Deputy Headteacher Curriculum Armfield Academy, Blackpool

Job description

Sole Deputy Headteacher Curriculum - Armfield Academy

Salary: L18-L22 on the Leadership Pay Scale (currently £62,426 - £68,851)

Contract: Full Time, Permanent

Start Date: 1st September 2020

Firstly thank you for your interest in becoming part of Armfield Academy staff team. This is a very exciting and unique opportunity in helping establish our brand new school; developing policy and procedures and putting these into operation so that we become ‘an Academy to be proud of’.

We opened in September 2018 on Lytham Road, Blackpool with children joining the school in Reception and Year 7 only. This will then be repeated in the following years which enables the school to grow. Our nursery provision opened in January 2019. The building programme has now been completed and staffing numbers will increase year on year until the school is at full capacity.

The Academy, named after Jimmy Armfield, has the strapline “an Academy to be proud of”. It therefore relates very much to traditional British values and supports the core values of our Trust; pride, ambition, respect, resilience, integrity and excellence.

Armfield Academy is part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) and is our second “all-through” school. FCAT is a Multi Academy Trust with 9 primary and secondary schools across the Fylde Coast and Lancashire with a proven track record of delivering rapid improvement in progress and outcomes. Armfield is now our 10th school. Our aim is to ensure first class learning opportunities for all young people. Learners are at the heart of what we do and their outcomes and successes are what drive us to be the “best we can be”!

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a colleague to join the senior leadership team at Armfield Academy by becoming Deputy Headteacher. This post provides an opportunity for one colleague to provide strategic direction and leadership for all matters relating to curriculum within the Academy supported by a team of experienced middle and senior leaders. The post holder will report directly to the Headteacher. The successful candidate will play a major role under the overall direction of the Headteacher.

The successful candidate will have a proven ability in strategic thinking and outstanding academic leadership, ensuring the Academy continues to provide high quality education for all our children in a caring, inclusive environment. The successful candidate will have experience at senior leadership level.

This new post will enhance the senior leadership team of the academy and will take a lead role in all aspects of school improvement related to curriculum. The post will include a teaching commitment commensurate to the role. Within your application you should state clearly why you are the ideal candidate for this role stating examples of where you have had significant impact on academic standards. The Job Description, Person Specification and a letter from the Headteacher and Executive Headteacher are attached with this advertisement.

How to Apply
To apply for this post please visit our website and complete the online application form and equal opportunities form at
Closing time and date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 25th February 2020.

Shortlisting to take place on or after Tuesday 25th February 2020.

Assessment and Interview Day to be held March 2020 date tbc.

Please visit our website where you can read more about our brand new school and watch the walkthrough of the site or for more information about FCAT.

For any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Karen Ashton at

Thank you again for your interest in this post and I look forward to receiving your application.

Chris Lickiss, Executive Headteacher Armfield Academy
Mark Kilmurray, Headteacher Armfield Academy

The Fylde Coast Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Fylde Coast Academy Trust is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors. All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

Essential educational requirements

Qualified to degree level

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Recent experience as an Assistant Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher of a secondary school.
Track record of providing inspirational, strategic thinking, planning and strong leadership and achieving successful outcome for students, staff and governors.
Track record of delivering and sustaining progressive improvements in achievement through the high quality leadership of behaviour and attendance.
Experience of implementing successful school-wide strategic projects that have supported school improvement objectives.
Experience of successful and robust staff management.
Experience of curriculum design that is inventive, holistic and takes into account the wellbeing and needs of the students, staff and wider community.

About Armfield Academy

Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1JG
All Through
Free School
Armfield Academy website (opens in a new window)