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Key Stage 1 Leader - Full-time

Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-3284-167L
  • Posted:17/04/2024
  • Pay:UP3
  • Start Date:30th August 2024
  • App Close Date:07/05/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:17th May 2024


This role is a special opportunity. It is your chance to contribute to a remarkable community that cares deeply about our children. At Lady Joanna we want an expansive education for the children and one which supports learning for The Head, Heart and Hand. We are focused on developing strong pedagogy throughout all curriculum subjects and you will contribute to this, bringing your expertise and high-quality knowledge of teaching and learning across the curriculum.

We want our children to think critically and we want them to make a difference to the world around them. We are a Rights Respecting school and the difference that this makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community. The intention of the Rights Respecting curriculum is that:

§ Children are healthier and happier

§ Children feel safe

§ Children have better relationships

§ Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world

Our primary school is lucky to work with nine other schools in the CARE Foundation Trust and this provides a vibrant, learning community with many shared opportunities for development.

The successful candidate may be an existing leader, a newcomer or returner. What matters is the mindset.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about learning, early reading and creating exciting learning opportunities for all Key Stage 1 children. You may have had Early Years’ experience and know how to extend this into effective continuous provision in Key Stage 1.

In particular you will also be a curious, reflective thinker who knows there are different ways to achieve outcomes; someone who balances rigour with innovation. You will need to be someone who is comfortable dealing with complexity and embracing a diverse range of ideas, and who is able to bring clarity and a sense of identity to that thinking. Investing in others through coaching and mentoring will be at the heart of your leadership and you will be able to create a climate of enquiry, alongside collaboration.

You will be supported by a Governing Body which is committed to your professional development and a developing school culture which is based around being a ‘learning school’. We will support your individual learning pathway in the best way that we can.

If you are interested and think you can bring learning alive for our community, please get in touch to have an informal conversation and find out more. School visits will be held by appointment only with Headteacher. Please call the school office on 01233 812781 or email headteacher@ladyj.kent.sch.uk to either book a call or a visit.

The successful candidate will start in September 2024

Last Tour Date: Wednesday, 1st May 2024 @ 9:30 am

Closing date: 7th May 2024

Interviews: 17th May 2024

Information about the school

Lady Joanna is a two-form entry endowed primary school, in the centre of the idyllic village of Wye. It is set in amazing grounds and the outside area is being further developed into a really special and exciting space for the children.

At Lady Joanna, we aim to provide a stable, caring, learning environment in which children are happy to attend, are stimulated, keen to learn and flourish. We provide for a wide range of ability and are committed to providing equal opportunities and extra support to those who are vulnerable or have special needs. Our curriculum is for the Head, Heart and Hand and this means we want to provide an expansive education.

Lady Joanna is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, which empowers the children to learn more about their rights and how they work in practice. The school also supports children to become courageous advocates through the School Council and we are proud of our environment and promote environmental issues.

Lady Joanna is a member of CARE Foundation Trust which is a group of 10 local primary schools. This provides support and shared learning opportunities across the trust.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Lady Joanna Thornhill will carry out an online search as part of their due diligence on any shortlisted candidates. This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which we might want to explore with an applicant at interview. This information will be kept on file for 6 months, in line with data protection procedures. The panel will ensure we meet our duty under the Equality Act, 2010.

We particularly welcome applications from applicants from ethnic minority groups, as they are under-represented within our school workforce.

The School reserves the right to close applications, should we find a suitable applicant prior to the closing date being met, it is therefore advised that applications are submitted as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will also consider part time applications. Please indicate as part of your written application whether you would like to work part time.

We do not use Agencies for our recruitment process - please do not contact us regarding this advertisement.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs R Foster
  • Address:Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5EA
  • Telephone: (01233) 812781
  • Email: s.swan@ladyj.kent.sch.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.