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Assistant Principal - Full-time

Molehill Primary Academy, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-2007-113L
  • Posted:03/02/2023
  • Pay:Leadership Scale commensurate with experience
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:10/03/2023 at 13:00
  • Interviews:Friday 17th March 2023


Molehill Primary Academy is looking to appoint an Assistant Principal to join the current Senior Leadership Team, contributing their energy and vision to drive the school to achieve its full potential. This is an excellent leadership opportunity and is ideal for those of you who are seeking career progression. The overarching purpose of the role is to provide professional leadership and management of Teaching and Learning across the school in order to raise standards of student attainment and achievement. This role would particularly suit a strong and ambitious Key Stage Leader seeking to take their experience to the next level, or a current Assistant Principal looking to develop a long term career within one of the most successful Multi Academy Trusts. You will receive the support and guidance you need to not only develop the school but also your own career within the supportive environment of the Trust.

The successful candidate will be:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • An enthusiastic and energetic Key Stage Leader or current Assistant Principal with proven successful Primary experience who is dedicated and resilient
  • A motivational leader with high expectations of all staff
  • A confident, inspirational leader who is able to communicate and deliver a clear vision for the school
  • Committed to developing our children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance
  • Approachable and willing to work with staff across the Trust and Governors to implement strategies to move the school forward
  • Able to develop and establish excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders

In return we can offer:

  • Excellent opportunities to develop your leadership skills within Molehill Primary Academy and the Leigh Academies Trust
  • The opportunity to join an improving academy and make a difference to pupil progress and attainment with the support of a dedicated senior leadership team that is very supportive
  • Opportunities to work closely with other Primary Leaders within the Leigh Academies Trust to share best practice
  • We wish to hear from you if you are committed to changing our education world and are:
  • An enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious leader with a successful track record at secondary level
  • An motivational and inspirational leader with high expectations of staff
  • Confident and able to communicate a clear vision for the school
  • Able to develop children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance
  • Approachable and keen to work with staff across the Trust to ensure wide success
  • Able to establish and develop excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

Information about the school

Working at Molehill Primary Academy: At Molehill Primary Academy we have created a culture that enables both pupils and staff to thrive and achieve their very best. The Academy was opened in 1954 to serve the southern part of the Shepway Estate and the roads leading to it. It caters for boys and girls from the age of three to eleven years. It stands on beautiful grounds which we have specifically developed to aid curriculum studies.

Relationships between staff at all levels, and the children, are highly positive and this creates a warm and vibrant atmosphere in lessons and during social times. With the support and guidance of leaders, teachers provide well-organised, calm and purposeful classrooms in which children can enjoy their learning challenges. The positive and caring ethos at Molehill is combined with a clear, relentless focus and an ambition that all pupils can and will achieve well, regardless of their different starting points. Teachers have embedded a culture of high expectations; we will all do whatever it takes to create better life opportunities for our pupils, they deserve the very best. We help support and develop one another in an open and supportive environment. This extends across the Trust, allowing us to work with other academies, either within the cluster or further afield, whilst still maintaining our own personality and driving our own priorities.

To enhance our curriculum delivery, we are an academy for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), an IB World School. This is an inquiry led framework that develops independent learners and posits personal success as essential for academic achievement, and learners who continue to thrive. We employ conferencing, high quality learning conversions and scaffolding with no written feedback, as our evaluation and feedback approach.

Vision and values: - Don’t Give Up – Perseverance | Diversity & Achieving against the odds | Aim High - Concentrate – Managing my Distractions | Listening, not just hearing | Working Hard - Question – Questioning/Inquisitive |Teamwork/Reciprocity | Imagine, Create and Innovate - Improve – Reflecting/Revising | Never Give Up (knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do!) | Be Your Best - Understand Myself – Independence/Interdependence | Community | Challenge Yourself & Try New Things - Understand my actions and the actions of others – Responsibility | Empathy | ‘I Can Do’ Attitude

Here's what Ofsted said:

“Leaders have worked with unrelenting determination and clear focus to drive up achievement and create a can-do culture across the school. This has united staff and inspired pupils so that the school continues to go from strength to strength.”

“A strong sense of community unites the school in working towards the school vision – ‘fostering a lifelong love of learning’.”

Here's what Challenge Partners said:

“Relationships between pupils and staff are strong and contribute to pupils' excellent attitude and behaviour”

“Pupils enjoy learning”

“Pupils are encouraged to develop and share their ideas. They are highly reflective about their strengths and aware of their next steps.”

Molehill Primary Academy was recently awarded with Artsmark Gold and the International School Award - Intermediate Level.

'The sense of pride that we each feel here at Molehill is strengthened by our commitment to placing our pupils at the centre of their learning. Teachers have embedded a culture of high expectations; we will all do whatever it takes to create better life opportunities for our children who deserve the very best. We care about our pupils and the communities we serve, and driven by our strong moral purpose we work together to achieve excellence for all, creating confident, resilient children.' - Principal Laura Smith

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Laura Smith
  • Address:Hereford Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7ND
  • Telephone: 01622 751 729
  • Email: talent@latrust.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 Education.