Principal, Hertfordshire

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Lanchester Community Free SchoolHertfordshire

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Start date: April 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £70,423 Leadership Scale L18 - L24
Contract term: Permanent

Lanchester Community Free School
Hempstead Road
WD17 3HD
01923 224160

Our school in Central Watford provides a unique opportunity for you to lead its future growth and success. The trust and governors are looking to appoint a principal who will be uncompromising in their pursuit of excellence.   The school opened in September 2014, children from our first intake moved into key stage two in September. In June the school was judged good by Ofsted for teaching, learning and pupil outcomes but to require improvement in leadership and management.   Salary range L18 – 24 Up to £70,423 Start date April 2018  

We expect you to: 

  • have a proven track record of exceptional leadership
  • provide the school with outstanding leadership and management
  • embrace the notion of being part of the multi-academy trust
  • have a clear vision for the school and a strong drive to lead it to a new future
  • have new ideas and fresh perspectives on raising the aspirations of children, families and the local community
  • be committed to securing excellent professional development for all staff

We can offer you:

  • splendid and fully refurbished accommodation within a historic building
  • children with impeccable behaviour who make great progress and often achieve above local and national levels
  • free school curriculum freedoms and flexibilities with opportunities for innovation, research and collaboration across the trust and beyond
  • a supportive trust and local governing body
  • the opportunity to influence the future growth and development of both the school and the trust

To apply for this post, please complete the application form and send it along with a supporting letter to . You are welcome to visit the school prior to submitting your application and this can be arranged by contacting Gill Jones (details below).

Closing date: Wednesday 13th December 12noon   Selection days: 8th January pm – informal meetings, 11th January - selection day  

For further information, or an informal discussion, please contact Gill Jones, CEO, WHST on 07885 467973 or at

West Herts Community Free School Trust is committed to treating all its employees and job applicants equally. West Herts Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding children and young people. The trust will request references prior to interview.

Closing date: 13/12/2017 12:00:00
Interview date: 11th Jan 2018

Lanchester Community Free School is a new, two-form entry primary school which opened in September 2014. We are excited about the freedom to create a new school from scratch, and hope that you will want to join our forward-thinking team. For more information please visit

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More about Lanchester Community Free School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Hempstead Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3ED, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1923 224160