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Executive Headteacher

Executive Headteacher

Kennet School

Thatcham, Berkshire

Competitive salary to attract the best
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
24 January 2018

Job overview

Executive Headteacher

Kennet School, Kennet School Academies Trust (KSAT) “Where better never stops”  

Competitive salary to attract the best 

Following the retirement of our Executive Headteacher, we need a new leader. Someone passionate, inspirational, and visionary to lead education and continue to make a sustained difference at our school, across our emerging Multi Academy Trust (Kennet School Academies Trust) and in the region. 

Our Trust currently comprises Kennet School, an outstanding 11-18 academy and Whitelands Primary, a school judged good, under the leadership of the Trust, in 2016. We are hungry for further success, innovation, and development. Poised for growth, we are seeking a leader who can respond to the challenges of the sector, both now and in the future. As new Executive Headteacher you will lead this development in partnership with Trustees and stakeholders, positioning both school and Trust as the provider of choice in the local area. 

Kennet School is a large, popular, 11 – 18 school in Thatcham. With over 1700 students on roll we are one of the most over-subscribed schools in the local area. We are well-respected locally and regionally, having increased our PAN to 300 in September this year. Our practice is strong and positive at all levels. Our curriculum challenges and inspires staff and students alike. Recent outcomes in the sixth form are the best in the school’s history and our Key Stage 4 progress is above average. In addition, we offer specialist resourced provision for physically disabled and hearing-impaired students across the county and beyond. How can you help us achieve even more in this already exciting environment?

We are seeking a leader who can take these firm foundations and grow even more success at school and Trust levels. As our next Executive Headteacher, you will be a visible and visionary leader, with the gravitas and credibility to motivate and inspire all those involved in our work. You’ll bring a proven track record, with the drive to ensure sustained success of the school, Trust, and positive outcomes for our students. 

For an informal (and confidential) discussion,  or to arrange a visit, please contact Jo Fish or Rachel Singer, our recruitment partners at Navigate, on 0203 637 5007. To find out more and for information on how to apply, visit

The closing date for applications is midday Wednesday 24th January 2018;

Shortlisting will take place week commencing Monday 29th January 2018;

Final interviews will take place on Tuesday 6th (day one) and Wednesday 7th (day two) February 2018.

Kennet School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to the equality of opportunity and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check along with other relevant employment checks. 

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About Kennet School

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  • Kennet School
  • Stoney Lane, Thatcham
  • Berkshire
  • RG19 4LL
  • United Kingdom
+44 1635 862 121

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Welcome to Kennet School’s dedicated career site. Below you will find information about what makes Kennet such a unique and rewarding place to develop your career. You will also find all of our current vacancies listed at the bottom of the page.

What We Believe

At Kennet we place learning at the heart of everything we do. Many schools claim to do this, but we believe this is a defining and visible quality of our organisation.

We are an open and collaborative community. Through research and evidence-informed practice, we seek to drive education reform through the heart of our school, making decisions that are right for our pupils, as a team, every single day.

History & Context

Kennet is  a dynamic and ambitious 11-18 comprehensive school which opened in September 1957. The school has grown over the last 65 years, both in terms of size and success. We currently have approximately 1,900 pupils on roll including strong numbers in the Sixth Form at around 380 pupils. We were  judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding in May 2016 and have accumulated a number of awards including Arts Mark Platinum, Exceptional Schools Award, NACE Challenge Award, Investors in Careers and the Sandwell Well-Being Charter Mark focusing on the mental health and well-being of our whole organisation.

Professional Development

We are extremely proud of the quality of our professional development programmes. In their 2016 report Ofsted commented that “there is a shared drive to improve teaching so that teaching and learning are always at the heart of the school’s work. Leaders and teachers see themselves as professional students and seek to improve and develop their practice continuously.”.

We believe strongly in investing in individuals and their careers and our aim is to help every member of staff be the best they can be through our professional growth programme.

We also provide bespoke support for early career teachers and we have developed a programme for recently qualified teachers which takes teachers from their ECT years through to their third year of teaching, preparing them to take on significant positions of responsibility.


  • High quality PD programmes and opportunities for progression
  • Supportive culture of lesson observation and coaching
  • Career support at all levels of experience
  • State of the Art facilities and resources
  • Excellent IT infrastructure and provision for staff and pupils
  • Leisure centre on site
  • Cycle to Work scheme

But don't just take our word for it...

Read the quotes below and take some time out to watch our recruitment video and hear firsthand what it is like to work at Kennet.

Recruitment Process

We are seeking to secure the best possible teachers for our school and so will usually interview within a week of the closing date. Interview schedules vary depending on role and subject but full details will be sent to candidates following shortlisting. All interviews include a tour of the school site and an opportunity to meet key staff members.

Speculative Enquiries and Visits

As an outward looking organisation, we are always keen to have conversations with teachers about their careers and potential opportunities at Kennet. Equally, if you have seen a vacancy and are considering an application, we would encourage you to come and see the school in action. For more information contact Mrs Cambridge (Head's PA) on

Further Information

Please visit our website.

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