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Salary : L5-L12

Interim Headteacher Fixed Term Contract 1.0

Maternity Cover to start 4th December

The Headteacher, Governors of Lanercost C of E Primary School, Diocese and Local Authority are looking to appoint a Maternity cover interim Headteacher from December 2023 - Easter 2024.

We seek to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to lead our hard-working and committed team. We are looking for a candidate who can build on our strong Christian foundation, share our whole school vision and continue to take the school forward.

The individual will continue the high learning standards within our distinctively Christian ethos of ‘Care, Believe, Achieve’ alongside a carefully sequenced curriculum that develops the whole child and emphasises well-being and outdoor learning.

At Lanercost Church of England Primary School, our Christian values underpin our warm, supportive, and happy ethos. We are driven towards all in our school to have a lifelong love of learning where they are prepared for the ever-changing world. The successful candidate will lead a caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated staff team that sees the value in all children and emphasises developing the whole child.

We would like to hear from you if you will:

Lead our school family by example in pursuing our distinctive Christian ethos;
Foster strong relationships with the whole school community whilst positively promoting our school in the wider community;
Be an approachable, collaborative, organised and inspirational leader; and
Lead by example as an outstanding classroom practitioner.
We are looking for an individual who:

• Can demonstrate strong leadership experience 

• Is determined to lead through our school values 

• Has the ability to manage school budgets and costs 

• Has a proven practitioner record, demonstrating best practices 

• Is a creative thinker with an approachable personality.

What we offer our staff:

·         A friendly, supportive, hard-working environment where everyone is valued

·         A focus on mental health and well-being

·         High expectations of the staff and the children

·         A dedicated, focused and able team

·         Happy, enthusiastic and wonderful children to work with

·         A welcoming school with supportive parents and a dedicated Governing Body


We believe this is a unique opportunity for a talented, driven individual looking for a career development opportunity. The Headteacher job description is included for information. You can find out more about our school at www.lanercostschool.org.uk  Please email a letter of application (no more than 2 A4 sides) highlighting your leadership experience to the Chair of Governors by email to secretary@lanercost.cumbria.sch.uk by 12pm on 9th October 2023.

Further details about the role
Visits to the school by prospective candidates are welcome in September and October. If you would like to discover more, please visit the school website and social media pages or request an informal chat with our headteacher. Please get in touch with Kirsty Ruddick, at email secretary@lanercost.cumbria.sch.uk to book a slot. 

The job applications are available at https://www.lanercostschool.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/ 

Lanercost C of E school is committed to safeguarding and safer recruitment. The successful applicant will be appointed subject to an enhanced DBS check, professional references, pre-employment ID and medical checks. Please visit the school website to download an application form and further information. All completed application forms are to be returned to

Karen Reid

Lanercost CofE Primary School




Shortlisting will be the week of the 9th of October.

Interviews will be the week of the 16th of October.

NOTE: It is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in a regulated activity relevant to children.