Principal, Kent

Closing date:Expiring today

Parkwood Hall Co-operative AcademyKent

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L28-L34 (London Fringe) Accommodation available upon request
Contract term: Permanent

“Develop your career through growth in personal and social learning”

A rare opportunity presents itself in the vacancy to lead this genuinely unique day and residential school for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties. For confident but caring leaders interested in developing and broadening their careers, the Principal’s role offers the platform of good specialist staff and learning environments with unexplored potential to build upon the outcomes of recent changes in management and curriculum delivery. Your impact will steer the strong support and capacity to enhance progress and attainment for our very individual students, building upon the foundation of improvement work already underway and breaking new ground to share this expertise more widely. 

Located in 78 acres of woodland in north-west Kent, Parkwood Hall is run on the cooperative values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Housed in adapted and modernised Victorian buildings, facilities offer good scope to design and deliver the highly specialised and holistic curriculum, we ensure that all the professionals working with and on behalf of the students do so in a fully integrated manner.

With a passion to make the learning exciting and work well in this setting, your vision and drive to maximise the potential offered by the curriculum, grounds and academy freedoms is sought. Couple this with the energy to build the reputation of specialist excellence to be shared, the school’s and your career development will be assisted by our well-informed Governors, recognised as skilled experts who can offer real support. 

Advantages include:

• Opportunity to review and design staffing structures to promote the revised curriculum 

• Experienced staff including those with specialist expertise and therapists

• Ongoing demand for student places

• Sound financial platform and the capacity to take more students

• Good, well-maintained facilities with scope to develop educational offering

Optional onsite accommodation is available and can be discussed at interview.

If the challenge of devising and bringing to fruition our belief, vision and mission inspires you and you enjoy working with and promoting a collaborative approach to deliver the best for young, special people then your application is welcomed. If you seek to optimise every opportunity, thrive within and can build a motivational working environment, are resilient, can be flexible and seek innovative solutions, then this role will offer you excitement, interest, goals and the opportunity to make your mark and enhance your professional career.

Application procedure: Visits to our school are warmly welcomed prior to application. To request the candidate pack and application form, arrange a visit, or for a confidential discussion please contact Jacqueline Baker on 07891 671 226 or email

Closing date:        10am Monday 21st January 2019

Interview dates:  Thursday 31st January & Friday 1st February 

Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, our Candidate Privacy notice can be found on our website.

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More about Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 8 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent, BR8 8DR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1322 664441
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