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17 Mar 2023

Full-Time Principal

Ark Alexandra Academy – Posted by ArkSchools Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Job Description



Ark Alexandra Academy


Reports to: Regional Director

Start date: September 2023

Location: Hastings

Salary: Generous and significant six figure salary, with potential relocation package

Contract: Permanent, full-time

Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 18th April 2023

Visits & interviews: To be arranged as and when suitable

Our school:

Ark Alexandra Academy is a popular and over-subscribed Church of England, secondary school with sixth form in Hastings, East Sussex. Our school has grown from 10 to 12 form entry over the last two years and operates across a split site; bringing with it unique opportunities for growth and development. At its most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2021, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development and Sixth Form were all judged to be Good.

Through our Christian ethos of kindness and compassion, and by knowing every student, we will inspire every member of Ark Alexandra to have a positive impact on the community around them.

We are part of the Ark network and the new Principal will work closely within this network as well as our Hastings feeder primary schools; Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Ark Castledown Primary Academy and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy. All three are highly successful schools where Leadership & Management has been judged to be outstanding and academic outcomes are impressive.

The opportunity:

We are confident and excited about the school’s future and seek a new Principal to lead and embed this improving picture. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership across two school sites, embed the Christian ethos of the school and line-manage the two Heads of School, who will implement the Principal’s vision to embed a consistent culture of high expectations on a day-to-day basis.

We welcome applications from experienced senior leaders looking for their first headship, as well as existing Principals with the ambition to work across a large, split site school with significant challenges and opportunities.  For the right candidate, there is the potential to develop quickly within this role to an executive leadership level.

What we offer:

We are offering a significant and generous six figure salary as well as the chance to work alongside some exceptional leaders who offer genuine support and capacity. In addition, at Ark you will have:

  • Influence across network-wide issues through our principal meetings and regional collaboration
  • Support from an experienced group of principals and Regional Director
  • On-hand expertise from our dedicated network education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
  • Excellent career development opportunities across both the region and wider Ark network
  • Access to excellent senior leadership training

For more information about the role, the school and Ark, click here to view the full job pack. 

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. 

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.

Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. To read more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion statement, please click this link. 

How to Apply

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to by Tuesday 18th April 2023 at 9am. (Please note, any shortlisted candidates will be required to complete an application through Ark’s online application system). If you have any questions, concerns or time constraints with applying please let us know. 

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 27 days.

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