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15 Dec 2023

Full-Time Principal

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Reports to: Regional Director

Start date: April or September 2024, or as soon as reasonably possible

Location: The Vale, Acton, London, W3 7JT

Salary: Significant and generous salary, including potential relocation package

Contract: Permanent, full-time

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15 January 2024

School visits: Week commencing 8 January, or to be arranged as suitable for the candidate


Ark Byron Primary Academy is an inclusive, two-form entry school serving 420 pupils from Reception to year 6. Uniquely located on the edge of Acton Park this attractive site also allows us to integrate outdoor learning into our curriculum.

We are looking for a new Principal who will relish the opportunity to build on the existing strengths enjoyed by the school, whilst establishing a clear vision for continued success.

This headship is well-suited to an existing head looking for a new opportunity or an experienced, high-potential deputy who would benefit from being clustered amongst several west London Ark schools.

As part of the Ark network of schools, you would join one of the most successful multi-academy trusts in the country.   Our primary school is one of Ark’s 23 primary schools, and the successful candidate will join a community of committed and driven primary headteachers who work closely together to share good practice, provide support for one another, and improve what we do as a school and a network. This year Ark’s 2023 primary SATs results saw our key stage 2 pupils achieve 16 percentage points higher than the national average, a phenomenal achievement from all our primary heads and a testament to their collaboration.

In addition, our school community is strong and a great source of pride to us; we are fortunate to have a committed and supportive parent and governing body serving a diverse group of pupils.


What we offer:

  • Influence across network-wide issues through our principal meetings and regional collaboration
  • Support from an experienced and supportive Regional Director
  • On-hand expertise from our dedicated network education and operations teams who are ready to support you and your school
  • Bespoke teacher development programmes supported by the Great Teacher Rubric
  • Excellent career development opportunities across both the region and wider Ark network
  • Access to excellent senior leadership training
  • Highly competitive remuneration.


How to apply:

To apply, please submit an application via the Ark recruitment portal by 9am on Monday 15th January. If you have any questions, concerns or time constraints with applying please contact us directly.

We warmly welcome and encourage confidential conversations about the role and visits to our school for suitable candidates. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact the Deputy Regional Director, Moira Cruddas, on Mo***********@ar*******.org or our Senior Recruitment Advisor, Shevonnae Sokoya, on Sh**************@ar*******.org or 020 3116 0727.

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. 

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How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application via the Ark recruitment portal by 9am on Monday 15th January. If you have any questions, concerns or time constraints with applying please contact us directly.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Education, headteacher, Leadership, primary, and Principal. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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