Thames Ditton

Junior School

A place to learn, a place to grow

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Headteacher Vacancy

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There is an exciting opportunity to lead our vibrant school, due to the retirement in April 2019 of our long-standing Headteacher. If you are looking to lead a highly achieving school with a rich and varied curriculum that stimulates pupils and inspires them - then this job is for you.


TDJS is a well-loved, oversubscribed, three-form entry school for children aged between seven and eleven, including a specialist centre for children with learning and additional needs. We are a values-driven school that offers:

  • An inclusive and caring environment.
  • Children who are confident and thoughtful, with a desire to learn.
  • Dedicated and loyal staff who have a thorough knowledge of individual pupils and ensure that they progress well socially as well as academically.
  • A rich curriculum that includes extensive sports, music, art and drama opportunities.
  • Parents and carers who actively support the school’s development.
  • A professional and committed governing body which provides a high level of support to the school.
  • A fabulous learning environment with large grounds and playing fields.
  • A school closely linked to the local community with excellent public transport providing easy access to central London and surrounding areas.
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We will appoint an applicant with:

  • The experience, drive and determination to improve the progress and attainment of all pupils through the promotion of effective school improvement strategies.
  • Excellent leadership skills and an ability to inspire all members of the school community.
  • The capacity to continue to raise school standards in a challenging financial climate.
  • The vision and desire to help our children achieve their true potential across a broad and creative curriculum.
  • The ability to engage proactively with other schools and the local community to forge a successful partnership that benefits all.


Our staff and students would like a head teacher who:

  • Gets to know the children individually, learning their names, and who has a positive attitude towards children with additional needs.
  • Who is not boring or stuffy, but is funny.
  • Will carry on with the good things we already have (like value bands). It’s OK to have new things but not to lose those good things.
  • Is responsible but not overly strict. No shouting (unless we have done something really bad!)
  • Someone who can maintain order, who can speak confidently to the whole school and who deals with problems calmly.
  • Listens to the children.
  • Has a range of good experience from different schools.
  • Gets stuck in, is supportive of staff.
  • Is approachable, flexible, kind and equitable.
  • Has a sense of humour.
  • Is passionate about the whole child.
  • Is a promoter of sports, MFL and the international dimension.
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If you are interested in more information about this position, please download our information pack below.


Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact the school office (020 8398 3039) to book. You may also email the Chair of Governors, Bronach Hughes at with any additional questions.


Applications for this position must be completed using the application form below and submitted to no later than Tuesday 30th October 2018.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be informed on Thursday 1st November and interviews will take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November 2018.


We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our school soon.

Safeguarding statement

Thames Ditton Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safer recruitment practice and all appointments are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references and verification of identity and qualifications.


Equal Opportunities statement

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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