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Reference: JOB-77413
Location: Great Massingham VC Primary School
Phase: Primary
Job Type: Permanent
Job Time: Full Time, Part Time
Start Date: January 2025
Salary: Leadership Scales 10-16
Closing Date: Fri 2nd Aug 2024


Recruitment Pack

Executive Headteacher or Co-Headteacher

Great Massingham VC Primary School

Weasenham Road

King's Lynn

PE32 2EY


Harpley CEVC Primary School

School Lane, Harpley, Norfolk PE31 6DY

Part of the Great Massingham & Harpley CE Primary Schools Federation

Tel: 01485 520362 Great Massingham and 01485 520274 Harpley 

Emails: and 


NOR: Great Massingham 65, Harpley 56   Age range: 4-11years

  • Salary – Group 1, Leadership Scales 10-16 FTE
  • Permanent
  • Full or Part Time
  • Required for January 2025

The new Executive Headteacher or Co-Headteacher will lead on the strategic longer-term direction of the Federation to ensure its sustainability. 

~ Living, Learning & Flourishing ~

The successful candidate will be Executive Headteacher or Co-Headteacher for our Federation of two small village schools. There is some flexibility in the number of days worked in the Co-Head model. 

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated inspirational leader, who will build on the stimulating learning environment and Christian ethos of our school community. 

We are an inclusive Federation of schools, where everyone matters. We are committed to providing an engaging curriculum in a nurturing, safe and happy setting where all of our children can thrive and feel valued.           

We wish to appoint an Executive Headteacher or Co-Headteacher, with no regular class teaching commitment to work across the Federation Schools. The role will involve working effectively to continue to drive improvements and further raise standards. This post would be suitable for an experienced teacher with leadership responsibilities or a current leader looking to work in a forward thinking and supportive federation. 

We are looking for someone who:-

  • Understands the school’s Christian values and is committed to the school’s ethos.
  • Has recent, successful experience in school leadership and is looking for an opportunity to take the next step in their leadership career.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership, management and organisational skills. 
  • Will assess the long-term options to secure the future sustainability of the federation. 
  • Has excellent inter-personal skills and is pastorally sensitive.
  • Is passionate about teaching and learning – believing in the potential of every child and putting their well-being and development at the heart of every decision.
  • Is forward thinking and can build on the progress and achievements that the federation has already accomplished, meeting future challenges with innovation and creativity.
  • Understands the importance of an aspirational curriculum in improving outcomes for all our children.
  • Is an excellent communicator and able to build effective partnerships with families, staff, and governors. 
  • Is committed to sustaining and developing our links with the local community, the local Church and parish.
  • Has an enjoyment of working in a happy school and can display a sense of humour!

In return we can offer:

  • A hardworking staff team who are caring and committed towards our school family.
  • Well-motivated and enthusiastic pupils and supportive and dedicated parents and governors.
  • A caring, creative atmosphere which promotes high levels of achievement and attainment.
  • An ethos driven by our Christian values that underpin the attitudes and behaviour of individuals and the church school community. 
  • Investment in your professional development and future career.
  • Opportunities to contribute to the development of our Federation’s future.
  • Access to support that will enable you to focus on leading teaching and learning.
  • Strong links with the church and community

As well as being an exemplary role model for both pupils and colleagues, the Executive Headteacher or Co-Headteacher will be responsible for the general running of the two schools and will be expected to play a key role in all aspects of management. 

The post-holder will need to be flexible and work constructively as part of a team and possess a high level of integrity and professionalism. The post offers an ideal opportunity, across two successful schools, for applicants interested in developing their career in senior management. 

Visits to the school are encouraged. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Headteacher or School secretary at - 

How to apply

A Recruitment Pack is available from ‘Attachments’.

Apply using our online application form - please click the ‘Apply for Job’ button. 

Please note, if you do not already have a Teacher Booker/Education Job Finder account, you will be required to create one and set up your profile before completing the application form.

Only applications submitted on the specified application form will be considered.

References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form. To discuss the role further with the Chairs of the Governing Board please contact the school office. 

Closing date: 2 August 2024, 4pm

Shortlisting date:  12 August 2024

Interview dates:  11 and 12 September 2024

Great Massingham & Harpley CE Schools Federation and the Local Authority and School Federation are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments will be subject to full safeguarding checks as well as satisfactory references.

The Federation safeguarding policy can be found on our website.

This post is likely to 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.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced DBS check with barred list. If you have information to declare it may be protected under the Exceptions Orders and you may not be required to declare it. You will be asked to make a criminal conviction declaration if you are shortlisted for the post. 

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.