Head of school

Required for: January 2019

Salary Range: Leadership


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The HEARTS Academy Trust seeks applications from outstanding applicants with integrity, creativity, stamina and promise for this rewarding role.


HEARTS Academy Trust is committed to ways of working which support staff well-being and health. As a result, we are open to discussions about a range of flexible working options with all employees.


We are seeking to appoint a Head of School at Hilltop Junior School who will enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across all year groups as well as be responsible for the effective and efficient running of the school day to day in collaboration with the partner Head of School.


HEARTS Academy Trust is a small, growing Academy Trust committed to achieving great outcomes for all of its students but in particular the most vulnerable. It has established high quality professional development and career opportunities for all staff. We are also a Teaching School with a large group of schools in our alliance and a School Direct lead school.


As an aspiring head, you will have a track record of improving performance, driving change and raising standards and aspirations for your school community. You will need tenacity and determination and the ability to communicate a vision that inspires, motivates and enthuses staff, students and the community as a whole. Previous experience of managing change and working collaboratively to deliver school improvement will be an advantage. However, this role will have a clear focus on teaching and learning and therefore successful candidates will have a recent record of high quality teaching which impacts positively on all pupils' outcomes.

The person we are seeking to appoint will be dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated to develop the life chances of our young people through inspirational and passionate commitment to them. You will have a large team of people to support you to make your school even better than it currently is.


Closing date: Monday 1st October 2018 at 4pm

Visits welcome on the following dates by appointment. Please email


Tuesday 18th September from 8-11am

Thursday 20th September from 1- 6pm

Tuesday 25th September from 2- 6pm

Friday 28th September from 8am-6pm


Shortlisting: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Interviews: Held between the 8th and 10th October 2018



Hilltop Junior School is an oversubscribed school that puts children first. We are well served by transport links and are close to major road networks.


The Trust is truly innovative and rewards outstanding staff for outstanding outcomes. The school calendar consists of 184 contact days, 5 non-pupil days and high quality additional continuous professional development for the equivalent of 6 days.


The Directors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview.


For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at




Thinking about becoming a teacher?

Exciting opportunity to train as teacher with HEARTS Academy Trust.

The Wickford Teaching School Alliance  is at the vanguard of Initial Teacher Training and we offer a number School Direct places on a bespoke school centred salaried and non salaried route into teaching.




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