The Governors are seeking to appoint an outstanding Headteacher to lead the school and oversee and manage its future development. Sir James Smith’s School is an 11-16 school of 490 pupils, projected to rise to over 520 over the next couple of years. The school is part of a small, developing, multi-academy trust (MAT) based in North Cornwall. Known as North Cornwall Learning Trust (NCLT) the MAT currently consists of Sir Jim’s and four primary schools.
As Headteacher at Sir Jim’s, you will have the freedom to lead the school on a day-to-day basis and work closely with the Chief Executive Officer who leads the MAT and primary Headteacher colleagues. The MAT has a centralised school funding model; this gives Headteachers the freedom to concentrate on the core business of teaching and learning.
Sir Jim’s is an oversubscribed, inclusive 11—16 secondary, rated a strong Good by OFSTED in April 2016. We are working hard to provide an outstanding learning experience for all our pupils against a background of financial challenge stemming from austerity and pressures from mental health and wider societal issues including deprivation. Over recent years KS4 outcomes have placed Sir Jim’s above average nationally, though 2018 saw a dip in achievement outcomes.
The trustees wish to appoint an innovative and highly motivated leader. You will have the drive and personality to build on the considerable progress made by the school in recent years. You will bring a strong record of school improvement and will actively embrace working closely and collaboratively with others in the MAT and elsewhere to reinforce the school’s place at the heart of the community.
We encourage you to visit us. To book a school tour and request an application pack, please contact Michelle Kirk on MKirk@sirjamessmiths.cornwall.sch.uk or 01840 213274.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Judith Knock Clerk to Governors on JKnock@sirjamessmiths.cornwall.sch.uk to arrange a chat with Jon Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer.
School tours: Monday 14th January and Wednesday 16th January 9.30am-11.00am
Closing date: Monday 21st January
Shortlisting: Tuesday 22nd January
Interviews: Tuesday 29th January and Wednesday 30th January
Safeguarding. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be undertaken.