Assistant Head with Safeguarding / Pastoral Responsibility, Kingston upon Thames

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

The Kingston AcademyKingston upon Thames

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Payscale
Contract term: Permanent

The Board of Trustees wish to appoint a talented and motivated Assistant Head Teacher to join the Senior Leadership Team of this fast growing, ambitious and Outstanding Academy from September 2019.  As a rapidly developing school, The Kingston Academy will provide you with exceptional opportunities for career development and progression.


The successful candidate for this role will join us at an exciting stage in our development.  We will have taken possession of our new modern extension with state-of-the-art STEM facilities to house our growing school.  The addition of a new Year 7 intake in September 2019 will take total pupil numbers to over 900, whilst our original History Makers, entering in Year 11, will be in the final year of their KS4 studies.  In addition, planning for the development of our Sixth Form will be in full flow.


TKA seeks an experienced leader with significant pastoral expertise for this pivotal Assistant Head Teacher role with Senior Leadership Team responsibility.  The successful candidate will potentially take the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead with lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection at The Kingston Academy.  DSL and other whole school responsibility will depend on existing experience of candidate.


We are looking for a highly experienced teaching professional with a minimum of five years at middle leadership level and considerable pastoral focused experience giving them the knowledge and skills to carry out the DSL role.


We are not specifying a subject focus, since there is a degree of flexibility over the curriculum specialism of the successful candidate for this role.


Assessment Process

Our selection procedure will aim to identify with rigour whether the candidate fulfils the requirements of the post and will include the consideration of the candidate’s suitability to work with children and young people.  The process will include:  


  • Teaching an observed lesson to a full class of pupils;
  • Meeting with a panel of our pupils for informal question and answer session;  
  • Desktop exercise;
  • Panel Interview with Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Chair of the Trust and one additional Trust Board member, in the context of which candidates will be required to deliver a presentation on a pre-specified topic.

We look forward to receiving your application.


You are encouraged to visit the school prior to submitting your application.  Our Head Teacher will be happy to meet with you to talk about the school and its ethos and more specifically about this important leadership role.  Please contact Justine Free on 0208 465 6208 in order to arrange this.  Your application will not be disadvantaged in any sense if you are unable to visit.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5PE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8465 6200
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The Kingston Academy is a mixed, mainstream secondary school located in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. The school has a sixth form and admits students aged 11-19. 

The Kingston Academy was established in 2015 by the Kingston Educational Trust, a ...