Ark King Solomon Academy
Reports to: Principal
Start date: April 2024 or as soon as reasonably possible
Location: Marylebone, London
Salary: Significant and generous salary, including potential relocation bonus
Contract: Permanent, full-time
Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 28 November 2023
School visits: Wednesday 15 or Monday 20 November (mornings) or by appointment
First round Teams interview: Wednesday 29 November
Assessment day & final panel interview: Wednesday 6 December
Ark King Solomon Academy is excited to be looking for a new Primary Headteacher to lead the primary phase of our all-through school. Consistently ranked as one of the highest-performing non-selective schools in the country, serving a complex community with 60% of pupils on free school meals, Ark King Solomon Academy has shown the impact of high expectations, an excellent school culture and excellent teaching. The primary performance is strong at all levels: over 80% of pupils achieve a good level of development in early years, 97% of pupils pass the phonics screening check, putting the school in the top 5% of schools nationally, as well as achieving above national attainment for key stages 1 and 2.
This offers the right person a unique opportunity to lead an exceptional primary school, and play an important role within a larger, all-through school.
The ideal candidate will be an excellent Vice Principal with significant leadership experience, or a successful existing Head; as a three-form entry school, with a strong primary team including six senior leaders, we offer significant scale and development.
The successfully appointed Primary Headteacher will have sole responsibility of the Younger Years Site, as well as leadership of years 5 & 6 on the Older Years Site.
Our school and trust:
We are a popular and over-subscribed, all-through school based across two sites in Marylebone, Westminster. The school opened in 2007 and is made up of a three-form entry Younger Years site (including a purpose-built nursery with classes up to year 4) and an Older Years site (from Year 5 to Year 13) serving 1,300 pupils.
Ark King Solomon Academy is part of the Ark network, one of the country’s most successful multi-academy trusts. Our primary school is one of Ark’s 24 primary schools, and the successful candidate will join a community of committed and driven primary headteachers who work closely together to share good practice, provide support for one another, and improve what we do as a school and a network. This year Ark’s 2023 primary SATs results saw our key stage 2 pupils achieve 16 percentage points higher than the national average, a phenomenal achievement from all our primary heads and a testament to their collaboration.
What we offer:
- Influence across network-wide issues through our principal meetings and regional collaboration
- Support from an experienced and supportive Principal and Regional Director
- On-hand expertise from our dedicated network education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
- Bespoke teacher development programmes supported by the Great Teacher Rubric
- Excellent career development opportunities across both the region and wider Ark network
- Access to excellent senior leadership training
- Highly competitive remuneration
How to apply:
To apply, please submit an application via the Ark recruitment portal by 10am on Tuesday 28th November. If you have any questions, concerns or time constraints with applying please contact us directly.
We warmly welcome and encourage confidential conversations about the role and visits to our school for suitable candidates. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact the Principal Designate, Beth Humphreys, on firstname.lastname@example.org or our Senior Recruitment Advisor, Shevonnae Sokoya, on email@example.com
For more information about the role, the school and Ark, click here to view the full job pack.
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.
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