Ark John Keats Academy - Principal, Enfield

Ark John Keats AcademyEnfield
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

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

Ark John Keats Academy seeks an inspirational Principal.

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.

Ark John Keats Academy is a 3 to 18 all-through school in Enfield.

It is a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming students of all backgrounds from the local community. The school opened its doors to our first two Reception classes in September 2013 and its first cohort of year 7 pupils joined us in September 2014. The Sixth Form opened in September 2019. The academy will reach full capacity in 2020 with just under two thousand pupils. The academy was graded Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in April 2015, is oversubscribed and achieved a progress 8 score of 0.76 with its founding cohort. It also has first class facilities having undergone an £18 million rebuilding and refurbishment programme that was completed in December 2015.

Ark John Keats 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 alignid to the Ark Pillars
  • Have a clear understanding of what makes a great school
  • Possess the technical and behavioural traits to lead 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 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 Ark John Keats 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 Jane Witheford, Executive Principal, at for a confidential discussion.

Salary: Highly competitive package, negotiable according to experience.  

Start Date: September 2020 

Contract: Pemmanent, full-time 

Location: Bell Ln, Enfield EN3 5PA

Closing date: 16 March 2020 

First Interview: 24 March 2020

Final Interview: 01 April 2020

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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