Headteacher, Croydon

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St Mark's Church of England Primary SchoolCroydon

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Start date: 1st January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Do you want to have an enduring impact on children’s education? Do you want to provide exceptional opportunities for learning?

The vision of St Mark’s C of E Primary Academy is one of ‘inspiring minds, achieving excellence and nurturing faith’. We are a small and caring family orientated Church of England Primary Academy serving our local community, welcoming children from all faiths and none.

Our vision for our children is to inspire them through our values-based ethos, encouraging a life-long love of learning and a determination to excel and grow into compassionate, resilient and responsible adults of the future. As a Church of England Academy, Christian values are central to the life of our school, where we worship together, serve together and grow together. We build relationships based on honesty, respect and trust. Our learning environment provides a happy, calm and purposeful atmosphere with a culture of high expectations for all. We educate and nurture the whole child through an exciting and creative curriculum which develops children’s knowledge, skills and experience across a broad subject range, encouraging all to excel.

We are looking for a passionate and inspiring leader with a clear strategic vision for improving the school's effectiveness and raising standards and expectations through strong and exceptional leadership and management.  Having achieved a ‘good’ judgment in our previous OFSTED inspection (June 2017) we now want a leader who will support us towards achieving an outstanding education for our pupils through a highly effective, enriching and well-planned curriculum. As a Church of England Academy, we are subject to the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).  We were last inspected in January 2017 where we were judged to be ‘good’ overall.

We can offer:

  • An exciting challenge where you can truly make your mark
  • The benefits of being part of the forward thinking REAch2 Academy Trust - one of the most successful primary Trusts in the country
  • Support and collaboration with other Church of England schools across the Diocese
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities and the opportunity to work with some of the best educational professionals in the country
  • Strong induction and high levels of support from both the REAch2 Central team and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education in order to support the school to make strong improvement towards outstanding 


We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a dynamic, motivational leader with a proven success record of improving teaching and learning
  • Has a strong commitment to the Christian ethos of the school
  • Has a strong understanding of systems-based leadership to enable them to lead improvement effectively in our school and beyond, including securing accountability at all levels
  • Will be committed to ensuring the REACh2 touchstones are understood by all stakeholders and embedded in the life of the school
  • Leads by example and has a track record of raising standards and levels of achievement
  • Is able to inspire and motivate staf
  • Is an excellent, engaging communicator who will develop strong relationships with children, parents and the wider community
  • Has the vision and tenacity to lead the school towards being outstanding


The Application

You are invited to submit an application form to recruitment@reach2.org
REAch2 Academy Trust and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form separately with their application.

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Lucy Ellis, Deputy Director of Education (Cluster 7): lucy.ellis@reach2.org

If you would like to discuss the faith aspect of this post, then please contact Marcus Cooper from the Southwark Diocese Board of Education on Marcus.Cooper@southwark.anglican.org


The Application Process and Timetable

Application deadline: Thursday 19th September 2019 12:00pm
School Visits: Please telephone the school for an appointment - 020 8654 3570 and ask for Fiona George or Carole Clarke
Shortlisting: From 19th September 2019 (pm)
Interviews: 25th September 2019
Contract: Permanent
Salary:  L15-L21 depending on experience (outer London)
Job starts 1st January 2020

The candidates selected for interview will be informed after shortlisting and full details of the interview programme will be provided.


In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy the successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS check.



More about St Mark's Church of England Primary School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Albert Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 4JD, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8654 3570
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