Principal, Wakefield

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Outwood Grange AcademyWakefield

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Start date: Required for September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L33-L39 £82,238 - £95,213 (or negotiable for an exceptional candidate)
Contract term: Permanent

Formerly Outwood Grange College of Technology, Outwood Grange Academy opened its doors in September 2009 as an Academy of Excellence and the inspiration behind Outwood Grange Academies Trust. A National Training school for eleven years and one of the country’s first Teaching Schools, Outwood Grange Academy is a model school and a benchmark against which other academies’ progress can be judged.

In its last Ofsted inspection, the Academy was found to be, yet again, Outstanding in all areas: overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management. As the inspectors put it: “The drive for the Academy’s success comes from the outstanding work of its leaders.”

The report went on to note that “the excellent behaviour of students contributes to an outstanding climate for learning”, “students’ achievement is outstanding” and “the overwhelming majority of students are successful in going on to education, employment or training after they leave the Academy”.

However, we are anything but complacent, and have continued to make huge strides forward. In 2017, 84.5% of our students achieved 4+ in both English and Maths.

Put simply, our motto is “Students First”. We put students at the heart of everything we do by raising standards and transforming lives. We believe that the whole point of schools is to put children first, and everything we do reflects this goal. If you share our view, we invite you to join us on our journey.

As an existing or aspiring Principal, you will have a track record of improving performance, driving change and raising standards and aspirations for every member of a school community. You will need the tenacity and integrity to deliver in challenging circumstances and the ability to communicate a vision that inspires, motivates and enthuses staff, students and the community as a whole. Previous experience of managing change and working collaboratively to deliver school improvement will be advantageous.

We will offer a high level of continuous professional development, including an in-depth understanding of the Outwood School Transformation Model, access to one of the country’s largest school improvement teams and the opportunity to shape not only the educational provision within Outwood Grange Academy, but also across the wider trust.

The successful candidate will be required to work in any of the schools/academies within the Outwood Grange Family of Schools as directed by the Chief Executive Officer, however in the first instance this position is advertised for Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield.

The Outwood Grange Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date: Friday, 20 April 2018

Please note interviews will take place on Tuesday 24th April and Wednesday 25th April 2018 

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More about Outwood Grange Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Potovens Lane, Outwood, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2PF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1924 204350
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Chief Executive Officer: Mr Martyn Oliver
Principal: Brian Kelly

A National Training school for eleven years and one of the country’s first Teaching Schools, Outwood Grange Academy is a model school and a benchmark against which other academies’ pro...