Headteacher – Permanent Post FTE 1.0 required from 1st September 2019

We are looking for an exceptional and highly motivated new Headteacher to join our fantastic nursery. We seek a strong leader with a proven, child centred approach (such as the ability to drink numerous pretend cups of tea!) and the ability to challenge, motivate, support and plan ahead at a time of change for Early Years and our Nursery.

The successful candidate will need to:

  • be an excellent communicator with good interpersonal skills and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • be a creative and collaborative leader who is passionate about Early Years education
  • build upon the current success and achievement of Lydalls Nursery School
  • balance longer-term strategic priorities with day-to-day management of a school environment

We can offer you:

  • an ‘Outstanding School’ as judged in our January 2017 Ofsted Report
  • an enthusiastic staff team and supportive governing body
  • a caring and supportive ethos
  • a vibrant, stimulating and well-resourced environment

Please contact the school office for an Applicants Information Pack on 01235 813137 or

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed.

Closing Date: Monday 25th February 2019 12.00 noon

Shortlisting: Tuesday 26th February 2019

Interviews: Thursday 7th March 2019

Before applying please read the additional information in the Applicants Information pack. The full Job AdvertJob description and Person specification are available here.

Applications must be made by completing the Oxfordshire County Council Schools Teaching application form available here or via the Oxfordshire County Council Jobs Website (Teaching and schools support vacancies) or in hard copy from the school office. CV’s will not be accepted.

Safer Recruitment:

Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post involves the type of work with children and young people that requires applicants to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post. All users are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed.



Casual Bank Staff – Teaching Assistants Early Years Level 2 or 3

We wish to develop a list of caring and enthusiastic bank staff with an early years level three or level two qualification to provide cover for planned and unplanned staff absence in our outstanding nursery school. This could involve working for several days to cover a planned absence or providing occasional cover when staff are ill.

The successful candidate will need to:

  • respond to the individual needs of children
  • contribute to providing an inclusive, responsive, nurturing and stimulating environment for children aged 2-5 as part of an established team.

We can offer you:

  • an ‘Outstanding School’ as judged in our January 2017 Ofsted Report
  • happy children whose “excellent conduct contributes extremely well to their exceptional learning and achievement” Ofsted January 2017
  • an enthusiastic staff team
  • a caring and supportive ethos
  • a vibrant, stimulating and well resourced environment

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed

Before applying please read the Bank Staff Job Description and Person Specification.

Applications must be made using the Oxfordshire County Council Schools Support Application Form. CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing Date: N/A Applications are accepted throughout the year

Interviews: As required




Our website will provide you with introductory information about our aims and values. They will explain how we work and how the children will learn during their time with us.

Additional information will be displayed in school, published on this website or sent home in Newsletters. At all times, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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