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Click here to view our microsite with more information on the role, our Trust and the local area.

Headteacher – New Horizons Primary School

Salary:                                               TSAT Leadership Scale L 17-23 £63,491-£73,566 per annum

Contract:                                           Full-time, Permanent

Location:                                           Portsmouth, Hampshire

Start Date:                                        September 2022

Interview Date:                                 Wednesday 25th May and Thursday 26th May 

Closing Date of advert:                  Sunday 22nd May



The Role

We are recruiting for an inspirational Headteacher to lead the day to day running of our academy from September 2022. You will lead the academy ensuring continual improvement and ensure high quality, engaging and fulfilling cognitive education for all pupils.

With support from our Director of Education for the Portsmouth hub you will develop the shared vision and strategic plan for the Academy. You will also lead on further developments in standards of teaching, learning and achievement. You will ensure our students are actively engaged with school, making progress and aspiring to become life-long learners.  You will also help lead on further development in standards of teaching, learning and achievement.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking for their first Headteacher role or an experienced Headteacher. The successful applicant will join our senior CPD programme that will enable you to work and learn from new Heads, experienced Heads and aspiring Heads across our Trust.


Our School

Located in North End, Portsmouth, New Horizons Primary School is a vision and values-led, inclusive school underpinned by strong, respectful and professional relationships. The school is a happy and positive place to work and our children are enthusiastic and polite with positive attitudes to learning.

We believe that primary school education is an experience that all children should enjoy to the full.  We therefore offer a broad and balanced curriculum.  The multi-cultural dimension of our school community is another strength; we celebrate our many diverse backgrounds, helping our children to become positive and responsible citizens.  

Our school is a challenging and secure learning environment which encourages students to do their best. This is achieved with a high standard of teaching and engaging curriculum content

Click here to learn more about our school!

Click here to view our microsite with more information on the role, our Trust and the local area. 

What you will need to succeed:

For a full list of roles and  responsibilities please view the attached JD 

  • A strong track record of transformational leadership OR leading significant school improvement
  • Understand how to create a culture of aspiration and a supportive learning environment for students that allows them to achieve their academic potential
  • Hold high expectations for academic achievement by all students regardless of their prior attainment and socio–economic backgrounds
  • Be a champion/passionate and visible advocate for our school within the wider community
  • Have high levels of emotional intelligence
  • Have highly developed people skills and previous experience in leading teams effectively
  • Have excellent public speaking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Fully acquainted with the demands and requirements of the curriculum

Watch the below video from our Director of Education Natalie Sheppard to hear more about our school and this exciting role.


Our Trust

Our mission is to “transform life chances”; at The Thinking Schools Academy Trust we believe education has the power to change lives; children only have one chance to get this right. To ensure all our academies focus on our mission, school leaders translated our mission to core values that are demonstrated and evident in all our Academies: 

Child First, Aspire, Challenge, Achieve 

Watch our Trust video below and  click here to read more about our Trust.


What you will get in return: 

  • The opportunity to lead our school with a fantastic staff team
  • Strong links with the local community and other local schools within Portsmouth and across the Trust
  • With an outstanding Leadership and Management team within the trust, we are focused on providing our staff with bespoke CPD
  • Vast support network including the CEO, Executive Team and Directors of Education to support you on your development journey
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas

Next Steps

This excellent opportunity will allow an inspirational, consultative and strategic individual to grasp the role with a ‘hands on’ approach and help lead our school and improve the life chances of children across the school.

If you are interested in leading New Horizons Primary School and benefitting from a supportive network of senior leaders across our Trust we would encourage you to apply.

We strongly encourage any applicants who may be interested in our vacancy to contact Simon Arnold you can contact Simon via email to arrange an informal conversation with the hiring manager and Director of Education Natalie Sheppard.

We are able to offer tours of the school to candidates on Friday 13th May 2022.

 Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found. 

We 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 is subject to an enhanced DBS check.




The following documents are available relating to this vacancy:

New Horizons Headteacher Job Description.pdf


Please note that applications are submitted through our recruitment provider Jane Systems via