Principal, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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The Robert Smyth AcademyMarket Harborough, Leicestershire

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Start date: 28/08/2017
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L31-L36 (£82,293 to £93,020) depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent

The Trust and Governing Body are seeking to appoint an outstanding leader to be our next Principal.

The Robert Smyth Academy developed from Market Harborough’s oldest school founded in 1607.  It is now a vibrant, fast growing 11 – 19 Academy with over a thousand students, including well over 400 students in the sixth form.  The area around Market Harborough, which is an attractive and a growing market town, increasing in its diversity and offering a significant potential for the Academy to grow.

This is an Academy making considerable improvements.  In 2016 and 2017 the Academy’s Key Stage 4 and 5 results were very pleasing and underpin the progress that has been made since OfSTED graded the Academy as ‘requiring improvement’ in 2015.  The OfSTED inspection in September 2017 deemed the Academy as ‘good’.  This, with other progress being made, is the foundation of the Academy’s journey to being ‘outstanding’.  The Academy also enjoys a very positive reputation in its community and particularly for its considerable extra-curricular offer in many areas, most notably in art, music and sport.

On the 1st September 2017, Robert Smyth Academy became a member of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust.  Historical financial difficulties meant we needed to seek expertise and help.  The school sought a partnership that would enable it to develop and sustain excellence in all aspects of its work.  Its leaders can now focus on core business: teaching and learning.  Robert Smyth is ambitious to play a significant role across the Trust.  It expects to lead in the longer-term development of the Trust’s Leicestershire ‘hub’.

The Academy requires a leader who can build on this progress and can drive the transformational cultural change that has been started.  The successful applicant will be an exceptional person with the inspirational leadership skills and the experience to manage and lead the Academy’s future development, to realise the potential of all students and bring the Academy to the outstanding position to which it aspires.

Safeguarding and welfare of children and young people with all staff partnering in this commitment is at the core of the Trust.  The successful applicant will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check in line with the government’s safer recruitment guidelines.

The Trust values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

To request an application pack or to arrange a tour of the Academy please contact:

Mrs Tracey Clayford, PA to the Principal, on

or call the Academy on 01858 440770.

Closing Date: 9.00 am on 27th November 2017

Shortlisting: 29th November 2017  

Interview Dates: Two day process starting on Monday 4th December 2017

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More about The Robert Smyth Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Burnmill Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7JG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1858 440770
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The Robert Smyth Academy is a "Good" Academy (Ofsted 2017) which is part of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust. The Academy is thriving and successful with almost 1,000, aged 11-19, students on roll. The Academy serves Market Harborough and a large, ma...