About the role
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead an exceptional new school at an exciting stage of its development. This acting role is a maternity cover for the current Headteacher and is expected to last for approximately 9 months to 1 year. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious school leader. You will work with talented colleagues and with the support of the River Learning Trust to lead The Swan School - consolidating the strong foundations that have already been established whilst also seeking opportunities to improve.
The Swan School, part of the River Learning Trust, is Oxford’s first new secondary school for over 50 years, and opened in September 2019. When full, we will have approximately 1,200 students on roll, of whom around 300 will be in the Sixth Form. Our students will be drawn from a local catchment area and the school will be at the heart of the community.
Learning from the most successful approaches at the best schools, The Swan School provides a uniquely challenging and structured experience in a caring and disciplined environment. The ethos is academic; we regard an excellent academic education as the entitlement of all young people, no matter what their background or previous experiences of learning. Students are inspired and nurtured, acquiring the knowledge and skills to think critically and creatively. They will learn to be confident, resilient and ambitious, and will have high expectations in terms of their own achievements and their contribution to wider society.
The successful candidate will share the school’s ambitions for our students. You will relish the challenge of creating a new school which is different to other comprehensive schools in the city. You will be inspirational, driven, and have a proven track record of educational leadership.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about this post, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01865 416070. Candidates are strongly advised to visit the school before making an application. To arrange a visit and/or an opportunity to speak to the current headteacher, Chair of Governors, or CEO of the River Learning Trust, please email email@example.com. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the application process.
The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd October 2023 at 8am. Interviews are likely to be held on the 9th and 10th October.
The River Learning Trust and The Swan School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. All staff must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Employment will also be conditional on the receipt of at least two acceptable references (one from current/latest employer) and evidence of the formal qualifications required for the role.It is an offence to apply for certain roles within schools if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. You should contact the school if you are unsure if this role includes regulated activity relevant to children.
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- The Swan School's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here
The Swan School is a free school managed by The River Learning Trust, which is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500. Registered Office: c/o Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NT
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