Principal (Headteacher) Desmond Anderson Primary Academy, Crawley, West Sussex

Job description


Crawley, West Sussex
Teachers’ Leadership Pay Range L18–L24 (fringe)
£61,860–£71,480 per annum
Full time, Permanent Contract
Starting April or September 2019

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is seeking an inspirational, strategic leader to realise our vision for Desmond Anderson Primary Academy; to achieve outstanding status and to improve the standards, attainment and aspirations of all its pupils.

Based in Tilgate, Crawley, Desmond Anderson is a dynamic, happy and welcoming school at the heart of its community. Catering for Reception to Year 6 children, it is an expanding school, which now has a published admissions number of 60 and will have a total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy also has a special facility for up to 20 pupils with autism and a nursery for children aged from 2 years.

This is a fantastic time to join the school. It received a Good rating from Ofsted in 2012 and converted to academy status with the University of Brighton Academies Trust in 2017. Our School Improvement team is working alongside the school to build on these good foundations so that the school and its pupils achieve their full potential.

We are seeking a Principal to help us achieve this vision, with the role providing an exciting opportunity to shape and lead the next stage in the development of the Academy.

Please refer to our full vacancy details for more information about the vacancy, the academy and the Trust:

To Apply

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact Helen Howard, Executive Director of School Improvement for an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the academy: / 07824 314473.

Email your completed application and equal opportunities form to

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff to share this commitment

Closing date for applications: Midday on Monday 18 March 2019

Selection and interview date: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March 2019

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.

Essential educational requirements

· Good honours degree or equivalent
· Evidence of recent professional development

Essential qualifications

· Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

·Substantial experience of primary education, including recent experience as a vice principal, deputy headteacher or equivalent senior school leader role
·Experience of developing and implementing educational improvement strategies, resulting in evidence of successful improvement in pupil progression and attainment
·Strong track record of successful development and delivery of learning, including detailed knowledge of strategies to achieve effective learning, teaching and assessment underpinned by the innovative use of ICT
·Ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret information, including statistical data, and make critical organisational decisions in conjunction with others
·Very good problem solving, negotiation and decision making skills and the ability to produce practical and innovative solutions
·Excellent time management and organisational skills, including working under pressure and to deadlines

Employee benefits

The University of Brighton Academies Trust believes that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton’s contribution, we want to ensure that the 7,500 pupils in our academies are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning. We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected to our academies achieve excellence. By working together and sharing ideas, insights and best practice, our academies support each other to improve. Desmond Anderson is part of a local cluster with Pound Hill Infant Academy.

We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers. New Principals are allocated a mentor to support them for at least the first year of their appointment.

About Desmond Anderson Primary Academy

Anderson Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5EA
Desmond Anderson Primary Academy website (opens in a new window)