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Thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher at our exceptional Waterside Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to take this incredible school into the next stage of its success, the journey to being ‘World Class’.

We are keen to appoint a highly ambitious and successful colleague to this post.

It is a real opportunity for a proven leader to impact on children’s life chances and transform their futures. We will provide the opportunity to be innovative, creative and ground-breaking.

We intend to give rise to something exceptional as a multi-academy trust, and Waterside Primary School is at the heart of our ambition. We were delighted to welcome Waterside into the Trust in February 2021; judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted in May 2019, this is a truly remarkable school.

The role will give you both challenge, as movement beyond outstanding stretches professional vision, ambition and goal setting (but what absolute joy when it is achieved!) and opportunity, to be a system leader within a supportive partnership trust model and beyond.

Shaw Education Trust is a large family and currently consists of 25 Academies and 1 Independent Specialist College. Our schools cover all phases and all sectors, we are proud to be inclusive, having ambition for each and every one of our 11,000 learners. We are an aspirational and motivated Trust, determined to affect positive outcomes for our communities. We have a SCITT and an Institute of Education within our partnership and these provide outstanding career development pathways for teaching and support colleagues. Our apprenticeship model is dynamic, fast paced and stage appropriate. Exceptional, high quality professional learning lies at the heart of our approach: we regard it as a right, not a lottery. Our academies are great places to work, our teams buzz with creativity, and focus on excellence by all and for all.

If this opportunity makes your heart beat faster, and fires your passion, please contact our recruitment advisor, Chris Gartner. He can be contacted on 07595 646 645 or via email for an informal conversation, to arrange a visit to the school, or discuss making an application for the role.

We look forward to meeting with you and welcoming you into our world.

Yours faithfully


Jo Morgan
Chief Executive Officer
Shaw Education Trust

School & Trust

About the school and the Trust

Welcome to Waterside Primary School!

Our school is an innovative, forward thinking school where all learners are empowered to achieve their dreams and where everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. The team at Waterside Primary School relentlessly make every day a magical day of learning that suits every child’s needs, ensuring that they make rapid progress not only as learners, but as individuals too.

The school motto, ‘Empowering Learners to Achieve Dreams’, is underpinned by our values. These are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens enabling our children to become reflective, resilient, lifelong learners.

Located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, in a beautiful state-of-the-art building, Waterside is a school for children aged 3 to 11. There are currently just over 400 children on roll.

Waterside pupils make exceptional progress and we have a wonderful, committed team of teachers and support staff who make this a reality. Our published outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics have been consistently well above local and national averages.

Vision & Values

Shaw Education Trust Vision and Values

Our vision is for a society in which everyone has the opportunity to excel, gain employment and sustain independence; a society where aspiration is the norm and high achievement the only acceptable standard. Barriers to success will be removed by high quality educational and training experiences.

Shaw Education Trust mission

We believe every young person can achieve great things, whatever their ability and whatever their background. We will facilitate excellence by all and for all: with no exceptions.

We will deliver ‘best in class’ tailored learning to ensure that every young person attending one of our academies has the opportunity and support required to achieve their potential.

High quality intervention and targeted leadership development will be the foundation stone of our Trust. We will accelerate improvement in all our academies from their individual starting points. Schools facing challenge will be intensively supported to ‘get to good’ within two years. Leaders will be celebrated, encouraged to excel, think innovatively and be incredible

We pledge an unswerving commitment to improve the life chances of all the young people in our academies.We will focus on bridging the gap between school and the outside world to give young people the best chances to progress to high quality further/higher education, employment or training.

We will create a self- sustaining family of schools who will support each other’s success and promote consistently high standards across the Trust.

Shaw Education Trust Values

To ensure everything we do realises the full potential of the pupils we are here to help. We will provide caring, tailored and supportive environments where young people can flourish. We will ensure that all members of the school community are the focus of our activity and as servant leaders we shall enable their success.

To be an organisation that is open and transparent, actively embraces equality and diversity and has an honest, inclusive and respectful culture which everyone can trust.

To be a creative, forward-thinking organisation that finds new ways of doing things. To break down barriers to learning, stimulating exciting futures and securing independent living. We will be relentless in our pursuit of the excellence which has the power to change lives.

To be a top performing education provider that helps every single pupil on their journey towards achieving their potential. We believe our staff are our greatest asset. We will support leaders, teachers and staff to provide exceptional teaching, learning and outcomes.

Shaw Education Trust, its schools and staff are accountable to our pupils and stakeholders. We will demonstrate personal responsibility by carrying out our roles to the best of our ability and in adherence with our values.



Eastwood Road,
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST1 3JS

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