Highfield Leadership Academy, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 3JZ

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  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    15 May 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    29 April 2022

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£78,026 to £97,274 (L26 to L35) per annum (starting scale point negotiable DOE)

Principal job summary

Do you have what it takes to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders? Are you a vibrant and dynamic leader with the drive, passion and commitment to deliver inspirational leadership to school staff and young people in a disadvantaged community? If so, becoming a Star leader might just be the best career move you ever make.

About Highfield Leadership Academy

Highfield Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art secondary school for 11 to 16 year olds in Blackpool. We joined Star Academies in 2016 and, like all Star schools, we have a leadership specialism.

Since joining Star, the school has undergone a significant transformation. From being in ‘special measures’ in 2016, the school was judged to be ‘good’ in three areas in its latest Ofsted inspection and was commended for being “incredibly proactive in improving the quality of education for all pupils”.

We have high ambitions and expectations for all of our pupils. We provide a knowledge-based academic curriculum alongside a rich and diverse leadership programme that grows character and inspires charitable and social action. Our pursuit of educational excellence is based upon our fundamental belief that every pupil has the capacity to become a successful and inspirational leader.

The culture of the school has been transformed into a vibrant, dynamic and welcoming learning environment that is loved by pupils and staff alike. Our high-quality academic pathways support pupils to progress to top colleges and universities. This is layered with specialist, targeted support for vulnerable pupils to ensure every child achieves. This dual strategy ensures inclusion and equity for all and, as a result, our pupils have developed a strong sense of self-belief and now dream about their bright futures that lay ahead.

The school operates as a civic hub at the heart of its community with a broad range of community activities with young people at the centre. With a number of significant developments in the pipeline, it’s an exciting time to join the school and spearhead a number of pioneering advances.

​​​​​​​Who we’re looking for

We are looking for an exceptional, dynamic and energetic leader who can continue to drive improvement, raise standards and create rich new opportunities and experiences for pupils.

We want to hear from ambitious, talented senior leaders who will bring inspirational leadership to our school. You will be highly motivated and passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people with the natural ability to inspire and motivate both pupils and peers.

With substantial leadership experience as a senior leader, you will lead an approach that sees every challenge as an opportunity to continually improve standards of education and to foster an outstanding learning environment. As a Star leader, you’ll join the Star Academies family, a high-performing and supportive network of primary and secondary schools with some of the best leaders in education. We’ll provide an exceptional programme of professional development that’s tailored to support you to succeed in the role, to develop and grow your team and to prepare you for the next step in your career.

If you are a talented, ambitious leader with a firm belief that all young people, irrespective of their background or prior attainment, can and will achieve the very best, we want to hear from you.

You will have:

- A degree-level qualification and Qualified Teacher Status.
- Substantial experience of senior leadership and management within and across school settings.
- The ability to create, and secure commitment to, a clear vision for an effective and high achieving school.
- A strong commitment to our STAR values.​​​​​​​

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 30 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person’s future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level.

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

​​​​​​​Find out more

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact our Executive Recruitment Partner, Martin Blair at Hays Leadership, for a confidential discussion and to discuss the application process. It is important that you speak with Martin prior to making an application:

Telephone - 07736 791 138
​​​​​​​Email - martin.blair@hays.com

Key Dates

Closing Date: Sunday, 15 May 2022 at midnight
Assessment Centre Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022
Proposed Start Date: ​​​​​​​01 September 2022.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Additional allowances

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

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About Highfield Leadership Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
630 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
07736 791 138

Highfield Leadership Academy in Blackpool, Lancashire is a 1200 place, 11-16 secondary school and is part of Star Academies. We joined Star on 1 April 2016 and like all Star schools, “Leadership” is our specialism.

As a designated Leadership Academy, we are keen to ensure our pupils are offered encouragement and a wealth of opportunities to develop their natural skills, abilities and potential. We actively provide learning opportunities to teach performance leadership skills through project-based learning and community work. We ensure our pupils develop essential academic skills in line with our Trust mission to promote educational excellence, character development and service to communities.

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