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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    18 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    3 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Competitive Salary

What skills and experience we're looking for

Assistant Principal SLT

Paddington Academy is a high performing school that has a relentless focus on high standards in all that we do. We have a total belief that every student can be successful regardless of their starting point and we have a strong culture of excellence to achieve this. Students make exceptional progress during their time at Paddington and we are consistently in the top 1% of schools in the country for student progress.

Paddington Academy is a mixed Academy for 1,200 students aged 11-18. The Academy was recently judged to be outstanding by OFSTED in March 2023 maintaining its outstanding judgement from 2011. Paddington has been described by the education minister as a ‘jewel in the crown of state education’.  Our thriving and oversubscribed Academy also has a large Sixth Form with over 300 students. Students excel in our Sixth Form and achieve exceptional outcomes which enables them to achieve their next step which for the vast majority of students is university.  95% of students went to university, with 40% of those gaining a place at a Russell Group university in 2023.   

At Paddington, behaviour was described as ‘exceptional’ in our recent Ofsted inspection. We ensure that our classrooms are disruption-free so our teachers can focus on the main thing – teaching and learning.  We have highly effective behaviour systems in place which means that behaviour is well-managed and teacher time is protected. We are renowned for the positive environment and strong relationships between staff and students. We like to keep messages and systems simple and aim to reduce workload by doing so.  

The role

We are looking for an Assistant Principal to join our Senior Leadership Team to assist the principals in the strategic and operational leadership of the Academy. The Assistant Principal will be responsible for leading a key area of the Academy. All senior leaders are responsible for the culture and ethos of the Academy, teaching and learning and achievement.

The exact remit of the role will be dependent on the experience of the candidate and a fit within the wider team.

Main Core Duties:

Specific responsibilities of the post will be agreed on appointment reflecting the experience and expertise of the successful candidate and the needs of the Academy. The general responsibilities are outlined below. The Assistant Principal will work collaboratively and closely with the other members of the Senior Leadership Team to lead on central aspects of the leadership and management of the Academy.

All members of the Senior Leadership Team are expected to:

  • Be an excellent classroom practitioner.

  • Be prepared to serve the Paddington community in every way possible.

  • Embody the values of hard work, integrity and excellence.

  • Have humility and integrity and be willing to show loyalty to the SLT.

  • Be highly visible and a role model for staff and students.

  • Inspire trust and respect from staff who they work with every day.

  • Meet deadlines and prioritise workload effectively.

  • Have moral courage and be able to challenge others and get the best from them.

  • Able to provide solutions to problems and take ownership.

  • Communicate effectively and be a person that others want to follow.

  • Be a resilient leader who is able to remain energetic and optimistic at all times.

  • Be an outstanding teacher who is prepared to put learning at the heart of every decision.

What the school offers its staff

Why work at Paddington Academy?  

  • We are a highly successful school, rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED with GCSE results which consistently place us in the top schools in the UK for student progress for more than a decade.   

  • Teaching and Learning is at the heart of what we do. Every decision is driven by its potential to impact on student learning.  

  • Our approach to teaching and learning is informed by robust research and is constantly reviewed and tailored to our unique context.

  • We have a consistent and effective approach to behaviour which means teachers can focus on the main thing: teaching.

  • We are renowned for positive relationships between staff and students and serve a community of aspirational students.

  • We have a large and thriving Sixth Form with high academic standards: 68% of A level grades were A*-B.

  • We have been awarded a Platinum award for professional development. Our approach to CPD is personalised to ensure that every member of our community is provided with first class development opportunities.

  • We are the lead teacher training school for United Learning. Every teacher is a learner and we secure opportunities for staff to coach and mentor trainee teachers as a reciprocal learning experience.

  • We invest in the long-term career aspirations of our staff. We offer a well-established and successful pathway to educational leadership for teachers who aspire to lead in education.

  • Staff well-being is important to us and we believe in cherishing our staff. We work actively to reduce workload and to ensure our staff have support with any administration tasks so that they can focus their efforts.

  • United Learning

    We are part of United Learning, the largest academy trust nationally, which offers a life-changing education to children and young people across England.

    Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resources, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

    As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have a rich CPD curriculum and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

    Commitment to safeguarding

    Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

    Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

    Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
    childcare disqualification
    Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
    online and social media
    prohibition from teaching
    right to work
    satisfactory references
    suitability to work with children

    You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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    About Paddington Academy

    School type
    Academy, Christian, ages 11 to 18
    Education phase
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    School size
    1232 pupils enrolled
    Age range
    11 to 18

    Paddington Academy ensures that every student is well-educated, has the opportunity to attend university, and is able to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

    Paddington Academy shares the objective of bringing out 'the best in everyone', enabling each student to become a balanced, happy and articulate person with the intellectual freedom to be creative; confidence to initiate; flexibility to respond to challenge, change and adversity; compassion to serve others; spirit to enjoy life; integrity to be trustworthy; and motivation to have a lifelong love of learning.

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