Principal, Central London

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Ark Atwood Primary AcademyCentral London

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive and negotiable depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Do you have the vision, passion and rigour to lead one of the highest performing primary schools in England?  

Ark Atwood Primary Academy admitted its first two reception classes (60 pupils) in  September 2011. It is a mixed, non-denominational, two form entry primary school for local children in north Westminster. It offers a great education in a friendly neighbourhood school with the highest possible  aspirations for its pupils. Ark Atwood is passionate about life-changing teaching and instilling an eagerness to learn within our pupils. The success of our staff led to a rating of outstanding by Ofsted in all areas, just two years after opening.  

We are now looking for an exceptional and inspiring Principal to lead Ark Atwood Primary Academy through the next chapter in its history. The new leader will enter a well-established and high profile school with much to be proud of and celebrate, but we will not stop there as there is always more to do and achieve.    

Through outstanding leadership, teaching and pastoral support we provide an inspirational environment which celebrates success and encourages pupils to strive for excellence in everything they do. Our vision is for every child at Ark Atwood Primary Academy to fulfil their potential. We will do everything possible to ensure that every child achieves year level expectations and above, every year.   

Joining Ark Atwood Primary Academy means you will be part of a team celebrating a diverse local community. We pride ourselves on our close and inspiring partnership with Ark Lajpat Nagar III, a primary school in Delhi and new venture in the Ark network.  

Ideal candidates will: 

  • Have a very clear understanding of what makes an exceptional school and the skills and character required to develop this (rigorous planning, high expectations, great CPD, strong leadership, honesty, kindness, passion, commitment and resilience).  
  • Be a great teacher themselves.  As a leader of teaching, we are looking for someone who really knows what great learning looks like in the classroom and how to achieve it. 
  • Be fully aligned with Ark’s values and six pillars  
  • Be excited by, and committed to, supporting practices that will drive great progress in the Ark London area and across the wider network of Ark schools  

In return, you will work with an experienced Executive Principal and will be given the opportunity to broaden and develop your skills. We are committed to providing staff with high-quality and regular CPD.  

We know that great schools need great senior leaders, which is why we are always keen to hear from people who share our belief that an excellent education is central to transforming lives.  

For further information, a confidential discussion or for any technical queries please contact Natalie Partridge at or 0203 116 7193.  

To apply please go to  

Location: Westminster, London 

Closing date: 11am, 18th May 2018  

First Interview: 23rd May 

Final Interview: 24th May 

Salary: Competitive and negotiable depending on experience 

Start Date:  September 2018 

Reporting to: Executive Principal  

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.                

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More about Ark Atwood Primary Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Amberley Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7266 7070
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Ark Atwood Primary Academy, a  4-11 primary academy, opened in 2011 and is growing year on year. It is a mixed, non-denominational two form entry primary school for local children in north Westminster.

Our vision is for every child at Ark Atwood...