Headteacher Vacancy

Required: September 2021 or sooner

Leadership Pay Range: £123,738 - £147,083 (Sept 2021 pay award pending)

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior leader, with the vision, ambition, and drive, to take on the Headship of a highly successful secondary stand-alone academy. Staff and students fully embrace the motto: Aspire, Believe, Achieve.

Ousedale School is a large 11 – 18 Secondary school with 2200 students based on two campuses 8 miles apart: 11 - 18 campus based on the outskirts of Milton Keynes in Newport Pagnell and 11-16 campus based in rural Olney, a delightful market town, with 600 students.

Progress and attainment at each campus is very strong and the school is heavily over-subscribed, receiving each year over 750 applications for 360 places. There are 400 students in the 6th form.

Pastoral systems and behaviour routines are fully embedded and students are proud to wear their uniform. Our Ofsted visit in January 2020 confirmed the school was still good with significant areas outstanding.

Music is a strong part of school culture; the school admits up to 10% of students each year for musical aptitude. Student leadership, productions, enrichment, and trips are a strong feature of the school, in normal times, with on average 33 trips to all corners of the globe taking place each year.

We can offer you:

  • An attractive salary with all staff having the opportunity to earn a bonus of up to 3% when they have reached the top of their scale, in addition to annual pay rise
  • Strong senior and middle leadership
  • A school of high staff morale, drive, determination and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Experienced and supportive governing board

You will need to offer us:

  • Recent substantive successful experience of senior leadership
  • Evidence of being able to think strategically and implement policy to drive a school forward
  • Possess highly developed analytical skills which are used to formulate policy and solve complex problems
  • Passion for the education of the whole child through ensuring all students receive a broad high-quality educational experience
  • Enthusiasm, drive and commitment


Closing date: Tuesday 9th March 2021

Two Day Interviews:   Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March 2021

Informal, fact-finding conversations are welcome. Please contact Rachel Cahill, Clerk to the Governing Board. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 we cannot offer a visit prior to application. If you are successful in securing an interview we will ensure you are given a full tour of the school. In the meantime, please view the rest of our website for additional information.   

For further information please contact Rachel Cahill (Clerk to the Governing Board) rachel.cahill@ousedale.org.uk or view our application pack below.

It is essential that all applications include a covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification. This must be no more than 2 sides of A4 with font Calibri size 12.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to rachel.cahill@ousedale.org.uk

CVs alone will not be accepted. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Equal Opportunities

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all members of the community.


Ousedale School is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & young people and expects all staff & volunteers to share this commitment. DBS, Reference, Identity, Criminal Record and Medical Checks are essential for all posts at the School.


Headteacher Recruitment Information Pack

Application Form




Newport Pagnell Campus

Tel: 01908 210203
Fax: 01908 216574
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Olney Campus
Tel: 01234 717480
Fax: 0123 4 717509
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