11 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    26 April 2021 at 9:00 am

  • Date listed

    31 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
LDS 11 - 15

Job summary

Full Time, Permanent position

Are you an inspirational and highly organised Leader looking for your next challenge? This post represents an ideal opportunity for someone with ambition to develop their skills as a future Head of School.

Swale Academies Trust is seeking to appoint a Deputy Head of School to work collaboratively with the Executive Headteacher, to support the development of our Eastbourne hub of Primary schools.

The Swale family of Eastbourne Primaries currently comprises of two large primary schools, a two form entry infant school and junior school: Langney Primary Academy, Shinewater Primary School, Parkland Infant School and Parkland Junior School. The post holder will work across all schools in support of the Executive Headteacher.

The ideal candidate will have strong strategic leadership and management skills, with extensive experience as a senior leader. The ability to work flexibly across the schools in wide-ranging roles and projects, as required, is a must. You must therefore be adept, have good communication skills, be able to establish strong working relationships with different senior leaders and staff teams, and enjoy being at the forefront with teaching innovations.

In return for your enthusiasm, we offer you the opportunity to work within an inspirational Trust with a focus on delivery of an exceptional curriculum and the development of aspiring leaders. All of our Eastbourne primary schools are in very strong positions as we aspire to be outstanding across all. We work very closely in partnership with each other, along with our Eastbourne Swale Secondary Schools. Collaboration across all of our Trust schools - which spans across East Sussex, Kent and Bromley - is extensive.

This post provides the opportunity:

● To work with children with a thirst for learning.
● To work with supportive, talented and committed colleagues
● To develop leadership skills with the support of experienced Heads and an experienced Executive Headteacher.
● To gain experience working across four schools
● To work in dynamic and energetic environments
● To work in positive school cultures where learning, teamwork, research and being 'at cutting edge' are the norm
● To be engaged in regular leadership coaching
● To undertake a key role in determining the best possible outcomes for our pupils.

Applying for the job

If you would like to join our welcoming, friendly and supportive team then we look forward to hearing from you. Tours can be arranged by appointment.

Completed application forms should be emailed to: julie.prentice@swale.at Please note, we cannot accept CVs.

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact recruitment@swale.at or 01795 426091 ( option 2)

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details/application forms on file once the position is filled.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Julie Prentice, Executive Headteacher at the school for an informal discussion regarding the post julie.prentice@swale.at 01323 762129
If I am successful in gaining an interview, how will this occur during the current COVID-19 pandemic?
Due to the current situation we may plan to interview remotely using a video call. We would ensure that candidates who were successful in gaining an interview were supported with the technology so that this process is seamless. We will provide you with details of the process with your interview invite.
Our advice would be that those who were successful in gaining an interview should prepare as they would for a face to face and dress smart casual. We will allow plenty of time to ensure that you are able to answer our questions in full and you will not be judged if you are having problems with your technology.
We will leave plenty of opportunity for questions at the end of the interview, and we will spend lots of time talking and unpicking your answers. Please come prepared to share anything you’d like that we didn’t cover, or any questions you have about it. We really appreciate your adaptability in these unprecedented times.

Interview Date: Tuesday 4th May 2021

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from ROA and will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

Head of School: Julie Prentice

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
575 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email
Contact phone number
01323 762129

About Langney Primary Academy

Langney is an exciting and inspiring place to be. Over the years our focus on innovation has resulted in making the school one that is unique and stands out from the rest. This includes our dynamic and caring staff; Curriculum for Excellence; investment in specialist teachers; focus on high quality Computing teaching and digital resources; unique school facilities; our extended wrap-around care service for working parents (7:30am to 6:00pm) and wide-ranging extra-curricular activities on offer for children to explore their talents and interests.

School location

Chailey Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 7EA

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