Headteacher, Benfleet, Essex

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The King John SchoolBenfleet, Essex

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Pay Range (Group 8 School, with a maximum salary of £110,000 to be negotiated at interview)
Contract term: Permanent


Required: January 2019

Leadership Pay Range 

(Group 8 School, with a maximum salary of £110,000 to be negotiated at interview)

We are seeking an outstanding and dedicated individual to lead our outstanding school

The King John School in Benfleet is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of over 2000 students, of which approximately 420 are in the sixth form. Based on 2017 results as a school our Progress 8 measure places us in the top 25% of the country and over 76% of our students achieved a standard pass in English and mathematics at GCSE (Grade 4 or above) and we are recognised by the Department for Education for our proactive promotion of the English Baccalaureate within our curriculum. 

Our A-level results have been exemplary, with over 60% of year 13 students gaining A* - B grades in all of their subjects. Maths A-level is exceptional at The King John School and we have strong numbers in the sixth form with approximately 100 students currently studying A-level mathematics or further mathematics. The school enjoys an excellent reputation, having received a letter from the Director of Education in September 2017 commending the school on the ‘fantastic’ results that year. The school has also been graded at the end of September 2013 as ‘Outstanding’ across all key areas. 

The King John School offers a high quality educational experience through a broad curriculum and a caring, friendly environment, and sets the highest expectations for all. Through high quality teaching and learning and exceptional wide ranging enrichment opportunities the school seeks to cultivate students’ motivation, confidence and intelligence. The school strives to be at the forefront of school improvement and innovation and invests heavily in the creation of a learning community and to this end a new extension to the sixth form, humanities building and state of the art assembly hall have been constructed recently to accommodate the growing number of students wishing to join us. 

Our school is a dynamic learning environment where all students are encouraged to aspire towards their very best. We are growing rapidly and our reputation in the local area is attracting an increasing number of external students to the sixth form who wish to continue their studies with us. We challenge our students to achieve ambitious goals and to never settle for second best. If you feel you could contribute to this ethos and enhance it further, please contact us.

We can offer you:

  • A dedicated hardworking team of staff
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and talented students
  • Supportive Trustees and Governors
  • The opportunity to develop as an effective leader and take on a high profile role within a highly effective multi academy trust
  • A relocation package is available for suitable candidates 

You will need to be an experienced senior leader who:

  • Provides a safe environment for students
  • Can lead the school to secure improvement
  • Has a proven track record of achieving high standards for students
  • Motivates and inspires students, staff and parents
  • Achieves challenging targets, high standards of behaviour, progress and attainment across and beyond the school
  • Commits to working collaboratively with colleagues, students and the community.

If you believe that you possess the qualities needed to lead the school in the next stage of development then please apply.

Visits can be arranged by contacting Tanya Bonner on tanyab@thekjs.com

For further information please contact Tanya Bonner, Director of HR: tanyab@thekjs.com or alternatively to download an applicant form please visit www.thekjs.essex.sch.uk/about/recruitment/ 

It is essential that all applications include a covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification. This must no more than 2 sides of A4 with font size 12 or greater.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Tanya Bonner.

Closing date for applications: 24 September 2018 (midday) 

Interviews: 11 & 12 October 2018

CVs alone or CVs submitted via agencies will not be accepted. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Zenith Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The King John School is a Zenith Multi Academy Trust school as part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust

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More about The King John School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1702 558284
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The King John School is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of 2000 students, of which 450 are in the sixth form.  We are one of the highest performing schools in the country. The school enjoys an excellent reputation, and has bee...