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Development and Communications Manager

Development and Communications Manager

The Norton Knatchbull School

Ashford Kent

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£28,328 Kent Range 9
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
1st February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Apply by:
28 January 2018

Job overview


Required from 1st February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a permanent, full time post, paid on £28,328 - £32,399 (Kent Range 9), with the possibility of an annual bonus payment on delivery of set financial targets.

The Norton Knatchbull School is a grammar school for boys aged 11-18, which also takes girls in its Sixth Form. It currently has nearly 1,200 students and anticipates further growth. The School received an OFSTED judgement of “good” in March 2017 and is now working towards “outstanding” provision in all areas.

The school has a tradition of positive relationships with the local community, businesses and all other stakeholders. Recognising the need to broaden the School’s efforts in funding future development projects, the Board of Governors appointed Mrs S Moir, who had previously worked at The National Portrait Gallery, to this post in a part time capacity. Since then, excellent progress has been made in further strengthening relationships with all stakeholders including parents, the local business community, the Old Ashfordians’ Association and other Alumni, and in supporting pupils and staff in pursuing new initiatives within the school. 

Recently, the Board established a Development Committee to review this post and to drive further development and growth for the School. Governors are therefore seeking to expand the remit of the role and to make it full time.  Unfortunately, Mrs Moir is not able to accept this role due to increased family commitments. She will, however, be able to assist the new post holder to settle into the role and effect a smooth transition. 

Governors are therefore inviting applications from experienced and ambitious candidates to work with this Committee and the school staff to formulate and implement an ambitious programme of fundraising in a full time capacity.

The successful candidate will have an engaging personality, lots of energy, excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour. The ability to convert opportunities into results is essential.

For further details and an application form, visit our school website at Please send your completed application form, C.V. and letter of application, no more than 2 sides of A4, to Mrs. S. Butcher, P.A. to the Headteacher, by post or email

Deadline for applications Monday 29th January 2017.

The school is committed to the continuing professional development of all its staff.  We encourage all our employees in their career development and respect initiative and ambition.  As such, the School is committed to performance management, staff training, coaching, mentoring and peer support. All staff are positively encouraged to progress.  In return, we expect commitment and a desire to improve and excel. All new recruits to our team will be further supported by a comprehensive induction programme and will be assigned a mentor.

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About The Norton Knatchbull School

The Norton Knatchbull School is a single-sex, selective, 11-18, international school for boys, situated in Ashford in Kent. It includes a sixth form, where 25% of students in Years 12 and 13 are girls. The selection process requires a pass in the Kent Test for children in Year 7 or a pass in the school’s Casual Admissions Entrance Exam for pupils in Years 8-11. There are 1,185 students currently on the school roll, 255 of whom are sixth-form students.

The Norton Knatchbull School, which was originally named Ashford Grammar School, was founded in 1630 and was given its current name in 1975, after the school’s founder. 


Mr. Ben Greene, BA (Hon), NPQH

Values and vision 

The Norton Knatchbull School combines traditional values with a forward-looking and vibrant learning environment. Students are nurtured to become considerate, confident and well-rounded individuals.

The school also provides an atmosphere where students feel supported and inspired to strive for their personal best. Its approach to academic study is varied, disciplined and fosters a life-long love of learning. The Norton Knatchbull School values community and celebrates diversity. 

The school has language and science specialisms, provides a wealth of extra-curricular activities, and offers careers education, advice and guidance. 

Ofsted report

“Students achieve well, particularly in mathematics and science where their progress exceeds expectations. Teaching is good, and some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge which is clearly communicated. They value and benefit from well-managed training opportunities to improve their practice. The school is a respectful and tolerant community, in which students feel safe and behave well. They are keen to do well and they attend regularly.” 

View The Norton Knatchbull School’s Ofsted report 

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