Job Description

The Head of School and Executive Principal are seeking a well-qualified, innovative and inspiring new Assistant Principal to take a strategic role in promoting the school educational aims and ethos (‘Strive, Achieve and Believe!’). The role offers the right candidate an excellent opportunity to help shape the academic thinking and practice at The Chalk Hills Academy, which is part of a growing and dynamic Multi-Academy Trust – The Shared Learning Trust.

You will join the senior leadership team supporting the Head of School in driving the Academy forward, you will have the necessary ‘can-do’ attitude combined with a passion to ‘get the job done’. This is a very exciting time for the school and its journey towards becoming a ‘world class’ Academy. It is a fantastic opportunity for a suitably qualified Senior Leader who wants to make a real difference to the pupils at The Chalk Hills Academy.

We are a fully comprehensive school and the successful candidate will be able to engage, inspire and challenge pupils and staff. We are proud to serve our local community – we have high expectations for our students and are driven to remove barriers to their success. The candidate will be values driven and have a clear moral compass, integrity, and belief that pupils must receive an outstanding education, which is reflected in outstanding pupil outcomes. The successful candidate will gain a wealth of experience, including working alongside an experienced and successful Leadership Team, many of whom have had experience working in London schools and for large national academy chains.

What does The Chalk Hills Academy and The Shared Learning Trust offer?

  • To be a major part of an experienced and determined Senior Leadership team who are focused on raising the attainment and aspirations of all the pupils across the school.
  • An opportunity to shape, develop and embed a clear ethos across our Academy as part of a supportive MAT
  • A commitment to excellent professional development and the successful candidate will have access to support from outstanding Senior Leaders, the option to apply for the NPQH and many national CPD opportunities
  • A clear vision of ‘Strive, Achieve, Believe’ for our Academy community underpinned by a staff who work together as a strong and united team.
  • A supportive staff and Trust network including access to a confidential staff counsellor, out of school offers and perks courtesy of ‘PerkBox’ and an employee of the month rewards scheme
  • Our facilities include a brand-new gym with new equipment opened 2019 which staff are welcome to use after school hours and a brand new Sixth Form block opened in September 2019.

If you want to grow and develop in a fast paced, dynamic and successful Academy, come and join us at The Chalk Hills Academy!

The Role & Core Purpose

The Assistant Principal is a member of the Senior Management Team and, as such, has a key role in the overall strategic direction of the School as well as the day-to-day delivery of it. The post holder will be responsible to the Head of School and Executive Principal for maintaining high standards within the School and the delivery of the provision which we promise to our community.


The post holder will take a strategic overview and has leadership responsibility of all matters relating to Safeguarding. They will work closely with the Academy’s DSL who oversees the operational running of safeguarding and staff training at TCHA. The successful appointee will line-lead the DSL and the safeguarding team, and will need a good understanding of safeguarding practices, recording processes, HR and KCSIE.

Student Development & Careers

The post holder will hold the portfolio for student development and lead on the academy’s intent and implementation relating to the provision for personal development, PSHCE and Careers. They will be responsible for ensuring that the Academy’s provision for personal development is highly effective and has a positive impact on learning. They will be responsible for securing improvements in aspects of personal development, such as, but not limited to; student leadership, careers opportunities and training, after school community enrichments and interventions. The acquisition of cultural capital, character education, equality awareness including anti-racism, RSHE and charity fundraising. Leading and delivering assemblies will be a key part of this role, as well as leading on ‘Personal Best’ curricula days and events.

Community Character & Culture

The post holder will work strategically and operationally across The Chalk Hills Academy leading on our charitable and community engagement strategies.

The successful candidate will actively engage with all Academy stakeholders, including Heads of Year and pastoral colleagues in developing a secondary Trust and Community operational and strategic plan. The impact of the role will be based on the clear goals and milestones outlined in the plan, and their successful implementation. They will also sit on the secondary

Community Cluster Board for TSLT

The Senior Community Lead will actively engage in working with students, local and national community groups, developing charitable links and setting goals for engagement and active participation across the Trust.

Community development work seeks to actively engage Academy communities in making sense of the issues which affect lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation.

A core purpose of the role is to develop charitable projects that will benefit our Academy and draw our local communities together.

Please note the role will involve attendance at local charitable events in the evenings as required.

The Successful Candidate

  • At least middle leader level, senior leadership team experience desirable
  • Be experienced in whole of school responsibility
  • Comfortable in the public domain and leading whole school projects successfully
  • Have the ability to think strategically and solve problems
  • Professional and can work on your own initiative
  • Authoritative and a team player
  • Hardworking, with a sense of perspective and can-do attitude
  • Be well-read with a passion for innovation and creativity
  • Be an excellent classroom practitioner particularly in regards to teaching and learning
  • Have a passion for outstanding learning


Job Specifics

Start Date Sept 2022 or earlier

Salary  Leadership Scale L10-L15 £52,723-£59,581 dependent on actual experience

Job Role Full time, permanent

The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the deadline date.

Why work for Chalk Hills Academy?

  • £30 million state of the art building with well-equipped classrooms in an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school
  • You’ll be working alongside a collaborative, forward thinking Principal and Senior Leadership Team who are here to support and develop you
  • Unparalleled CPD opportunities with free courses every Thursday catered to your developmental needs
  • Excellent opportunities to develop and grow in a successful and expanding Academy
  • Freshly brewed coffee for staff on arrival to the academy every morning in your own 12oz Bamboo reusable cup
  • Employee of the month scheme winning shopping vouchers
  • Fantastic staff benefits that make a difference to your work life balance


Here’s what Ofsted have to say “Together with your leadership team, governors and the trust you have established high expectations for behaviour, teaching and achievement. Leaders have made sure that strategies are in place which have led to improvements in the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and the curriculum. Leaders have high expectations for pupils’ behaviour. Leaders work well with staff to ensure that the school is typically a calm, orderly and purposeful environment.” Ofsted May 2018


‘We believe in the safeguarding and welfare of children and expect all staff to share this view’.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

The Department for Education (DfE) has set out statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ for schools and colleges on safeguarding.

Safeguarding is defined in paragraph 4 as:  “Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The definition of ‘children’ includes everyone under the age of 18.

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