The Portsmouth Academy, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 5PF

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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    28 February 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    28 January 2022

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£79,175 - £90,802 per annum

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The Role
We are recruiting for an inspirational Principal to lead The Portsmouth Academy, which is an 11-16 co-educational school with 1250 students on roll. This is an exciting time to join a school which has Advanced Thinking School status and is on a journey to becoming a Microsoft Showcase school. The academy benefits from close relationships with its key feeder schools that are also part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT); an expanding network of high performing primary and secondary schools along the South Coast.

The Portsmouth hub of 7 schools is pioneering an ‘all through approach’ to education which is supported by the unique feature of a shared ‘thinking school’ philosophy. As the Principal of The Portsmouth Academy, you will partner with these local leaders to drive school improvement. You will benefit from Trust central strategy and support and from the exceptional input of the Central Services team. If you join us, you will be part of a network of leaders who believe in ‘We Are One’ in the mission to transform the life chances of 10, 000 students.
What you will need to succeed:
For a full list of roles, responsibilities and a person specification please view the attached JD

A strong track record of transformational leadership/leading significant school improvement
Understanding of how to create a culture of aspiration and a supportive learning environment for students, that allows them to achieve their academic potential
High levels of emotional intelligence
Highly developed people skills and previous experience in leading teams effectively
Excellent public speaking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders

To arrange an informal conversation with the Director of Education for Portsmouth, or to arrange a tour of the school, please contact Sue Wood via email s.wood@tsatrust.org.uk or call 0333 360 2200.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

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About The Portsmouth Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
973 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

The Portsmouth Academy is a large co-educational comprehensive school, one of the biggest in Portsmouth, and from September 2022 will have 1250 pupils on roll. It aims to provide an education that enables students to excel academically; to think deeply about their thinking; to be their best self and to have the knowledge, tools and skills they need to shape their success. The core values of the school are Aspire, Achieve and Respect.

The academy has an extremely dedicated staff team, many of whom have served the community for many years. The middle leadership team is particularly well-established and have consistently supported students to achieve outcomes in the top 20% of students nationally. The school is in the first quintile in terms of the level of deprivation young people are growing up with – but the staff are united in removing barriers to learning so that every student receives the education they need and deserve.

The Portsmouth Academy is on a journey to become a “Microsoft Showcase School” due to its progress with harnessing the benefits of digital learning tools. It has launched a one:one device policy, so every child in Year 7 has their own laptop, and this will grow year on year. If you have an enthusiasm for how technology can enhance learning, then we would very much encourage you to apply.

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