Headteacher, Devon

The Ilfracombe AcademyDevon

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership 29 - 35
Contract term: Permanent

The Directors of St Christopher’s C of E Secondary MAT are seeking to appoint a Headteacher to The Ilfracombe Academy, to take up post in September 2020. The Trust is seeking an experienced, committed and dynamic leader to lead the school in the next stage of its improvement journey.

The school has a well embedded inclusive and aspirational ethos, based on Christian values, and is relentless in pursuing the best possible academic outcomes and life chances for every child.

The Directors are seeking to appoint a person who can build on the progress that the school has made to date, forging excellent relationships with staff, students and the wider community, whilst maintaining the school’s values and ethos.

The Ilfracombe Academy is a new build under the Priority School Building Programme. The school is situated on a hill overlooking the Bristol Channel and the town of Ilfracombe. It serves a large, rural and coastal setting. The school roll is currently 1012 and is rising. The school is OFSTED Good (2017) in all categories and Good with Outstanding Leadership for SIAMS (2017). There is no sense of complacency at the school and continuing to improve academic outcomes is a key priority.

To be successful, you will:

• Have a firm belief in the right of every child to experience an excellent education in all its dimensions

• Be determined in removing any barriers that may prevent students from flourishing

• Be committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the highest quality staff

• Engage with parents and the wider community to secure the commitment of all who can support the school

• Prioritise great teaching and learning, and the wider enrichment and personal development opportunities schools can offer

• Have proven experience of successful leadership at a senior level

• Have an understanding of financial management and good governance

• Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of secondary schools, preferably including those with Sixth Form provision

• Be highly visible and actively enjoy engaging with all school stakeholders

• Be committed to upholding the ethos of the school

• Be fully committed to own professional development including making use of current research

The school has a dynamic leadership team across both senior and middle leaders. Professional development opportunities for all our staff are varied and staff are committed to their own professional learning.  

For further details and to apply online, please click on “Apply on school website”. 

Closing date: Midday on Monday, 4th November 2019. 

Interview dates: Monday, 2nd – Wednesday, 4th December 2019.

Please note; the school is closed w/c 21st October for the half term break.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and only applications submitted through the school’s online application system will be considered. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. The Fluency Duty applies to this post, as outlined in the person specification. 



More about The Ilfracombe Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Worth Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9JB, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1271 863427
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The Ilfracombe Academy is an 11-18 Church of England Secondary School. The school is located in the town of Ilfracombe on a hill over-looking the sea. The school is a new build under the Priority School Building Programme and was completed in October...