Headteacher, Erith, Kent

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King Henry SchoolErith, Kent

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: competitive remuneration package
Contract term: Permanent

This is a rare opportunity to transform educational provision for this community.  

Our school, previously known as Erith School has had a challenging history   - changes in leadership, disappointing results and declining student numbers tell only part of the story.    Transforming performance in such a context takes time and significant effort – it requires more than just one leader.  It needs a fundamentally different approach.  

Renamed King Henry School, we have now become part of MAT with Townley Grammar School, a high performing local school with an exceptional reputation.  Having formed the MAT in September 2018, we are working on an ambitious improvement plan.    This is not a short term fix.  Transforming the aspirations of our young people and our community takes time.  Having previously been let down, many have limited expectations.  

We now need an exceptional school leader who is driven, ambitious and a champion for social mobility and equality.  You will lead us on a journey of improvement, raise aspirations, expectations and standards.  You will be able to draw on the expertise across the Trust, in key areas where it is needed so that no student is left behind, whatever their background.  

At the heart of our approach is the development of character values within our young people.  This is more than getting great examination results (although this is part of it).  It involves developing in our young people the personal characteristics and values to be a twenty first century student confident in any sphere and ready to take their place in the world.   

This should be seen as a long term commitment from the School and the successful candidate.  We are not looking for the “finished article.”  We are interested in attitude, commitment and potential. If you think you have what it takes then access full details on the role at www.pentir.com/kinghenry .  For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultant Mike Phillips (07830 313 915) at Pentir.

King Henry School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.   Successful candidates will undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: 22nd February  



More about King Henry School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
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King Henry School (formerly Erith School)  is a mainstream, co-educational, non-denominational, secondary academy for children aged 11-18. It is situated in Erith, Kent, and there are currently 1,800 pupils on its roll.

King Henry School was fou...