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Assistant Principal - Full-time

Snowfields Academy , Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7006-59L
  • Posted:26/09/2022
  • Pay:Leadership scale, commensurate with experience
  • Start Date:January 2023
  • App Close Date:12/10/2022 at 23:45
  • Interviews:TBC


Snowfields Academy has a truly exciting and rare opportunity for a talented SEN practitioner to join us in the role of Assistant Principal from January 2023. The appointment is a crucial element of our academy’s journey. We are seeking an individual who is looking to use their energy and vision to make a real impact, contributing to and driving our school to achieve over and above its successes to date. This is a great opportunity within a group of highly successful and collaborative academies to lead the personal and academic development of our students and contribute to a much wider community of schools. Opportunities like this are rare, so use this chance to join our truly fantastic special school and ensure students are fully prepared for their future destinations.

This role would suit an existing Assistant Principal or senior/ middle leader who has a proven record as a highly effective teacher. You will have held positions of responsibility that have made a tangible difference to your own school/ academy and must be able to offer the knowledge, skills and understanding to co-develop and implement a truly outstanding and aspirational offer to our students.

You’ll be looking to develop a long-term career within one of the most successful multi-academy trusts. We welcome applications from secondary practitioners with experience in an SEN setting but particularly those who have experience of leadership within secondary and have experience of curriculum design and implementation,

Our successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate that the safeguarding of our students is a natural part of their core daily business
  • Have a relentless drive and desire to continuously improve the Academy and significantly contribute to Snowfields Academy’s growth
  • Be a fellow guardian of staff well-being across the Academy
  • Bring to life both our Vision and our annual LAT Academy
  • Performance Agreement
  • Deliver the core elements of the role working collaboratively with the Vice Principal
  • Have an excellent understanding of SEN and in particular ASD students and their needs
  • Be an authentic member of the Senior Leadership Team one that engenders the respect of others
  • Be able to act in a selfless and collegiate manner particularly in relation to carrying out actions that benefit the academy across both campuses
  • Have the capacity to make the very best decisions for the good of the whole academy
  • Bring healthy alternative, well thought through views to Senior Leadership Team discussions.

Information about the school

Working with us at Snowfields Academy: ​​​​​​​Snowfields Academy opened in September 2020 as a new secondary provision for students with ASD. When full we will offer 140 places across year groups 7-13 for young people who are working at or close to age-related expectations. Class sizes are small with 12/13 in each class, supported by 2-3 teaching assistants according to need. We offer a range of GCSEs and other qualifications for young people on a blend of academic and vocational pathways.

The academy benefits from being a brand new school with a design tailored to the students it provides for, carefully considered to make the most of both its inside and outside environments in order to enhance the learning of its students. The environment supports specialisms in horticulture and catering with a purpose-designed teaching kitchen, servery and cafe, and internal and external horticulture facilities supporting our students into employment. We will work closely with local businesses to offer an outstanding range of work experience opportunities and supported internships.​​​​​​​

At Snowfields Academy we:

Inspire and engage our children so they develop a lifelong love of learning, working towards the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Key Stage 3 Deliver a quality, inclusive education so all children are able to achieve to their full potential Create a learning environment where barriers to learning are overcome and students feel safe and happy and are ready to learn Ensure that all children feel valued and celebrate their individuality and success at every opportunity Always work within a multi-disciplinary framework alongside families and other professionals Use personalised approaches to manage behaviour and reduce anxieties Ensure safeguarding, pastoral support and embedding British Values are at the heart of all we do Create a culture where staff work collaboratively as part of the wider team, sharing ideas and good practice and offering support to each other.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2022, our Trust comprises 30 geographically organised academies (14 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 3,000 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Our future plans are found in our Vision 2030 document available on our website.​​​​​​​

As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check. ​​​​​​​

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Olivia Couzins
  • Address:Gidds Pond Way, Off Newnham Court Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5FT
  • Telephone: 01634 412240
  • Email: talent@latrust.org.uk


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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.