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Head of School - Full-time

Folkestone Academy, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-4020-391L
  • Posted:03/04/2020
  • Pay:Leadership Pay Scale 25-29 dependent on experience
  • Start Date:September 2020
  • App Close Date:04/05/2020 at 12:00
  • Interviews:To Be Confirmed


Are you looking for your next challenge? Are you an experienced leader looking for the opportunity to make a positive impact and lead colleagues to make rapid and sustained school improvement? Folkestone Academy is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, inspirational leader with knowledge, vision and a passion for education to drive standards within the Academy.. 

You will be an outstanding practitioner, highly motivated and dedicated, who can consistently deliver and model best practice in order to support our mission to set a new standard in non-selective education, empowering our pupils to succeed. 

Folkestone Academy community strongly believes that its purpose is to serve the young people of the local coastal community with a powerful education. As a faculty, we are committed to supporting our pupils in becoming confident in their ability, with a sense of purpose and a vision for their futures. The role of Head of School will be integral in achieving this.

The ideal candidates will:

  • Have proven leadership experience, positively impacting on pupil progress, raising attainment and developing excellence
  • Be a robust and resilient leader, committed to going above and beyond to ensure rapid school improvement in a challenging environment 
  • Be able to challenge and motivate others to achieve outstanding practice
  • Demonstrate excellent behaviour management strategies to motivate, reward and encourage pupils to reach their full potential and assist pupils in breaking down barriers inside and outside of education. 
  • Be committed to working with children, parents and staff to raise standards
  • Understand how children learn best and never give up on them
  • Have experience effectively coaching, mentoring and working alongside others to share good practice
  • Have the drive to make a real difference to the lives of pupils in an area of disadvantage
  • Be able to work effectively as ‘first amongst equals’ in the senior leadership team and across the trust
  • Believe that a knowledge-led curriculum is essential for deep learning and levelling the playing field for all 
  • Have a deep understanding of the secondary curriculum, especially in key stage 3
  • Be ambitious for the Academy, it’s pupils and the Trust

In return, we can offer:

  • Fabulous children who want to learn
  • A motivated leadership team who are driven to make an impact on the education and lives of our pupils
  • Ongoing CPD and support for future career progression
  • Cross-trust collaboration, the opportunity to be part of a wider team of schools and make a real difference. 
  • Supportive governors and a dedicated staff team who are continually willing to learn
  • Coaching from an experienced executive principal
  • A genuine opportunity to lead, make a difference and be part of our continuing journey.

Due to the current situation of school closures within the UK, interviews may be conducted by alternative methods such as Skype and interview arrangements will be confirmed if successfully shortlisted. 


Information about the school

At Folkestone Academy we foster an environment where students value their education and enjoy their learning and feel inspired to develop their true passions. We offer traditional academic subjects alongside creative arts, sports and a vibrant extra-curricular. We want our pupils to find their talents and be the best they can be.

We believe our purpose is to provide the young people we serve with a powerful education. This education will foster ambitious students who have the confidence to succeed academically and to go on to live fulfilled, successful lives.

We believe that a knowledge-led curriculum delivered by research-engaged, dedicated practitioners is the catalyst necessary to achieve this purpose. Essential to this purpose is our shared commitment to our values.

Folkestone Academy is part of Turner Schools, which is committed to giving a powerful education to local families through schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Turner Schools is committed to ensuring success without selection for our pupils and students by teaching them the core knowledge and life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Turner Schools is committed to leading schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Our mission is to set a new standard in non-selective education, empowering our pupils and students with cultural capital. In this way we will contribute to the regeneration of the region; we call this mission ‘sea-change’.

Our schools include: Folkestone Academy; Folkestone Primary; Morehall Primary; Martello Primary; and Turner Free School.

Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an on-line search in order to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available on line.Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Caroline Dominguez
  • Address:Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5FP
  • Telephone: 01303 842433
  • Email: hr@turnerschools.com


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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.