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Headteacher - Woodlands Primary School

Telford & Wrekin Council
Woodlands Primary School and Nursery, Telford, Shropshire
£71,729 - £82,258
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Schools / Academies - Leadership Roles, Headteacher
Contract Type
Working Pattern
Term time

Job Details

Required from January 2025

Full time, Permanent, L18 – 24* (£71,729 - £82,258)

The Governors invite applications from suitably qualified people for this demanding but also rewarding post in our school.  

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated person who is able to lead and inspire others and demonstrate a love of teaching within our school and beyond.   The successful applicant will be someone who is an outstanding classroom practitioner and has the desire to make a difference and who believes all children are able to achieve and make a success of their lives. This is an ideal and exciting opportunity for an outstanding Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher who has the drive, energy, enthusiasm and experience to lead a fully committed staff and take the school forward into the next stage of its journey. 

Our new Headteacher will be part of a hardworking team, including our pupils, who are rightly proud of our school. Our school ethos is one of inclusion, respect well-being and high aspirations for all and we are committed to ensuring every child has the opportunity to achieve their true potential.

We are looking for a Headteacher who:

  • Is currently a leader with consistently high expectations, seeking high achievement for all children, regardless of their starting points.
  • Is innovative, organised and passionate about driving improvement in educational standards.
  • Has a clear vision, enthusiasm and energy to continue to grow the school’s profile within the local community and further afield.
  • Will use their inspirational, innovative and enthusiastic leadership qualities to support a teamwork ethos, ensuring our skilled and dedicated staff continue to develop, thrive and succeed.
  • Is an outstanding education practitioner, passionate about teaching and learning with the ability to instil and nurture this in all pupils and staff.
  • Is committed to ensuring every child achieves their potential emotionally, socially and academically, so that they are equipped to enjoy their time at Woodlands and are well prepared for life beyond primary school.
  • Is approachable, with the ability to build strong and trusting relationships with all school stakeholders through excellent communication skills.
  • Has experience of professional collaborative working, leading education and supporting colleagues in different settings.
  • Has safeguarding at the heart of all they do, promoting positive health, safety and wellbeing for all children and staff.
  • Is excited and passionate about leading our wonderful school.
  • Has a clear vision regarding the opportunities and possibilities for Woodlands in today’s educational climate.

 In return, we offer:

An opportunity to be part of a good school with outstanding features to support and raise standards across the Local Authority and further afield.

  • Be part of the wider community in Woodlands, which sits to the historical town of Ironbridge.
  • Articulate, and enthusiastic children, who enjoy coming to school and who make good progress.
  • A highly skilled and dedicated staff team.
  • Fantastic school facilities, including a modern and well-equipped school building and extensive outdoor learning areas.
  • A committed governing body who offer support and challenge to ensure the very best for our school.
  • An opportunity to lead on the changes and embrace the challenges that continue to develop, the strategic direction of Woodlands, will inevitably bring.

 Woodlands Primary School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other pre-appointment checks outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2023) and our Safer Recruitment Policy. Our Safeguarding Policies can be found on our website by following this link: 

 Visits to the school are warmly welcomed prior to application.  Please contact Vanessa Bradley, School Business Manager on 01952 386072 to arrange a one-to-one appointment with our Head Teacher. 

Application forms can be found at: Education jobs |, Telford 

Completed application forms and your response to the question should be returned to:


Post: Shirley Thompson - School Governance Officer, Education Achievement and    

            Enrichment Education and Skills, Telford & Wrekin Council, 6A Darby House
             Lawn Central, Telford, TF3 4JA.

 The closing date for receipt of applications: Noon, Monday 24th June 2024.

Shortlisting will take place on: Tuesday 25th June 2024.

Interview dates: Friday 5th July and Monday 8th July 2024 (you will be required on both dates).

 In addition to the above, the governors would like you to address the following in your application.

 Please tell us in no more than 500 words how our school ethos of inclusion, respect and high aspirations for all is reflected in your leadership. 

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted immediately after shortlisting by telephone and email.

Applicants should note that there will be a number of activities as part of the selection process, including a presentation.

Any offer of appointment will be subject to satisfactory completion of recruitment checks. Please see important information for applicants.

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01952 380000
Telford & Wrekin Council
Darby House
Lawn Central

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