Head of EYFS (Senior Leader or Aspiring Senior Leader), Westminster

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King Solomon AcademyWestminster

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Start date: April or September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

KSA is rare in that it is a genuine all-through school. Over the last 2 years we have been working collaboratively with Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy, and in September 2019 we will combine to form one all-through school with Nursery-Year 4 on one site and Year5-Year 13 on the other. We will have a brand new EYFS setting with ninety pupils in Reception and a newly built nursery building for 2 and 3 year olds set to open in 2020. The EYFS leader will have the rare and exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in both designing the environment and turning the vision into a reality alongside a team of extremely ambitious and hard-working senior leaders.

We are committed to find the right person for this role. We would be delighted to hear from applicants who are already leading in EYFS and looking for a bigger leadership role on the Senior Leadership Team. We are also interested in meeting ambitious applicants who have proven themselves as excellent teachers and are now looking for a next step in leadership. We have a strong and dedicated leadership team where there is scope to mentor and grow a new Senior Leader should the right applicant be earlier on in their career at this moment; we know we can commit the time, energy and resource into developing the right person into an excellent EYFS leader. We have a deep commitment to teacher and leadership development at our school and within the wider network with protected time each week for co-planning, real-time coaching and one to one feedback and development.

Our pupils will now join at 2 or 3 years old and stay with us until they are 18. By joining King Solomon Academy in this role you will play a part in showing what is possible when children’s education is seen as a long term commitment. Professionally, it also provides teachers and leaders with a unique opportunity to have impact across all phases of education, and in the Head of EYFS role, see the long term context in which your work sits. We are committed to investing in EYFS to ensure all our pupils get the very best start on this journey.

We are growing a team of exceptionally committed teachers and leaders who value each and every year of a child’s education equally. If you too are motivated to redress educational disadvantage in the UK, King Solomon Academy is beginning to show what is possible and you could be part of defining the future of education in our country.

The Role

To build and lead a transformational EYFS provision that is safe, joyful and has at its heart the highest possible expectations of each and every child.

If the successful candidate is able to start before September 2019, the role will include leading across two EYFS settings, Ark Paddington Green and King Solomon Academy. During this first academic year, this will involve planning for the joining of the two sites in 2019, and from 2019, lead a ground-breaking provision for 2-5 year olds. From September 2019, the role will be based at the Younger Years Site, leading a 3FE EYFS setting.

The role will include phonics teaching and team teaching but, depending on experience, the leader may or may not be a named class teacher.

Key Responsibilities

  • From appointment, play an active role in the planning of new indoor and outdoor environments in both Reception and Nursery including the design and layout of the environment as well as choosing furniture and resources;
  • Role model excellent teaching in EYFS;
  • Create, maintain and foster excellent relationships with parents which define the long term and all-through relationships we will have with our families;
  • Manage recruitment and induction of all new pupils into EYFS;
  • Work alongside Senior Leadership Team to create a strong staff team who are passionate about Early Years and dedicated to ensuring every child makes rapid and sustained progress.

To apply, and to see more information about the school and this role please visit http://kingsolomonacademy.org/current-vacancies.

The deadline is 11am on Monday 25th February 2019.

To discuss the role, please feel free to email the Principal’s PA, Shaheen Riaz (s.riaz@kingsolomonacademy.org) or phone on 0207 563 6901.

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More about King Solomon Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Penfold Street, London, NW1 6RX, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 7563 6900
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King Solomon Academy is an all-through school for 3 - 18 year olds in Lisson Grove. It opened in September 2007 with two reception classes and is growing each year, until there are classes for children from nursery age right through to sixth form. Th...