Head Teacher, Buckinghamshire

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St Mary's C of E School AylesburyBuckinghamshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L16-L24
Contract term: Permanent


Due to the retirement of our head teacher, the children, staff and governing body are searching for someone special to lead us on the next stage of our journey. We are looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic, dynamic and passionate leader to work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to continue to develop the school this great primary school.

About the school:

We are very proud of our school, which is at the heart of our community in Fairford Leys, a modern village in the County town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Our two-form school is a nurturing environment for 3-11-year-olds, which expanded in 2015 with a single intake of three forms. We are deep into our preparations to join ODBST as part of a Multi Academy Trust, which will further strengthen our ability to provide a comprehensive education for our pupils. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing a wholesome environment where our pupils are polite, kind and generous and we are fortunate to have an active Parents Teachers Association who enable us to enrich the lives of everyone at the school in many ways.

We have historic links with the parish church of St. Mary’s in Aylesbury and in recent years we have developed very strong ties with the ecumenical church in Fairford Leys. This LEP is part of the St. Mary’s team ministry and is the focus for worship for the whole of the Fairford Leys community. As a school we value our distinctive Christian ethos which is reflected in our core values of love, hope, forgiveness, truth, compassion and respect. These values are promoted through regular collective worship, activities at the local church and close collaboration with the local clergy.

Our popular school is located at the edge of Aylesbury, a traditional market town within easy of Oxford, Milton Keynes and London. We would welcome either an experienced leader, or someone who is ready to take on a more challenging role, but above all, someone who will relish taking us into MAT status and shaping the next chapter of our story.


About the role:

We are an OFSTED “Good” two-form entry primary school situated in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  We have a modern site with beautiful buildings and a newly built forest school facility, all of which offer fantastic opportunities for exciting and enriched learning.

As governors, we have high expectations of the person who will be the leader of our school and will work hard to support them to provide a safe and caring learning environment.

We want our new head teacher to help continue developing an innovative and exciting approach to learning. We also want them to work with us to monitor workloads and develop staff who are eager to teach a broad and engaging curriculum, where pupils can work towards clearly defined end points. We know that to achieve this we need to develop leadership across the school, so we commit to supporting the successful candidate to take advantage of the best training available.

We are very proud of the distinctive character and ethos of our school, which was founded by the Church of England and we continue to enjoy a strong and unique relationship with our local church and community, therefore, the successful candidate should consider how they will preserve and build on this ethos in the future.

We want to work with a leader with a proven record of accomplishment of delivering high standards of teaching and learning and who is willing to work with all stakeholders; staff, parents, governors and the PTA, to give the best possible life chances to our pupils and families.

The pupils of St. Mary’s school have had a think amongst ourselves, and it’s important to us that our new head teacher is someone like this:

  • A person who is kind, helpful, cares for all the pupils and staff, and treats people fairly.
  • Who knows when to be strict and when to have a joke.
  • Will give us an interesting range of lessons, including things like sports, crafts and computing.
  • Will be seen around the school in our classrooms and playground, and have lunch with us sometimes.
  • Is confident in doing their job;
  • Will surprise us with new ideas; is concerned to listen to pupils and their ideas and will encourage us to do our best.

The governing body will support the new Head teacher to ensure the strategic priorities are achieved.  These are:

  • To preserve our safe and caring environment, which enables our children to flourish.
  • To maintain and develop high quality, inclusive teaching and learning through the ongoing development of all staff.
  • To continue developing a broad, innovative and engaging curriculum.
  • To carry on developing the distinctive character and ethos, by supporting staff and pupils physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
  • To build on the strong and unique relationships with our church and local community.
  • To continue developing the leadership across the school.
  • Maintain our strong financial position.

About the candidate:

We are looking for someone to develop further an innovative, happy and successful primary school by:

  • The drive and ability to take up the role of leader, provide clear direction, manage development and change, take positive risks, and enthuse and motivate others, inspiring continual improvement.
  • The ability to develop a strong sense of community and vision for the school and its facilities, involving partnership with parents, the local community and other bodies.
  • The ability to identify, prioritise, monitor, evaluate and manage financial and human resources to achieve educational and pastoral goals.
  • The ability to understand and make positive use of the rich social and cultural diversity within the school and the surrounding community.
  • Good interpersonal skills and be approachable for all members of the school community, skilled in listening to views and ideas, sharing these and enabling decision-making, so as to provide the best for the children, staff and parents.
  • Good, consistent contact and communication skills, written and oral, with everyone.
  • An approach that is respectful and in sympathy with the Christian foundation of the school and the skills to lead a church school.
  • Providing a strong, clear, inspiring and widely shared vision for its future and positive, incisive strategic direction and leadership for sustainable success.
  • Ensuring the highest possible quality of education, range of opportunities and standards of attainment for all children.
  • Developing and managing the school efficiently and effectively, building on its strengths, innovating and securing prolonged developments and improvements.
  • Fostering and building on the Christian ethos of the school, as welcoming to families of all faiths and none.
  • Embedding the school in the local community, and engaging children, parents and staff as a community of learners.

In return, we will offer you:

  • Supportive and engaged Governing Body.
  • A friendly community with a strong Christian ethos where every child is recognised and valued.
  • Teachers and staff who are dedicated to providing a safe and caring environment, which enables our children to flourish.
  • Pupils who are polite, kind and generous.
  • The prospect to make a significant impact on our school and community.
  • A strong commitment to continued professional development (CPD).

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about this role.


We would love you to take the opportunity to visit us and if you would like to arrange this please contact our School Administrators, Sarah Hockley or Megan Fraser, to make an appointment on 01296 482094 or email Steve Green, Chair of Governors at chairofgovernors@st-marysaylesbury.bucks.sch.uk.

Prospective applicants must complete, in full, and return a standard application form. A curriculum vitae will not be accepted, in place of a completed application form, although may be submitted as additional evidence.

Closing date: Midday on 1st July 2019.
Interview date: 8th July 2019

St Marys CE School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced check.

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More about St Mary's C of E School Aylesbury
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Controlled
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Keen Close, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 7WF, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1296 482094
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