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Job Ref No. ECC5402-338S Position Type: Head of Department/Faculty Pay Range: Main - Upper Pay Scale + TLR1B £10,203
Position Start Date: 01/09/2021 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 26/04/2021 Midday Date of Interviews: Week Commencing 26 April 2021  

Job Description

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Head of College

Required September 2021

We are seeking to appoint a permanent full time Head of College with effect from September 2021. This exciting post will provide professional day to day operational management of Plume College and contribute to the main Academy Development Plan.

Reporting to the Interim Joint Heads of Academy, the post offers an excellent opportunity to work in a strong forward thinking and innovative college setting in our highly successful academy which holds good Ofsted status.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have a good honours degree and a QTS or equivalent teaching qualification and have proven successful experience of outstanding classroom teaching experience, preferably in post 16 education.

Applicants should be hardworking, enthusiastic and have a high level of commitment and ability to focus on fostering the teaching and learning and personal development of Year 12 and 13 year students. They should have an interest in new teaching and learning developments and a high level of integrity. Experienced candidates should be able to evidence excellent levels of value-added achievement and high retention levels.

Management is an important aspect of the role and candidates should have experience as a manager of leading, motivating and line managing staff effectively to raise standards and evaluate the impact of initiatives.

Responsibilities of the Post Holder

A full job description and person specification can be found in the New Candidate Information Pack - Head of College, which accompanies this advertisement.


All qualified and experienced full time teaching staff are expected to fulfil both an academic teaching role and a pastoral role in the academy and act as a tutor to a group of assigned students. This involves staff in all aspects of tutorial work including guidance, pastoral support, first level safeguarding, monitoring and encouraging progress, contact with parents, writing reports, compiling student references and the delivery of part of the academy's personal tutorial programme during the timetabled tutorial period. For a full time post, a firm commitment to this aspect of teaching is essential.

Wider Contribution

Full time teaching staff may also have opportunities to contribute to the extra-curricular programme. This is very wide ranging and can often enable staff to contribute particular skills and interests where they meet academy needs. Applicants should indicate if they have particular interests and this would be discussed at the time of interview.


Annual salary for a qualified teacher will be in accordance with the academy Teachers Pay Scale, which from appointment for a full time post currently involves a salary of up to £41,604 at UPS3 plus a TLR1B £10,203 (2020/21 pay awards), however, current salary of the applicant will be taken into consideration for salary offered. Salaries are reviewed by national negotiation with effect from 1st September each year. Progression through the Teachers Pay Scale is subject to acceptable annual performance development review process.

Application Process

If you are interested in the position and wish to discuss the post prior to application, please email Mrs Sarah Freeman, Director of HR at, to arrange a telephone conversation. We are very proud of our academy and what we can offer new members of our collaborative team. The Director of HR and the Interim Joint Heads of Academy will be pleased to discuss the post and provide more information about the post and the academy in general.

To apply please complete the Plume Academy application form (please see link via our website). This must be completed and submitted to by the closing date stated (unaccompanied CVs or third party application forms will not be accepted).

Closing Date: 12 noon 26 April 2021

Interviews are likely to take place during that week

Information about the School

Work at a place where you feel valued and recognised. An environment where imagination and creativity counts. Work with us.

Currently the third largest secondary school in Essex as a single academy trust and growing, we are focused on enhancing our future structure and have roles where we are seeking people who can bring fresh perspectives and new variety for the benefits of our students. At Plume Academy you will find the space to develop your talents, the freedom to contribute and the opportunity to grow as part of our welcoming and inclusive family.
Employing over 300 staff, from teaching and learning to management and administration, you will find opportunities at every level, across both of our campuses. Our people share a determination to push boundaries, think differently and achieve more. As an employee, you’ll play a crucial part in assisting with our continual development. In return, we will support, nurture and reward you with benefits from training and development to responsibility recognition.

Plume had a successful Ofsted inspection in 2018 and was judged a ‘good’ Academy. Ofsted acknowledged the high quality of teaching and excellent relationships in the Academy. Plume Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments are therefore subject to satisfactory DBS and Immigration Checks, demonstration of ability, together with the receipt of references.

If you would like to telephone the Director of HR prior to completing the application form, Mrs Sarah Freeman would be pleased to discuss the role in further detail. Visits to the Academy are not possible at this time during Covid-19, however, information about the academy including videos to give candidates virtual tours are available on our website at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Mrs Sarah Freeman, Director of HR
Fambridge Road, Maldon
Essex, CM9 6AB
Telephone: 01621 854681