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Head of School - Full-time

Will Adams Academy, Gillingham

  • Ref:MED887-1108-25L
  • Posted:15/04/2024
  • Pay:L15 to L21
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:29/04/2024 at 10:00
  • Interviews:8/05/2024


Head of School – Will Adams Academy

Alternative Learning Trust (ALT) is a multi-academy trust (MAT) for Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Alternative Provisions (APs), and specialist settings. We are a collaborative trust and believe the most sustainable developments and improvements come from working together. We are driven to transform the educational experiences of children and young people, offering them opportunities to reach sustainable outcomes for the rest of their lives. These values are accompanied by excellent pedagogy, vibrant curriculum models, and responsible governance.

We are looking for an inspirational Head of School for a permanent position at our Will Adams Academy in Gillingham.  Will Adams Academy joined our Trust in 2022, the school has been through a significant period of change and growth since joining our Trust. We pride ourselves in the recent development of the school, our new Assessment Centre and our SEMH training provision. Our Trust has utilised the expertise of existing executives and leaders to take Will Adams on this crucial journey and we are now confident that the school is ready for a substantive Head of School to lead on the next steps..

The successful candidate will be required to take this lead by September 2024, ideally will be available sooner to ensure that their vision is fully included for the forthcoming year.  Our new Head will be solution-focussed, resilient and an exceptional communicator. They will have the ability to demonstrate high-level organisation and operational management skills in addition to exceptional strategic leadership.

  • We welcome existing or aspiring Heads of School who are relentless in their pursuit of positive outcomes for young people and willing to lead by example to effectively role model what they expect of others.
  • You must have high expectations in relation to individual progress and an uncompromising ambition for all pupils to succeed.
  • Partnership working is a crucial element of this role and you must have proven experience of building and maintaining successful stakeholder relationships.

The successful applicant will have the following skills:

  • Demonstrable track record of outstanding teaching, leadership & management experience
  • Comprehensive experience of working with children or young people who have social, emotional or mental health difficulties
  • The ability to analyse and confidently act upon local and national data
  • The ability to respond passionately to the needs of our school community and wider local community
  • The ability to stay calm in all situations

We can offer you:

  • Extensive support and partnership working opportunities with our Executive Headteacher
  • Regular opportunities for collaboration with Heads of schools within our trust but specifically our Kent & Medway school Heads who bring a range of expertise to the network available to you.
  • A supportive, experienced, internal School Improvement Advisor (Deputy CEO)
  • A commitment to support you in developing new skills through a wide range of professional development opportunities and experiences
  • The opportunity to be a Head teacher in our school, committed to providing extensive support and inspiration for young people,
  • The opportunity to work with a dedicated passionate team of professionals

Information about the school

Information about the school

Background to Alternative Learning Trust

The Alternative Learning Trust became a multi-academy trust (MAT company number 11788031) in June 2019. There are now four schools within the Trust, The Limes College, (Sutton), North West Kent Alternative Provision Service (NWKAPS), Will Adams Academy and the Saffron Valley Collegiate. (Croydon). The Department for Education would like Alternative Learning Trust to consider taking in other alternative providers. The Trust has been established to work with Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and alternative providers who support vulnerable students to access and engage with education. Many of our students have special educational needs and have been excluded from mainstream education.

As a Trust we have the following core set of values for our staff and the families we support: • the need for people to flourish in all areas of their lives; • we are stronger through a sense of community; • social justice is vital.

Background to our Kent Hub

NWKAPS is located in Gravesend, Kent and has been on a considerable and fast-paced journey, making exciting and positive strides forward. We have an amazing team who are focused on providing the best outcomes for our students, promoting positive behaviour for learning and creating a high-quality teaching environment. Ofsted say that, ‘For many pupils, their time at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service (NWKAPS) is transformational.’ We strongly believe in this moral purpose and seek to continue to grow the exceptional team working to achieve this. With the right facilities and a well renowned SEND department, now is the time to come and work with us. Ofsted outcome – Good with Outstanding for personal development.

Expansion September 2024 – Satellite provision 120 children & young People - Sheppey

Background to Will Adams Academy

Will Adams Academy is located in Gillingham and joined Alternative Learning Trust in 2022. The school has recently reorganised their structure and is working closely with our Gravesend school in sharing facilities, expertise and curriculum development. Ofsted outcome – Good. Will Adams is our smallest Kent & Medway hub school with only 45 children but it is also home to our exceptional SEMH Assessment Centre and Apollo Training programmes which are commissioned by the Medway Local Authority.

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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.