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Assistant Vice-Principal: SMSC & DSL

Ambitions Academies TrustBournemouth

Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) comprises schools from all sectors: mainstream (primary and secondary) and special.  AAT secures outstanding achievement and improved life chances of all our pupils.  All our Academies have high expectations as the focus of their work.  We are strongly committed to supporting colleagues in developing their careers further and offer excellent CPD opportunities.


We currently have the following vacancy at Oak Academy, Duck Lane, BH11 9JJ:

Post: Assistant Vice-Principal: SMSC & DSL

Post details: Full Time - Permanent

Salary Scale: Leadership Pay Scale, L8-L12


Are you looking for your next challenge? Do you relish the chance to support colleagues to make rapid and sustained school improvement? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

This is an exciting opportunity to join Oak Academy within Ambitions Academies Trust.

Dynamic, forward thinking and absolutely committed to changing the lives of all young people, we are seeking a new senior leader who will share our inclusive and positive ethos.

Now is the perfect time to join a small and ambitious team of staff to work with us. This follows the exciting news in February that Oak has been selected by the DfE as one of the first 50 schools to be fully rebuilt as part of the current building programme. With work soon to start, we’ll watch with excitement as the new academy is built and finished to welcome students from September 2024.

With 450 students on roll and a comprehensive academy improvement strategy in place, we are acutely aware of our strengths and capacity for growth.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate who is ready to complete our senior leadership team as the academy lead for our SMSC Provision. The successful candidate will also be the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the academy.

You will be a skilled classroom practitioner within your subject area, delivering high quality education to students. You will have the skills, experience and capacity to share strategies and techniques for outstanding teaching and learning with others.

The successful candidate will have the potential to make a significant contribution to our rapidly improving Academy and will play a vital role in the next phase of our development. This role will provide excellent preparation for further pastoral leadership in the future and we are committed to your continued growth and development.

“Staff are overwhelmingly proud to work at the school.”

You will have a dynamic, exceptional and creative approach to improving personal development in a way that benefits all students. You will be well supported in this role and strong links already exist within the Ambitions Academies Trust to ensure that staff CPD and well-being opportunities balance the demands of working in education.

Our mantra, ‘High Expectations lead to High Achievers’ applies to everyone who is involved in the academy, whatever their role and we place a strong emphasis on staff well-being.


What can we offer?

  • Directed time that is well below 1265.
  • Meetings for subject teachers only twice each half term.
  • Collaborative planning across the Trust with departments in different academies able to share resources and moderation linked by Microsoft Teams.
  • Reporting to parents only three times a year and no requirement for written comments.
  • Clear and fully supported behaviour management system.
  • No formally graded lesson observations – the emphasis is on coaching and sharing practice.
  • A performance management process that is focused on three targets only: Subject knowledge, teaching and learning and either a departmental or whole school responsibility target regardless of your level of responsibility.
  • Very flexible child-care arrangements - we are a very family friendly academy and really do understand how hard it can be juggling family life and work at times.
  • Very visible and approachable senior leadership team who are well established and experienced within the academy having been part of the improvement journey since 2016.
  • Real opportunities for career progression – our culture is very much to ‘promote from within’.


We are a truly comprehensive school located in the heart of our community. There are high levels of respect, support and kindness across our staff team and senior leadership.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who feel they fully meet the Person Specification and are ready to join a dynamic and cohesive senior leadership team.  The academy offers an excellent professional development programme.


Closing date for applications: Friday 24th September 2021 at 09.00am

Interviews will take place week commencing: Monday 4th October 2021

Start Date: January 2022 or sooner

For an application form please visit our website: http://www.ambitions-academies.co.uk/vacancies-2/

For further information or to arrange a discussion with the Principal about this role, please contact Karen Galton, 01202 022099, karen.galton@oak-academy.co.uk or visit our website: http://www.ambitions-academies.co.uk/vacancies-2/

Please note we DO NOT accept application by CV

Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) comprises schools from all sectors: mainstream (primary and secondary) and special.  AAT secures outstanding achievement and improved life chances of all our pupils.  All our Academies have high expectations as the focus of their work.  We are strongly committed to supporting colleagues in developing their careers further and offer excellent CPD opportunities.

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