Headteacher, Wiltshire

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St Thomas A Becket Church of England Aided Primary SchoolWiltshire

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Start date: January 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L6 - L12
Contract term: Permanent


The Governing Body of St Thomas à Becket Church of England (Aided) Primary School is seeking to appoint a special person to lead our friendly and successful village school from January 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for an existing or aspiring Headteacher to build on the strengths of the school. We are seeking an inspiring, motivated and dedicated leader and teacher who is passionate about learning, and developing the full potential of our children.

In 2016, Ofsted described us as ‘a very small school, with a big heart’ and rated us as Good overall. We were also rated Good in our SIAMS Inspection. We are very proud of these achievements. We are equally proud of our outstanding staff and enthusiastic, active parents who all contribute to create a vibrant inclusive community where every child is nurtured in a caring Christian environment to meet their full potential.

The school is located in the village of Tilshead which sits in a delightful rural location in the heart of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

We are looking for an inspirational Headteacher to lead our vision and build on the exceptional work that has already been done, to take St Thomas à Becket Primary School onwards to Outstanding and to develop greater sustainability for the future. You will be able to demonstrate resilience, creativity and passion, and you will be positively supported by governors, staff, and parents, to empower our children to become independent, resilient, lifelong learners. You will be required to deliver teaching for the equivalent of 0.4FTE.

The school offers a caring, family environment with small classes whilst providing an excellent education for all our children. We currently have 70 children on roll, aged from 2 - 11 years. Our nursery has been part of the school since 2015 and aids the children in their transition into primary school.

The St Thomas à Becket Primary School family is a wonderful mix of children and parents from the local area, so as our new Headteacher you will continue to prioritise our caring and inclusive ethos, strongly underpinned by our Christian values. The school has very strong community links, and a close partnership with the St Thomas à Becket Church community, which we expect to be maintained.

St Thomas à Becket Primary School is an active member of the Emanuel Collaborative Partnership, a group of 6 local schools, which is working together to create a positive impact on the member schools through sharing of best practice and resources.

We are searching for an individual who will:

  • Bring vision, leadership and strategic direction for the continued improvement of our Church school.
  • Be innovative and creative, seeking novel solutions to achieve outstanding outcomes.
  • Relish the challenges in leading, teaching and developing a small rural school.

In return, we can offer you:

  • A shared passion for our school and its journey into the future.
  • Children and adults who are brimming with enthusiasm; confident, ready and willing to share in their learning.
  • The uniqueness of a vibrant village community which actively supports our school.

Application and Selection Process

School visits

Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged post 1 September 2017 by contacting Mrs Fran Langston, Administration and Finance Officer:

Telephone- 01980 620435

Email:- admin@st-thomas-a-becket.wilts.sch.uk


Please see the Candidate Information Pack for full details.

For more information about the school please visit our website:



The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DRB) check. Reference checks will also be performed prior to interview.


Closing date for applications: Midday on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.


Shortlisting will take place on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the range of activities that will form the selection process in advance of their interview.


Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Additional Contact Information:

Mrs Gillian Murray, Chair of Governors, email: gmurray@st-thomas-a-becket.wilts.sch.uk

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More about St Thomas A Becket Church of England Aided Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Tilshead, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4RZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1980 620435
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