10 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    29 September 2021 at 4:00pm

  • Date listed

    6 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Contract type

Job summary

The role of Head of School is to provide strategic and operational leadership and management to the school. You will develop and nurture a shared vision, clear leadership, and robust management for the school. We are looking for candidates who seek collaboration as a means to strive for excellence in both their own professional development and for high quality provision for all of our children. Our Head of School will have the energy, experience, and passion to help us realise our ambitions.

The Head of School will be a highly successful and experienced Senior Leader, who is able to enthuse, motivate and inspire colleagues, pupils, families, and communities. The successful candidate will be ready to take on more responsibility having already performed successfully as part of a senior leadership team. Good teamwork, high standards and a capacity for hard work will be at the core of his/her success. They will be a creative thinker with the ability, determination, and commitment to continue to develop the school and to ensure that our pupils receive a consistently high quality, inclusive education.

Key focus areas:
The detail of the role description is contained below. They should be considered within the context of the high standards of the Headteachers' standards 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk):

Ethics and professional conduct
Culture and Ethos
Curriculum and Teaching
Organisation Effectiveness
Governance and Accountability

Applying for the job

How to Apply
We can only accept completed application forms, rather than CVs. This is because the regulatory guidelines of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021), require us to check various details of job applicants and an identical application format for each candidate enables us to do this. We use a process that does not identify personal characteristics to the shortlisting panel. This is part of our commitment to equalities and diversity.

Our new portal contains the application form and disclosure of criminal background form. The portal link is: https://bfet.jotform.com/212452153069956

Please complete the application by 5pm on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

The selection will take place on 6th and 7th of October 2021 at South Shore Academy.

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Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
750 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact email

About South Shore Academy

South Shore Academy was one of the first schools to join Bright Futures’ Blackpool cluster. The school works closely with others within and beyond the Trust to help every student and member of staff to succeed. Leaders from South Shore are involved in collaboration and support with other Bright Futures’ schools, and we both contribute to and benefit from the extensive experience and expertise that exist in the Trust.

We are proud of the excellent relationships that exist between staff and students. Within our culturally diverse student body, tolerance, respect, and understanding are cornerstones of our strong relationships. Parents/carers and governors work in partnership with the school to ensure that the young people of our community enjoy the highest standard of education. The traditional values of courtesy, discipline and respect are important to us, and we believe that upholding them will help us continue to improve and achieve great outcomes for all at South Shore.

South Shore moved into a new building in 2017 and enjoys great outdoor facilities. The new building and site have been further developed since its opening and now is well resourced to support the implementation of a broad, ambitious curriculum for all.

Pupil Information
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Publicly funded Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
No of students on roll:755 and increasing
PAN: 985
SEND Students: 25% typically
EAL Students: 10% typically
Free school meals/PP:57% FSM and 70% PP typically
Address: South Shore Academy
St Annes Road, Blackpool
Lancashire. FY4 2AR

South Shore Academy is located in the south shore area of Blackpool with great links to the M55 motorway and also has good transport links.

Arranging a visit to South Shore Academy

Further Information and a tour of the school

We want candidates to learn as much as possible about South Shore and Bright Futures before deciding to apply. We’d love to hear from you and are happy to answer questions you might have to help you decide about applying for this important and exciting role. Our Chief Executive Officer, John Stephens, is available to have an informal phone conversation with prospective applicants. If you would like a call, please email admin@bfet.uk and let us know your availability and a number to call and we will be in touch.

For prospective candidates wishing a look around the school, our Executive Principal will be available to show people around the site. Please contact admin@bfet.uk, if you would like to come along.

School location

St Anne's Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 2AR

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