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Headteacher – Ferndown Middle School

Salary: Group 4 (L18 – L24)
Start Date: 15 April 2024
Hours: Full-Time
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: 10am on Friday 24 November 2023

Due to the retirement of the current Headteacher, we are looking for a unique and outstanding Headteacher for Ferndown Middle School, part of the Castleman Academy Trust. Within this role you will have the chance to lead and shape our school to deliver the kind of education that inspires and develops the whole child. Working with the Academy Trust CEO and School Standards Board, you will set the vision for the future of the school, ensuring we have the right people and plans in place to see that our young people, whatever their needs, leave the school feeling proud of what they have achieved and knowing what they can accomplish in the future.

Ultimately, you are an exceptional primary practitioner who has a genuine passion for an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum. Importantly, you are someone who is resilient but also innovative and has the type of enthusiasm that is infectious, enabling you to bring about change in a positive way. We are looking for a leader who is sensitive, respectfully challenging, patient and kind; just the type of person that relates well with our young people, their parents and carers, staff and the wider community.

This is a strategic role with lead responsibility for the quality of education across the whole school. The successful candidate will be driven by moral purpose and a passion for learning being able to demonstrate a track record of excellent leadership with impact. They will also demonstrate a strong knowledge of how to improve key components of the quality of education for our young learners. We are looking for a leader who can inspire, influence and collaborate with a range of stakeholders and who:

  • Is passionate about children’s learning, progression and welfare.
  • Is an outstanding classroom practitioner, with particular experience around leading in a First, Middle or Primary school.
  • Is committed to high standards of teaching and learning and the professional development of staff.
  • Has excellent leadership and communication skills.
  • Is innovative and inspirational.
  • Is enthusiastic and committed to a strong belief in teamwork.
  • Is able to lead, challenge and motivate children and staff.
  • Is committed to working with parents and the wider community.
  • Has experience of strategically developing the curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning in order to support high levels of progress and attainment in Key Stage 2.
  • Has an understanding of how the Key Stage 2 curriculum supports and underpins Key Stage 3 curriculum.
  • Has experience of developing great relationships with families and the wider community.

The successful candidate will not only become the Headteacher at Ferndown Middle School but they will also join the wider community of staff, governors and families at the Castleman Academy Trust (CAT), where everyone puts “Children First, Always”. There will be a wealth of opportunities for you to grow your career across the Trust. We are a well-established and growing Multi Academy Trust founded upon the values of Respect, Inclusion, Creativity and Independence. We work as a community whilst ensuring each school maintains its own unique identity and is committed to helping each other ensure children and young people receive the best possible education.

The closing date for applications is 10 am on Friday 24th November 2023

Interviews will be held on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December 2023

Please note that CV’s will not be accepted.

Completed application forms (below) should be sent to Tracey Thorne via email at

If you would like to know more, please contact Tracey Thorne at

You will find more information on the school’s website, and the Trust website, . However, meeting us in person is always preferable if possible! Visits are warmly encouraged and can be arranged by contacting Tracey Thorne on 01202 830037 from Monday 30 October 2023.

The Castleman Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate that they meet the essential elements of the person specification and will be subject to pre-employment checks including an Enhanced DBS Check, Child Barred List check, satisfactory references and a health check and a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants in line with the Government’s Safer Recruitment guidelines.

An online check will also be conducted on all shortlisted applicants. This check will form part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination, a person who will not be on the appointment panel will conduct the search and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.

This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. The amendments to the ROA 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975, (2013 and 2020)) provide that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. The Ministry of Justice guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide via

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