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Primrose Hill Primary School

Headteacher, Camden


Can you build on excellence for a sustainable and inspirational future?


Start date:              September 2021 or sooner

Contract type:      Full Time

Salary:                      L18 – L24 (commensurate to experience / more for an

                                     exceptional candidate)
Contract term:    Permanent

NOR: 461                 Age: 2-11             Type: Co-ed, Maintained

Primrose Hill Primary School is a diverse, inclusive and confident two-form entry school situated in a spacious Victorian site alongside The Regent’s Canal and nestled between serene parks, London Zoo, and the cultural hub of Camden Town.


We are an exceptional place for learning, with talented staff delivering an imaginative and rigorous curriculum. Our work is underpinned by a culture of combatting discrimination and promoting fairness, justice and equality, while respecting every child’s individual needs and talents. Our belief in laying a secure physical, social and emotional foundation, and instilling a genuine enthusiasm for learning, produces well-rounded children as well as fantastic academic results. Renowned for our high quality SEND provision, we have recently opened an Autistic Resourced Provision.


We are seeking to appoint a Headteacher of extraordinary ability, capable of embracing our ethos and driving continuous improvement in these challenging times. Our School is navigating the present pandemic response well, but your early success will nonetheless depend upon re-establishing a stable teaching and learning environment in 2021 and ensuring that high standards are sustained. Longer term, you will focus on positioning the School for an even greater leadership role in the borough and beyond.


This is an opportunity for an existing Headteacher or highly experienced deputy, who fully shares our vision of inclusivity combined with excellence, and who is able to consistently put principles into practice. You will need to be an outstanding, open-minded and outward-facing practitioner, whose knowledge of teaching and learning is driven by evidence and who is keen to share and collaborate with others.  You will be a believer in distributive leadership, parental engagement and listening to children. You will also be a dynamic leader, inspiring commitment from the rest of the team. You will be an excellent communicator who is approachable and capable of building on the relationships and partnerships we have throughout the borough. You will have the support of dedicated staff, a committed governing body, and a close partnership with Camden Learning.


Above all, you will have a proven track record that prepares you to build innovatively on the many types of excellence already demonstrated by PHS, while articulating a strategic vision in a way that ensures the continued support of all stakeholders.


For an informal conversation about the role, to book a visit or to request an application form, please see below or contact Michael Watson on 020 3137 7096 or 077 4227 4680

Visits4th, 10th, 19th November  •  Closing Noon, 23rd November

Shortlist: 26th November  •  Interviews: TBC

Primrose Hill Primary School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the safeguarding and to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for the successful applicant.

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