Headteacher - Bridgtown Primary School

Cannock, Staffordshire
£62,570 -£69,031
04 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
Lynsey Clare
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
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Location: Bridgtown Primary School

Employer: Staffordshire County Council

Reporting to: Board of Governors

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: L17 to L21 £62,570 -£69,031  (dependent on experience)

Hours: Full time

Bridgtown Primary School is a successful two form entry growing primary school that is at the heart of its community and was judged a ‘Good School’ by Ofsted.  There are 291 pupils on roll plus 26 children in our Nursery.

Bridgtown Primary is located in Staffordshire, near the market town of Cannock, it is minutes from junction 11 of the M6.  

We now have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding school leader to join us as Headteacher.

We offer:

  • The opportunity to develop both personally and professionally
  • A supportive leadership team who have high expectations of themselves, the staff and our students
  • Dedicated teams of staff who share the same passion of ensuring every child achieves their full potential
  • Polite, courteous and inquisitive children who love to learn
  • A governing board who provide support and challenge
  • A school that has been well managed and is a stable financial position
  • Professional support from the LEA and a local school collaborative network
  • An opportunity to lead our school to ‘outstanding’

This position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Further details regarding this check are available from schools or by visiting the DBS Government website.

This School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Selection Criteria:

Our selection will be based on the criteria below. At each stage of the process an assessment will be made by the appointment panel to determine the extent to which the criteria have been met and the ability to fulfil the job description for the post.

Candidates failing to meet any of the essential criteria will be excluded at any stage of the process.

A combination of assessment tools will be used to determine each candidate’s suitability and the extent to which the criteria have been met. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • The application form
  • A supporting statement 
  • Information gathered during the interview process 
  • References

(D) indicates desirable

All other criteria is deemed essential 

Qualifications and professional development 

  • Qualified teacher status 
  • Degree (D)
  • Evidence of recent and appropriate professional development or qualifications for the role of headteacher 
  • Evidence of further accredited qualification linked to teaching and learning
  • Up to date training on safeguarding and knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with and the protection of all children and young people

School leadership and management

  • Successful leadership as a head teacher (D)
  • Successful leadership as a deputy or assistant headteacher
  • Evidence of successfully leading significant school improvement 
  • Experience of reviewing and developing a broad and balanced curriculum 
  • Maintaining a good knowledge of current national education policy and strategy
  • Experience of managing staff to bring about a productive team
  • Experience of working constructively with parents and a commitment to the development and maintenance of positive partnerships between school, parents and community 
  • Experience of working with outside agencies
  • Experience of building, guiding and supporting individuals and teams and a commitment to professional development for all staff.
  • Experience of monitoring and supporting staff performance
  • Experience of the performance management process for all staff
  • Experience of the process of challenge and support
  • Experience and expertise in effective budget management, financial planning and contract procurement 
  • Experience and expertise in data protection and relevant technologies
  • Understanding of the implications of equal opportunities 
  • The ability to work constructively and openly with the governing board to enable it to meet its responsibilities 

Experience and knowledge of teaching and learning 

  • Successful teaching experience in the primary phase
  • Experience of teaching in more than one school (D)
  • To have a current working knowledge and understanding of all key stages in the primary phase and current educational issues
  • Can effectively analyse school data and identify appropriate actions to form part of an effective school improvement plan
  • Understand the key elements of inclusion and a commitment to addressing diversity in a positive way 
  • To have effective strategies for improving teaching and learning and raising standards of attainment and achievement 
  • A commitment to meeting the needs of all children, including those with SEND
  • A sound understanding of how children learn, how teachers can best teach and how to raise achievement and attainment for all children across a broad curriculum
  • An understanding of strategies for managing behaviour and supporting wellbeing of all staff and children

Personal qualities 

  • A passion for achieving the best outcomes for every child as an individual 
  • A commitment to providing an effective learning environment appropriate to the needs of all children
  • A commitment to improve the life chances for all children and to ensure they all reach their true potential An ability to relate well to children and share enthusiasms and interests 
  • A clear vision for an innovative and forward thinking school 
  • The capacity and ability to provide inspirational, enthusiastic and innovative leadership
  • Effective communication skills to establish effective working relationships with a wide and diverse range of people including children, parents, colleagues, governors, other professionals and the wider community 
  • The ability to identify solutions 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to enable the sharing of values and principles with others
  • The ability to perform effectively under pressure with effective organisational skills 
  • Be aware of their own strengths and areas for development and listen to, and reflect constructively and act on as appropriate, feedback from others.


  • Display a commitment to the protection and safeguarding of all children and young people
  • An ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries 
  • Will cooperate and work with relevant agencies to protect and safeguard children and young people 


  • Have an understanding of, and always act within, the statutory frameworks which set out professional duties and responsibilities 
  • Demonstrate proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practice of the school be an effective role model who demonstrate, consistently, the attitudes and values expected of the school community

Closing date for applications: Monday 1st March 2021

Interview date: Wednesday 24th March 2021

Start date: Dependent on the candidate either Monday 7th June 2021 or Wednesday 1st September 2021

Visits are encouraged to the school, please can you abide by Covid restrictions and wear a face mask and keep an appropriate distance from staff, thank you for your understanding.  Visits will be available on either Monday 8th March or Wednesday 10th March, please contact the school office to request a date / time.  Visits are in 45 minute time slots and will be conducted by Governor, Mrs Nicky Featherstone.

Applications packs are available on www.wmjobs.co.uk or from the School Office, please contact the Finance Officer, Lynsey Clare, should you require an application pack. 

Email: office@bridgtown.staffs.sch.uk

Tel: 01543 227100

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