LA-Controlled, Mixed, c200 on roll
A fantastic opportunity for a gifted leader, already working at Deputy Head level or above in a mainstream or other relevant educational setting. We have made huge strides as an organisation over recent years and are now looking to appoint a dynamic successor to our retiring Headteacher, capable of building on the many improvements already secured.
‘Visiting London East Alternative Provision and speaking to young people, I was struck by how proud they are to be in school and learning. Dedicated staff and a positive environment can transform children’s lives and it is this kind of inspiring alternative provision that I want to see across the board.’ Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, September 2019.
‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school, since the last inspection …. Effective leadership ensures that all staff follow a common purpose.’ Ofsted January 2018
You may not have worked in an alternative provision setting before but you will have significant experience of and a strong commitment to working with students whose lives have hit a crisis point of some kind. Our students come to us for many reasons – physical ill-health, family issues, psychological difficulties, behaviour issues – but the one thing they all have in common is that they are not able to access regular mainstream schooling. They often arrive to us feeling demoralised and/or angry – and with little expectation of being able to turn things around. Our job is to get them believing in themselves again, learning from what has happened in the past but then putting it behind them and working towards a better future.
‘My experiences have been that I have learnt a lot about myself. The PRU isn’t for naughty kids but for times when there are challenges to get over. I have realised that I am actually good at things and I didn’t realise this in mainstream school because I didn’t have good experiences.’ Chloe, Y11 LEAP Student
We are a determinedly forward-looking in our approach and the person appointed will need to whole-heartedly share this commitment. However, in every other respect, we remain open to and welcome new thinking. We want our Headteacher to bring new ideas and take a strong lead in promoting innovative approaches that will lead us to further success.
If that sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you.
Application pack and form available to download from either the TES website or our own website www.londoneastap.org.uk
Closing date for applications : Monday 24th February : 9am.
Interviews : Week beginning 2 March 2020.
Completed forms to be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates wishing to visit the school – and/or have an informal chat with John Bradshaw, the current head – will be very welcome to do so.
Visits/conversations can be organised by contacting John directly:
Mobile: 07963 554459