Headteacher, Southampton

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Harefield Primary SchoolSouthampton

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Start date: April 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L18 - L24 (£60,755 - £70,370)
Contract term: Permanent

Governors are seeking an innovative leader, with a passion for developing high quality teaching, to shape the quality of education at Harefield Primary.

The successful candidate will drive the development of the schools’ curriculum offer, ensuring that more pupils than ever before leave each stage of their educational journey well-prepared for their next. Strategies will place the need of the most disadvantaged children and those with additional and complex needs firmly at the centre of developments.

Our new Headteacher will inspire and bring out the best in staff, have resilience and drive, and have a proven track-record of delivering strong educational outcomes.

The school has a committed staff - we are exceptionally proud of our children and our teaching. Our inspection in 2011 found that:

Harefield is an outstanding school. Children get off to an excellent start in Reception and their excellent progress is maintained throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. The teaching is excellent, care is exceptional and the curriculum innovative and highly stimulating. As a result, pupils' behaviour is excellent and they feel extremely safe. Parents and carers are very happy with the education their children receive. One wrote: 'I couldn't ask for a better school for my children to attend.'

You can be part of leading the next phase of our journey as we strive to fulfil our ‘outstanding’ judgement.

We are seeking a professional individual who:

  • Is currently an outstanding practitioner and inspirational leader
  • Has a strong track-record of success in their current role across the Primary phase
  • Can develop teaching practice so that it secures progress for all pupils across the primary phase
  • Will effective model leadership, ensuring senior leaders have the skills they need to do their job well
  • Innovates to improve the quality of the curriculum offer to address social disadvantage
  • Builds upon our good relationships within the schools, across partnerships and in the wider community


About Harefield Primary School

We believe every child is unique and we go out of our way to ensure they have the education that equips them to fulfil their ambitions. We support this within our inclusive and diverse community working alongside our parents and carers. Being an academy in a large multi-academy Trust enables us to work closely with, and be supported by, other local schools.

Harefield is above average in size for a primary school. The very large majority of its pupils are of White British backgrounds. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much higher than in most schools. An average proportion of pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

At Harefield Primary School, we are committed to providing all of our children with equal opportunities, and strongly believe all have an entitlement to achieve their potential, whatever their circumstances. We place inclusivity at the heart of all we do fostering close relationships with the families of the children in the school.

We promote high aspirations of all our learners and recognise our responsibility as a professional community to secure the very best outcomes for our children.

Harefield Primary is part of the Edwin Jones Partnership.

"The vision for the Edwin Jones Partnership is for schools, Head teachers and governing bodies to take a collective responsibility for education in their local community. The schools work together across the Partnership improving standards and practice, developing the curriculum and identifying strengths.

We share a commitment to making a positive difference to our children and their families through a nurturing, caring ethos and raising aspirations within our community. We bring professional expertise and experience to secure the highest possible achievement for all. All aspects of our work will have a clear focus on improvement in the skills of our pupils, staff and community on sustaining measurable impact.

Our aim is to continue to develop our united learning community through a network of leaders and practitioners committed to sharing successful practice. We think and work differently and use new opportunities to ensure all learners remain at the heart of education. We aim to develop passionate life-long learners who are able to make a positive contribution to society.”

The Edwin Jones Partnership is part of the Hamwic Education Trust.   As a Trust, we aim to deliver an outstanding education to our pupils and to do so we must employ outstanding people. We offer a training pathway for all employees including teachers, support staff and our middle and senior leaders. Our staff have opportunities to work on cross phase projects and to work in other schools within the Trust in order to gain invaluable experience and enhance their skills.

Application Procedure

Should you wish to apply for this vacancy, please view the recruitment pack and complete the application form which can be found at www.hamwic.org.

Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@hamwic.org
We would be delighted to give you a tour of the school and answer any questions you may have.  Please contact the school on 023 8046 3240 to arrange an appointment.

Advert Closing Date:  Friday 4 October 2019
Shortlisting:   Monday 7 October 2019
Interviews:  14 – 15 October 2019


All schools within the Trust 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 checks along with other relevant employment checks.

More about Harefield Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Yeovil Chase, Bitterne, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 5NZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 23 80463240
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