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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    11 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    12 February 2024

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Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

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Competitive Remuneration Package

What skills and experience we're looking for

Sponne is a remarkable school with a long history that goes back to 1430. Today, it is a highly successful, over-subscribed comprehensive school with 1490 students aged 11 – 18 and 170 staff. The school serves the community of Towcester and its surrounding area. Our intake is truly comprehensive. We are part of Tove Learning Trust, which has fourteen schools across Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and the West Midlands. We also have a training school and teacher training (SCITT) provision on site.

Our students consistently achieve high results. This has not happened by accident. It has been achieved through the dedication of talented staff and students, alongside a strong and supportive Trust and Governing Body.

Our motto is to Dream, Believe, Achieve. We are aspirational and are now looking for an inspirational Headteacher to lead us through the next phase of our growth and development. We believe Sponne can be in the top 10% of schools nationally.

You will have a demonstrable track record of successful school leadership. You may be a Deputy Headteacher or Head of School ready for the next step, or an experienced Headteacher looking for a new challenge – we will give you the freedom to lead. Either way, your exceptional people skills and the ability to establish relationships across diverse communities of students and families will set you apart. You will benefit from an enthusiastic and committed leadership team and a supportive staff. In addition, as part of Tove Learning Trust you will have support from the Trust’s family of schools and a knowledgeable central team.

If this challenge excites you, download full details on the role including the job and person specifications www.pentir.com/roles/sponne. For a confidential conversation about the role or to arrange a visit to the school then contact Mike Phillips (mike.phillips@pentir.com) on 07830-313915 or Maureen Nicholas (maureen.nicholas@pentir.com) on 07540-222519 at our advisors Pentir.

Closing date: Monday 11th March 12.00 noon. Interview dates: 20th/21st March 2024

The Trustees of Tove Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safer recruitment procedures for all vacancies in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

What the school offers its staff

Tove Learning Trust (TLT) is a highly successful multi-academy Trust with primary, secondary and alternative provision schools across the West Midlands, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. We are a cross phase trust providing a high-quality education for over 11,000 children between the ages of 4 and 18. Within our family of schools we have three primaries, nine secondaries and two alternative provision schools.

As an employer of choice, we recognise every colleague is an individual, we value diversity and work as a team to remove barriers to equity. We know that when you are ‘the best you’, whatever your role is with the Trust, you will transform students’ lives.

  • Support and well-being: You will become part of a family who really look out for one another. Free access to an Employee Assistance Programme providing counselling and advice for you and your close family and access to lots of well-being support.
  • Professional development: Your performance review is truly targeted around you and your development. We want you to be the best you can be which in turn will enhance your performance and lead to outstanding outcomes for all.
  • Excellent pension schemes: Both pension schemes are defined benefit schemes where you build up your pension based on a fixed formula to provide a guaranteed income at retirement. You have the opportunity to see what your actual pension will be.
  • Training School: We are a strategic partner in a teaching school hub and can offer high quality professional development to support all stages of your career.

Further details about the role

Thank you for your interest in this key role. The successful applicant will be pivotal in taking the lead as Headteacher of Sponne School. This is an excellent opportunity to take on a new role and play a key part in helping this great school and trust to develop even further.

Following the retirement of the current postholder, we are looking for a Headteacher who is highly passionate about delivering the highest quality possible learning experiences for all students.

To access the full candidate information pack please click on the link: https://www.pentir.com/roles/sponne

We wish you luck in your application.

Dr Jamie Clarke, CEO Tove Learning Trust

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About Sponne School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1436 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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Sponne is a remarkable school. It has a long history since its inception in 1430. It is the oldest secondary school in Northamptonshire and one of the oldest in the country. It is a very successful, hugely over-subscribed community comprehensive school with 1490 students aged 11-18 on roll with 170 staff. The school serves the local community of Towcester which is a market town south of Northampton and northwest of Milton Keynes. Many students come from the surrounding villages. The school has many strengths including its exceptionally strong provision in music and science. The commitment to students’ personal development is palpable.
As Ofsted found, we have a vibrant learning environment that challenges all of our students to make outstanding progress and a range of specialist staff to support the personalisation of the experience we offer. Our motto is for everyone to have Dreams, to Believe in themselves and to Achieve their aspirations.
Students are encouraged to work hard at their studies and to join in with the large range of extra-curricular opportunities provided by our dedicated staff. We know that any student’s ‘best’ can be shown in many ways – academic work and examination results, or activities such as concerts, plays, team sports and community service. Student achievement, in all areas, is outstanding and regularly celebrated; we are proud of the extremely high standards attained and the significant contributions our students make to both their school and wider communities. Our students matter to us as individuals and we are certain that achievement is most successfully inspired by a school community that is caring and friendly, yet firm and clear in its expectations and standards.
All new staff are made very welcome and given every assistance to settle in at this exciting and vibrant school. Sponne School is part of the Tove Learning Trust and the SWAN Training School Alliance. These give all staff access to local curriculum networks and to a wide range of opportunities for continued professional development at all levels. Many of our current staff are involved in the delivery of courses such as the ITP, OTP and NPQ’s and there is considerable collaboration with other local secondary schools through the training school, both in terms of CPD and through the GUTP (Grand Union Training Partnership), a well-established and respected ITT provider.
We are very well blessed with excellent Faculty Learning Leaders (Heads of Faculty) and Progress Learning Leaders (Heads of Year). These colleagues provide outstanding professional support for staff throughout the school. The senior team consists of Dr Jamie Clarke, our Chief Executive Officer, myself, one Deputy Head, four Assistant Headteachers, four Associate Assistant Headteachers and the School Business Manager. Governors are keen, challenging and very supportive. Our dedicated and experienced support staff provide a very effective centralised service to both students and staff.
The school is part of Tove Learning Trust, comprising fourteen schools.It promotes excellent professional development across the multi-academy Trust and strives to lead and inspire a high expectation culture where all staff and students are valued and they are equipped to meet the challenges associated with high quality teaching and learning. Trustees are committed to maintaining the unique nature and character of each school and academy within the Trust whilst embracing the shared values in all we do.

Thank you for your interest in a post at Sponne School.
If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Iain Massey

Arranging a visit to Sponne School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email mike.phillips@pentir.com.

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