St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School, London


Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary £93,406 to £112,905

Job summary

This is no ordinary headship! As well as being suitability qualified and experienced the successful candidate will also be:
• A committed Christian
• An outstanding practitioner both as a teacher and as a school leader
• Dedicated to developing a culture of high expectations
• Committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that the school is at the heart of the community
• A leader with the strategic ability to anticipate and lead change to ensure the school continues to build on its success, especially in terms of overseeing the move of our school onto its new permanent site and developing our embryonic sixth form

We are proud to be the only state maintained Greek Orthodox school in the UK. However, the governing body and the Trust would welcome applicants from any faith. Our founding Headteacher, Mr Rob Ahearn, who successfully led and built our school before retiring last summer is an Anglican. The successful candidate would be supported by the Archdiocese, with which the school enjoys close links. His Eminence, Archbishop Nikitas, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain recently visited the school and the school has weekly visits from our Greek Orthodox school chaplain. Further support would come from Headteachers from our other faith schools within the Trust.
If you are appointed, you will enjoy wider support from the Russell Education Trust (RET), the CEO and our central team. Each school has a Lead Adviser as well as advisers across a range of areas. The schools within the Trust perform significantly above national average in all areas and are among the top performers in the DfE’s performance tables of multi-academy trusts.
The range of our 2019 Progress 8 results across our schools is +0.19 to +0.34 placing us 16th in that table and we are among the very highest performers in EBacc measures.

Core purpose
The core purpose of this role is to provide professional leadership and management for the school; and to work closely with the school’s Trust to promote high standards in all aspects of the school’s work.

To achieve success, the Headteacher will:
1. Share the Trust’s vision providing spiritual, moral and educational leadership and direction.
2. Effectively manage teaching and learning.
3. Promote excellence, equality and high expectations of all students.
4. Deploy resources to achieve the school’s aims and vision.
5. Evaluate school performance and identify priorities for continuous improvement.
6. Carry out day-to-day management, organisation and administration.
7. Secure the commitment of the Orthodox Church, schools and the wider community.
8. Create a safe and productive learning environment that is engaging and fulfilling for all students.
9. Work with the CEO and fellow Headteachers to develop and disseminate best practice in all our schools.

Key responsibilities
Strategic direction and shaping the future
1. Work with the Trust and other key stakeholders to ensure the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon.
2. Work within the Trust and school community to translate vision into agreed objectives that promote and sustain school improvement.
3. Demonstrate and promote the school’s faith and educational values in everyday work and practice.
4. Motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive environment.
5. Ensure that strategic planning is translated into effective development planning and evaluation at every level in the school.

Managing the organisation
1. Implement an organisational structure that reflects the school’s values, and enables management processes to work effectively in line with legal and Trust requirements.
2. Manage the school’s resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities.
3. Recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately and assist in managing their workload to achieve the school’s vision and goals, using RET performance management procedures.
4. Manage the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
5. Ensure that statutory requirements are met.

Leading learning and teaching
1. Ensure that the quality of teaching leads to outstanding achievement across the school.
2. Ensure that student responsibility, achievement, safety and well-being is at the heart of all school activities.
3. Create a culture of academic excellence; and an ethos of challenge and support, in which all students can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning.
4. Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school community.
5. Secure high standards of behaviour, self-discipline and attendance.
6. Deliver a broad curriculum suited to the diverse needs of students.
7. Take a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of students.
8. Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
9. Implement core strategies for developing excellent and effective teachers to ensure that all students have every opportunity to access and benefit from excellent and effective teaching.

Developing self and working with others
1. Regularly review own practice, set personal targets, and take responsibility for own personal and spiritual development.
2. Work with the Trust to develop and maintain effective strategies and procedures for staff induction, professional development and performance reviews.
3. Demonstrate the values of Orthodoxy by treating people equitably and respectfully.
4. Delegate tasks and responsibilities, so that teams and individuals undertake effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work.
5. Acknowledge the responsibilities and achievements of teams and individuals.
6. Manage own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance.
7. Develop strong and effective interpersonal relationships.
8. Develop and sustain a strong and effective leadership and management team.

Securing accountability
1. Be accountable to the Trust for all aspects of the school’s performance.
2. Provide information and objective advice and support to the Trust to enable it to meet its responsibilities.
3. Develop a school ethos that enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.
4. Ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood, and subject to rigorous review.
5. Formulate and present a coherent and accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences.

Strengthening community
1. Build a school culture and curriculum which take into account the achievement, richness and diversity of the school’s communities and its local primary schools.
2. Lead the school to play a full part in the Orthodox community and the wider family of churches and schools in the area.
3. Collaborate with other agencies to promote the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of students and their families; and co-operate and work with relevant agencies to protect children.
4. Create and use effective methods of consultation, collaboration and dissemination to communicate vision, principles and policies.
5. Create and maintain an effective partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to support and improve students’ achievement and personal development.
6. Create an excellent partnership with parents and carers and actively involve them in their child’s development and learning.
7. Encourage community organisations and businesses, as well as other schools, to work in partnership with the school; and when appropriate to share the school’s resources and facilities for the good of the wider local community.

National Standards of Excellence
This job description is based on the DfE’s National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers. The Headteacher is accountable to RET for the standards achieved and the conduct, management and administration of the school, subject to the law and DfE, charity and company regulation. This job description is subject to annual review.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Free School, Greek Orthodox
Education phase Secondary
School size 754 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 19
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email michael.watson@candidateiskey.co.uk

About St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School

St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School opened in September 2013 as the first Greek Orthodox secondary school in the country. It was developed from the beliefs, vision and commitment of a wide group of parents, teachers, business people and intellectuals in the Greek Orthodox community and the Church itself. Our first two sets of GCSE results (2018 & 2019) were strong, with Progress 8 scores above average.Our school is part of the academy sponsor, the Russell Education Trust (RET) and was established as a partnership between RET, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Classical Education Trust. RET is a specialist education sponsor and has five secondary schools which work together to share and promote best practice. Our schools and teachers benefit from RET’s expert professional development service.

School location

North London Business Park, London, N11 1NP