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  • Closing date

    5 October 2023 at 12am (midnight)

  • Date listed

    18 September 2023

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Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

L11-L15 £60488-£66629

Assistant Principal job summary

Following the successful promotion of the previous postholder to another academy within the multi-academy trust, we are looking to appoint an ambitious and highly effective Assistant Principal to support the academy in its drive to continue its growth as an exceptional education provider for our students, staff, families and wider community. Senior leaders' portfolios are broad and interchangeable with the opportunity to develop in a full range of responsibilities. For this academic year this vacancy will focus specifically on wider student experiences, including but not limited to: • Outcomes for disadvantaged students, including management of pupil premium funding; • Careers, advice and guidance; • Educational trips and visits including compliance, risk assessment and training. • Extra-curricular experiences and community partnerships • Personal development, equality, diversity and inclusion • Coordination of the house system. • Celebration of achievements We are looking for a leader who is dynamic, inspirational, and passionate. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following core values: • Excellent interpersonal skills to lead, motivate and inspire both staff and students to reach the highest levels of achievement; • A set of personal characteristics and ambitions which align with that of the Principal and senior leadership team; • Evidence of impact towards school improvement through sustained work at leadership level; • The ability to operate at a strategic level with clear ideas for how our academy can continue to grow, thrive and excel in the years ahead; • The ability to work at pace and manage the demands of strategic and operational thinking in a challenging environment. Senior leaders are expected to contribute to all aspects of school life including a deliberate focus on providing a visible presence around the academy site. This specific role will assume responsibility for wider student experiences and ensure students from all backgrounds thrive and access the very best information, guidance and experience to maximise their experience at school and beyond. Candidates will need to demonstrate: • Strong knowledge of the national and local agenda around raising achievement and opportunities for disadvantaged students; • Strong knowledge of the national careers agenda, including the Gatsby Benchmarks, the increasing need to expose students to meaningful employability opportunities and competitive destinations; • Strong knowledge of the statutory guidance around PHSE, SMSC and RE and the need to prepare our students for modern Britain; • Immaculate logistical / organisational skills in order to manage both the academy’s immersion days and educational visits. Due to the strength and flexibility of existing senior leaders, candidates from all areas of school responsibility are welcome, including existing senior leaders or outstanding middle leaders with either curriculum or pastoral backgrounds.

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About Heanor Gate Spencer Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1341 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Heanor Gate Spencer Academy
HGSA is a ‘good’ secondary school and sixth form which has shown significantly “improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding”. (Ofsted, May 2022).

Over the past 5 years, we have developed a fantastic culture amongst the students which is rooted in strong discipline and has culminated in a student body full of aspiration, commitment and success. “Leaders and staff are determined to enhance the lives and life chances of all pupils in this school.” (Ofsted, May 2022). The staff buy into the hashtag #TeamHeanor and this ethos of collegiality, team values and moral compass is what makes the unique working environment at Heanor Gate so enjoyable and fulfilling.

We believe that through an ethos of ‘Aspire, Learn and Achieve’, all of our students will achieve their very best educational outcomes. This ethos is at the heart of everything that we do. We want our students to believe that they can achieve whatever they want to with hard work, resilience and self-motivation.

We deliver a challenging yet inspiring curriculum and an unrivalled level of academic and pastoral support. We believe that what we offer students will support them to achieve success in the classroom and beyond; academically, personally and socially. “Pupils’ behaviour is very good. Lessons are calm and pupils work with focus”, (Ofsted, May 2022). We aim to instil students with a love of learning as well as helping them to become responsible, independent members of the community.

We believe that all staff are role models to our students and as such should continue to grow professionally. As such, our bespoke and strategic CPD model is extensive and supplemented by engagement with the Spencer Alliance for Leadership & Teaching but also through fully funded membership to the Chartered College of Teaching.

As part of the Spencer Academies Trust, we work alongside other schools in ensuring we deliver the very best education possible.

Spencer Academies Trust
The Spencer Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust with schools across the East Midlands, and with a strategic focus on Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

A high performing regional MAT with a national reputation for excellence, Spencer Academies Trust schools include primary, secondary and sixth form provision. Our academies work across highly diverse city and rural communities, including a strong presence in Derby and Nottingham. Standards and expectations in trust schools are high – and the trust’s focus on rapid improvement on the journey to outstanding education delivery.

Spencer Academies Trust is an educational charity, Multi-Academy Trust and Sponsor of Academies. We have approaching 18000 children and young people in our academies and employ more than 2200 teachers, leaders and educational support professionals across the East Midlands. We aspire to be a leading regional high performing Trust, with a national reputation for excellence.

We currently have 17 primary academies, 8 secondary academies and one primary aged special school in our family of schools. All of our schools benefit from the collaboration and added value that being a member of our Trust offers, and share our values and beliefs. Spencer Trust academies share an ambition to deliver results that compete with the very highest performing schools in the country, and deliver a curriculum for students that is underpinned by breadth, opportunity and quality: one that seeks to give young people the opportunity to develop into well rounded global citizens that believe they can influence positive change in the world.

Mission: Our Mission is to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
Vision: Spencer Academies Trust is an exceptional Trust, providing an outstanding education for local children.

We Believe:
• All children have a right to a quality education regardless of background or ability, and have an entitlement to the opportunity of a secure progression route in their learning and development
• Schools are stronger when they work in collaboration with each other, operate within a ‘family’ and are open to a true sense of partnership
• We grow the effectiveness and sustainability of our schools by developing the people within them, and that through shared and equitable responsibility for quality and outcomes; we achieve more

Applicants would be expected to share the Trust’s high aspirations and expectations for pupils and staff.

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