Assistant Principal (Secondary), Barking and Dagenham

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Goresbrook SchoolBarking and Dagenham

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary (above Inner London)
Contract term: Permanent

Do you want to be part of a senior team that transform the lives of young people?

As a new all-through school, Goresbrook School is attempting to do the seemingly impossible; ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the real option to succeed at a top university. Goresbrook School is an exciting new school that opened in 2016. Tenacious in approach, our team are committed to transforming the lives of students and do so through unwavering belief, positivity, creativity, hard work and collaboration. Many of us are TeachFirst Ambassadors but regardless of our how we came into the profession we are all determined to leave a lasting legacy. 

Teaching is an art form. It requires an unrelenting dedication to refining your craft. This is at the core of everything we do at Goresbrook. For this reason, it is a very special place to work. All of us are passionate about growing (getting better at what we do through careful reflection and deep thought). All of us are committed to working as a team (we know that far more can be achieved through working together). We each have an unrelenting belief that the stubborn link between poverty and academic achievement can be overcome through the creation of an exceptional school.

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Principal to join our small but growing senior leadership team. We are looking for an exceptional classroom practitioner with a proven track record of securing excellent outcomes for young people. The successful candidate will have the highest standards of themselves and of others and be skilled in creating and developing teams of people. At Goresbrook, we pride ourselves on acting with integrity; we do what is right for young people, always. You will be no different. You will display an authenticity that builds trust and maintains excellent relationships with others. You will offer thoughtful and considered contributions to whole school leadership and be able to drive forward improvement in your areas of whole school responsibility through intelligent thinking, methodical implementation and effective evaluation. You will strike the very careful balance between offering highly effective support and development to those that you lead, alongside providing rigorous challenge and accountability. The unique nature of working in a new start school means the successful candidate will be need to highly flexible and will thrive on a working in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same. Whether you are already an Assistant Principal seeking a new challenge or a Middle Leader looking for the next step in your career, if you want to be part of creating a transformational school, Goresbrook is for you. 

Roles and responsibilities will be discussed at interview and decided upon based on the skill set and experience of the successful applicant.

What we offer:

- Clear purpose. We are all here to make a real difference to students lives

- Lots of opportunities to observe others and receive feedback. We have an open door policy and place Teaching and Learning at the centre of what we do. We never grade lessons and all feedback is developmental

- An environment in which student behaviour is exemplary. Teachers can teach and students can learn 

- Curriculums that are designed in order for pupils to achieve mastery of both content and skills. We have a strong focus on core knowledge and use cutting-edge insights from cognitive science and educational research to ensure that content is retained over time 

- Year groups of 120 students. We are a small school and pride ourselves on knowing our students 

- A minimum of two hours curriculum time for each subject area allowing teachers to know students next steps

- Weekly in-school CPD, including a tailored NQT programme

- External CPD programmes, including NPQML and NPQSL

- Opportunities for promotion and development

We currently have 360 students, years 7, 8 and 9. In September 2019, we will have 480 pupils.  We will continue to grow each year until we are at full capacity, 720 students including our Sixth Form. Whether you are an outstanding experienced senior leader looking for a new challenge, or a middle leader seeking your first SLT post, you will play a key part in the school’s development.  You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school for many years to come.

If you align with our vision, values, and are committed to ensuring that ‘disadvantaged’ does not dictate educational outcomes, then you will greatly enjoy working at Goresbrook. 

To apply using the school website please use the link below:  https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1549584?cid=1567

You are very welcome to visit us, even if you don’t end up applying for the post. We are 20 minutes on the tube from Mile End, and just 15 minutes’ drive from East London. 

You may also like to arrange an informal chat with the Principal, Megan. Feel free to contact her directly on

Megan.Harris@goresbrookschool.org.uk

How to apply: Click apply or email HR@goresbrookschool.org.uk to help with your enquiry.

United Learning

Goresbrook School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Ripple Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6XW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 203 597 6666
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Do you want to be part of a team that is creating a transformational all-through school? Do you believe that every young person has the potential to gain an A* at A-level, and go on to rigorous academic study in a highly competitive University? If so...