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Head Teacher

Park School for GirlsRedbridge

A fantastic opportunity to take on the leadership of this unique school, small and with a real family feel. The Governors invite applications from candidates to succeed Mrs Androulla Nicholas, who is retiring after five successful years. Park is a thriving school with outstanding results.

About the School

We are a small, non-denominational independent girl’s school, from Reception to Year 11. 

Pupils receive an excellent education in the Prep School and most pupils move on to the Senior School where they achieve outstanding results at GCSE.

The school is consistently positioned in the top 3 highest achieving schools in Redbridge for GCSE (1st position in 2018) and features 14th nationally in the Times Good Schools Guide 2020.

The school is located next to Valentines Park in Ilford, just off the Cranbrook Road. The school was founded in in 1974 by the co-operative effort of the parents of that time. It has charitable status and is run by a governing body that includes parents and non-parents. The school is a member of the ISA.

Philosophy and aims of the School

The School centers on inspiring a lifelong love of learning in a safe, stimulating and happy environment within a culture that promotes the values of inclusion, kindness and mutual respect. A special combination of a deeply committed staff body, supportive parent community and inspiring surroundings produces an atmosphere that allows the pupils’ confidence to flourish in a range of areas spanning a broad curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Pupils enjoy high levels of academic achievement and leave Park after Year 11, to go to a wide range of top performing state grammar schools and local independent schools.

The principal factors that give Park School the character and strength it has is the belief that children are entitled to the highest quality education, which enables all children to achieve their full potential, and so prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life. We expect every girl to strive for self-confidence in her ability to use her talents to the full, to make decisions, accept responsibility and conduct herself according to the Park School Way; treat others as you would be treated, forgive, share, listen, be kind, be helpful, be honest, be inclusive, work hard to do your best and be your best self.

At the heart of Park School’s philosophy is the child-centred approach. We respect that every student is unique, and has their own strengths, attributes, and areas to develop. We are genuinely committed to understanding the individual and providing the environment and support, which will enable every child to flourish and succeed. We do this by respecting their needs and adapting the education to meet those needs. This philosophy underpins our approach to learning inside and outside the classroom.

The small class sizes at Park School enable us to offer a personal approach to education. Whilst the fulfilment of academic potential is given due priority, we also see the building of self-esteem and emotional well-being as key to achieving success. Through a broad and balanced curriculum and a wide and varied range of extra activities, each child is given challenges and opportunities to develop in an atmosphere that is supportive and nurturing. 

Our aim is to guide young people to become rounded individuals, happy and confident in themselves and able to make a genuine contribution to society. 

About the role

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an individual deeply committed to the unique ethos of Park to guide the School through the next phases of its development. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate close alignment to the School’s educational aims and values and hold a desire to nurture its strengths. They will also bring an ambition to further raise the School’s profile, ideas and initiatives to ensure its provision remains appropriately relevant in an ever-changing world, and the creative flair to identify and capitalise on new opportunities. 

The Governors are keen to build on the significant achievements to date, and develop a strategy to continue to increase capacity and income for future years. They are looking for a well-qualified and experienced leader to take the school forward to the next stage of its development.

Job Description 

To lead, with compassion and integrity, to enable Park School to:

  • Promote the best possible learning amongst its pupils 
  • Enable all staff to perform their tasks to the best of their ability by creating an ethos of  trust and loyalty 
  • Provide outstanding value for money for fee-paying parents 

To work closely with the Governing Body to ensure that: 

  • The school is run compliantly with laws and regulations at all times 
  • The school’s finances are husbanded with due probity 
  • The school is run in accordance with the Articles and Memorandums of Association 
  • The Governing Board is suitably informed to be able to accept liability for the school’s operations. 

The Headteacher is required to: 

  • Devise and deliver a strategic plan, in conjunction with the Governing Body 
  • Devise and deliver an annual School Development Plan in conjunction with staff, which is reported to the Governing Body
  • Continue to develop and enhance the vision and values of the school, including its commitment to pupils of all backgrounds and levels of ability 
  • Determine, organise and implement a diverse and rich curriculum which allows pupils to fulfil their potential
  • Provide inspiring and motivational leadership to all the school’s employees 
  • Ensure that the school is effectively represented and promoted in local, regional and national forums 
  • Ensure that Park School stays at the forefront of educational developments within the local and national communities 
  • Oversee effective delegation of responsibilities, line management structures and appraisal of performance for all employees. This includes an emphasis on employee wellbeing and managing workloads appropriately 
  • Promote and at all times retain a suitable school-wide focus on safeguarding systems and controls. 
  • Develop effective relationships and communications strategies to enable parents to play their part in the partnership between school and home.

Headteacher Package

  • Leadership Scale L14 - 27
  • Teachers’ Pension
  • One year probationary period

How to apply 

Candidates should complete the school’s application form (which can be downloaded from the school’s website under Job Vacancies or via the attachments to this advert) including a full employment history together with a covering letter of no more than 600 words. 

Applications should be sent to admin@parkschool.org.uk

Date outline: 

  • Deadline for applications: Friday 5th March by 4pm
  • Shortlist informed by email: Wednesday 10th March
  • Interviews: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March
  • Announcement: Friday 19th March.

Interviews will be held via zoom if schools remain in lockdown.

If you would like to talk through your application with the outgoing Head, Androulla Nicholas, before applying then feel free to email her androullanicholas@parkschool.org.uk

The interview process will be held over the course of a day via zoom.

Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants will be required to undertake pre-employment screening checks which include references, health, right to work in UK, enhanced DBS, TRA checks and a declaration that they are not a disqualified person under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009.

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