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Chatham, Kent
The Victory Academy
Full Time
2nd November 2020
Start Date
As soon as possible
23rd November 2020 12:00 AM
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  • Contract type: Permanent
  • NQTs Considered:
  • Job ID: 1120019

Closing Date of Position: Sunday 22nd November 2020 

Interview Date: Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December 2020

 The School

The Victory Academy are recruiting for an inspirational Principal who will embody “standards with heart”, holding high expectations for student achievement whilst having an innate understanding of the barriers that may prevent this for young people.

The Victory Academy school is in a £23million state of the art building, is a successful and rapidly growing high school, which is proud to have a diverse student body made up families from all backgrounds within the Medway community catering for students aged 11-18; the Victory Academy has seen student numbers double over the last 5 years.

We have faced some challenges in transforming academic standards and improving the Schools reputation in the local community in previous years, however the transformation journey that has focused on instilling respect, pride and belief in young people through the arts has been a vehicle to drive forward whole school success.

After the school’s 'Good' Ofsted judgement in September 2017, The Victory Academy has continued to make rapid progress towards becoming one of the most popular and successful schools in Medway.

We have a unique identity as both an Artsmark Platinum school, an accolade held by less than 1% of schools nationally, and a Thinking School, accredited by the University of Exeter.

The Victory Academy has strong links with the local community enabling us to draw upon a strong and rich local culture to support the personal development of young people. Naval links feature strongly in our vision for the school, we describe this as the ANT triad; Arts, Naval and Thinking.

 The Victory Academy has been part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust since 2015 and is a state of the art building, this part of the Chatham Hub; a small family of schools within the Trust, the Hub is led by the Director of Education; Mandy Gage, former Principal of the Victory Academy.

Our new Principal will be able to continue the Schools impressive journey of school improvement with the support of the Director of Education.

Respect, Pride and Belief

The Role

What you will need to succeed:

  • A strong track record of transformational leadership OR leading significant school improvement
  • Understand how to create a culture of aspiration and a supportive learning environment for students that allows them to achieve their academic potential
  • Hold high expectations for academic achievement by all students regardless of their prior attainment and socio – economic backgrounds
  • Be a champion/ passionate and visible advocate for Victory within the wider community
  • Have high levels of emotional intelligence
  • Have highly developed people skills and previous experience in leading teams effectively
  • Have excellent public speaking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Fully acquainted with the demands and requirements of the KS4 and KS5 curriculum
  • Qualified Teacher Status and degree qualification

What you will get in return

  • The opportunity to lead a school with a fantastic staff team in a state of the art learning environment
  • To work within a supportive family of schools across the Trust and at a local Hub level
  • Strong links with the local community
  • With an outstanding Leadership and Management team within the trust, we are focused on providing our staff with bespoke CPD
  • Vast support network including the CEO, Executive Team and Directors of Education
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas.

Next Steps

A visit to the school during the school day will give you a far better insight as to the character and spirit of the school, whilst being an opportunity to see our staff working to transform the life chances of students in our care. We strongly encourage any applicants who may be interested in working at our school to contact Kealy Davidson you can contact Kealey via email  or call 03333 60214 to book a no-pressure tour of the school and informal conversation with the Director of Education.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December 2020.

Start date: September 2021

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Safeguarding Statement:

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offer of appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (DBS) and satisfactory references.

The Victory Academy

The Victory Academy

Part of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust