Headteacher, Porthleven School, with possibility of Trust wide School Improvement responsibilities for the right candidate

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Salary: Competitive

Location: Porthleven, Cornwall 

Start date: Negotiable: January 2024 or later by negotiation

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Thursday 21st September 2023

Interviews: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 2023


Are you ready for the next step in your leadership journey?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and effective school leader to join Crofty MAT as Headteacher of Porthleven School. For applicants with the right skills and experience this role could also include an opportunity to take on a Trust wide School Improvement responsibility.

Crofty Multi Academy Trust has very recently grown to 16 schools, and Porthleven is one of those recently joining. Crofty schools are all primary phase and are based in and around the three towns of Camborne, Helston and Redruth in West Cornwall, running from the north to the south coasts. Located in a most beautiful area of the country our schools also face all the challenges you would expect from a rural county such as deprivation and excess numbers of second homes.

Crofty MAT is a values led organisation with schools that have a strong shared purpose; to provide our children with the best possible start in life, to unlock possibilities and so to enable them to make choices about their future. Our key strategy to achieve this is that by “working as one” we have created a culture of shared responsibility for all of our children in all of our schools. The Staff and Trustees are absolutely committed to this purpose and all of our resources are focussed on achieving that result.

Professional Development and Benefits

Learning is a Crofty core value and so takes a pivotal and central part in all we do. Our systems for appraisal and professional development ensure that every staff member receives professional development, tailored to their individual circumstances and requirements. We do this because we know that the only way to improve outcomes for our children and young people is to improve how we teach. So, we reward staff whose commitment ensures everyone’s teaching keeps getting better.

In addition to the opportunities for career development and progression, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package including access to a virtual GP, electric car scheme, health and wellbeing support and many other benefits. Learn more about our benefits by visiting https://croftymat.org/work-for-crofty/

Whether you are an experienced Headteacher or looking to progress to Headship, this role could be for you. If this will be your first Headship role, we will give you all the support you need to succeed including individual mentoring from an established Headteacher. For experienced school leaders, we can provide you with clear development pathways to trust wide leadership and the opportunity to improve outcomes for children across the whole trust.

This post is an exciting opportunity within a successful and growing trust of schools.

Next steps

We would strongly encourage you to pay a visit to Porthleven School, and indeed any other part of the Trust, including our base here at Tolvaddon, Camborne. For an informal and confidential conversation about this exciting role please contact the Trust HR lead on 01209 311135 or email: human.resources@croftymat.org  or visit https://croftymat.org/work-for-crofty/current-vacancies/ for more information on how to apply.

Equalities Commitment

Crofty Multi Academy Trust will not discriminate in any area of employment and confirms its commitment to equality of opportunity in all areas. Applicants will be treated in a fair and equitable manner and in accordance with the law regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Safeguarding Notice

Crofty Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website:


About Porthleven School

A place where we can grow together and where I can be me.

School Vision Statement:

Aspire for excellence through making learning irresistible.

Situated in a prominent and elevated position with panoramic views out to sea, Porthleven Primary School plays an active part in the life of this bustling harbour town and has strong links with community groups.

As a school, the staff at Porthleven are determined to ensure that each child reaches their potential, whether they join in the nursery or at any other time in their primary school career. They strive to achieve this by building on children’s successes, ensuring that they are happy and feel supported.

Staff aim to make learning irresistible by offering an attractive environment and a broad rich curriculum that is supported by a variety of after school and extra-curricular activities. Many of the extra-curricular activities are offered by visiting coaches and enthusiastic volunteers and we believe that all pupils should have equal access to these activities.

Porthleven currently has 34 members of staff and 198 children on roll. The school has 20.2% children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and 17.2% are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM).

The staff at Porthleven believe that however good a school may be, there are always areas of the school that can be improved, and, to this end, we are constantly reviewing all aspects of school life. We welcome any involvement from friends, parents, and others to help us to provide the very best for the children in our care.


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