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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    23 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    24 February 2023

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Competitive salary. Starting point to reflect experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are excited to offer a unique, developmental leadership position. If you are thinking about headship and would like to work alongside an ‘outstanding’ leadership and management team, then this role may suit you.

NET Academies Trust board are looking to appoint a dynamic, inspirational Associate Head Teacher to work with the headteacher of one of our Trust Schools in Harlow, Essex. This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and capacity in headship for school leaders who are thinking of becoming head teachers within the next few years.

You will be highly motivated and have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, across the MAT and with other key stakeholders. You will have recent school SLT experience e.g. DHT, with an ability to effect change. You will have a positive attitude that will strengthen and build partnerships within the community and motivate children and staff.

The ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader who can demonstrate:

  • A proven track record of raising standards of teaching and learning, leading to improved achievement and attainment;

  • The ambition and commitment to lead across two of our academies;

  • Affinity with NET’s values and a strong vision for promoting educational excellence for all;

  • Effectiveness in developing strong relationships with the local community;

  • A proven track record of effective leadership and management of people and a commitment to working in partnership with governors, staff, parents, other schools and the community;

  • A desire to maintain and enhance existing strengths of the school, bringing inspirational drive and ambition for continual improvement that is demonstrated through improved outcomes for children;

  • An ability to be forward-thinking and flexible to adapt to the changing educational landscape;

  • A passion to ensure that children reach their potential and provide all children with a happy, secure, stimulating environment in which they can flourish.

What the school offers its staff

NET Academies offers a unique chance to be part of a friendly and supportive team. Being part of a growing primary trust, offers a unique set of opportunities to develop your career. At NET Academies we are committed to staff development and training.

This is a unique post, offering a ‘readiness for headship’ through:

  • Daily mentoring from successful head teachers in a challenging area.

  • Working within a school to extend leadership in different contexts.

  • Fully funded NPQH.

  • Position to understand trust level development for wider CPD.

Additional benefits at working at NET Academies Trust in Longwood and Abbotsweld Academies:

  • Individual career programme for staff
  • Children who have a love of learning and a dedicated staff team
  • A caring and happy learning environment
  • Personalised staff well-being programme
  • High expectations and good behaviour
  • The Trust has a committed team that works hard to reach high standards in everything they do.

Recent school achievements:

  • 2019 Happiest School in Britain, National Happiness Awards

  • 2019 Finalists TES Healthy School of the Year

  • 2019 Place2Be Primary Community

  • 2018 TES Employer of the Year

  • 2018 GOLD status for mental health, anti-bullying & school games

  • 2017 OUTSTANDING leadership, behaviour and welfare 

Further details about the role

What Ofsted says about some of our Harlow Primary Academies:

‘The quality of teaching is now strongly good’.

‘Pupils behave very well, both in their lessons and during less-structured parts of the day. A consistent approach means that pupils always know what is expected of them’.

‘The school is a safe place’.

‘The school’s curriculum offers pupils a wide range of interesting and exciting opportunities’.

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

“The school strongly promotes pupils’ physical well-being. Pupils understand how to stay healthy.”

“Leaders of the MAT and the headteacher have a vision for the school, which staff share. There is a clear culture of hard work and excellent behaviour throughout the school.”

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.”

What our teachers say about working with NET Academies Trust:

“I feel like it is an incredibly supportive working atmosphere where people want the best for one another and go out of their way to do their best for both staff and pupils. It is pupil driven which is why I particularly agree with the academy’s attitude towards priorities.”

“The academy allows me to be part of something larger that makes a difference.”

“Staff and pupils feel that we are all part of one family that help and support each other.”

“I very much enjoy working for the academy, because I feel supported, valued and work with a great group of people.”

Potential applicants are both welcome and encouraged to visit the school. The CEO and heads of Longwood and Abbotsweld would be happy to meet you and show you around. Please contact our recruitment office 01279 421 567 for an appointment or email: recruitment@trust.netacademies.net

In compliance with Safer Recruitment guidelines, CVs cannot be accepted.

Commitment to safeguarding

NET Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of the Safer Recruitment process all shortlisted applicants will be subject to social media checks. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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About Net Academies Trust

Multi-academy trust

Welcome to NET Academies Trust. We are a DfE approved sponsor of six primary schools in Essex. As a team of schools we work together to promote and lead innovative practice in order to raise educational outcomes for all children- shaping futures. We are as ambitious for the staff as we are for the children in our schools; providing excellent opportunities for continued professional development and staff wellbeing. We believe that partnerships and collaboration to share best practice are the key to meeting the challenge of raising pupil attainment. We are proud of the commitment within our schools, being acknowledged through national awards (TES Employer of the Year 2018, Place2Be Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Award 2019). The Trust provides an effective structure of shared central services, to enable our schools to focus on teaching and learning. This achieves real benefits from school-to-school collaboration and ensuring our schools receive the support they need. Our culture of ‘children first, people first’ creates effective teamwork and continual improvement. We are passionate about inclusion for both children and staff. We share our learning with the wider community and take a system leader approach to help improve education beyond our own network. We encourage an outward facing approach with all of our schools, fostering a balance of autonomy and collaboration. Jo Coton, Chief Executive

Arranging a visit to Net Academies Trust

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