This job expired on 18 April 2023

  • Start date details

    September 2023

  • Closing date

    18 April 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    17 March 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Generous and significant six figure salary, with potential relocation package

What skills and experience we're looking for

We welcome applications from experienced senior leaders looking for their first headship, as well as existing Principals with the ambition to work across a large, split site school with significant challenges and opportunities. For the right candidate, there is the potential to develop quickly within this role to an executive leadership level.

We are confident and excited about the school’s future and seek a new Principal to lead and embed this improving picture. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership across two school sites, embed the Christian ethos of the school and line-manage the two Heads of School, who will implement the Principal’s vision to embed a consistent culture of high expectations on a day-to-day basis.

What the school offers its staff

We are offering a significant and generous six figure salary as well as the chance to work alongside some exceptional leaders who offer genuine support and capacity. In addition, at Ark you will have:

  • Influence across network-wide issues through our principal meetings and regional collaboration
  • Support from an experienced group of principals and Regional Director
  • On-hand expertise from our dedicated network education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
  • Excellent career development opportunities across both the region and wider Ark network
  • Access to excellent senior leadership training

Further details about the role

Ark Alexandra Academy is a popular and over-subscribed Church of England, secondary school with sixth form in Hastings, East Sussex. Our school has grown from 10 to 12 form entry over the last two years and operates across a split site; bringing with it unique opportunities for growth and development. At its most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2021, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development and Sixth Form were all judged to be Good.

Through our Christian ethos of kindness and compassion, and by knowing every student, we will inspire every member of Ark Alexandra to have a positive impact on the community around them.

We are part of the Ark network and the new Principal will work closely within this network as well as our Hastings feeder primary schools; Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Ark Castledown Primary Academy and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy. All three are highly successful schools where Leadership & Management has been judged to be outstanding and academic outcomes are impressive.

Commitment to safeguarding

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. 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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About Ark Alexandra Academy

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1557 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
020 3116 0727

Ark Alexandra is a two-campus secondary academy with a Sixth Form provision in Hastings, East Sussex and is the largest secondary with 6th form in the Ark network. A popular school, we have grown to have over 1,600 students this year. We work across a split site, which brings with it unique opportunities for growth and development. At our most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2021, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development and Sixth Form were all judged to be Good. Ark Alexandra works closely with our feeder primary schools, Ark Blacklands, Ark Little Ridge and Ark Castledown, all of which have exceptional leadership graded as Outstanding by Ofsted. As a Church of England school, our values of faith, excellence and kindness underpin our ethos, culture and behaviour. We have an inclusive admissions policy that welcomes, without preference, students of all faith and none. Our vision is to create a truly great school for the young people in Hastings. We believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included, and empowered to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.

Arranging a visit to Ark Alexandra Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email shevonnae.sokoya@arkonline.org.

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