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Headteacher - Full-time

The Whitstable School, Whitstable

  • Ref:KCC886-4091-446L
  • Posted:23/09/2022
  • Pay:Swale Academies Trust Leadership Pay Scheme
  • Start Date:January 2023
  • App Close Date:03/10/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:W/C 17th October 2022


Salary Range:  SAT L27 – L33 (£83,956 - £97,256)

Full time, Permanent

Required for January 2023

Are you a passionate, dynamic and inspirational senior leader who is keen to take on your next challenge? Do you have a proven track record in educational leadership and have aspirations to take your next leadership step?

Following the announcement of the retirement of the Headteacher, we are seeking to appoint a Headteacher to The Whitstable School, a medium, successful, and oversubscribed 11-18 school in Whitstable.  The Whitstable School is part of Swale Academies Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust in the South East.  

We are looking for a creative and collaborative leader who has experience of building teams and devising systems to drive the high performance of both pupils and staff. 

We are proud that each school within the Trust has its own unique identity and ethos.  The Whitstable School is already well established and highly regarded in the local community.  We are looking for an exceptional leader who has the drive, vision and talent to build on the many strengths at the school and take it forward on its journey to excellence.

Swale Academies Trust provides an extensive network to empower all to achieve success.  You will be supported by an Executive Headteacher, and will be encouraged to work closely with the other schools in the Trust to share best practice.

If you have the ambition, resilience and determination to inspire the next generation of students and staff at The Whitstable School, we look forward to receiving your application.

Applications should be made via Kent Teach.  Please note, we cannot accept CVs. 

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact recruitment@swale.at or 01795 426091 (option 2)

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details/application forms on file once the position is filled.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Suzanne Dickinson, Executive Headteacher, for an informal discussion regarding the post by telephone: 07464 332474 or by email: suzanne.dickinson@swale.at

We strongly recommend all interested candidates visit the school. Visits can be arranged at any time by contacting Debbie Possee, Headteacher’s P.A, by telephone: 01227 931308 or by e-mail: debbie.possee@swale.at

Please ensure that within your application you provide the names, addresses and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.

Closing Date: 3rd October 2022

Interview Date: Week commencing 17th October 2022

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is exempt from ROA and will require an enhanced DBS disclosure and references will be taken up along with other pre-employment checks. 

Information about the school

The Whitstable School is part of the Swale Academies Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust for school improvement, situated in the highly desirable location of Whitstable, Kent. Rated by Ofsted in February 2018 as a Good school, we are now embarking on the next stage of our journey to outstanding and are looking for exceptional and inspiring individuals to help us achieve this ambition.

Please visit www.thewhitstableschool.org.uk and our twitter page @TheWhitSchool for more about our school.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo an Enhanced DBS Check and references will be taken up. We are an Equal Opportunities employer and seek to reflect the diverse community we serve. Applications are welcome from anyone who meets the stated requirements; please note that we cannot accept CVs.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Ms Debbie Possee
  • Address:The Whitstable School, Bellevue Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1PX
  • Telephone: 01227 931300
  • Email: debbie.possee@swale.at


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.