Assistant Principal, PE and School Sport

Crown Hills Community CollegeLeicester

Dear prospective applicant,

In the top 12% of schools nationally, Crown Hills Community College blends a 70-year history of inclusive education with an innovative, forward-looking approach to providing a state education like no other to 1,500 students from inner city backgrounds.

The School now seeks to appoint an exceptional individual to work alongside the Principal, Vice Principal, Chief Operating Officer and four Assistant Principals, who together make up the senior leadership team. This vacancy has presented itself due to the retirement of the current post holder and a slight internal restructure to merge the SSPAN and the Management of PE under one branch within CHCC.

At present, PE and School Sport do cross over and interlink but now we are looking to further strengthen the two under one line management structure, with an intention of further improving our in-house PE provision as well as our outreach work with primary schools across the city. Crown Hills also have strong partnerships with the ECB and Goals Soccer Centre, which resulted in substantial capital builds and programmes that have built upon this commitment to PE and sport in Leicester. The PE department comprises of a second and third in faculty and the SSPAN has two managers that share the role on a part-time basis. The successful candidate will manage both of these key areas and have the overall strategic responsibility for these two areas.

In the last 12 months, we have introduced the Sports Academy with the intention of providing a pathway to greatness for those with the aptitude. Within the first months, we have competed at the National Fencing Competition, where we received a bronze medal after beating one of the top fee paying independent schools in the country. Students receive specific coaching in Badminton, Fencing and cricket as well as physical conditioning and sports mentoring from successful athletes.

I myself have a rich background in PE and school sport and I fully appreciate how it can completely change the lives of young people and remove the disadvantage form your upbringing that can hinder your potential. Having completed my B.Ed in PE at the University of Bedford, managing Boys PE and then leading others as an Advanced Skills Teacher in PE, I have been part of that journey.

Crown Hills is a founding school within the “WelI Schools” movement and I sit on the board as well as being an advocate Headteacher for the YST. I will directly line manage the successful applicant with a view to supporting their growth to headship.

The Schools Sports Partnership has grown from strength to strength over the last decade and Crown Hills will now be the main strategic lead for this across the city but still working closely with LWOL trust to deliver sports, games and PE across the city. The successful applicant will be the strategic lead for this across Leicester and will be responsible for growing the provision as well as the partnership itself. This is truly a unique opportunity.

To be successful, you will possess a proven record of providing High Quality PE and leading others to achieve the same. You will have the passion for PE and School sport and understand how strategic leadership and the ability to work with others can improve the outcomes for young people.

This role will suit professionals with a high level of personal credibility and demonstrable experience in PE. Outstanding communication skills and the personal authority to build strong relationships with pupils, staff and parents are essential, as is a deep commitment to the School’s aims and values.

We welcome applications from those with an educational background across the private and public sector. How we lead is as important as the direction we are taking staff in. You need to have the emotional intelligence to deal with sensitive matters with clarity as well as trusting those around you to deliver and, when needed, have tough love conversations to improve delivery. We have 200 staff, 1500 students, so your ability to work with different groups of people in a dynamic environment is paramount, and a key part of the role.

Our mission is simple, we want every student to be the best that they can be, thrive in the best possible career and contribute positively to society.

This position is pivotal in achieving our mission statement as it knits together all of the support services that allow teachers to teach and students to learn. It doesn’t come without its challenges though, as leading in a climate of ever increasing accountability and diminishing resources is extremely challenging but I truly believe that when leaders lead by staying true to their values, the impossible becomes possible.

You will see from our website that our three key values permeate all that we do and have allowed us to grow from strength to strength:

Aspiration - Be the best you can be

Commitment - Do what it takes for as long as it takes

Success - Be ready to take on the world

As Principal, it has always been my philosophy to grow and nurture new talent so that we create the next generation of leaders, it is something that I have done throughout my career, and this role will support the successful individual on their journey.

If you have high aspirations for children from deprived backgrounds and experience of delivering educational excellence by providing a high quality education for the most vulnerable of students as well the IT acumen to know how external services contribute to making this happen, we would like to hear from you.

If you would like to discuss the role in confidence, please contact me on 07394821098.

We are looking for the role to start as soon as possible so that there is a sufficient handover with the current post holder.

We have also organised two information evenings, please contact my PA Jo Amey by email jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk to confirm your attendance:

Information Evening 1 – Monday 11th January 2021 - 5.00pm

Information Evening 2 – Tuesday 12th January 2021 - 5.30pm

Deadline for applicants is 9am 18th January to jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk

Interviews will be Thursday 28th January and Friday 29th January 2021.

The post will start after Easter 2021.

*All appointments will be subject to references and pre-employment checks.

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