Head of School
The Local Governing Body of our school wish to appoint an inspirational Head of School who will work closely with our Executive Headteacher, building on strong foundations to further develop our successful and inclusive school.
Our school on the outskirts of Carlisle, is in a unique rural setting. We seek to appoint a dynamic Head of School to continue the high standards of learning within our distinctively Christian ethos of mutual care, alongside a strong curriculum that nurtures the whole child. We benefit from active and supportive partnerships with St. Mary’s Church and village community. We offer extended school care on site, and nursery provision which opened in September 2022.
As part of the Good Shepherd Trust, the Diocese of Carlisle’s Multi Academy Trust, the school benefits from working in partnership with other schools in the Trust family. Collaboration is strong, with curriculum development, school improvement, and leadership support allowing schools to flourish.
We would like to hear from you if you are able to:
- lead teaching and learning, using the latest evidence-informed research.
- foster strong relationships with the whole school community, whilst positively promoting our school in the wider community;
- lead our school family by example in pursuing our distinctive Christian ethos;
- demonstrate approachable, collaborative and well-organised leadership
We can offer you:
- a welcoming school with caring, enthusiastic children who are keen to learn and are supported by their parents and the dedicated Local Governing Body
- an inclusive school committed to the needs of all children
- strong support fromthe Good Shepherd Trust, with excellent opportunities foryour continued professional development, as part of a family of likeminded schools.
- a dedicated, skilled, mutually supportive staff team committed to caring and developing each child,
- the support of an experienced Executive Headteacher;
- a school situated in a beautiful location, within the village of Wreay among the Sarah Losh heritage sites. Less than ten minutes from J42 of the M6 motorway, and only 30 minutes from the Lake District.
The closing date for applications is 12.00pm Wednesday 4th October 2023.
Interviews are planned for Monday 9th October and Tuesday 10th October 2023.
The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of its pupils across its family of schools. The Trust engages with young people and staff in policy and practice developments, proactively encourages feedback and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 and the successful candidate will be required to hold, or undergo a suitable enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service. Amendments to the ROA 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975 (2013 & 2020)) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected'. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be considered. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal record self-disclosure form to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered or protected, to be returned to school prior to the date of the interview. Applicants may be asked for further information about their criminal history during the recruitment process. If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure & Barring Service and DfE (where relevant) before your appointment is confirmed.
The school reserves the right to carry out an online search on shortlisted candidates. This will only include a search for information which is publicly available online.
NOTE: it is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.