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Head of School - Full-time

Meopham Community Academy, Meopham

  • Ref:KCC886-2656-270L
  • Posted:18/09/2023
  • Pay:Leadership
  • Start Date:To be confirmed
  • App Close Date:13/10/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:19 October 2023


Due to an internal promotion, The Golden Thread Alliance is seeking an enthusiastic and inspirational Head of School. Meopham Community Academy is a 2-form entry primary school and nursery at the heart of the Meopham community with an incredibly supportive parent body and wonderful children. We are looking for our new Head of School to be someone with the skills, knowledge and attitude to build upon the school’s successes and strong stakeholder relationships and take the school on the next stage of its journey.

Working closely with the Executive Headteacher, the Senior School Improvement Lead and the Deputy CEO you will not only lead the school but will be part of a Trust Heads Strategic team. We are proud of the nine schools within our Trust family, and the successful candidate will ensure that every pupil receives the very best provision for their pupils, families and staff.

The successful applicant will be working with committed, talented, and dynamic staff, all of whom have a shared alignment to our school values of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Resilience, Equality and Aspiration which are woven through the school’s curriculum and all we do.

Alongside the job description and person specification, we are looking for an outstanding candidate who is: 

  • People centred – we want someone who will fit well within the team, whilst having empathy for the countless challenges that our families and staff encounter on a daily basis.
  • Hardworking and dedicated – understanding the variety and complexity ofthe role, whilst also acknowledging the extended working hours that are required on occasions.
  • An expert at multi-tasking – as the role has many levels, working with a multitude ofpeople to work with, and lots to achieve on a daily and weekly basis, as well as to achieve longer term goals.
  • Loyal and committed – someone who sees themselves up for a rewarding and challenging journey.
  • A reflective communicator – who loves listening to all stakeholders and thrives on solving problems.
  • Fun – without doubt, in this role you are going to have to have a sense of humour! 

Above and beyond everything, the successful candidate will not only know and understand our Trust Values, but will be able to articulate clearly and passionately, how these values will be lived by you - every day. 

If you are the right person for this role, then we hope you will apply.  We pride ourselves on being a supportive employer, with a strong voice for the teaching profession as a whole.  We live by our values –and “family first” means that as well as two additional paid leave days (Family Days), we have a range of benefits to demonstrate how much we value each and every colleague.

We would like the best candidate for the role, and so your salary will be highly competitive and will be discussed with the successful candidate at the time of job offer.  We would also like the best person, and the right person for this role, so your start date will be discussed at interview.


Information about the school

Meopham Community Academy is a two form entry primary school set in a beautiful village location and the school prides itself on providing a happy, safe and caring environment for all its pupils. We are a busy, friendly and popular school with a warm and welcoming ethos; recognised by all who visit!

The staff, parents and governors of our school work together to provide the best for the families we serve. We want our children to enjoy their time and education with us and to achieve the highest possible standards in all aspects of their lives. We are very proud of our school and the high standards of behaviour and learning that our children achieve.

Our broad curriculum, wide range of extra-curricular activities and support for pupils were all recognised in the most recent, short Ofsted inspection in October 2018, where the school continued to be rated as "Good".

We are now part of The Golden Thread Alliance and we work closely with the other schools in the trust.

The Golden Thread Alliance 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 the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020 and therefore is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure. In line with KCSIE guidance, paragraph 220, all candidates who are shortlisted will be subject to an online search. This search is not part of the shortlisting process itself and all shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to address any issues of concern resulting from the search.

Two references are also required prior to commencement of employment.

Early applications are encouraged and The Golden Thread Alliance reserves the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Golden Thread Alliance consists of nine schools: Culverstone Green Primary School, Fleetdown Primary Academy, Meopham Community Academy, Oakfield Primary Academy, Riverview Infant School, Riverview Junior School, Temple Hill Primary Academy, West Hill Primary Academy and Wrotham Road Primary.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Tina Ricketts
  • Address:Meopham Community Academy, Longfield Road, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0JW
  • Telephone: 01732 795660
  • Email: HR@golden-thread.org


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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.