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Am I mad for even considering this...?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by SJRose23, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. SJRose23

    SJRose23 New commenter

    Hi, I’m currently head of year and looking to move jobs due to a relocation back to my home town. I’ve spotted a Headteacher role for a small independent school. It prides itself on the fact that it doesn’t test but teaches ‘the whole child’ through initiatives such as forest schools. Until now I have worked in LEA maintained schools but can’t help fancy a change. Am I mad for even considering move to something so unconventional? I feel testing has its place but can’t help feeling unenthused by the current constraints and climate of education. The last few ofsteds haven’t been great but I can’t now help feeling that this would offer opportunity for development and change? Any advice is good advice, am I insane? Over curious? Or barking up the wrong tree?
     
  2. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Go for it!

    Sounds like a school, I would like to apply to.
     
  3. SJRose23

    SJRose23 New commenter

    Has 40 children and 4 teachers. I can’t help but feel in terms of current policies etc an guidelines that’s they have been living in the past and that needs sorting but in terms of curriculum development it’s a bit of a blank canvas. The salary is too low but says negotiable. It would be a huge step into the unknown.
     
  4. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    You didn't apologise for that pun ...........

    I don't see how anyone can advise you, as only you know your own mind on this. Unless your self-esteem and free time can't risk a failed attempt then why not go for it? It's not like you're in your current job forever because it's so wonderful.
     
  5. SJRose23

    SJRose23 New commenter

    I wholeheartedly apologise for the pun. I totally agree. It’s more advice on the whole... we don’t test independent school part.
     
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Is it financially viable in the long term?
    A ratio of 1:10 is very low, even for an independent.
    40 pupils is teeny.
    It sounds idyllic in a way, but also incredibly stressful.

    I know a school with just under 100 pupils and 8 teachers and they are really struggling to make ends meet, and are a long way from turning a profit in order to invest in decoration or new equipment. There is no SLT apart from the head and a skeleton admin staff.
    A LOT of hard work and uncertainty.
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. SJRose23

    SJRose23 New commenter

    My thoughts exactly. I’m going to look and these are questions I will be asking.
     
  8. SJRose23

    SJRose23 New commenter

    It has a Nursery, ks1 class and a KS2 class. With 8 in nursery and 15 in each of the others. My view without knowing anything of the finances is that they need to go to 20 per class, creating 10 extra places. Also, compared to all independents in the area, they charge a minimal amount. They should be charging at least £1000 more per year. That would increase funds by £100,000 alone without impacting on their USP of small class sizes.
     
  9. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Well, you've convinced me that you should get the job. Pity I'm not on the governing board.

    You've put a lot of thought into it and have a clear idea of where it should go in the future. The worst that can happen is that you'll have a lot of experience you can take to the next application.
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If it is anything like a school I know, parents choose it precisely because it is cheap!
    If you put up fees by £1000 a year, you will likely lose a huge number of pupils.

    Parents who can afford another £1000 a year, maybe more if they have more than one child, will simply move their child/ren to the competition. Why have your child in a mixed age class of 15, with the same teacher for all subjects when you could have your child in a single year class of 12-16 and specialist subject teachers?

    Surely it would only increase funds by £38 000?
     
    Dunteachin likes this.
  11. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Tread carefully. I worked in 2 small independent schools and they struggled to get bums on seats. Staff were forced to take pay cuts. One school closed suddenly during the summer holidays and the other was clinging on for dear life when I left. It sounds like one of those...
     

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