Headteacher, Croydon

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Coombe Wood SchoolCroydon

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Start date: Easter/June 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £75,000 Package (with rising bonus)
Contract term: Permanent


For the ambitious leader who thrives on a challenge and enjoys spearheading change, the Headship of this brand new co-educational, comprehensive secondary school provides a platform for swift, organic career development. It offers a dynamic workplace, a phased increase of responsibility, aligned with the natural growth of the school and the building of its modern learning environments plus sporting facilities on a 25 acre site.  

Backed by and built upon the core values of the Folio Education Trust, you will have ready access to quality educational, strategic and financial expertise. http://www.folio-education.co.uk/Coombe-Wood-School

Modern Curriculum

Coombe Wood School is being designed to feature sport as a specialism and to have an emphasis on the creative and performing arts, both aspects will fully integrate with the academic strands. The theoretical and practical nature of sport (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship) underpins our entire ethos across the school and will shape the innovative, unique curriculum. This approach will centre on delivering a narrower range of sports to promote a deeper understanding of core skills and a focus on Health Related Fitness.


The proposed site for the ‘new build’ school is opposite Lloyd Park in South Croydon, with an excellent tramlink from East Croydon station (just 5 minutes journey time away) and a short walk from several bus routes. Over £35 million is to be invested in building a state-of-the-art school which will include enhanced sports facilities, comprising a competition venue within the sports hall, a full-size 3G artificial floodlit surface and aspirations to include a  closed circuit cycle track (CRC) and 8 lane floodlit athletics track.


To meet a pressing local demand, the school plans to open in September 2018 with 180 students in Y7 and applications received are already double the PAN. The Sixth Form will open  in September 2020 by which time it is intended the permanent building will be fully operational. The School will grow into an 8-form entry school (NOR 1680) including 480 in the Sixth Form. The pupil demographic includes mixed housing and leafy suburbs, interested aspirational parents and a genuinely comprehensive mix of children. 

Advantages include:

  • Network of expertise and support through Folio;
  • Outstanding brand new facilities;
  • Opportunity to recruit your new SLT;
  • Supportive catchment with future demand to fill places;
  • Developed sporting partnerships to strengthen community involvement and support educational and vocational aims.

Our New Leader

The executive leadership team for Folio seek an ambitious senior educator to join their team, build on the extensive planning and, with support from the Executive Headteacher, steer and develop this school through practical inception to a thriving, popular and high achieving secondary school. If you readily accept responsibility, inspire confidence, foster a culture of excellence, bring energy and enthusiasm to build efficient teams and keep calm under pressure, then your application will be welcomed. The role could suit an aspirant Deputy or an experienced Head seeking to broaden their leadership portfolio. 

To learn more and have your questions answered, please book your place on our information evening to find out about the latest developments for this exciting project and hear firsthand about how our values underpin the Coombe Wood School’s ethos. 

Application Procedure

For a confidential discussion, visit arrangements, further information and the candidate pack please contact our consultant Mrs J Baker (who can take calls ‘out of hours’)  to respond to enquirers. 

Phone:  0207 336 8403 or 07891 671 226 

Email:    jacqueline.baker@judicium.com 

Information Day:  Thursday 16th November; 08:30 and 18:30 to be held at Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 7PH

Closing date: Monday 19th November (10:00) 

Interviews: Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th November (by invitation)

Folio Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The recruitment process will include an enhanced DBS check, medical screening, confirmation of right to work in the UK and all other pre-employments checks in line with safer recruitment requirements.


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More about Coombe Wood School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Stanhope Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5NS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 203 011 2762
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