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Westhoughton High SchoolBolton

Do you have what it takes to become Westhoughton High School’s Headteacher?

If so, you will not just be leading a school…you will be building a future for all, driven by our values based vision of LEARN.

We’re searching for an inspired and talented Headteacher who’ll lead our school community to be the best it can be. Building on the positive changes that Westhoughton High School has recently undergone, you’ll create an environment where every student and staff member is energised, engaged and empowered to thrive and succeed.

Westhoughton is an 11-16 mixed community comprehensive school (1349 NOR), located in the heart of the community, within the Metropolitan District of Bolton.  As Headteacher, you’ll lead a dedicated team to build on recent achievements, modelling and ensuring high standards in every area of the school. By shaping a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion and high expectations, you’ll enable every student to aim high and realise their potential.

Reporting to the Governing Board, you’ll provide the vision and direction to raise standards school-wide. Drawing on your proven expertise, you’ll lead improvement, motivate staff and students and ensure a high-quality education for all. Also responsible for administration, policy development and the management of finances and resources, you’ll be a positive role model who inspires trust and builds partnerships across the community with trust, integrity and transparency.

We have an exciting proposition for the right candidate!

We expect the right candidate to be an outstanding school leader, who will be either:

1. An experienced Headteacher with an outstanding track record of impactful school leadership, who is ready to hit the ground running.

a. Additional remuneration will be available for an exceptional Headteacher

b. A professional coach will be available for at least the first academic year to support a smooth transition

2. An experienced Deputy Headteacher, with an equally outstanding track record of impactful school leadership, who is ready to take the important next step into headship.

a. The successful candidate will be the substantive Headteacher; however, an Executive Headteacher (Patrick Ottley-O’Connor) will work closely alongside them as a mentor and coach throughout the first academic year

So, you may already be an experienced Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher with significant leading and teaching experience at secondary level.  What is important is that you model our values based vision of LEARN and that is evident in all you do, in particular ensuring:

1. You look after yourself before looking after others, so that together we can make the biggest possible difference for our students

2. Our students and staff are able to enjoy life in all its fullness

3. Everyone aims high and is aspirational for themselves, each other and our community

4. We respect one another, ourselves and our environment

5. We never stop learning, particularly:

a. Excellent experiences, learning and progress in/out of the classroom for our students

b. Sustainable growth and development of our whole staff talent; where we encourage, engage and empower all support staff, teachers and leaders to develop their expertise in their role, and to own their own professional learning at every career stage.

So, please do your research, come and visit us and/or contact us for a confidential conversation and then if you still think that you have what it takes to become Westhoughton High School’s Headteacher, please apply.

Application forms and further details are available from the school website or by contacting the school direct on 01942 814122.

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Completed applications should be returned to the school office by 12:00 noon on Monday 25th January 2021.

Interviews will be held Wednesday 10th February & Thursday 11th February 2021.

The school is committed to safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.  This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.  The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and it expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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