Vice principal The Thetford Academy, Thetford, Norfolk

Job description

Starting Easter 2019 or later by negotiation

Thetford Academy is looking for a vice principal to contribute significantly to the leadership of the school and inspire our pupils to be the best they can be.

Thetford Academy is a large 11-19 secondary school located close to the A11 and is easy to reach from Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. Although located in a beautiful part of rural Norfolk, the academy is truly comprehensive and is therefore ideal for a candidate who is looking for an exciting challenge and to make a genuine difference.

The school was rated as Good by Ofsted in December 2018 and we are looking for a candidate with the capacity to make us even better. Our vision is that every member of Thetford Academy community is happy, safe, and successful - we require our leaders to have high expectations and exacting standards in order to achieve this, because it is what our community deserves.

The successful candidate must be familiar with how to run a highly successful school, and capable both of setting strategy and implementing effectively. You should come with an existing track record of effectiveness and proven experience in school improvement and raising academic standards, and you’ll be committed to changing lives and outcomes for young people. We are prepared to be flexible in terms of the specific remit of the successful candidate to make the most of your individual talents and experiences.

Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers, so we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible

Visits to the school are encouraged - please email to make an appointment.

Go to to find out more about the school.

Closing date for applications: Friday, February 22 2019

Inspiration Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are an equal opportunities employer. All staff appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Senior leader in a secondary school or
academy, with clear evidence of impact at
whole-school level. See job description for further details

Employee benefits

As part of the Inspiration Trust, twice ranked the top comprehensive schools group for pupil progress to GCSE, we offer high-quality, personalised professional development in addition to excellent career development opportunities and the chance to be part of a growing and dynamic family of schools that is at the forefront of improving education.

We are introducing a knowledge-rich curriculum across our schools, with a nationally recognised team of subject specialist leaders acting as catalyst. Together with our school subject leaders they are shaping a move from late-stage intervention to confident, broad curricula from nursery up. Our professional finance, human resources, estates, and operations teams coordinate work for all our academies, allowing school staff and resources to be focused on the front line.

About The Thetford Academy

Thetford Academy is a community secondary school and sixth form, close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border. We help our students get the best possible GCSE results, and guide them through A Levels and vocational studies that prepare them for university and the world of work. We are part of the Inspiration Trust, a close-knit family of schools in East Anglia, dedicated to providing high-quality education for all of our young people, combining academic attainment with rich cultural experiences.

Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1LH
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