Charters is set in a leafy corner of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, on the Surrey border, and has enviable open spaces and sports facilities, as well as a huge reputation for its dramatic productions and musical events.
An academy school with the ability to set its own syllabus and agenda, Charters offers a rounded curriculum to a range of students who come from a multiplicity of social, financial and cultural backgrounds.
While the school is justly proud of the number of its students who go on to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, what’s more important is that it continues to provide the grounded and broad education all its students need in the 21st century, whatever their post-18 plans. This wide curriculum offering allows us to give our young people the so-call “soft skills” of team working, communication, negotiation and empathy employers and others are demanding from the next generation of employees, academics, thinkers and leaders.
One of Charters’ strengths over the 60 years since it opened has been the sense of loyalty it has engendered – often fiercely – in the hearts of students and teachers. You will find ex-Charters students in every walk of life in all corners of the globe. Its corridors echo to the ringing footsteps of today’s students, but in them you can hear the tread of past generations who exemplified the school’s motto of “Unity, Respect, Excellence”. The sense of purpose shared by students, teachers, trustees and parents is undeniable. Evidence of their commitment is not hard to find, for the teaching faculty and the trustees both count past students among their numbers.
As important as the curriculum is the hard-working, dedicated and professional teaching and support staff. All are committed to providing the generations in our care with the best educational start it is possible to give them. Ensuring we have the right people, and that we take the best care of them we can, will be an essential part of the role, as will be nurturing talented staff for leadership roles both here and elsewhere.
You will be joining Charters at an exciting time. In 2019-20 it will see its biggest single Y7 cohort entering its portals: 300 youngsters eager to learn, who will swell the student numbers to almost 1,700 for the first time, a total that includes more than 350 sixth formers.
The school has a good relationship with the borough, which in 2018 paid for a new STEM teaching block that was opened by Sir Robert Winston, an outstanding and well-equipped teaching and learning space. It has a balanced budget, a small surplus and its eyes on the future. It is already home to a community leisure centre, run in partnership with the local authority and Legacy Leisure, and there are plans to build a swimming pool and expand the leisure facilities with a £14.2 million development on the site, also funded by the borough.
Maintaining Charters’ reputation for excellence, providing a broad curriculum, balancing the budget and ensuring the smooth daily operation of the school will be second nature to the new head. But to win the post you will also need to have the vision to take the school forward, help it grow and play your part in ensuring that Charters will be as successful in another 60 years’ time as it is today.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 7th October 2019 Interviews will be held: Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th October 2019
Please contact Caroline Olsen on (Switch board) 01223 907 979, (Mobile) 07500 889 504 or email@example.com for a confidential conversation or to arrange a school visit.
All completed applications to be sent to Caroline Olsen via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Monday 7th October 2019.