This job expired on 13 October 2023

  • Start date details

    January 2024

  • Closing date

    13 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    18 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Assistant headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm 40 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Scale Point 3-7 £47,235 - £52,232

Additional allowances

A potential relocation package of up to £3,000

What skills and experience we're looking for

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach and work in the UK
  • National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCo) (or willing to undertake)
  • DSL certification (or willing to undertake)
  • Completed further training in supporting students with SEND/EAL (desirable)

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Experience identifying, monitoring, and providing effective support for pupils with SEND
  • Can demonstrate effective and systematic behaviour management
  • Experience leading, coaching, and motivating people, ensuring professional development, and effectively challenging and managing any performance concerns
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning in a year group, through schemes of work, assessment, and extra-curricular activities etc. in a challenging classroom environment
  • Experience of reflecting on and improving practice to increase student achievement
  • Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Good working knowledge of relevant legislation, particularly the SEN Code of Practice


  • Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil
  • A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and understanding how and when to take appropriate action
  • Belief that every pupil should have access to an excellent education regardless of background
  • Professional outlook, detail orientated, and able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative
  • Calm and professional under pressure
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion
  • Flexible attitude towards work and demonstrates sound judgement


  • Right to work in the UK
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Willingness to undertake training
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

What the school offers its staff

This is an exciting opportunity to help lead a large primary school with outstanding outcomes. The successful candidate will have the full support of Ark, including support and guidance from our team of Network Leads for Safeguarding, SEND and Pastoral. This support from the Ark Trust will help ensure that Ark Blacklands Primary Academy makes a lasting contribution to its community, supporting local children to fulfil their ambitions.

Find out more by visiting www.arkblacklandsprimary.org/.

We offer:

  • A school and Academy Trust which is truly values driven.
  • A wonderful, talented staff team to work alongside.
  • Incredible children: we are proud of our unique and diverse school community.
  • A carefully designed and supportive induction plan to ensure you have everything you need to start your new role confidently and smoothly.
  • Ark network training days – we have ten days in total across the year for you to receive training as well as train your staff – twice the usual number of days offered.
  • Access to health packages, discounts at major retailers, travel loans and other benefits, through the Ark Rewards scheme.
  • Opportunity to apply for international exchanges and other scholarship prospects.
  • Support from experienced external professionals such as psychotherapists from healthyminds@work
  • Ability to influence particular Network-wide issues through our Network Groups and Inclusion Lead meetings.
  • Career development opportunities – being part of a group of schools means that there is always room to grow and new opportunities to explore.
  • On-hand expertise from our dedicated Central education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
  • Regional Inclusion Meetings –which enable Inclusion Leads, SENCos and Pastoral Leads to work collaboratively on Regional and Network priorities.

Find out more about the benefits by visiting https://arkonline.org/why-work-with-us

Further details about the role

Do you want to be valued and to make a difference to others every day? Are you committed to improving the lives of children who live in Hastings? If so, then working with us may be for you.

We are looking for an exceptional, compassionate, and supportive leader. You will be enthusiastic, conscientious, and self-motivated and bring strategic clarity to the Inclusion work in our Academy. The successful candidate will join a passionate, experienced, and highly skilled leadership team who have an outstanding record of accomplishing high standards of education for pupils from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of need.

As the Assistant Head, you will work within the Senior Leadership team to lead and support our established and successful inclusion team to meet the SEND, pastoral and child-protection needs of pupils, so that they are able to develop to their full potential. The inclusion team, who you will line manage includes: a Pastoral Manager; four Learning & Engagement Mentors; a Speech & Language TA; five Inclusion Support Assistants, an Inclusion Support Officer and 3 DDSLs. With your leadership, this team will help you achieve your ambitions and strategic goals. You will work daily with pupils, staff, parents and external agencies with understanding and compassion, recognising and addressing barriers to learning.

You will have excellent leadership qualities and possess the energy and enthusiasm which is necessary to maintain and build on the existing outstanding practice in the school, achieving the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and dynamic individual, who will help to shape the future of the Academy and work within the thriving Ark Network.

Commitment to safeguarding

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies.

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.

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About Ark Blacklands Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
629 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01424 429279

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is Hastings' fastest-improving primary school. Located near the 109-acre Alexandra Park, we recently celebrated having the most improved SATs results in the area and features an innovative outdoor learning centre and greenhouse which supplies fresh produce to the school canteen.

We are a growing school with a new intake each year of 3 forms, with 90 pupils in each year group, from reception through to year 5, and 75 pupils in year 6. Our staff make a tremendous effort to get to know each pupil and provide them with the very best care.

As part of the Ark schools’ network, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to a great education and real choices in life. We know that great schools need great staff, which is why we offer you the very best training and support at every stage of your career.

Arranging a visit to Ark Blacklands Primary Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email n.rankin@arkblacklandsprimary.org.

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