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Matthew Arnold SchoolOxfordshire

Matthew Arnold is a thriving community school on the outskirts of Oxford looking to appoint a new Headteacher with proven leadership skills who can further develop the school’s ethos where young people are at the heart of everything we do and leave us ready to take on the challenges of early adult life.

Matthew Arnold is an oversubscribed inclusive 11-18 school of nearly 1,300 pupils that serves a mix of urban and rural communities across the west side of Oxford. It is a high achieving school (2019 Progress 8 +0.69) and annual data indicates increasing rates of progress for our disadvantaged students. This has been achieved by focussing on improving outcomes for every student and continuing staff development.

Beyond the national standards for headteachers we are looking for someone:

  • with a record of exceptional and collaborative leadership
  • who can inspire all our students and staff
  • able to discover, plan for and lead through the next decade of school improvement

The school is part of the Acer Trust. The Headteachers of all the Trust’s schools play an important part in the success of the Trust and work together collaboratively so that each school in the Trust is a great place to learn and to work.

If you would like to visit (virtual or in person) or have an informal conversation about the Headteacher’s role please contact Liz Bickley on who will be able to arrange a time with one of the selection panel members.

Please go to our vacancies page to find details on how to apply using the Acer Teaching Application Form. Please send your application form to No cover letter is required.

Closing date for applications: 9.00am Monday 22nd March 2021

Interview days: Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd April 2021

Matthew Arnold School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. We are committed to equality and we value diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black, Asian, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in senior leadership posts in the secondary education sector in Oxfordshire. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful applicant.

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