Principal, Gulval, Cornwall

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Gulval Primary SchoolGulval, Cornwall

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Start date: September 2018 or May/June half term 2018 if available
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L10-L15 (dependent on skills and experience)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Principal – Gulval School  

Salary: L10-L15 dependent on experience Contract: 

Full-time and Permanent  

Proposed start date: September 2018 or May/June half term 2018 if available

Do you have energy, excitement and the ambition to join a thriving and happy school?  Would you like the chance to raise the aspirations of children, families and the local community as part of a dedicated and professional team?  

Gulval School in Penzance, Cornwall is looking for an outstanding, passionate and enthusiastic individual to join their friendly and committed team of professionals. This is an exciting opportunity for an education professional to help shape and implement the vision that will ensure Gulval School and the community it serves continues to go from strength to strength. You will work closely with the Regional Executive Principal and Director of Primary Education to lead the successful implementation of Adventure Learning Academy Trust’s vision, ethos and ambitions and continuing to ensure high quality education for all.  Gulval School is a thriving and a happy school.  We strive for excellence in all that we do, and have a great team of staff and children who are well behaved and eager to learn. We are looking to appoint an outstanding individual with energy, enthusiasm, resilience, a love of the outdoors and a ‘can do’ attitude who wants to play a part in the continued success of Gulval School, becoming part of our community of dedicated and experiences professionals.  

The successful candidate will; 

  • Be highly motivated and driven, with a track record of outstanding leadership, a reflective practitioner and a strong role model. 
  • Have high expectations for themselves, our staff and our pupils. •
  • Be effective in supporting pupil behaviour with a commitment towards each individual.
  • Share in our passion for adventurous learning and add value to the team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think ‘out of the box’, be willing to take calculated risks and be someone who is willing to challenge the norm.  

Gulval School is the pride of the community, the support provided by families has enabled the school to create truly outstanding spaces for children to learn and families to enjoy. In May 2017 Ofsted described the school as the ‘central cog in the wheel of the community’. The school’s popularity is directly linked to the drive and determination of the staff team; pupil numbers have grown by over 60% in just 3 years and the school is now full in all but two year groups. Gulval School was awarded an Ofsted rating of Good overall with Outstanding for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare having moved out of Special Measures within 3 years. A recent Challenge Partners review in November judged the school to be Outstanding across all areas, a credit to the continued drive of the leadership team and the skill and determination of the whole school community. ALAT multi-academy trust comprises of four primary schools and one secondary school, all located within the beautiful costal setting of Cornwall. ALAT’s unique approach focuses on outdoor learning in teaching and developing its students. Our vision for teaching and learning is based on the individual learning needs of every child through the adoption of a personalised pathways curriculum and a range of learning skills.   

We are committed to developing the best school leaders and teachers, investing in skills and resources to ensure our schools are providing the most effective approach to learning, the highest standard of leadership and an exciting and challenging curriculum that will develop those skills and abilities that children will need to become successful, employable and fulfilled citizens.  

In return, we can offer you a competitive salary, pension, health and wellbeing, CPD all in an atmosphere where you can expect to be supported to thrive in this role.  

If you share our vision and would like to join us on our journey, we would like to hear from you. 

Visits to Gulval School are warmly welcomed, please contact Penny Nicholls on 01736 364 747 to arrange a mutually convenient time.   

What you need to submit:  

  • Application form and covering letter.  You may also include a CV; however, please note applications with CV only will not be accepted. 
  • Self-declaration form 
  • Equal opportunities form 

To arrange an appointment or to talk further about this role please contact Paul Baker, Regional Executive Principal, on 07525805740 or email  

To find out more about ALAT and apply, please visit  

Closing date:  15th January 2018 

Proposed interview date: 29th and 30th January 2018   

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.  Adventure Learning Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer

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More about Gulval Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 11 years
Address: School Lane, Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 3BJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1736 364747
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