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Executive Principal (Secondary) - West London

Executive Principal (Secondary) - West London

ARK Schools

West London

  • Expired
Highly Competitive
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
22 January 2018

Job overview

An exceptional opportunity for a talented strategic education leader to have a wider impact across a cluster of schools within the Ark Network.  

We are looking for an experienced school leader to develop our West London cluster of secondary schools. The scope of this role offers a wide and varied leadership challenge. You will lead the development of a brand new school, Ark Soane Academy, which will open in September 2019 in Acton, as well as supporting our more established secondary schools in West London.   

Our highly-successful network of 35 schools educates over 23,000 students across Hastings, Birmingham, London and Portsmouth. They are achieving some of the best results in the country despite being largely in areas of historic academic underachievement. This is an exciting time to join our network, as we grow, we are moving to a regional structure to enable local clusters of schools to work together much more closely.  

Reporting to Ark’s Director of Secondary Education, you will have overall responsibility for delivering outstanding secondary education across the cluster of schools, making sure that learning stretches, inspires and challenges every pupil to fulfil their true potential.  

Ideal Candidates will: 

  • Share our belief that, with the right teaching and support, every child can achieve 
  • Have high expectations of themselves and others, and be motivated by the pursuit of excellence 
  • Have an impressive track record of school improvement, alongside a flair for building capacity through coaching, challenge and support 
  • Have led a challenging school to great success or been the leader of an outstanding school 
  • Be fully aligned to the Ark network and committed to developing effective collaboration and strong partnerships between schools  

In return, you’ll receive a highly competitive salary, unrivalled professional development and the continuous support of one of the highest performing academy operators in the country.  

To apply please go to Please submit your application by 9am on Monday 22nd January 2018. For further information, a confidential discussion or for any technical queries please contact Jerry Collins, the Ark Regional Director, at or on 07908158436.

Salary:         Highly competitive package, negotiable according to  

                                        experience. Relocation assistance is available 

Start Date: September 2018 

Contract:                 Permanent, full-time 

Location:                 West London 

Closing date:         9AM on Monday 22nd January 2018

Assessment centre:   Tuesday 30th January 2018 

Final interviews: Friday 2nd February 2018   

Ark is an international charity that is transforming lives through education. We exist to make sure that every child, regardless of background, has access to a great education and real choices in life.   

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.

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About ARK Schools

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  • ARK Schools
  • The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London
  • W11 4AN
  • United Kingdom
+44 20 3116 6345

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Ark is charity that aims to transform children's lives through education. Our goal is to help give children the best start in life, regardless of their background.

Our network of 39 schools schools in the UK achieves great results for young people, and some of our schools are among the best in the country. We educate around 28,500 pupils in four locations across the UK; Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth.

Why work for Ark?

At Ark, we are all united by the same goal; a commitment to drive real change in education where it’s needed most. The development of our staff is one of our top priorities, at every level and in every role.

Joining Ark means there are plenty of diverse opportunities to progress your career, choosing the direction you want to take it in. Whether that be in one of our new or transition schools, a school in another region in the UK, as part of our dedicated central team or by working for one of our innovative Ark Ventures.

Make a difference where it matters most

We only work in the communities where we can make the biggest difference to children’s lives and take on some of the most challenging schools in the country.

Many of our schools have a history of academic under-achievement or are in areas of economic disadvantage. 84% of Ark schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Take your career in your own direction

We are committed to offering you diverse career progression, whether that means aspiring to senior leadership or becoming an outstanding at what you do, allowing you to really carve out a successful career in with us.  We are dedicated to offering opportunities to support your career in our schools or as part of our wider network.

Learning at every stage

We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning throughout your career. The development of our staff is one of our top priorities, at every level and in every role. That’s why we offer twice the number of training days as standard. Staff at Ark have access to a variety of training sessions and experiences, all designed to meet the needs of their team. So no matter what stage of your career you’re at, we’ll support you to be the best that you can be.

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