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Job Ref No. ECC0-4L Position Type: Headteacher Pay Range: £81,941 - £117,197
Position Start Date: 01/09/2021 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 03/02/2021 Midday Date of Interviews: 10 & 11 February 2021  

Job Description

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Required: September 2021

Leadership Pay Range

(Group 8 School, salary range £81,941 - £117,197)

Innovation, Creativity, Ambition and Excellence are at our core

If you have the vision and ambition, we can offer an unparalleled opportunity to lead our school in its development as a dynamic learning community.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and inspirational Headteacher who is seeking a new challenge and wished to join a dynamic and supportive MAT. The Zenith Multi Academy Trust was established in 2017 and currently consists of three secondary academies, one primary academy and Zenith Minds Centre.

As a Headteacher within out MAT you will be given freedom to lead and the support to improve your school, as a trust we believe in giving leaders the autonomy to create their own vision for the school whilst holding them to account for standards and outcomes. The Trust has a strong reputation of supporting their Headteachers.

The King John School in Benfleet is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of over 2000 students, of which approximately 430 are in the sixth form. The school is exceptionally proud of the achievements of our students and the ethos of the school. Our results are consistently strong and over 79% of our students achieved a standard pass in English and mathematics at GCSE (Grade 4 or above) in 2020.

Our A-level results have been exemplary, with over 68% of year 13 students gaining A* - B grades in all of their subjects. We are in the top 15% of the country for A-level outcomes.

Currently the school is on an improvement journey, we are looking for a Headteacher who is inspired by high achievements and see this as an opportunity to take us to greater successes.

Our school is a dynamic learning environment where all students are encouraged to aspire towards their very best. We are growing and our reputation in the local area is attracting an increasing number of external students to the sixth form who wish to continue their studies with us. We challenge our students to achieve ambitious goals and to never settle for second best.

We can offer you:

A dedicated hardworking team of staff
A large and skilled senior team
A healthy and well managed budget
The opportunity to work closely with our talented Headteachers and CEO
Supportive Trustees and Governors
The opportunity to develop as an effective leader and take on a high profile role within a highly effective multi academy trust

You will need to be an experienced senior leader who:

Provides a safe environment for students
Can lead the school to secure improvement
Has a proven track record of achieving high standards for students
Motivates and inspires students, staff and parents
Achieves challenging targets, high standards of behaviour, progress and attainment across and beyond the school
Commits to working collaboratively with colleagues, students and the community.

We encourage you to visit us and we hope that you will be excited by the opportunities we have to offer: our positive, innovative atmosphere, our excellent and committed staff and out engaged students.

Visits and school tours can be arranged by contacting Leigh Christensen on

For further information please contact Leigh Christensen, Director of HR:

or alternatively to download an applicant form please visit

It is essential that all applications include a covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification. This must no more than 2 sides of A4 with font size 12 or greater.

Completed applications should be submitted via email to Leigh Christensen,

Closing date for applications: Midday 3 February 2021

Interviews: 10 & 11 February 2021

CVs alone or CVs submitted via agencies will not be accepted. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Zenith Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The King John School is a Zenith Multi Academy Trust school as part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust

Information about the School

We are a South East Essex Multi Academy Trust, currently comprising three secondary schools and one primary school: The King John School in Benfleet, The James Hornsby School in Basildon, Castle View School in Canvey Island and Laindon Park Primary School and Nursery in Basildon.

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes. This is at the heart of everything we do.

There are currently four schools in the Trust family:- The King John School, The James Hornsby School, Castle View School and Laindon Park Primary School and Nursery.

As a Trust our school’s progress 8 measures places us in the top 25% of the country. Our schools offer a high quality educational experience through a broad curriculum in a caring and friendly environment.

The Trust has good staff retention and is wholly committed to continued professional development. The Trust offers free healthcare through Benenden Healthcare scheme which all employees are entitled to join.

We offer excellent opportunities for our employees to develop their career within the Trust driven by our shared vision and commitments to pupils, staff and their wider community.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Leigh Christensen
c/o The King John School
Shipwrights Drive, Benfleet
Essex, SS7 1RQ
Telephone: 01702 558 284

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