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Harbour Primary & Nursery SchoolEast Sussex

Harbour Primary and Nursery School is a local authority school located in the East Sussex town of Newhaven, near Brighton. With just under 500 children aged 2-11, we are a large school, with a small school feel.

In our most recent Ofsted inspection in November 2019, we maintained our Good rating and our Outstanding rating in our Early Years provision.

The Board of Governors seek to appoint a new head teacher to succeed our current head teacher who is retiring following 16 years of exceptional leadership.  

You will have proven senior leadership skills with the ambition, creativity and skill set to build on our school’s many strengths and provide the strategic vision. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential in order to inspire staff, parents and pupils to aim for excellence across all aspects of the school.

You will encourage our children to “Always be Curious” and give “Every child, every chance, every day”.

We can offer:

  • Engaged and happy pupils who enjoy learning and behave well. Committed and supportive colleagues who encourage innovation and creativity.
  • A very engaged Parents-Teachers Association (PTA).
  • A fully supportive and active governing board with a wide range of skills.
  • A well-resourced and financially stable school.

We are extremely proud of our school and know that we offer children a really good start in life. We want a leader who celebrates what we have already achieved, and can offer additional opportunities to enhance the Harbour experience for our children, staff and the local community.

Is this you?!

Visits to the school for prospective candidates are both recommended and warmly welcomed. Even if you have not been considering a move, why not come and visit us to find out more about this great opportunity to be a leader in our community.

School visits by appointment: Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February 2021.

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 8 March 2021.

Shortlisting: Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Interview dates: Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021.

For an informal discussion about the role and to book a visit, contact the Chair of Governors, Anthony Mayo via the clerk of Governors, Katherine Cotton on 01273 514532 or

For a recruitment pack, please contact:

Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity. This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisations, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

Harbour Primary and Nursery School is 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.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.

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