Assistant Headteacher: Teaching & Learning

King Harold Academy, Waltham Abbey

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Job Ref No. ECC5415-250L Position Type: Assistant Headteacher Pay Range: L9-16 (London Fringe
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 22/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: 26 April 2024  

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At King Harold Academy, 'leaders have high expectations for both the curriculum and pupils' behaviour…Pupils are happy and feel safe. They have positive attitudes to their learning, and are respectful of each other.' Ofsted, July 2022.

Assistant Headteacher: Teaching & Learning

Start date: September 2024

Leadership Scale: L9-16 (London Fringe), depending on experience

King Harold Academy is a school with a clear and ambitious vision: to become one of the kindest, hardest-working, highest-achieving schools in the UK. We are a 'Good' school, looking to become truly 'Outstanding'. This is a great opportunity for a current or aspiring senior leader to make their mark in a rapidly improving and growing school community, supported by a progressive multi-academy trust (TKAT) who value collaboration and sharing successes. The ability to teach Science or Sociology/Humanities would be advantageous.

We are an oversubscribed school, with a uniquely positive and supportive staff body. Our colleagues work closely together, support one another in all aspects of their work, and believe wholeheartedly in our community vision. This feeling is palpable amongst our teaching and support staff, and we are driven by our commitment to our core values: Kindness, Hard Work, and Ambition.

From September, we are planning to dedicate up to 2 hours every week to continued professional development. We will finish earlier one day a week for focused training, so our staff can grow and develop in all aspects of their work. We also work closely with our 'Outstanding' sister school, Debden Park High School, as well as TKAT's Training and Development Network, to provide the very best opportunities for CPD.

We are looking for a determined, hard-working and ambitious senior leader, who believes in the transformational power of excellent teaching, and is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for children, regardless of their circumstances or starting point. You will have a track record of school improvement, and have the ability and drive to promote excellent teaching across a whole school community. You will be an outstanding teacher yourself, and understand that this is the most important characteristic of any senior leader.

As a member of our Core Leadership Team, you will take an active role in the next chapter of our success story.

Application packs can be downloaded from our website Completed application forms should be sent or emailed to Mrs Campbell at If you would like to arrange an informal conversation with the Headteacher prior to application, please contact Mrs Campbell.

Closing date: Monday 22nd April 2024

Interviews: Friday 26th April 2024

King Harold Academy is committed to the protection and safety of its students and the successful candidate will be subject to DBS, Bared List and two reference checks as part of the School's Safeguarding Procedures. The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post in accordance with the Immigration Act 2016.

Information about the School

King Harold is a vibrant 11-16 mixed comprehensive school where each student is valued. The school is part of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), whose aims are to raise achievement and establish best teaching practices as an “Accredited Schools Group”.

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

Michaela Campbell
Broomstick Hall Road, Waltham Abbey
Essex, EN9 1LF
Telephone: 01992 714800

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