Head of Junior School (Primary, Year 5 and 6)

Ark King Solomon Academy, London, NW1 6RX

This job expired on 12 October 2022

  • Start date details

    January, April or September 2023 (as agreed with candidate)

  • Closing date

    12 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    26 September 2022

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Key stage 1, Key stage 2

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Head of Junior School (Primary, Year 5 and 6) job summary

We are seeking an exceptional leader, ready to join the leadership team in our high-performing school and to contribute to showing what education can achieve.

KSA aims to transform the lives of its pupils. Our mission is to provide a rigorous education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond, irrespective of their starting point. Our teachers and leaders do whatever it takes to make this a reality.

We are excited to offer the new role of Head of Junior School. Alongside playing their part in the overall leadership of the whole primary school, this role will take leadership of the Junior School, leading nearly two hundred pupils across Year 5 and Year 6. It is an exciting opportunity to ensure excellent outcomes and excellent culture for our pupils at a crucial stage of their all-through journey as they transition out of our Younger Years Site in Year 4 through to being ready to transition into Secondary in Year 7.

Senior leaders at KSA provide strategic and operational leadership across many areas beyond their immediate remit, and as such the successful candidate will have a real opportunity to have a significant impact on the future of the whole school. The scope of this leadership role means it is not class-based; the Head of Juniors spends the vast majority of their time leading curriculum and teacher development rather than teaching. Experience in leadership of maths is highly desirable, but not necessary.

This role could be an excellent next step for an experienced primary senior leader coming out of being class-based and keen to take on headship in the future. It might also suit an experienced secondary leader eager to make the transition into learning more about primary leadership. Whilst we recognise this role might be something of a jump for a current middle leader, we are willing to consider applications from less experienced leaders who are 100% aligned to King Solomon Academy’s values, mission and approach and can evidence significant impact in their career to date.

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About Ark King Solomon Academy

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 18
School size
1309 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 18

King Solomon Academy is a genuine all-through school, with our pupils staying with us from nursery to sixth form across two sites, ten minutes-walk apart. Because of this, we have a unique opportunity to have a long-term and dramatic impact on our pupils’ lives. This all starts in our primary school, where our pupils develop, and grow a love of learning.

We have a strong track-record in making a significant impact on our pupils’ lives. We adopt a mastery approach in primary, meaning that our pupils have more time and explicit teaching of the skills and concepts that underpin long term success in academics, enriched by a varied and cultural capital enhancing curriculum which inspires and engages our pupils. Our specialist teaching model enables pupils to benefit from expert teaching in PE, music, art, humanities and science and means all staff have time to plan each subject properly.

In September 2019 we merged with Ark Paddington Green Academy, forming one all-through school with Nursery-Year 4 on our Younger Years Site (Crompton Street) and Year 5 - Year 13 on the Older Years Site (Penfold Street). In May 2021, we opened a purpose-built nursery for 2-4 year olds. Our Younger Years Site has generous outdoor space, including a beautiful global food garden and a woodland garden where we run Forest School in EYFS and KS1. Junior School pupils benefit from all the resources of sharing a site with secondary: a huge MUGA, basketball courts, science labs, specialist music equipment and so on.

We believe in aiming high, working together, being kind and leading the way. Through weekly individual coaching, year group intellectual preparation time and whole school and network PD, we invest in every teacher’s growth and development to ensure everyone can excel in creating the best possible climate for learning for our pupils to thrive in.

Our current senior team in primary is made up of the Associate Principal, Head of Primary and five Assistant Principals, four of whom take responsibility for two year groups each including line managing staff in that phase. Our remaining Assistant Principal is our Head of Inclusion. Primary senior leaders are also part of an all-through leadership team working in collaboration with leaders in the secondary phase of King Solomon Academy to ensure one joined-up community.

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