Application pack for the
Letter from the Chair of Governors
Selection Process and Procedure
About Our School
Headteacher: Sue Maran
London N8 8NH
Tel: 020 8340 7687
Fax: 020 8340 8056
14th September 2012
Many thanks for expressing an interest in the position of Headteacher at Rokesly Infant School.
Rokesly Infants is a thriving and popular school serving a diverse, multi-cultural community in
Crouch End, North London. The school includes a three form entry Infants, an established Nursery
and a recently opened Children’s Centre (January 2011). The school shares a site with Rokesly Junior
School and the two schools work closely together.
The school has an enthusiastic and committed staff and has benefited from strong and active
leadership from the current Headteacher, who is leaving after 7 years to pursue other interests. The
most recent Ofsted report (July 2010) noted that; “Rokesly Infants provides a good quality education
and outstanding care for its pupils. It lives up to its mission statement that at Rokesly every child
matters in every way”.
We are looking for a committed Key Stage 1 and early year’s specialist. You will have exceptional
leadership skills that can build on the school’s considerable strengths whilst offering solutions to our
future challenges. Working in partnership with Rokesly Junior School will be an essential part of the
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit our school. Please call Lorraine Smith, School Business
Manager, on 020 8340 7687 to arrange this. You can also call me to discuss the role at the times
detailed in the selection process.
We very much look forward to receiving your application.
Chair of the Governing Body
Selection Process and Procedure
Your application should be submitted by midday on Wednesday 3rd October to
Shortlisting of candidates will take place shortly after the closing date
Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by the Chair of Governors following
Visits to the school will take place on am Friday 21st September and pm Wednesday 26th
The Chair of Governors will be available for telephone conversations on the above dates /
Please call Lorraine Smith on 020 8340 7687 to arrange an appointment for a visit or phone
Interviews will take place at on Friday 12th October 2012.
All appointments will be subject to receipt of excellent references and satisfactory pre –
About our School
Rokesly Infant School is a popular, friendly and larger than average school. Rokesly has 270 full-time infant
places, 52 part-time nursery places and a children’s centre offering a range of services to the local
Our school shares a site with Rokesly Junior School and we have collaborating governing bodies and a joint
PSA. The headteachers and staff have developed strong links over the last few years to ensure that the
transition from the Infant to Junior school is a smooth and positive experience.
Our school is proud to serve a diverse multi-cultural community with pupils from a range of socio-economic
backgrounds. Nearly half of our pupils are from minority ethnic groups and over one quarter of these have
English as an additional language. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and effective
provision enabling excellent achievement for all our pupils
In June 2010 OfSTED stated “Rokesly Infants provides a good quality education and outstanding care for its
pupils”. Among the main findings OfSTED commented that “standards are above average and achievement is
outstanding. Pupils’ personal development including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is
outstanding. The quality of teaching and learning is good. The school’s curriculum, including the Foundation
Stage, is excellent. The school’s care, guidance and support are outstanding. The leadership and management
of the school are outstanding at embedding ambition and driving improvement”.
We strive to provide excellent learning and teaching alongside enriching opportunities beyond the
curriculum, to ensure a rich positive start to school and a desire for lifelong learning for all our children. The
school offers a wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs. We also have a Breakfast Club and After
School Club, on our site, organised by Hornsey YMCA. At Rokesly Infants we believe that good health helps
children to make the most of their school experience and the school has achieved Healthy School Status and
we also have an accredited School Travel Plan.
Rokesly Infant School prides itself in having a creative approach to learning. Our cross-curricular approach to
learning ensures that Drama, ICT, Music and Art are embedded in our planning. Themed weeks allow
opportunities for children to be fully immersed in these creative aspects of learning. We also enhance and
extend our pupils' learning experiences through our programme of school visits.
Our rigorous approach to tracking pupil progress has led to consistently outstanding achievement.
Attainment is always above or in line with the national average. Children benefit from enthusiastic,
established and dedicated staff members who work well as a team.
We strongly believe in developing close partnerships between home and school. The help of parents and
carers is welcomed in many areas of school life. We are privileged to have a vibrant and committed PSA that
organises both social and fund-raising events to support our school community.
Rokesly Infant School is a supportive and inclusive school and we look forward to working with a Headteacher
who will continue to build on our accomplishments and successes.
Post Title: Headteacher of Infant School, Nursery and Children’s Centre
Grade: L15 – L21
Responsible to: Governing Body, London Borough of Haringey
The responsibilities set out below are based on the National Standards for Headteachers (DfES
2004); they will be reviewed annually and may also be revised by the Governors at any time after
consultation with the post-holder.
1. Shaping the Future
Provide the strategy and vision for the school and through strong leadership ensure that this
is realised through the schools structure and its operational plans and policies.
Actively maintain and develop a collaborative working relationship with Rokesly Junior
Work with the Governing Body to set the strategic vision for Rokesly Infant School.
Ensure that the vision and ethos of the school are clearly articulated, understood and
acted upon by the whole school community.
Ensure that this vision is delivered through an agreed process of strategic and
management planning, objective setting, monitoring and review.
Encourage throughout the daily life of the school an ethos where all pupils are valued and
Promote a positive school environment which treats pupils and staff fairly and with respect.
2. Leading Learning and Teaching
Ensure that the school provides an education suitable for the needs of all children
having regard to their physical capabilities, behaviour, social and ethnic background,
abilities and aptitudes.
Promote high standards of learning and teaching throughout the school t hrough
effective leadership and management of staff, pupils and resources.
Promote creativity and innovation to achieve excellence.
Ensure that each pupil achieves his/her full potential through the provision of a high
quality education to all pupils in a supportive environment.
Ensure consistent and continuous school wide focus on raising student achievement
ensuring that the progress and achievement of all pupils is effectively monitored, recorded
and analysed via performance data.
Offer a broad varied and rich curriculum, and adopt an imaginative approach to stretching its
boundaries beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Realise the overall aims and objectives of the school in accordance with school policies.
Promote academic excellence, strong coverage of the creative and expressive arts, a
strong focus on sports and physical education and the effective use of new technologies.
3. Developing Self and Working with Others
Promote high expectations: set stretching targets for the whole school community and at
the individual pupil level and challenge under performance at all levels.
Establish, and supervise the school's performance management policy, and promote
enhanced staff capabilities through a planned programme of professional development as
an integral part of this process.
Continue to develop, motivate and work to build a strong senior management team,
which has impact across all staff and functions of the school.
Encourage professional and personal development by enabling and encouraging all teaching
and non-teaching staff to attend appropriate on and off-the-job training.
Develop the collaborative and creative learning culture within the school and actively build
external learning networks.
4. Managing the Organisation
Ensure the staffing structure of the school matches the school's needs as far as national
and local circumstances permit, and support and advise all staff in the performance of their
In conjunction with governors and staff, plan, allocate, control and account for financial
and material resources that are under the control of the head teacher; and maintain
records for all aspects of finance, staffing, equipment, discipline, and pupil related
Ensure that management systems, structures and processes work effectively and are in
line with legal requirements.
Select, appoint and maintain an effective team of administrative and ancillary staff who will
deliver the school’s organisational objectives.
Deal with matters of staff discipline and grievance in accordance with procedures
adopted by the Governing Body.
Make arrangements for security and effective supervision of the school premises and its
Ensure that all health and safety policies are kept up to date and followed in practice.
Maintain a positive and stimulating school environment, which meets the needs of the
curriculum and health and safety regulations.
Maintain an orderly school and develop high standards of behaviour, attendance and
discipline in the school
Ensure Child Protection procedures are followed according to government legislation.
Maintain effective systems for the admission and induction of new pupils at any stage and
to secure effective continuity and progression of pupils from and to other schools.
Comply with all DfE and LA policies to submit reports and information and work with
colleagues within these organisations as required.
5. Securing Accountability
Ensure the use of resources is monitored, evaluated and reviewed to support excellent standards
of education for all pupils and value for money.
Encourage the involvement of governors in the life of the school; to adopt an inclusive,
consultative approach toward them; and to recognise the importance of their role in defining
the strategic aims of the school by engaging them in a willing dialogue.
Keep the Governors informed of all aspects of the school by way of written and oral reports.
Assist the Governors with their role in all aspects of policy including pay, discipline and
grievance, health and safety, and equal opportunities.
6. Strengthening Community
Develop a strong partnership with the Governing Body, parents, Rokesly Junior School and the
Create a stimulating school which promotes high expectations for all, and inspires the
confidence of the local community.
Provide arrangements for parents and carers to be given regular information about the school,
the curriculum and the progress of their children.
Develop parental learning opportunities in accordance with school policies.
Maintain and develop the partnership with parents and carers by encouraging active
involvement and co-operation in their child's education and in the life of the school and to
raise achievement by parental involvement.
Develop and build on the links with Rokesly Junior School in order to promote continuity and
progression through the primary phase of education and beyond.
Develop and maintain links with all representative bodies and support agencies involved in
furthering the education and welfare of the pupils.
Promote local community links and so promote the reputation of the school.
Rokesly Infant School Headteacher
Relevant degree or
equivalent Post-graduate qualification
Qualified teacher status
Evidence of sustained
Professional participation in CPD
Development Experience of leading CPD
activities for others
Experience Essential Desirable
Experience of senior
Leadership and Experience of senior
leadership in more than one
Management leadership in a school
Experience of teaching Experience of the full range
more than one Key Stage of Early Years provision
Experience in managing Experience of budgetary
staff and other resources management within a school
Skills and qualities Essential
Innovates, provides clear vision, leads and earns respect
Thinks clearly, incisively and strategically
Leadership Motivates and inspires pupils and staff
Manages change positively
Displays excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Relates well to children, knows and treats each child as
Communication an individual
Skills Resolves conflicts effectively
Listens to and responds to others
Is flexible and approachable
Committed to inclusive education
Committed to raising the achievement of every child
Education Demonstrates high expectations of everyone (staff and
Committed to the involvement of community in the
Committed to equal opportunities policy and its practical
application across the full range of the school’s activities
Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
children and expecting all staff to share this commitment