This job expired on 2 October 2023

  • Closing date

    2 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    4 September 2023

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Job role

  • Headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Competitive salary plus benefits package

Sheffield Springs Principal job summary

Thank you very much for your interest in becoming Principal of Sheffield Springs Academy.

Sheffield Springs Academy is a vibrant and diverse school with 1050 students. It is full in every year group and oversubscribed in year 7. It has a track record of school improvement in a challenging urban context and of tackling disadvantage and boasts a thriving STEM stream in years 7 and 8. It is very much a part of its local community and the flourishing and innovative city of Sheffield. The Academy has a strong ethos with very good relationships between staff and pupils and is judged by Ofsted to be a good school. However, we have no doubt
that there is much more to come: we believe that the school can become a truly excellent one which achieves exceptionally well.

We are looking for an energetic, inspirational, people-focused leader who believes that extraordinary success is possible. As in any city with substantial wealth and a highly educated population, those who grow up in areas of lower wealth and less parental education, can be in particular need of excellent role models, adults who believe in them and show them what they can do and be.

If you are a Principal or experienced Deputy who believes that children and young people can achieve extraordinary things and will build a team and a school to make it a reality, we will be excited to read your application. The Academy is a great match for someone with the highest expectations, determination, resilience, audacity and compassion in equal measure. You will be a team builder, able to motivate staff and pupils. You will expect a lot from people and provide strong support to them.

United Learning is a big group of schools – with over 60,000 pupils and more than 9,000 staff – so we have the capacity to support you educationally and operationally. At the same time, we are values-led and base all that we do on good relationships, so you will be joining a big family. Reporting directly to the Regional Director, we will support you both personally and professionally, bringing the strength of a national group to supporting your development and that of your staff and school. You will be provided with a strong infrastructure of support from
our financial, HR, Technology and Data Teams, as well as educational support from our subject specialists and our United Learning curriculum.

We are committed to fairness, diversity and inclusion. We are currently working hard to improve representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders at headship level and to raise our proportion of women leaders to match their representation in our wider workforce. Whoever you are, if you have a strong track record of improving young people’s education and a drive to do more, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 2nd October.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Sheffield Springs Academy

School type
Academy, Christian, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
984 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Sheffield Springs Academy is an 11-16 secondary school and is Ofsted rated ‘Good’. As part of United Learning, our aim is to bring out ‘the Best in Everyone’. Our values are Respect, Excellence, Ambition and Pride, and these are demonstrated in all aspects of academy life and by all members of our wonderful team

Sheffield Springs Academy is an outward-facing school, learning from outstanding schools both within the group and beyond. We are unapologetic about our high standards and unashamedly ambitious for all our students and our staff team, we are embarking upon a journey towards becoming a great school. As part of this journey, we are creating an academic culture that is warm, disciplined and joyful and ensures impeccable behaviour. We aim for a culture that means teachers can teach and students can develop their knowledge.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our Subject Specialists, Group-wide Intranet, our own curriculum and online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, which supports simplifying work processes and managing workloads for an improved work-life balance.

We are committed to staff wellbeing and have a wide-reaching wellbeing programme in place, we listen to the views of our staff team and we strive to make Sheffield Springs a brilliant place to work. We hold celebration briefings, ensure early finishes on INSET days, have a realistic marking policy, calendar in meeting-free-weeks and host a range of wellbeing activities to make sure staff have the time and support they need to fully support our pupils.

Our academy is located at one of Sheffield’s highest points, with incredible views across our catchment area directly to Stanage Edge, Hathersage and beyond into the Peak District. We are less than 30 minutes from the beautiful Peak District National Park, only 15 minutes away from the M1 motorway network and just a 5-minute walk to the nearest Supertram stop which provides efficient links to all areas of the city. Sheffield is a vibrant and diverse city; we are incredibly lucky to be in such a fantastic location which offers so much.

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