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Headteacher - Full-time

Meopham School, Meopham

  • Ref:KCC886-4004-475L
  • Posted:09/02/2024
  • Pay:L27 – L33 (£89,413 – £103,578)
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:25/03/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:18th & 19th April 2024


  • Meopham School
  • Salary: L27 – L33 (£89,413 – £103,578)
  • Permanent; Full Time
  • September 2024 start

Are you a passionate, dynamic and inspirational senior leader who is keen to take on your next challenge? Do you have a proven track record in educational leadership and have aspirations to take your next leadership step? Do you wish to grow with a school and earn the autonomy to shape its future development?

We are seeking to appoint a Headteacher to Meopham School, a medium, successful, and popular 11-18 school in Meopham.  Meopham School is part of Swale Academies Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust in the South East.  

We are looking for a creative and collaborative leader who has experience of building teams and devising systems to drive the high performance of both pupils and staff. 

We are proud that each school within the Trust has its own unique identity and ethos.  Meopham School is already well established and highly regarded in the local community.  We are looking for an exceptional leader who has the drive, vision and talent to build on the many strengths at the school and take it forward on its journey to excellence.

Swale Academies Trust provides an extensive network to empower all to achieve success.  You will be supported by a school Improvement Executive, and will be encouraged to work closely with the other schools in the Trust to share best practice.

If you have the ambition, resilience and determination to inspire the next generation of students and staff at Meopham School, we look forward to receiving your application.

Applications should be made either via Kent Teach or by submitting a completed SAT Application Form to simon.cox@swale.at.  Please note, we cannot accept CVs. 

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact recruitment@swale.at or 01795 905989 (option 2)

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details/application forms on file once the position is filled.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Simon Cox, Executive Headteacher, for an informal discussion regarding the post by telephone: 0785214 0896 or by email: simon.cox@swale.at

We strongly recommend all interested candidates visit the school. Visits can be arranged at any time by contacting Diane Mills, Headteacher’s P.A, by telephone: 01474 819 464 or by e-mail: diane.mills@swale.at

Please ensure that within your application you provide the names, addresses and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.

Closing Date: 9am 25th March 2024

Interview Date: 18th & 19th April 2024

Swale Academies Trust 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 ROA and will require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Information about the school

Welcome to Meopham School, where a traditional family culture combines with an ambitious ethos for excellence.

Meopham School is situated in a beautiful village location. Our staff love working in our warm, friendly, family environment. Our reputation in the community is second-to-none. Our students are wonderful ambassadors for us, both in school and beyond.

Our ethos creates a supportive, energising and inspiring climate for success. Indeed, we were recognised as the highest performing non-selective school in Kent for the third year running in the January 2019 school Performance Tables. We were also judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2019.

However, at Meopham School we measure success not just in terms of excellent academic outcomes, but also in the development of strong character. Our traditional academic curriculum combines with our Excellence Through Character curriculum to ensure that every student is nurtured to uncover their talents and aptitudes. We recognise that excellent examination results are only a part of the story. Qualifications and personality open doors initially, but it is strength of character which keeps those doors open and allows our young people to lead happy, successful and healthy lives.

We are proud that Meopham School students are curious in their learning, resilient in overcoming difficulty, and are confident in evaluating their own progress. As a consequence, they are ambitious to achieve academic and personal success, both in school and in the world beyond.

Meopham School is part of the wider Swales Academies Trust. Which has vastly grown into a variety of different schools in both secondary and primary sectors. We value children of all abilities and we offer a fully-inclusive environment where they can fulfil their undoubted potential. It is an environment where we will nurture them to become resilient, reflective in all areas of school life.  Our vision is to ensure that all of our students become well rounded, responsible, confident and articulate young adults the wider community can be proud of.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Glenn Prebble - Headteacher
  • Address:Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0AH
  • Telephone: (01474) 814646
  • Email: mssrecruitment@swale.at

Fax: (01474) 814646


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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.