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Executive Headteacher

Group 8 Inner London Point 34-40 £102,894 - £117,898

September 2021 Start

Closing Date: 12pm, Monday 15th March 2021

Following the forthcoming retirement of the current Executive Headteacher, after many years of exceptional leadership, the Governors are seeking to appoint an inspirational individual to lead the school in its continued success and to maintain and develop the school's values and ethos. Phoenix is a well-established special school, which offers a unique service to the children of Tower Hamlets. We admit children and young people with severe language and communication difficulties whose needs lie within the autistic spectrum. The school has a multi ethnic population, which reflects the diversity of the borough.

The new Executive Headteacher will be a dynamic and creative individual with previous, successful experience as a Headteacher or experienced Deputy Headteacher. We are looking for an individual whose leadership, energy and personal skills will command the respect of all within the school and wider community. He/she will lead by example with high professional standards and will motivate and empower staff to continue to provide the best possible education for our students.

The Executive Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Body for the professional leadership, strategic direction and operational management of Phoenix School in order to ensure that the school’s aims are implemented in accordance with its ethos and values, the school development plan (SDP) and the policies of the Governing Body.

"At Phoenix we aim to give all pupils equality of opportunity and this is clearly stated in our mission statement: “to offer a positive, life enhancing education, providing opportunities for the development of each individual potential towards a fulfilling adult life”.
(School Prospectus)

Applying for the job

There will be an opportunity to visit the school prior to application.

Visitors to the school will be required to take a Lateral Flow Test Onsite. 

To arrange a visit please contact: Stacey.Marsh@phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Application Pack and Application Form can be found below:

Please return completed application to: recruitment@phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Shortlisting Date: Monday 22nd March 2021

Interview Date: Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April

It will not be possible to re-arrange these dates. If you are intending to apply, please ensure you are available to attend for an interview. Candidates invited for an interview will be required to take a Lateral Flow Test onsite, as will members of the panel.

COllege Principal

L12 – L16 Inner London c£63k - £69 Fulltime

September 2021 Start or Earlier Start  

Closing Date: 12pm, Monday 15th March 2021

Phoenix Autism Trust is embarking on the next stage of its journey as a Further Education College for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Trust is looking to appoint a dynamic Principal to lead the organisation’s ambitious growth strategy to meet the needs of increased demand for places. To get there, we are looking to solidify our foundations and strengthen our curriculum, systems and structures so that we are ready to meet this growth.

The Trust was established by Phoenix Primary and Phoenix Secondary School in 2015 to meet the needs of their students who were unable to continue in mainstream FE colleges. It had been operating with the local FE college for five years. In September 2019, it started the Project Search programme in collaboration with Queen Mary University and in September 2020 it was designated by the EFSA as a Special Post-16 Institution and opened ‘Phoenix College’.

In January 2021, the college moved to its new premises and we will seek to develop the space so that it can meet the needs of its evolving curriculum. The building will be shared with the Phoenix Outreach, Research & Development Centre and will provide opportunities for work-related learning for our students. The curriculum is designed to support young people towards independent living and/or employability and the timetable is reflective of these pathways.

Being a new and small provision your responsibilities will include day to day leadership and management of the site and staff, strategic development, meeting growth targets, financial responsibility and accountability, quality improvements and setting the foundations for a fully independent specialist FE College for the future.

The College will be part of the Phoenix Primary and Phoenix Secondary School community which is an Outstanding school (Ofsted 2018, 2013, 2008) and one of the largest SEN schools in the country, Phoenix provides education for over 430 children and young people, all with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), aged from 3 to 19 years, with a significant number of children on the waiting list.

Whilst developing the full independence of the college, we also acknowledge the support structures in place that are available across the different organisations and believe this relationship will be invaluable to the development of our young people and the work that we do.

We are looking for a dynamic leader that can drive the College forward to ensure the best possible outcomes for our young people. You will have experience in Further Education preferably with extensive knowledge of SEND but more important is experience in a leadership position with significant outcomes. This will be a strategic role with a requirement to get hands-on during its infancy and development stage.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to arrange a visit or video call with Stewart Harris MBE, Executive Headteacher. Please contact: Stacey.Marsh@phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk 020 8980 4740

Application can be found on the Phoenix College website www.phoenixcollege.london and also Phoenix Primary and Phoenix Secondary School website www.phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Please return application to: recruitment@phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Shortlisting: Week Commencing 16th March 2021

Interview Date: 24th & 25th March 2021

safeguarding & equal opportunities

The Governing Body of the school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and staff and the Executive Headteacher must ensure that the highest priority is given to following all safeguarding guidance and regulations. The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS clearance. We are dedicated to equality and valuing diversity.

We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age.

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