Pilgrim Pathways School has achieved ‘Outstanding' in its three most recent Ofsted inspections (2009, 2011 and 2016). The facilities are spread across four centres, three of which are at the Ida Darwin Site, Fulbourn, Cambridge and one at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge.
The Headteacher is responsible for all aspects of the development of the school - ensuring its cohesion, maintaining its excellent reputation and overseeing any initiatives the centres may implement. The role of the Headteacher of Pilgrim Pathways School requires someone who is inspirational, a strategic thinker, highly motivated and very knowledgeable about all aspects of the curriculum from EYFS to KS5.
The Management Committee aims to promote further the clear vision outlined in Pilgrim Pathways School Strategic Development Plan. We work towards ensuring the school has a secure foundation based on clear policies and strategies from which it can continue to achieve the highest standards for all its pupils.
Below are some of the duties that the Head teacher will be required to fulfil, a full list of which can be found in the attached Information Pack:
- To ensure that children and young people who are patients at Addenbrooke’s and centres on the Ida Darwin site of Fulbourn Hospital have access to high quality, age-appropriate education. To work with the local authority to secure more provision for young people with mental health difficulties;
- The Head teacher’s core purpose is to provide professional leadership and management for the school. This will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work.
- To provide strategic leadership and oversight of the development of the integrated pathways model, specifically the schooling workstream, being developed for the new Cambridge Children’s Hospital in 2025.
Essential Personal Requirements
The successful candidate will have:
- Education to first degree or equivalent teaching qualification
- Evidence of recent, relevant professional development
- Higher degree or equivalent (in a relevant field of study) e.g., Masters or SENCO qualification
- Proven leadership skills at a senior level gained in an educational setting.
- Successful track record as a professional teacher
- Thorough understanding of child safeguarding and proven experience of promoting child well-being
- Successful experience of managing and leading a team, using effective people management practices.
- Proven skills in strategic thinking, leading to effective planning
- Ability to think strategically and apply critical reasoning to solve complex problems
- Demonstrable commitment to and understanding of equalities issues in education and employment
- Creativity and imagination in response to changing circumstance and new ideas
- Resilience to cope effectively with challenge Enthusiasm and ability to inspire and enthuse others
- Commitment, reliability and integrity Positive attitude and approach to problem solving
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- An ability to work with children and young people and their families at times of crisis.
- An understanding of equal opportunities and rights of all young people
- Willingness to provide access to education to all students
- Ability to recognise and challenge anti-discriminatory practice in children, young people and adults
Our Core Values
To drive our pursuit of educational and personal excellence but also harness the nurturing support our pupils may need along the way.
Pilgrim Pathways School has achieved ‘Outstanding' in its three most recent Ofsted inspections (2009, 2011 and 2016).
Pilgrim Pathways 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 particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.