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West London Free School

Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Expired
Salary to attract the best
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
January 2015, but September 2014 preferred
Apply by:
19 May 2014

Job overview

The West London Free School is an all-ability secondary school that asks every child to do at least eight academic GCSEs or IGCSEs. That expects every pupil to transfer to the Sixth Form and go on to a good university. That takes children from across the local community and gives them a classical liberal education, providing them with the knowledge and confidence to take on the world.

Having opened in 2011, the WLFS has established itself as one of the most popular schools in the country, with 10 applicants for every place, and is the cornerstone of a growing multi-academy trust. Sport, music and art are integral to school life, with two thirds of pupils learning a musical instrument. Our vision is of a comprehensive grammar school - that is, a school that combines the rigour and standards of an old fashioned grammar with a genuinely comprehensive intake. We are now looking for a Headteacher to take the school to the next level.

When it was inspected by Ofsted last year, the school was ranked "good" with "outstanding" features and next time we want to do better. We also want our Year 9s to get excellent GCSE/IGCSE results in 2016 and we're equally ambitious for our Sixth Form. When it comes to offers from Russell Group universities, our aspiration is to match the surrounding independent schools.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be committed to a classical liberal education
  • Understand what a traditional, knowledge-based curriculum looks like and how it should be taught
  • Have a track record of raising attainment and achieving academic excellence
  • Possess the flair and dynamism to oversee the growth of a young school through to steady state
  • Have proven leadership skills, with the ability to inspire an exceptional group of teachers
  • Be able to cope with the challenges of a comprehensive intake, ensuring that all the pupils develop the will to succeed
  • Be the public face of one of the country's leading free schools

We believe it is only by reaching for the impossible that you discover what's possible. Our motto is "Sapere aude" -  "Dare to learn" - and that will apply to the head as well as the pupils. Do you have the character and the intellect to lead this school? If so, we invite you to apply for the headship of the West London Free School.

To apply for this position, please send a CV and a covering letter to Toby Young at

Application deadline: 19th May 2014.
Interviews will take place week commencing 20th May 2014.

About West London Free School

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+44 20 8600 0670

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