Executive Head Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the right candidate as the position of executive head at Bewcastle School.

Bewcastle Primary School is nestled in the Cumbrian countryside and offers the right candidate to work within a truly unique and wonderful school.

We are a small child centred school where children and their families are supported and nurtured. The happy and friendly atmosphere within the school allows the children to express their individualities and encourages them to try their best and enjoy learning. During their time at Bewcastle we not only nurture each child’s academic needs but embrace our smaller class sizes to ensure each child is treated and encouraged as an individual to be the best version of themselves.

We have 2 classrooms and a library and offer learning provision from nursery through to year 6. We have a well equipped outdoor space which includes a wildlife area, swimming pool and a poly tunnel for use as a small kitchen garden.

Our experienced, flexible and dedicated staff work together to ensure a safe and happy environment which is evident from the moment you walk through the door. Their knowledge, determination and enthusiasm are encouraged and we are happy to embrace and utilise this to ensure we engage each child and provide a rich and varied learning environment. We value outdoor spaces and our geographical location as well as our local links. At Bewcastle we don’t just confine learning to the classroom and are proud to say we value learning in the outdoors and over the past few years have developed a curriculum supporting this. Key stage 1 children regularly attend a local forest school and has quickly become one of their favourite lessons. Key stage 2 children have adopted a more radical approach to our outdoor learning and have completed several larger projects. The first of which was walking Hadrian’s Wall! They have also had the opportunity to try some exciting outdoor pursuits such as ghyll scrambling, sailing and hiking. We are currently walking the Cumbrian way and hope to reach Ulverston at the end of the summer term.

The school is supported by a tight nit local community alongside an experienced and well established board of Governors.

We are looking to appoint an executive head teacher who is able to embrace the unique nature of our school and bring knowledge and experience to lead and provide safe learning in a happy environment. The position will be for 1.5 days per week on a one year rolling contract.

If you feel that you would fit well with Bewcastle then we invite you to write a letter expressing your interest in the post. Please detail why you think you would be suitable for the role including any skills that you feel would be relevant, your previous experience and in particular within a small school environment. We would also like to hear about your vision and ethos for education and how you could incorporate this into the values we hold at Bewcastle.

The deadline for applications is 5pm 23rdApril and we anticipate interviews to take place week commencing 3rd May. At present the format of this is not yet known. We are keeping up to date with government guidelines so should know more closer to the time.We are happy to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to contact us for an informal chat. In the first instance please contact our Chair, details below.

Best wishes and we look forward to hearing from you.

Nicki Shilcock on behalf of Bewcastle Governors
Chair of Governor



Bewcastle School, Roadhead, Cumbria, CA6 6PF