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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£106,138.00 - £119,921.00 Annually (Actual)

Principal job summary

Brooke Weston Academy is one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. We believe the school is unusual, exceptional, innovative and ambitious. This is a fantastic opportunity to head up Brooke Weston Trust's flagship school as Principal.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with the moral purpose, knowledge and leadership skills required for curating and protecting our fully inclusive culture of high achievement for young people.

The successful candidate will be able to draw on previous experience either as a Principal or Vice Principal and have a demonstrable track record of school improvement. Depending on previous experience, there may be opportunities for the successful candidate to assume some wider Trust responsibilities in agreement with the Director of Education and CEO.

Remuneration will be competitive for a senior post of this kind and will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Purpose of the job

To provide professional leadership and operational management of Brooke Weston Academy and achieve high standards in all areas of the Academy’s work.

Summary of role

The Principal is expected to uphold the vision and values of the Trust and promote the success of Brooke Weston Academy, whilst protecting the Trust’s brand and reputation. The Principal is responsible for furthering standards of achievement within a culture of inclusivity and aspiration and for upholding high standards of conduct by the Academy’s community of staff and students at all times.

The Principal will:

  • Lead and develop the Academy, securing the commitment of all stakeholders to a culture of constant improvement.
  • Improve academic performance whilst promoting a whole Academy ethos of inclusion and a compassionate approach to student care and wellbeing.
  • Ensure that the Academy has effective pastoral systems for all student and staff welfare matters and works effectively with Trust expert personnel where needed.
  • Ensure all staff safeguard student health and well-being both on the Academy premises and when engaged in authorised Academy activities elsewhere.
  • Apply strategies which promote high standards of attendance for students and staff.
  • Organise and implement an agreed curriculum which addresses the needs of all learners and adheres to the BWT curriculum strategy framework as defined by the Director of Education.
  • Secure and sustain effective inclusive learning and teaching through the curriculum which meets statutory requirements and the Academy’s educational vision.
  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop all staff, providing effective induction, continued professional development and performance management in line with Academy strategic plans.
  • Ensure staff accountabilities are understood and agreed and are subject to review and evaluation.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and standards of achievement to ensure the Academy meets or exceeds the academic targets agreed with the Director of Education.
  • Ensure there is an agreed and effective assessment framework feeding into an effective recording and reporting system
  • Implement a robust and rigorous process of ongoing review and continuous improvements in all aspects of the Academy, both educationally and operationally.
  • Ensure the Academy works with Trust personnel to develop an effective marketing strategy including activities supporting student and staff recruitment.
  • Deal with parental concerns/complaints, seeking to respond to work-related matters within the same working day wherever possible.
  • Represent the Trust in a range of situations as required by the Director of Education or CEO.
  • The Principal may carry out particular additional duties, as agreed with the CEO, and will contribute to the overall development of the Trust.

In conjunction with the Director of Education, the Principal will:

  • Challenge, support and inspire students and staff by offering a vision and clear direction of improvement for the Academy.
  • Model exemplary practice which upholds the values and expectations of the Trust.
  • Champion a culture of excellence within the Academy with school improvement and ambition at its core.
  • Recognise and celebrate outstanding practice in all areas.
  • Develop in all students and staff versatile skills, the attitudes and resilience required for lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world.
  • Build a collaborative learning culture within the Academy and actively engage with parents and carers, partners and other schools to build effective learning communities.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of the agreed development plan priorities.
  • Lead the Academy’s education work with exemplary commitment, setting high professional standards and ensuring that the education vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood and demonstrated by staff, students, parents/carers and the wider community.
  • Work with the Local Governing Body to ensure that they are kept fully informed of all aspects of Academy performance and current issues.

Person Specification:

Please see attached Person Specification and Applicant Pack for further details.

Should you have any queries or would like a confidential conversation, or wish to arrange a visit, please contact our Director of Education, Andy Burns:

andy.burns@brookewestontrust.org | 07903944224

We will treat all enquiries, formal and informal, in confidence.

Commitment to safeguarding

Care and respect for others are the values that lie at the heart of our Trust. The Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. It expects all staff to share this commitment. All posts require proof of identity and as our roles include working with children and young people this will also be subject to an enhanced disclosures barring service check.

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About Brooke Weston Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1186 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Brooke Weston Academy is unusual, and exceptional. We are an innovative and ambitious 11-18 secondary Academy set in the heart of Corby. We are committed to supporting and challenging our students to reach their full potential, inside and outside of the classroom.

Our school was founded 26 years ago in order to transform the education of young people in the community, and we have. Yes, we are outstanding, driven by the needs of our students and our core values. We are never complacent and always restless to improve. Our Academy was born out of the need for change, to be different and innovative; we were designed to be a laboratory of learning in an educational area of disadvantage. We are valued within our community with almost 1000 students applying for the 180 places in year 7 this year.

We are proud to be a high performing state comprehensive with a traditional curriculum but one which also highly values the arts, drama, sport and dance. The success of this vision led to the creation of the Brooke Weston Trust and the Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance with a mission to 'go to the most difficult places and do good'.

Brooke Weston Trust has grown into a family of 10 primary and secondary schools throughout the East Midlands, united by our mission and values. More than 7,000 students between the ages of 3-18 are now educated in a Brooke Weston Trust school, supported by more than 1000 passionate members of staff.

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