Executive Principal

Ark Alexandra Academy, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2PG

24 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    April 2023 or sooner if possible

  • Application deadline

    31 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    23 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership scale - Highly competitive with relocation package available if required

Executive Principal job summary

Reports to:Ark Regional Director

Start date:April 2023 or sooner if possible


Salary:Highly competitive with relocation package available if required

Contract: Permanent, full-time

Closing date:Monday 31stOctober at 9am

First Interview:Thursday 3rd November

Second Interview:Wednesday 9th November

Do you have the vision, passion and rigour to lead Ark Alexandra Academy at this important stage in its development?

The role:

We are looking for an inspirational Executive Principal to lead the school to further success in its next stage of improvement and growth. You will be a rigorous and committed leader with high aspirations and ambitions for the school and will be able to remain resilient through challenges, having the vision and skills to bring about sustainable improvement. You will provide strategic leadership across the school while also working closely with the Principal and senior leadership team on a day-to-day basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a large school entering the next phase of its development. You will have the full support of the Regional Director and the network to ensure that Ark Alexandra Academy makes a lasting contribution to its community, supporting local children to fulfil their ambitions. This is a great opportunity for either an experienced Principal who wishes to remain in school, but wants to step into executive leadership, or an experienced Executive Principal who gains most satisfaction from working within a busy school setting, engaging with staff, parents and pupils.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be fully aligned to the Ark Pillars and Values
  • Have a clear understanding of what makes a great school
  • Achieve most satisfaction from being in school, working closely with staff and leadership teams
  • Possess the technical and behavioural traits to lead a highly effective school
  • Have experience of facilitating rapid and sustainable improvement within a school
  • Be able to demonstrate impact in key areas of provision in current or previous roles
  • Be a great teacher themselves. We are looking for a leader who really knows what great learning looks like in the classroom and how to achieve it
  • Be able to secure a strong culture within the academy, with the students and their families
  • Be network-minded, collaborative and able to contribute meaningfully to our strategic development at regional and network level

What we can offer:

  • Influence across network-wide issues through our principal meetings and regional collaboration
  • On-hand expertise from our dedicated central education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
  • Bespoke teacher development programmes supported by the Great Teacher Rubric
  • Excellent career development opportunities across both the region and wider Ark network
  • Access to excellent senior leader training
  • Highly competitive remuneration

For a confidential conversation, please contact Lorraine Clarke,lorraine.clarke@arkonline.orgor you can speak with our Head of Talent, Alexia di Marco, atalexia.dimarco@arkonline.orgor 07779 583 744.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.

Using the application form

To apply, please submit an application via the link below by Monday 31st October at 9am.

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Supporting documents

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

About Ark Alexandra Academy

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1454 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Ark Alexandra Academy is a large secondary school, with 6th form, situated on the sunny south coast in Hastings, East Sussex. A popular school, Ark Alexandra is growing from a 10 to 12 form entry this year, working across a split site, which brings with it unique opportunities for growth and development. At its most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2021, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development and Sixth Form were all judged to be Good.

Ark Alexandra Academy is part of the Ark network. The school works closely with its feeder primary schools, Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Ark Castledown Primary Academy and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy. All three are highly successful schools both in terms of academic outcomes for pupils as well as creating confident, kind children who are ready for the next part of their journey into secondary school.

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