Ark INA Principal, Ilford

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Isaac Newton AcademyIlford

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly competitive and negotiable depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent

Do you have the vision, passion and rigour to lead Isaac Newton Academy at this pivotal and exciting time in its development?

Isaac Newton Academy seeks an inspirational Principal or a strong Head of Secondary with the potential to progress. You will be a creative and tenacious leader with the vision to build on very strong foundations and to face future challenges. You will hold exceptionally high expectations for all students, share the belief that an excellent education is central to transforming lives and ensure every student is given the opportunity to succeed.

Isaac Newton Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming students of all backgrounds from the local community. The secondary school opened in 2012 with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. In 2014 the primary phase of the academy opened to 90 reception-aged pupils and the sixth form opened in 2017. The academy will be full in all key stages from September 2020. It is oversubscribed, has a track record of excellent outcomes, a dedicated and ambitious team of staff and was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018.

Isaac Newton Academy is part of the Ark network of schools, one of the largest and most successful multi-academy trusts in the country. Ark is renowned for its approach to staff development, with high quality training provided at every level for both teaching and non-teaching staff. Leaders within Ark benefit from being able to draw upon the resources and expertise of the network. They also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other school leaders and to feed into the development of excellent practice beyond their own school.

Ark has developed a number of successful programmes and tools to support the cultivation of excellence including world class curricula through its English and Maths Mastery programmes. This year the Great Teacher Rubric has been launched. This tool is a driver for teacher development and we believe all teachers, from novice to master, will benefit immensely from it. It is a hugely exciting time for anyone considering joining our network.

We are keen to hear from successful school leaders seeking a new challenge.

Ideal candidates will:

Be fully aligned to the Ark Pillars

Have a clear understanding of what makes a great school

Possess the technical and behavioural traits to lead a highly effective school

Be able to demonstrate impact in key areas of provision in current or previous roles

Be a great teacher themselves. As a leader of teaching, we are looking for someone who really knows what great learning looks like in the classroom and how to achieve it

Be network-minded and be able to contribute meaningfully to our strategic development at both regional and network level

This is a rare opportunity to lead an exceptional school entering the next phase of its development. The all through nature of the academy presents a significant scope to develop the pupils academically and personally. The successful candidate will have the full support of Ark to ensure Isaac Newton Academy makes a lasting contribution to its community, supporting local children to fulfil their ambitions. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact the Executive Principal, Jane Witheford, at

Location: Ilford

Closing Date: 10am, 9th October 2019

Salary: Highly competitive and negotiable depending on experience

First Interview: Monday 14th October

Final Interview: Thursday 17th October

If successful, you will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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.

More about Isaac Newton Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Cricklefield Place, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1FY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 208 911 6666
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Isaac Newton Academy is a mixed, non-denominational, non-selective school for girls and boys aged 4-18. It is situated in Ilford, north-east London, and is part of Ark, an international charity that has 38 schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and ...