St Augustine Academy, forming part of Woodard Academies Trust, is a small academy with a roll of approximately 800 students. We are an inclusive Christian designated school that welcomes people of all faiths and none. Our focus is on making a difference and creating an environment for our young people where every one of them is 'known and nurtured’.
A new and exciting Senior Vice Principal vacancy has been created at the school, to start in the Summer Term 2023-24. We are seeking an exceptional candidate with a proven track record in educational leadership at Vice Principal level, to work closely with the Principal and Executive Principal in moving the Academy towards Ofsted ‘Good’. The responsibilities of the Senior Vice Principal may vary over time but will remain in line with the aims and objectives of the Academy.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding leader, able to inspire others with evidence of recent, impactful success and a pro-active and solution focused approach to work. You will be experienced in developing strong working relationships with colleagues at all levels, recognising that progress is only possible when the whole team is focused on the same goal.
At SAA, our people are at the heart of our success. We invest in our staff with wellbeing support, coaching, mentoring and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
SAA teaching staff benefit from the following:-
• a collaborative approach and strong collegial relationships;
• the opportunity to join and/or benefit from Action Research Groups;
• proven student progress;
• excellent student behaviour;
• an extensive CPD programme tailored to skills and experience;
• free employee assistance programme
Quotes from last full Ofsted inspection report - July 2023
“St Augustine Academy is a small, caring school. Leaders’ values of courage, compassion and community underpin their approach to education. Pupils enjoy a wide choice of subjects and activities. Their exciting enrichment programme gives all younger pupils the chance to widen their horizons. Activities range from weightlifting to sign language and chess. Parents positively describe these opportunities as ‘fantastic’.”
During the past year, leaders relaunched the school’s behaviour policy. They have insisted on more consistent standards of conduct. Pupils have responded well to this and there are now far fewer incidents of poor behaviour. Pupils now behave very well in lessons and around the school. This has helped teachers and pupils to focus on learning.
The successful candidate will:-
● Have a proven track record of recent leadership at Vice Principal level in a school environment
● Be a dynamic and inspirational professional, who models high standards in all areas and quickly gains the respect of others
● Have the skills and capacity to make a significant contribution to the leadership and management team
● Be experienced in implementing change in relation to whole-school improvement in standards
● Be able to hold staff to account and drive improvement where necessary
● Be able to successfully develop strong positive relationships with all stakeholders
● Inspire and lead by example as an outstanding classroom practitioner
● Be able to demonstrate outstanding student engagement and academic success;
● Be fully committed to inclusive education;
● Display excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Closing date: Monday 11th December at 09:00
Interviews: Thursday 14th December
The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, including volunteers, to share in this commitment.
All offers of appointment are conditional upon satisfactory pre-employment checks, including an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check, incorporating a Barred List Check. Therefore, individuals on the Children’s Barred list (and Adult’s Barred list, where relevant) should not apply.
The Academy is fully committed to equality of opportunity. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts will be subject to satisfactory references and successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS.