Full-Time Vice Principals & Assistant Principals
Ark is a network of 39 schools, reaching 30,000 students in our primary, secondary and all-through schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Our schools are fully comprehensive and we are proud of our diversity, with over 40% of our students eligible for free school meals. Our 2023 results saw our key stage 2 students achieve 16 percentage points higher than the national average and at GCSE, 64 percent of students achieved grades 9-4 in English and Maths. Our leaders are a team of experts who are working together to overcome some of the biggest challenges in education. As we continue to strengthen the Ark network at every level, we are always on the lookout for great leaders to join us and build on this success.
Join our network and make a real impact within education
We are interested in hearing from strong existing or aspiring leaders who may be thinking about their first Assistant Principal role or a new Vice Principal opportunity. We can help guide you with career advice and the opportunity to learn more about Ark through our podcasts. Whether you are an existing leader or only have a few years’ experience, we are keen to hear from passionate, committed and ambitious leaders from all backgrounds who may be open to joining Ark in the future.
We understand the importance of developing and growing our leaders. We know that our schools are only as good as our teachers and leaders. Our Assistant and Vice Principals work with some of the best Principals and leaders nationally and have access to exceptional training, including nationally recognised qualifications such as NPQSL and NPQH.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce where everyone, staff and students, can deliver their best work and achieve their full potential. We want our senior leadership teams to reflect and represent the diverse perspectives of our student body because we know that in doing so, we will be stronger and more effective.
Why work for Ark?
Joining our team gives you the chance to work for a high-performing multi-academy trust that is making a difference to the lives of thousands of young people where it matters most. We know that teaching is a challenging job, so are committed to providing you with additional benefits, training and support. By joining Ark, you can expect:
Salary: Our salaries for teaching and leadership staff are 2.5% higher than main the pay scale.
Pension: Our scheme is generous: a salary average defined benefit pension scheme, meaning you build up a guaranteed amount in your pension, payable for every year of your retirement.
- We offer double the amount of training time within working hours and have additional INSET days to allow time for bespoke training to suit you and your school’s needs.
- You will also have access to nationally recognised qualifications such as NPQSL and NPQH as well as a dedicated online learning platform and leadership training of Ark’s Great Teacher Rubric (GTR).
Wellbeing: You will have full access to an Employee Assistance Programme which provides free, confidential counselling, financial and legal advice and a range of different support to both you and your family.
Health: Our gym discounts offer up to 40% off your local gym.
- You will have access to Ark Rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers.
- We offer interest-free loans to staff of up to £5,000 for season tickets or to buy a bicycle.
Interested in a career with Ark?
To learn more about Ark, the benefits of being a senior leader within our network and to hear about upcoming opportunities, register your interest here by uploading an up-to-date CV, career summary or personal statement.
Suitable candidates will be contacted within 3-5 working days to schedule an initial call to discuss their experience further.
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. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.
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 ApplyInterested in a career with Ark? To learn more about Ark, the benefits of being a senior leader within our network and to hear about upcoming opportunities, register your interest here by uploading an up-to-date CV, career summary or personal statement. Suitable candidates will be contacted within 3-5 working days to schedule an initial call to discuss their experience further.
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