Salary: Leadership Scale L8-L14 dependent on experience and qualifications

Apply by Monday 11 May at 12 noon. Job start September 2020

In these uncertain times the governors of Frieth School are seeking to recruit a Headteacher; they would consider an Interim appointment for one or more terms, with the possibility of this being extended or becoming a permanent appointment.

We are a close church school community, nurturing, inspiring and celebrating all individuals. Through creative learning we encourage greatness by developing potential without limitations.

Could you be the person we need?

About our school:

Frieth School is a Voluntary Aided School situated in a small village in the beautiful Hambleden Valley in South Bucks, approximately 6 miles from the Thameside towns of Marlow and Henley. It has been located in the conservation area in the centre of our village since its founding over 150 years ago, and although it has been altered and extended on various occasions, it retains a pivotal position between the church and the village hall. The church, the school and the village society form the heart of our community and there are strong mutual connections between these three organisations.

Our pupils are drawn from the Hambleden Valley and surrounding areas, and many live within walking distance of the school. The school is small, with a maximum number on role of 148, and has mixed age teaching throughout. We are a feeder school for Great Marlow and Gillotts in Henley, and enjoy strong links with the Marlow Liaison Group of schools. Our school leavers go on to the local grammar schools in High Wycombe and Marlow, as well as secondary schools in Marlow, Henley and surrounding areas.

The school has a strong governing board with a robust range of policies in place. It values all its staff and supports them with a good range of career development opportunities. It also benefits from a strong senior leadership team, including two experienced and dedicated assistant heads, a part-time bursar and an efficient and cheerful administrator.

About the role:

We are seeking a Headteacher who will be able to:

  • Lead the school into achieving academy status.
  • Maintain and secure the provision of wraparound care
  • Aspire to lead the school to achieve an Outstanding OfSTED grading
  • Maintain the existing SIAMS Excellent grading
  • Maintain the progress and attainment of the best possible results for every pupil
  • Teach as required by agreement with Governors

Please see the job & person description attached for more information

About you:

You will:

  • Be an experienced and skilled primary classroom practitioner
  • Be an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of mixed-age teaching
  • Have a good understanding of the use and analysis of data to track progress and ensure achievement for every child
  • Be willing to lead Collective Worship and support the school’s core values which are a reflection of our church school foundation.

Other information

Applications to be sent to the school office on office@frieth.bucks.sch.uk marked for attention of the Chair of Governors. The office is unmanned currently so do please email with any questions rather than telephoning.

Closing date Monday 11 May at 12 noon

Interviews to be confirmed; it is anticipated that they will be on 20 and/or 21 May, by video.


We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments are made subject to suitable references and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Available downloads:

Person Specification (PDF)

Welcome letter from Chair of Governors (PDF)

BC Application Form Teaching (GDPR May 2018) (Microsoft Word Document)