Northaw C of E Primary School

Northaw C of E Primary School


Northaw C of E Primary School

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever' Hebrews 13.8

Please scroll down for Important dates and more About our school. 

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Head Teacher

Mr R Lock

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Important Dates:

Throughout the term you will see some additions to the Important Dates Lists which you may not have had the letters yet. Please be assured that details will be sent out in a timely manner.

25 Oct – 29 Oct 21 Half Term Holiday

17 Dec 2021 End of Term – school finishes at 1.15pm

20 Dec 2021 INSET

21 Dec 2021 Occasional Day

22 Dec 2021 – 4 Jan 2022 Christmas Holiday

5 Jan 2022 INSET

6 Jan 2022    Children return to school – Spring Term 2022

11 Feb 2022 Occasional Day  

14 – 18 Feb 22 Half Term Holiday

1 Apr 2022    End of Term – school finishes at 1.15pm

2 Apr – 18 April 22 Easter Holiday

19 Apr 2022  Children return to school – Summer Term 2022

2 May 2022  May Day Bank Holiday

27 May 2022  INSET

30 May – 3 June 2022 Half Term Holiday

3rd June 2022 Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

22 July 2022 End of Term – school finishes 1.15pm


Headteacher Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Headteacher to lead our very special school on its journey to outstanding. 

We are looking for a caring, passionate and dedicated Headteacher who will work closely with all stakeholders – children, staff, the church, governors, parents and the local community to build on the existing secure environment for our pupils in order to secure an excellent educational experience for our children. The successful candidate will join us after Easter at the start of the summer term in 2022.

The successful candidate will be keen to actively enhance these links, build new relationships and, working with our deeply embedded Christian Ethos at the heart of the school, the new Headteacher will drive forward our vision of ‘Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith’ and enhance the strategic and financial direction of our school.

Our new Headteacher will:

  • Have proven skills and experience to deliver the school’s vision for the future
  • Be able to embrace, the school’s ethos and values
  • Bring energy and passion for teaching and learning with an ability to inspire children and colleagues to achieve their potential
  • Be committed to leading on the design and implementation of a curriculum and to create a stimulating environment which inspires and engages all pupils, so that our children reach their full potential and the highest possible standards in all area
  • Be a confident decision maker who will take the initiative and work collaboratively with all stakeholders
  • Be a caring leader willing to guide and nurture the team, but also prepared to make tough decisions when needed
  • Work with the Business Manager to identify and secure funding and income opportunities for the school, including submitting successful bids for capital expenditure projects and charitable donations
  • Have a good understanding of the school’s finances
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence and be able to communicate effectively with children, staff, parents and the PTA
  • Develop an inclusive working relationship with the Chair of Governors and be able to submit succinct monthly reports to the Governing Body
  • Have a commitment to the professional development and wellbeing of staff and children

In return we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to join an open-minded Governing Body who support the development of the school and Headteacher
  • A happy, safe, welcoming and healthy environment where enthusiastic children learn and are respected and valued
  • A motivated staff team who are keen to embrace new ideas and strengthen the quality of teaching and learning
  • An exciting new challenge to lead Northaw C of E Primary on its journey towards outstanding
  • The opportunity to build on relationships with parents and the local community
  • Support and commitment with your professional development and access to the NPQH; HfL new headteacher induction; the Diocese Headteacher induction programme or CPD for existing leaders as appropriate.

To apply click here

To arrange a visit to the school please contact the school office on 01707 652869 or Visits can be arranged for Monday and Tuesday mornings.

If you wish to discuss the role with the Chair of Governors, please do not hesitate to contact them on

The successful applicant may not necessarily be currently working in a head’s role.

To apply please send your completed application form (CVs will not be considered) to: or apply online via Teach in Herts.

Please note late applications will not be accepted.

Northaw C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other pre-appointment checks outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education. 


2019 - OFSTED praise our ‘welcoming and friendly school’ for it’s ‘rich and engaging curriculum’.

Please click here to read our full OFSTED report. 


Read our OUTSTANDING church school inspection report here.

'Each child is taught to be an independent learner and is equipped with skills for life, based on the school’s Christian values and the school’s 6 Rs. 

National Online Safety Certified Community Accreditation

With the online world an ever-increasing risk to our children we recognised the importance of working together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet. We are therefore delighted to announce that as a school we successfully achieved the National Online Safety Certified Community accreditation. We hope this demonstrates our whole school community approach and commitment to protecting our children online.

INSPIRE - Education for Wellbeing research programme

Northaw C of E Primary school participated in the Education for Wellbeing research programme, the largest randomised controlled trial of school-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing in the UK. Our participation in this programme has been critical to improving the evidence available to the Department for Education, schools and others on how to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Click here for our certificate and here for the DfE letter of thanks.

About our school:

Visitors frequently remark on the friendly atmosphere that exists in Northaw Church of England Primary School. Children are happy to come to school and are well looked after by our caring and committed staff who make sure every lesson is creative, challenging and relevant. At our school we aim to provide the best possible education and the opportunity for EVERY child to reach their full potential.

We have high expectations in both academic work and behaviour. Every child matters to us and the strong pastoral support we provide for our children, ensures pupils develop their academic, personal, social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills. 

We aim to provide our pupils with the experiences they need to develop into successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who are equipped with the skills to meet the demands of 21st Century life.

Click here to read our school prospectus.

At Northaw Church of England School we believe we are all Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith and we teach and model 6 core Christian values, our 6Rs. 

These are linked to key bible stories and are shared with the children to help them learn how to ‘Live God’s Love’ in all they do. In addition to these core values we teach many further Christian and  British values to our children as they learn and grow.  

A window in our church
A window in our church

Our history:

The school has a long history dating back to 1879 and the trust deed, which is the school's Christian foundation, remains intregral to the ethos and beliefs of the school community. The present church was consecrated in 1882. It is the third church building on this site: there has been a church here dedicated to St Thomas a Becket for around 700 years. 

We are a Voluntary Aided School and are part of the family of the Diocese of St Albans. We are situated in the very pleasant village of Northaw, where the school is an integral part of the community and the Church. 

We work closely with our church, St Thomas a Becket  as well as with our local community.  We value the contribution that everyone makes to school life, placing importance on the welfare of individuals. 

It is our aim that at the end of our pupils’ time at Northaw Church of England School they will have developed a sense of achievement and self-esteem as a result of their experiences here and will leave us for their secondary school, happy, effective learners, with a positive attitude to life long learning. 

Northaw School in 1914
Northaw School in 1914