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Vice Principal

Ark Oval Primary AcademyCroydon

Ark Oval Primary Academy Vice Principal 


Reporting to:              Principal

Location:               Ark Oval Primary Academy, Croydon

Contract:               Permanent

Working Pattern:     Full Time

Salary:                     Ark (Outer London) Leadership Scale 9-13

                                            £55,557 to £60,958

Interview Date:        26 May 2021


'Pupils are happy and enjoy coming to school. This is because the teachers are kind and make learning fun' - Ofsted March 2020 


Ark Oval Primary Academy is a multi - cultural, three form entry Primary School situated close to East Croydon Station. Through our motto Striving for Excellence, we aim to ensure that children, parents and staff all maximise their full potential. Every day we are committed to embracing our core values and we encourage everyone to be the best that they can possibly be and we support each other every step of the way.


Every day we endeavour to provide everyone at Ark Oval with a rewarding and meaningful experience. We are committed to the highest academic aspirations for all pupils, regardless of background or ability and we have established a caring, family orientated culture. We don’t accept excuses and we don’t make any either. We are willing to do whatever it takes to offer our pupils an exceptional learning environment.


As Vice Principal, you will play a key role in every aspect of academy life and be pivotal in the development, implementation, monitoring, assessment and review of the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes and personal development of all our pupils.  You will believe, as we do, that all children, regardless of barriers, are entitled to access the full richness of a broad and balanced academic and non-academic curriculum and will thrive in providing equal opportunity for all.


You will have high expectations of yourself and others, be rigorous and consistent, be reflective and able to hold others to account.  You will lead the development of teaching staff, both Early Career Teachers and those undertaking middle or senior leadership roles.


As a member of the senior leadership team, you will be centrally involved in the overall leadership and management of the academy and will drive  a positive and aspirational school culture and ethos at all levels.


The ideal candidate will:


• Have a strong academic background and be a qualified teacher

• Share the Ark Oval vision

• Value and support practices driving continued progress across the network of Ark schools

• Have an innovative, solution focused mindset and maintain current knowledge through research and enjoy working as part of a team


In return, you can expect to work with a team of supportive colleagues who are passionate about making a difference.


We are leading Ark Oval from being a good school to being a great school through active engagement with educational research and innovative practice. We offer strong professional development and training programmes and opportunities for career progression.


Ark Oval Academy is part of Ark, one of the UK’s most successful school groups, with a network of 37 schools in 4 locations across the country.


As a proud member of the network, we offer:


• Twice as many training days as standard

• Weekly staff training designed to meet the needs of the school

• Coaching for every teacher

• Protected co-planning time

• Access to the high-quality, regular professional development

• Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across the network


We also offer innovative programmes of study and Network training and development days.


If you have the drive, enthusiasm and resilience for a challenging but rewarding new opportunity, then we want to hear from you.


If you are considering applying, we would strongly encourage you to visit our school. Please contact Sandra Smithson on 0208 688 3000 or e-mail s.smithson@arkovalprimary.org to arrange a visit. 

We are a 5 minute walk from East Croydon Station.


If you have any queries relating to your application, please also contact: s.smithson@arkovalprimary.org


Please apply via our web site at: https://arkovalprimary.org/vacancies


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post in covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role. 


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