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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    27 June 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    19 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time: 36hrs

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - 1 year

Full-time equivalent salary

£32,407 - £48,054.30 per year

Pay scale

M1 - UPS 3

Additional allowances

Management Allowance £4,375.00

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Right to work in the UK.
  • Qualified to at least degree level.
  • Qualified to teach and work in the UK.
  • Ability to teach subject to A Level standard.
  • Evidence of being, or having the potential to be, an outstanding teacher of the subject. Up to date knowledge in the curriculum area.
  • An understanding of what an outstanding education looks like in the classroom.
  • An understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high expectations.
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil.
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence.
  • Excellent classroom teacher, or potential to be one, with the ability to reflect on lessons and continually improve their own practice.
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards.
  • Thinks strategically about classroom practice and tailoring lessons to pupils’ needs.
  • Understands and interprets complex pupil data to drive lesson planning and pupil attainment.
  • Good inter-personal, communication, planning and organisational skills.

What the school offers its staff

  • Continued professional development and opportunities across the Trust.
  • Health Shield membership (employee assistant programme supporting with wellbeing and offers many attractive discounts).
  • Pension scheme
  • A subsidised canteen for lunches
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Free onsite parking

Further details about the role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and ideas driven Head of Drama to work on a fixed term basis at Heron Hall Academy. Applications are welcome from an experienced Drama Teacher looking to take on additional responsibilities.

One of the North Star Community Trust Academies, Heron Hall Academy is an eight-form entry mixed secondary academy and we will be enrolling our first group of students in our new sixth form in September 2023. Led by Mr Barzey (The Times UK Headteacher of the Year for 2022-23), we are situated in a diverse and deprived area of Enfield and therefore, applicants that have a community language or knowledge of working within a busy inner London environment will be welcome.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively within our team and lead on the drama curriculum within the academy. You will have a natural flair for leadership, delivering creative and vibrant lessons that enthuses and motivates all students to want to learn and achieve. You will need excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with the Head Teacher, SLT team and your direct team.

The academy is committed to your professional development. You will have ongoing support from the senior leadership team and will attend appropriate training and development opportunities. You will be given support, time and space to grow as a leader and improve the Science provision across the school. You will have the support of a dedicated senior leadership team to ensure you are able to focus on delivering outstanding teaching and learning.

Please ensure to complete the personal statement section using the full person specification of the attached job pack.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to enhanced clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

In line with KCSIE updates, an online search will be conducted as part of our due diligence checks on shortlisted candidates.

Heron Hall Academy is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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About Heron Hall Academy

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1107 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number

Heron Hall Academy is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form. Part of North Star Community Trust, an educational charity that manages a family of 4 academies in North London, educating some 2,600 pupils, we are located in a culturally diverse and underserved area of Enfield.

With our Headteacher, Mr Arthur Barzey, winner of the UK’s top national teaching award - for the Times Headteacher of the Year 2022 - and a school that in 2021 was a Bronze Award winner for UK Secondary School of the Year, it is no surprise that Heron Hall Academy is becoming one of the most popular schools in the borough. This year we have also been nominated for the prestigious Education Business Leadership award for a UK Secondary School.

Heron Hall is a place of love, respect and tolerance, a home away from home for your children, somewhere they will be safe and cared for. As you walk into Heron Hall Academy, I believe you get a feeling of pride, of being somewhere everyone matters, where no one is left behind and where every single student can reach their full potential. The magnificent building and facilities, added to the attitude and high aspirations of our staff, inspires our children to work hard and stretch themselves. We bridge the digital divide by ensuring every student a laptop computer to use at home, upon enrolment in Year7.

Making a real difference

Heron Hall is an inspiring school shaping bright futures. It is a place where students thrive and futures take flight. With a strong legacy of academic excellence and diversity, we are committed to empowering young minds. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment where students develop essential skills and make meaningful contributions to society. Join our close-knit community and embark on an exciting educational journey at Heron Hall Academy.

Equality and diversity, a school for all

Led by one of the few black headteachers in the UK, there has been a sustained focus on equality and diversity since the school began. We have embraced the local community in developing a rich and diverse curriculum with books studied, for example, from authors from a wide variety of ethnic origins. Departments such as English incorporate literature from BAME authors into their KS3 units whilst History incorporates whole units on BAME, and specifically African history, to help our students see their own stories represented in what we teach.

Through links with many organisations we have been able to put in place numerous opportunities for students from BAME backgrounds in areas such as: workshops on identity, social media and relationships; role model workshops for boys; and inspirational BAME speakers for examinations and careers events. All students are expected to sign a diversity pledge, which focuses on ensuring that students no matter their background, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are treated the same at Heron.

Raising aspirations, career opportunities

Many of our students are unfamiliar with the opportunities available to them when they first start with us. Some will hold the belief that they are going to be unable to obtain places within competitive institutions or careers. Our careers programme helps to eradicate these views, with chances to attend workshops, seek advice from external careers advisors, and support with Sixth Form applications, as well as interacting with top employers and industry professionals. We have a particularly strong partnership with the Enfield Caribbean Association who organise an annual careers fair with BAME role models, from the Royal Air force to neurosurgeons. External speakers who have come to the school have included a High Court judge, one of the world’s top speech writers and YouTube entrepreneurs.


“Students and teachers enjoy positive relationships. This contributes to their good behaviour. They respond positively when given their tasks, applying themselves well. Similarly, they mix and chat freely with members of staff during social time in a pleasant and positive atmosphere. While they are well supervised, students very largely manage their own behaviours with aplomb. Students behave well in lessons and during social time.”

Arranging a visit to Heron Hall Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email hr@northstartrust.org.uk.

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