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Principal - Full-time

Goodwin Academy, Deal

  • Ref:KCC886-4023-288L
  • Posted:29/09/2022
  • Pay:£79,175 - £90,802 per annum
  • Start Date: January 2023
  • App Close Date:09/10/2022 at 23:00
  • Interviews:19th & 20th October 2022


We encourage all applicants to visit our dedicated web page for our Principal Vacancy, to hear more about the role, the local area, our Trust and our future plans CLICK HERE to visit our dedicated webpage.

We are recruiting for an inspirational Principal to lead Goodwin Academy, which is an 11-16 co-educational school. This is an exciting opportunity to steer and build on the success of the Academy since it joined the Thinking Schools Academy Trust in 2018 and lead our Academy.

You will lead a dynamic senior leadership team in a school committed to investing in metacognition to transform the life chances of all of its students. You will play a key role in ensuring our students are actively engaged with school, making progress and are life-long learners.

 Watch our video from our Director of Education Gwynn Bassan to find out more about our school, our Trust and what we are looking for in our new Principal.


Your new role:

For a full list of roles and responsibilities please view the attached JD

  • You will drive success for all learners, motivating them to achieve aspirational goals
  • You will ensure that students from deprived backgrounds and SEND are supported in realising and achieving their potential
  • Be relentless in your drive to achieve the highest standards and expectations across the Academy
  • Be an effective role model and visible leader, with strong presence and influence
  • You will motivate staff to deliver thought-full and inspirational lessons, and to challenge and empower them to grow professionally and achieve high goals
  • Effectively engage with all stakeholders, including parents, the wider community and local primary schools
  • Be innovative and creative to enable the Academy to be the best educational environment possible for the children of Deal
  • Create a culture of aspiration and a supportive learning environment for students, that allows them to achieve their academic potential
  • You will have high levels of emotional intelligence and strong people skills and experience in leading teams

 What you will get in return: 

  • The opportunity to lead our school with a fantastic staff team
  • Attractive re-location package available 
  • A supportive family of schools across the Trust and at a local Hub level
  • Strong links with the local community and other local schools 
  • Vast support network including the CEO, Executive Team and Directors of Education and excellent career development opportunities
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas.

Next Steps

To arrange an informal conversation with the Director of Education Gwynn Bassan , or to arrange a tour of the school, please contact Simon Arnold via email- s.arnold@tsatrust.org.uk .

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.

Information about the school

We are passionate about nurturing our students to become confident, well-rounded and contented individuals who are equipped and ready to be successful for the world of work and the challenges of the 21st Century. We are committed to helping them to aspire to develop their academic and life skills which we deliver through our BEST Agenda – ‘Be Your Best

B = Brilliance, where students will be supported to be brilliant in everything that they do

E = Enrichment, where students will encounter a variety of educational opportunities outside of the classroom.

S = Society, where students will be encouraged to develop as responsible, active and informed world citizens, demonstrating mutual respect, empathy and community spirit.

T = Thinking, where students will join a global community of thinkers

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Simon Arnold
  • Address:Hamilton Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9BD
  • Telephone: 03333 602 210
  • Email: d.bowden@tsatrust.org.uk


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.