Deputy Principal, Richmond upon Thames

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Richmond Park AcademyRichmond upon Thames

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Start date: September 2017 or January 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £65,334 - £71,736
Contract term: Permanent

Richmond Park Academy (RPA) is part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), a network of 66 primary, secondary and special academies.

It is situated in East Sheen, close to Richmond Park, the largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. Richmond, Kingston and the West End are all between 15 and 30 minutes journey from the school and our proximity to central London means that students can benefit enormously from the vast range of social, cultural, sporting and academic opportunities that we are able to access.

Our student body is diverse, exciting and talented – and the same is true of our staff. We put huge emphasis on professional development, most of it in-house, and are proud of the high number of good and outstanding teachers who work in our school. We are also noted for our ‘can do’ attitude. We are keen, always, to encourage new and/or young staff to make their mark as soon as they are ready.

The school completed a £10m rebuild and refurbishment programme, including the introduction of a 6th form, in 2014. Our 2012 Ofsted reported that we were a ‘good’ school in all categories. The inspector wrote: “Leaders and managers share a commitment to drive up standards, provide a broad and sturdy foundation for students’ future well-being and establish the academy as the school of choice within its locality”.

We are seeking to appoint a talented, highly motivated and inspirational professional who will enhance our Leadership Team with energy and vision.

We pride ourselves on providing our students with a sense of success and positive achievement in their academic and personal skills. This is approached by treating every student with unconditional support and nurture.

Our new Deputy Principal will build on the foundations already in place, harness the school’s significant potential and provide the strategic vision and dynamic leadership that will lead it to a confident and successful future.

You will be an experienced team leader, with excellent people management skills and:

  • Be creative and innovative, with the vision and drive to lead the next stage of Richmond Park Academy’s development.
  • Have the passion, enthusiasm and energy to inspire the young people at Richmond Park Academy to reach their full potential.
  • Have the knowledge and experience to support the educational development of all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with Special Educational Needs.
  • Understand how to improve Progress and raise Attainment across the school.

This is undoubtedly a challenging role, but a hugely rewarding one. You will start with considerable advantages – a highly motivated and committed team, terrific students and an experienced network around you to support you in driving the improvements needed in the academy.

This is a fantastic opportunity which could lead to fast progression within the Group and we would invite you to grasp it with great enthusiasm!

Visits to the academy prior to application are warmly welcomed so prospective candidates can see for themselves what makes Richmond Park Academy special. To arrange a visit or organise an informal discussion please contact Ms Debra Barlow, PA to the Principal on 020 8487 1930 or email

Closing date: Monday 3 July 2017 at 9am.
Interviews will be held Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July 2017.

As the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them. In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes. You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV's. For further information on this position and to make an application please click on the apply button or visit:

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

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More about Richmond Park Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Park Avenue, East Sheen, London, SW14 8RG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 88768891
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Richmond Park Academy (RPA) is situated in East Sheen, close to Richmond Park, which is the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. Richmond, Kingston and the West End are all between 15 and 30 minutes jou...