The Park Community School is one of two 11-16 comprehensive, mixed gender secondary schools serving the town and villages surrounding Barnstaple. The school was formed in 1972, although our history and part of the campus dates back to 1910 with the former Barnstaple Boys and Barnstaple Girls Grammar schools. The school has grown to almost 1500 students with an oversubscribed intake of 300+ pupils. We are seeking to appoint a new Head Teacher to lead the school’s community.  

The school was graded as ‘Requires Improvement’ in May 2017 and joined a local Trust in February 2019, the Tarka Learning Partnership, composed of 7 primary schools, Devon Primary SCITT and The Park Community School. Currently the Trust is working with a further 3 schools to join the partnership.  

The Head Teacher will work collaboratively with these schools as a member of the Trust’s School Leaders’ Group, as well as with other groups such as NORDAB – North Devon Head Teachers’ Board. The Trust has a Centre for Professional Development and is working closely with the newly-formed South West Institute for Teaching (SWIFT) as a Board Member to support the ECF and Teacher/Leader/Support staff CPD agendas. This is a time of growth and exciting change for The Park Community School and the Trust.  

The School and partnership seek a Head Teacher who can both drive school improvement and enjoys and sees the benefits of collaboration to pursue what we all know is achievable – a highly effective school. The Trust supports a model of empowering each Head Teacher to develop a school vision and follow it, rather than mandating a single Trust-wide approach to school effectiveness. We are on the cusp of achieving our goal of an effective, ‘good’ school to support students and their families.  

The post is ideally suited to a September 2023 start. A relocation allowance of £8000 to support a move to North Devon is available to an appropriate successful candidate. 

If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity and arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Jo Turnbull, Trust Administrator:  

Please email your application form to Jo Down, Trust HR lead: by midday 21st February 2023 

Shortlisting date: 21st February 2023 

Interview dates: 7th and 8th March 2023  

Recruitment Pack: Head Teacher

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