School seeks headteacher/recruiter

A new school in south London is advertising for a headteacher role with a difference – the successful applicant will recruit the school’s entire team of teachers.

The Elmcourt Secondary School in West Norwood, which is due to open in September 2007, is offering a salary of £90,810 for the job, with an appointment expected in February.

As well as recruiting the new team, the head will be expected to lead the design and planning of the new school and deliver the teaching curriculum.

Anthony Bottrall, Lambeth’s executive member for education, said: “This is not a job for the faint-hearted, but the rewards will be tremendous.

“How many teachers will be able to say they helped design and plan the school and grounds and build their own team? For the lucky candidate it will be a life-changing experience.”

The school, backed by £25m funding from the Department for Education and Skills, will be built by Lambeth Council in partnership with the Parent Promoters Foundation, a group of 200 local parents. Elmcourt will be the first state ‘parent-run’ school in the country.

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