Principal, Willesden

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Capital City AcademyWillesden

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Start date: April or September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: An enhanced salary will recognise the prestige of the school and the responsibilities of the Principal. The school is currently in Group 7.
Contract term: Permanent


A career defining leadership opportunity

Capital City Academy was the first UK Academy, opened by Tony Blair in 2003. It had the ambitious aim of bringing the best resources available to transform the lives of children who were not reaching their full potential.  Today, Capital City Academy is thriving. While still in one of the country’s most challenged boroughs – with the highest intake of refugees across the UK – results have improved significantly over time. 91% of our students go onto further education or directly into jobs.  Currently rated GOOD by Ofsted, we are ready to step up into OUTSTANDING. Do you have the strategic leadership skills and required insight to take us there?

Do you grasp the special opportunity of a diverse school community?  

Capital boasts 84 different languages, yet it is an especially harmonious community. If you understand why diversity adds so much to the innate vitality and creativity of a school - and are capable of planning for a wide range of starting points – this is for you.

Do you understand the role of the Arts and Sports in achievement across the board? 

Capital City Academy was founded by Sir Frank Lowe as an Arts and Sports Academy. Not simply because we may have outstanding sports men and women and artists within our midst, but because sports and arts literacy and practice benefits us all across the board. If you can envisage the whole human being at the heart of our education and would relish using the outstanding facilities we have at our disposal – this is for you.

When you look at the school, can you see the networks that support it?  

For our students to flourish, we need a strong relationship between the school, family and community. Are you a good at forging and developing relationships within and between these vital networks? If so – we hope you will consider joining us today.

To find out more or apply for the post:

Visit the Academy in person

If you wish to visit the Academy to find out more, please contact the Acting Principal’s PA Mrs Leila Khan by email - or by phone - 020 8838 8728. Four dates have been allocated for visiting the school: 

  • Tuesday 14th November
  • Wednesday 15th November
  • Monday 20th November
  • Thursday 23rd November 

How to apply 

Please download and complete the application form. You must ensure you provide evidence that you meet the person specification. Applications should be returned by email to by the closing date of 5pm on Monday 27th November 2017.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Job location

More about Capital City Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Doyle Gardens, London, NW10 3ST, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 208 838 8700

Capital has become increasingly oversubscribed as results have improved. The 2014, 2015 and 2016 KS4 exam results placed us in the top third of schools for progress. Attainment for 2017 was around national average with an intake that started well beh...