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Longfield Academy, Longfield, Kent

Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Highly competitive (negotiable) + performance bonus + private health care

Job summary

We are now recruiting for the Principal for Longfield Academy: a truly rare leadership opportunity within a very successful and financially sound, mature and geographically local multi-academy trust that combines management freedom for effective leaders with secure central support that encourages collaboration for success. We are looking for someone who is ambitious for the children of Dartford and its surrounding villages, to enhance their life chances and provide a bright future for them and their families.

Longfield Academy occupies state-of-the-art accommodation first opened in 2011 and is perfectly positioned near to the A2 and M20 motorways in west Kent near to the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. It enjoys excellent access to both London and the rest of Kent via road and rail. It is a medium-sized, oversubscribed co-educational academy with six forms of entry to year seven and a very successful sixth form rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. The academy is currently rated “good” overall and has considerable potential to go one step further.

Working with an experienced and highly-engaged group of staff, our successful candidate will receive encouragement, support and guidance not only to develop this ambitious academy but also to develop their own career within the Trust. You will already be an exceptional senior leader at a successful secondary school with real ambition to improve the life chances of the students at Longfield Academy. We will expect the Principal to further develop a positive culture and ethos where each child is expected to do well and their progress is supported every step of the way.

Click here to view the full Recruitment Pack.

We wish to hear from you if you really want to change our education world and are:

an enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious school leader with a track record of success at secondary level;
a motivational and inspirational leader with high expectations of staff;
confident and able to communicate a clear vision for the school;
able to develop children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance;
approachable and keen to work with staff across the Trust to ensure wide success;
able to establish and develop excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

Applying for the job

Application and Selection Process: Suitable and interested candidates are invited to complete an online application detailing why they are suitable for the role. This can be submitted on Jobtrain by clicking the ‘Apply for job’ button at the bottom of the page.

Application closing date: Monday 21st September 2020 at 12noon
Shortlisting date: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 (candidates will be informed that day)
Selection activity dates: Monday 28th September and Tuesday 29th September 2020 - candidates will need to be available on both days.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information, please contact Holly Neve (LAT Talent Team) on holly.neve@latrust.org.uk.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1030 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Longfield Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email talent@latrust.org.uk

About Longfield Academy

What we can offer you:

a competitive salary along with private healthcare and an opportunity to earn a performance bonus;
an exciting LAT career path with opportunities for further progression in the future;
security and support on your journey from close collaboration with a small central executive and a larger group of talented Principals to share best practice and innovation.

Arranging a visit to Longfield Academy

Arranging a visit to the academy: On the basis that interested candidates will be keen to visit the academy before making a formal application, you can arrange this by contacting Emma Johnson (EA to CEO) - emma.johnson@latrust.org.uk. Visits will be hosted by the CEO, Simon Beamish or Academies Director, Tracey Trusler. Social distancing and other Covid-secure safety measures will be observed at all times following latest government guidelines. Please ensure you offer Emma a range of dates when you are available in your initial email to ensure we can coordinate a visit that works for both you and the CEO.

Candidates wishing to have an initial conversation with the CEO about this role can also arrange for a telephone call. Those wishing to do so should also contact Emma Johnson in the first instance.

School location

Main Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7PH