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Head of School - Full-time

The Canterbury Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F83-1-L
  • Posted:24/03/2023
  • Pay:Leadership L22 - L26 (£74,280 - £81,923)Negotiable
  • Start Date:Sept 2023
  • App Close Date:18/04/2023 at 17:00
  • Interviews:26.04.2023 & 27.04.2023

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Head of School
The Canterbury Academy

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and ambitious Head of School to fulfil a truly exciting leadership role within our established, successful and financially sound Academy Trust.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced senior leader to join a popular Academy with an established staff body, and to take it to its next stage of growth development.

The Canterbury Multi-Academy Trust promotes and combines management freedom for senior leaders with secure central support, in order to achieve effective collaboration for success.

As a Trust, we recognise the need to drive standards and to reflect and adapt according to the changing world we live in. We would like a leader who has a genuine interest in the needs of their school community.

The successful candidate will lead The Canterbury Academy, playing a significant and key part in accelerating the ongoing development of the school into an outstanding provider of education.

We will expect the Head of School to support the further development of a positive culture and ethos, where every child matters and is supported every step of the way.

Our successful candidate will be a talented and highly motivated leader, with the drive and commitment to excel, along with the strong interpersonal skills required to communicate professionally and positively with a wide range of stakeholders.

You will be joining a supportive, committed and passionate team, who work hard to ensure that all of our students achieve their individual and full potential. We are looking for an experienced professional, who can demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent management, and a proven track record of success in raising standards.

This is an exciting time to be joining our leadership team. The Head of School will play a key role in continuing to shape the strategic vision for the Canterbury Academy, reporting directly to the CEO of the Trust. The successful applicant will be a key member of the senior leadership and will have significant autonomy in leading The Canterbury Academy.

This post provides an outstanding career opportunity, to be part of driving the Trust and this school forward, and to play a critical role in the next phase of its development.

If you think you would thrive in this environment then we want to meet you.

Please read our Head of School Recruitment Pack for more details about us.

Information about the federation

Based in the heart of the historic City of Canterbury, The Canterbury Academy Trust came into existence in October 2010 when schools judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ were allowed to convert to academy status, benefit from greater freedoms and shape their futures.

Since then The Canterbury Academy Trust has grown and it now provides a variety of services ‘to improve the life chances of children and to help in the community’. These include: City View Pre-School and Nurseries Ltd; a newly built and expanded two form of entry The Canterbury Primary School; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for primary ASD pupils; The Canterbury Academy, which has expanded to take an additional form of entry; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for secondary Speech and Language students; The Cullum Centre, in partnership with The National Autistic Society; The Sixth Form, Enterprise and Employability Centre, which includes one of the largest Sixth Forms in Kent; The Canterbury Youth Commission, The Ashford Youth Commission, and area wide Inclusion and Engagement Service and Professional Learning and Community Centre with café.

The Canterbury Academy Trust consists of ‘schools for all the talents’. Our beliefs which underpin and drive all we do are simple. We believe that every learner matters and that every child is good at something – that all children walk with genius – and that school should be the place where children discover and build upon their own individual talents.

We believe in the comprehensive ideal. We believe that all students should be valued. We believe that academic excellence is important but that there are also other important things. We believe that art, music, drama, sport, practical skills, being a good person, caring for and working with others are all valuable. We believe in team work and that all of our students should have pride in themselves and their contribution to their school.

Our aim is to provide ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible’. We believe that education and learning can be fun. At the end of their time with us we aim for all students to leave as happy, positive, confident individuals, proud of what they have achieved, prepared to be life-long learners and ready to play an active and constructive part in society.

The Canterbury Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. All posts will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty. A satisfactory DBS disclosure must be presented to the Academy before any employment can commence. In line with KCSIE guidance, as part of the shortlisting process, The Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found, concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children, will be discussed at the interview stage.

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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 Education.