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Headteacher (Arddleen Primary School)

Headteacher (Arddleen Primary School)

Powys County Council
Headteacher (Arddleen Primary School)
Job description
The Governing Body is seeking to appoint an inspirational, inclusive and committed school leader, who will take this highly successful school forward and follow our current, long-serving Headteacher.

Our School

Our aim is to provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where everyone can thrive. We want to develop every child as a resilient, independent life-long learner who can make an active contribution to an ever-changing technological, diverse world.

The school is set on the Powys Shropshire border and takes pupils from local villages and a wider rural area. It is a popular and successful village school with a caring, community ethos. This location gives easy access to Welshpool, Oswestry and Shrewsbury, with larger towns and cities within reasonable commuting distance.

Arddleen School is part of the Welshpool cluster and has strong links with other primaries and Welshpool High School. The school works collaboratively with cluster schools on a range of projects, such as Curriculum for Wales, and with the High School, to strengthen transition links. The current Headteacher and staff have a strong track record of supporting Welshpool cluster schools and others, further afield, with leadership, teaching, and professional development.

Of the 115 pupils currently on roll, a small number have ALN (Additional Learning Needs), and a small number are eligible for Free School Meals. English is the first language for nearly all our pupils. Nevertheless, our pupils are enthusiastic learners of Welsh, and the school recently achieved the Silver Award for Welsh - 'Siarter Iaith Cymru'.

The school offers a wide range of after school clubs, including football, cross country, Urdd arts and crafts, Minecraft, drama, rugby, and summer sports.

Professional development

Arddleen School has a proven track record of training and developing staff. This has included enabling Teaching Assistants to progress to Higher Level Teaching Assistants or to qualify as a teacher. All teachers have completed the Olevi Outstanding Teacher programme, and several have completed the Middle Leaders' programme.

Our building and grounds

We share a building with the village hall; during the school day we rent the large hall, committee room and kitchen.

The village hall and school are set within a large south facing playing field. We have a woodland area, fruit trees and planting troughs. We have a versatile outdoor classroom, adjacent to a range of fixed play equipment.

The whole of the outdoor site is available for use by village residents and others outside school hours and is highly valued by the local community.

The school is part of a Powys energy-efficiency scheme: Solar panels with battery storage were installed last year, along with super-insulation in our roof.

The person we are looking for:

You will be an experienced Headteacher looking for a new challenge, or an experienced Deputy Headteacher/ Senior Leader with leadership experience at a whole school level. Applicants must hold the NPQH qualification.

The Governors are seeking to appoint a Headteacher who will:
  • Empower both our pupils and staff to be the best they can be.
  • Maintain our well-established collaborative and nurturing approach to pupils and staff.
  • Maintain continued high standards of education for our pupils whilst ensuring relevant, lifelong learning skills are at the heart of everything we do.
  • Ensure that pupil and staff well-being remain a priority and a central focus of all strategic planning.
  • Maintain the strong sense of community and family engagement.
  • Further develop the excellent standards of teaching and learning.
  • Be visible, approachable and have the resilience to meet the strategic and day-to-day challenges of this pivotal role.
  • Promote the Welsh language and culture that develop pupils' bilingual skills, as appropriate.
  • Have the vision, energy, and enthusiasm to lead our inclusive school striving for excellence.
In return, the school will offer you:
  • The opportunity to develop professionally and personally.
  • An excellent and committed staff team with high expectations of themselves and the pupils in their care.
  • Pupils who are keen to learn and aim high.
  • An enthusiastic and committed Governing Body who provide key support and challenge.
  • Access to the Authority's programme for new Headteachers
We welcome school visits from potential applicants. Please contact Mr Keith Bowyer, Headteacher, on 01938 590445 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Closing Date: Sunday, February 25 th , 2024

Shortlisting: Thursday, February 29th

Interviews: Thursday, March 14th

For further details please telephone 01597 826409 (24hrs); or e-mail .

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