teacher with energy, passion and resilience to build on a culture of high expectations, achieving the best outcomes for all students.

The School: Goosewell is a large primary school on the outskirts of Plymouth. There are 625 pupils arranged in 21 classes, from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  Goosewell joined Reach South Academy Trust on January 1st 2017 having received two successive Ofsted Requires Improvement ratings but is now on an upward trajectory to ‘Good’.  

Goosewell is now beginning to build a well-deserved reputation for delivering high quality learning opportunities for its pupils and career opportunities for its staff.  This is a school that is at the heart of its community. At Goosewell, everyone is welcomed. They are proud of their friendly, caring school where they respect and value each other. At Goosewell, they want all their children to develop a love of learning. To achieve this, they provide a lively, broad, balanced and caring education through a range of exciting and relevant and learning opportunities within and beyond the school environment.

Background: Reach South is a new and dynamic charitable education Trust based in the South West. First established in Plymouth with eight founding primary academies; these were subsequently joined in November 2017 by its first Special Academy, based in Wiltshire, and then very recently, by two further primary academies in Bournemouth during March this year.

Reach South is a part of the REACH family of MATs. The founding Trust, REAch2 Academy Trust, was launched by its founder Sir Steve Lancashire in 2012 and now operates 55 primary academies across the Midlands and South East of England. Reach South operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with real autonomy, whilst also ensuring a strong ethos of support and collaboration across our schools.  

Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them. We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across the all parts of the organisation. Therefore, we are looking for an outstanding individual to help support the Trust centrally with its day to day activities and planning for the exciting developments that lay ahead.

Contact and Process: If you are a Head Teacher who is talented, dynamic, enthusiastic and creative – we would be delighted to hear from you! 

Visits to the school are both encouraged and welcomed. Please call the school office (01752 482960) or email admin@goosewell.plymouth.sch.uk

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sarah Findlay-Cobb,  Regional Director of Education on 07392 866263 or email: sarah.cobb@reachsouth.org or Maria Manning,  Chair of Governors at  mmanning@goosewell.plymouth.sch.uk  

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form separately with their application.  


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More about Goosewell Primary Academy
Address: Goosewell Road, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 9HD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1752 482960