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Headteacher | Hollygirt Independent School

Hollygirt School is seeking a Headteacher with drive and empathy to lead the individual progression of all our pupils so that they achieve their true potential. With a strong emphasis on maintaining the ethos of our historic school, you will develop strategies to increase pupil numbers and introduce new opportunities for taking Hollygirt School onto its next chapter.

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: £65,000 - £75,000

About the role

Hollygirt School has been striving to maintain its unique position within the Nottingham independent sector and the relatively new Trustee Board are keen to build on the significant achievements to date, and develop a strategy to increase capacity and income for future years. The Headteacher will work with the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team to provide leadership, vision and direction for the school. The new Headteacher will be the key driver in further improving the offer and making it the “school of choice” for Nottinghamshire families.

The Headteacher will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all school operations encouraging a culture that balances the promotion of excellence, equality and high expectations for all with a commitment to structured pastoral support. The Headteacher will lead the SLT in delivering a curriculum aimed at continuous improvement for all pupils, including those with SEND. At Hollygirt we celebrate the achievements and progress of all. The Headteacher will work with the Bursar to manage resources effectively and efficiently and look for opportunities to increase revenue streams to improve teaching and learning and to provide a safe and harmonious school environment.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a candidate with successful experience of leading and managing improvement strategies and successful change programmes. This is a great opportunity to use your skills in strategic planning, and to develop and implement initiatives to increase numbers on roll and revenue streams. The school is looking for DfE recognised qualified teacher status and experience of leadership in an educational setting. The candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of either raising attainment or sustaining good or outstanding achievement and progress in a whole school environment. In keeping with the strong ethos of the school, there must be an understanding of the needs of SEND students to facilitate an inclusive school approach.

You will be expected to have high order analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to make informed judgements. In consultation with the SLT, you will be required to make and present strategic recommendations to the board. A key part of the role will be marketing the school and promoting all the benefits that we have to offer – you will be representing the school to all stakeholders, prospective parents, the local community, press and the independent school sector. Therefore, the successful person will be a natural and a compelling communicator who is able to present confidently and professionally in a variety of media to a range of audiences.

Further information

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 23rd November 2020

Hollygirt School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sally Lawson-Ritchie

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear Candidate,

On behalf of the Trustees of Hollygirt School, I would like to thank you for your interest in this unique small school. At Hollygirt we aim:

To provide a quality education in a supportive environment in which all can thrive.

Hollygirt is a vibrant, exciting, and nurturing place to work and study. We have a strong and dedicated staff who know the students well and work together to ensure they all have the individualised support that they need. We value pastoral support within the school community as much as we value academic achievement, so that children leave Hollygirt with confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of direction, to underpin their skills, and qualifications. If you agree with us that education should be about children flourishing, then please read on.

Hollygirt has been led by a dedicated Headteacher for almost fifteen years and the school has made tremendous progress in that time. With her retirement, we are now looking for a visionary Headteacher who can take the school through the next decade by building on the successes and boosting student opportunities and outcomes. We are looking for someone who understands the school’s unique nature, and can work within that framework to increase the pupil intake and develop a clear strategy for development.

If you are interested in working in a different type of school setting, with a focus on developing the whole child, then please take time to read the information on this microsite, look at the school’s website, and view the videos that give a flavour from the perspective of staff and students. We are offering the opportunity to shape and support a small school community working with the students, families, staff, and Trustees, and we hope you will see how much can be gained as well as given within this environment.

If you think you have what it takes to lead Hollygirt School, please send us your application.

We will look forward to reading about some inspiring and forward thinking people as we begin this search for the new Headteacher.

Dr Debra Costley
Chair of Trustees

About us

Hollygirt School was originally founded as a girls’ school in 1877 and has provided education for children in Nottingham for over 140 years. This small independent school now prides itself in offering a nurturing environment for boys and girls aged 3 to 16. The school is spread across four buildings all within close proximity to each other along historic Elm Avenue. From Early Years, through Junior School and up to Senior School there are currently 184 pupils on roll, taught by 64 employees of whom 37 are full-time or part-time teaching staff. The current Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Hutley, will be retiring at the end of the summer term in July 2021.

The school is situated in a residential area just north of Nottingham city centre attracting pupils from a wide catchment area around the city. Located in the East Midlands, Nottingham is well connected by transport links and lies 130 miles north of London and 45 miles north east of Birmingham. The city boasts three universities, two professional football teams and Trent Bridge international cricket ground. Historically, it is known for its role in the legend of Robin Hood and its medieval hilltop castle. The attractive Lace Market area was once the centre of the world’s lace industry. In modern times it is better known for art and culture, being home to the fashion designer Paul Smith and the flagship art gallery, Nottingham Contemporary.

There is no Hollygirt ‘type’: the school takes pupils of all abilities and from different social and cultural backgrounds. All Hollygirt pupils are able to be themselves. All people, whatever their differences, are asked to follow the school principles to work hard, demonstrate kindness, show respect and courtesy, and to learn to take responsibility for their actions. Each pupil is encouraged to see themselves as part of the school community, where integrity and respect for other people are important.

Small, inclusive classes allow the staff to successfully manage a variety of special educational needs including provision for those pupils with disclosed disabilities and wellbeing issues. The school provides a unique level of personal attention and care; the staff to pupil ratio is high and each child is known by name to all staff working at the school, so all feel valued.

Hollygirt offers the whole school community:

  • A broad programme of academic study, which fosters a desire to learn, the ability to think and work independently and opportunities for all pupils to develop their full potential in line with their capabilities, maintaining a tradition of excellence.
  • A structured pastoral and support system which guides and nurtures pupils, promoting the personal development of each individual within the school community.
  • Opportunities for each pupil to develop the skills to enable them to be an independent, resourceful and responsible member of society including widening the pupils’ understanding of and access to the changing world of work and equipping them with the skills to manage their own future careers.
  • A range of extra-curricular activities with opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, enterprise, leadership and service to the wider community.
  • Close and honest communication with parents so that the school and family can work together to promote the well-being and success of each pupil.
  • A well-ordered community with high standards of behaviour, self-discipline and courtesy.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact the lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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Application deadline: Monday 23rd November 2020 at 5pm
Candidates advised of outcome by: Monday 30th November 2020
Preliminary Interviews: Wednesday 9th December (from 4pm)
School Tour for Shortlisted Candidates: Thursday 10th December (afternoon)
Final Interviews: Friday 11th December (all day)

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