Apply online HEADTEACHER

Ref 188240
Salary £58105 to £ 69022 
Term Full Time
Perm / Temp Permanent
Required From 01/01/2024 
Closing Date 12 Noon 25/09/2023
Crookings Lane , Penwortham , Preston , Lancashire , PR1 0HU
Tel: 01772 743321
School website:
Roll: 201
After successfully leading us through the challenges of COVID19, the development of online learning, COVID catch up, the demands of a new Ofsted framework, and the revision of our curriculum, Mrs Hesketh is joining the Lancashire Advisory Service: Penwortham Primary School is looking to appoint a new Headteacher.

The successful applicant will lead the school to both maintain and further develop all aspects of the school’s provision, achieving the best possible outcomes for each and every pupil. The successful candidate will be required to act with honesty and integrity, be self-critical and be highly skilled at forging positive professional relationships.

Above all else, the following are the five key professional attributes that we are looking for in the person we appoint:
  • A focus on embedding and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement
  • Empowering all those involved in teaching to make positive contributions to the school and their career development
  • Cultivating leadership skills across all staff
  • Ready to engage in collaborative and strategic partnership working with all stakeholders within and beyond the school
  • Adaptable to change and willing to embrace innovation, evidencing resilience and conviction

    Penwortham Primary School is a single-form entry community Primary School with 201 pupils on roll. We have wonderful pupils, an extremely supportive staff team, excellent resources and very high standards and expectations. All staff at this school make the education and welfare of our pupils their first concern and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. The school was last Ofsted inspected on the 19th March 2022 and continues to be Good, with pupils who really do live up to the school motto of “Happy Children who Achieve”.

    Ideally, the successful applicant will be available to take up the post on 1st January 2024, however the governing body would be willing to delay this until 1st May 2024 for the right candidate. This will be discussed at the appropriate point – an inability to begin on 1st January 2024 should not be taken as a reason not to apply for this wonderful opportunity.

    Penwortham Primary is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

    Key Dates:
    Closing date: Noon, Monday 25th September 2023
    Shortlisting: Tuesday 3rd October 2023 (Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)
    Task Day: Monday 16th October 2023
    Interview Day: Tuesday 17th October 2023

    Please ensure there are no unexplained gaps in either your employment record or your education record before you submit your application.

    The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Information provided by you or the Disclosure and Barring Service will be dealt with in a confidential manner in accordance with the DBS's Code of Practice. You may view the Code of Practice on the DBS website at or alternatively a copy is available on request. Lancashire County Council has a Handling of DBS Certificate Information Policy this is available from the recruiting manager to applicants who are asked to complete a DBS application.

    Lancashire County Council has a Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders this is available to all applicants upon request.

    Please note that in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 an online search will be carried out as part of our due diligence on shortlisted candidates.

    In addition, there is a word count of 3000 for candidates supporting statements
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    For an informal discussion please contact:

    We encourage visits to the school prior to application. To arrange a visit please contact the School on 01772 743321.

    Application forms and further details are available from/returnable to

    Applications will only be accepted when they are on our official application form. Completed applications must be returned by email in PDF format, to

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.