Head of School – Sculthorpe CofE Primary Academy

Posted on: Thursday 15 December 2022 | Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Sculthorpe Church of England Primary Academy, Creake Road Sculthorpe Fakenham NR21 9NQ

In an ever-changing educational environment, and many exciting challenges ahead. We are looking for a passionate Head of School.

Academy Name: Sculthorpe C of E Primary Academy – part of the Unity Federation

Vacancy Title: Head of School

Pay Scale:   L1-L5  (£42,195 – £47,032 (depending upon experience)

Permanent & Full time

Hours per week:  32.5 hours

Term Time:  52 weeks of the year

Taking up post: Summer 2023

The Head of School position is based at one school.  As an employee within a Federation, the post holder may be required to work at any of the schools.

We want to accelerate into the next phase of our development and require a highly motivated and skilled individual to lead the way in a thriving community that cannot wait to work with you!

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has previous experience of a senior leadership role within a school, ideally at Deputy Head or similar level
  • Has experience of driving projects forward and can demonstrate where this has happened successfully
  • Uses positive behaviour management strategies
  • Has a desire to enable every child to succeed regardless of the needs or abilities
  • Has excellent organisational and interpersonal skills at all levels
  • Is a skilled communicator and decision-maker who can lead in complex situations
  • Is a good motivator
  • Works under their own initiative
  • Demonstrates a mature and considered approach to problem solving.

You will be supported by the Unity Federation Executive Headteacher, working within the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust.

We can offer:

  • A welcoming, caring school full of adults who go above and beyond for our children
  • Children who are determined to do their absolute best at every opportunity regardless of any barriers and are excited and enthused by their learning.
  • A Federation that works as a team
  • A welcoming, supportive, and active Governing Body
  • Parents/carers and families who want to be actively involved in their child’s education
  • A supportive Trust who offers high quality professional development opportunities

This is an amazing opportunity to join a progressive Federation within a Multi Academy Trust. We can offer a proactive working environment, in which we actively encourage CPD, offer a real sense of family, have fantastic benefits such as Health Shield and a Cycle to Work Scheme, all underpinned by our Christian Ethos and Values.

You are warmly invited to visit us before applying and we hope you get a palpable sense of the special atmosphere of our schools, and you are encouraged to explore DNEAT, Unity Federation and school websites to get a feel for our schools and their cultures.

This post will come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

Culture and ethos:

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Diocese’s vision and values in all aspects of work
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Trusts and their academies
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity.
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time.  Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


The Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company (DONESC) has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DONESC meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing of DONESC.

How to apply

Completed application form to be emailed to; urnq@fphygubecr.abesbyx.fpu.hx References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form.  Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any queries. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Executive Headteacher. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required. We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

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