Headteacher, Ipswich

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Hillside Community Primary SchoolIpswich

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L21-25 - ££67,183 to £74,103
Contract term: Permanent

We are seeking a new Headteacher for Hillside Primary school which is a vibrant and culturally diverse school based in Ipswich with a very strong sense of community. With 520+ primary school pupils and a nursery of around 80 part time places the school offers many exciting opportunities both in the classroom and outside in the lovely grounds. The school joined the Active Learning Trust in 2014.

The Active Learning Trust comprises of 21 schools across the east of England, most of these being Primary Schools. You will be joining a vibrant local hub of Trust schools in Ipswich in their mutual support and sharing of good practice.

Based in the heart of its community, Hillside serves the Maidenhall and Stoke areas of south-west Ipswich. The school dates back to the 1930’s but has been periodically extended including significant building improvements which took place as recently as 2018. There are two spacious playgrounds and a large playing field. The school is situated in superb grounds which provide a very pleasant environment.

Currently a Head ready for the next challenge, or perhaps even an outstanding Deputy in a large primary school, you have a track record of raising and maintaining standards and the ambition, skills and drive to lead a school in its school improvement journey. You have the ability and the desire to galvanise and motivate staff and students and to get ahead of change and to steer it your way.

Our New Headteacher will:

  • Provide the inspirational and secure leadership that will motivate children and staff alike to achieve their full potential.
  • Establish a clear vision for continuous improvement that builds on the schools strengths, reflects its improvement priorities, and has a dedication to developing the passion for learning.
  • Engage new families and the local community in the daily life of the  school; and
  • Direct, develop, and empower the senior leadership team within the school and across the Trust to achieve their school improvement objectives and their own continuing professional development.


In return for your energy enthusiasm and commitment we offer this great opportunity to lead a popular developing and well-resourced school. You will receive support and challenge from a well- regarded and stable academy Trust which is committed to achieving excellence and putting our children first. At the same time there is chance to be involved in our cross Trust partnership ways of working and to learn from and give further capacity to our collective journey.

For a confidential conversation or to arrange a school visit please contact Ross Laird at Academicis on 01223 907 977, 07901 585 955, or email rlaird@academicis.co.uk.

All completed applications to be sent to Ross Laird’s email rlaird@academicis.co.uk by 12 noon Monday 11th November 2019.
Interview: Wednesday 20th/ Thursday 21st November 2019

Active Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all nationalities gender and ethnicities.



More about Hillside Community Primary School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Belstead Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8NU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1473 601402
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