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Head of Primary Studies

Armfield Academy, Blackpool

Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 8 to Lead Practitioners range 12, £48,808 to £53,856

Job summary

Head of Primary Studies - Armfield Academy

Salary: L8-L12 on the Leadership Pay Scale (currently £48,808 - £53,856)

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, South Shore 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 Head of Primary Studies. This post provides an opportunity for one colleague to take the lead for the quality of education, teaching, behaviour, leadership and personal development within the Primary years supported by a team of experienced middle and senior leaders. The post holder will report directly to the Headteacher and be accountable for the standards within these year groups. Whilst contributing to discussions around staffing deployment and budgets the primary purpose of this role is related to standards within Reception to year 6. The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the operation of the Primary facilities and be ideal preparation for Headship.

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 within a primary or an all through setting.

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 Reception onwards and inevitably up to Year 6. The full responsibilities for this role are outlined in the job description. 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 www.fcat.org.uk/job-vacancies.

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 early March 2020.

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

For any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Karen Ashton at k.ashton@armfield.fcat.org.uk

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
Successful completion of an appropriate leadership qualification or actively working towards one. (E.g. NPQSL, NPQML, Leading from the middle)

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Track record of delivering and sustaining progressive improvements in achievement through quality of teaching and learning.
Experience of raising student attainment.
Has led teams of others successfully.
Demonstrable track record of outstanding classroom practice
Has experience of managing staff performance effectively.
Shows an awareness of whole school issues
Experience of successfully initiating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating developments to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Experience of contributing to whole school strategic planning at a senior level.
Experience of delivering high quality CPD.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Free School
Education phase Primary, Secondary, 16-19
School size 463 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Armfield Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email k.ashton@armfield.fcat.org.uk

About Armfield Academy

School location

Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY4 1JG