Headteacher, Kilham's Way, King's Lynn PE30

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The Fen Rivers AcademyKilham's Way, King's Lynn PE30

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £57,985 - £65,650L15 - L20 (£57,985 - £65,650)
Contract term: Permanent

The Fen Rivers Academy opened in June 2018 and has special school status for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. The school currently serves up to 48 children in key stages 1 and 2.    

We are looking for a dynamic senior leader with knowledge and understanding of SEMH to lead the school following a disappointing OFSTED inspection. You will be an inspirational figure who is able to motivate colleagues and engage stakeholders to ensure fast progress and influence change.

The Fen Rivers Academy is one of seven schools within the Multi Academies Trust and joins The Everitt Academy (Suffolk) and The Spires Academy (Northampton) as part of the East & Central hub. The current cohort consists of years 1 to 6 but will expand to encompass years 7 to 11 gradually from September 2020.  Alongside this is the expansion into a larger site. 

You will work closely with fellow Headteachers within the Multi Academies Trust, in the Local Authority and with LA Officers to ensure that Norfolk pupils are receiving the best education to meet their needs.

As Headteacher you will assist the Executive Principal to:

  • Maintain a high-quality educational environment for students with additional SEMH learning needs
  • Ensure the continued development of The Fen Rivers Academy and make a significant contribution to organisation, leadership and management
  • Play a full and active role in supporting and promoting every aspect of the life of the Academy
  • Attend and contribute to Local Governing Body meetings
  • Accept the collective responsibility of the SLT and respect its confidentiality when this is agreed to be necessary
  • Keep abreast of developments within education and the special sector at local, national and international level.

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  • A relevant qualification in education or equivalent significant operational experience in a relevant specialist education area. 
  • Qualified Teaching Status (QTS)
  • NPQH attainment not essential but would be an advantage

The right candidate...

You will be enthusiastic with an understanding of the risks that exist for vulnerable and complex young people and their families and a passion for achieving positive outcomes.

You will need to be both creative and resilient as some of the situations you will encounter will be challenging, with a firm belief in inspirational teaching and learning and its ability to transform lives.


  • Managing teams for improved performance.
  • Leading whole school change.
  • Working in partnership with commissioners to deliver high-quality services.
  • Knowledge of schools quality frameworks and Ofsted.
  • Knowledge of the statutory requirements and legislation relating to school leadership and management including safer recruitment, safeguarding, data protection and health and safety.
  • Understanding of the curriculum delivery for core subjects and vocational learning.

Interviews for this role will take place on Friday 17th January.

Catch22 MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. Any offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

More about The Fen Rivers Academy
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 16 years
Address: School House, Kilhams Way, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 2HU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps