The school has been on a rapid journey of improvement. After Bower Park Academy was placed in Special Measures following an ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted judgement in December 2016, Stuart McLaughlin joined as Principal from another school in the Trust, The Brittons Academy. The next Ofsted inspection (March 2018, just 15 months later), judged the school to be ‘Good’ in all areas – a significant achievement in itself, but all the more impressive given that the school had never previously achieved this inspection outcome.
This role is about consolidating this milestone, and then taking the school to the next level. Our new Principal must convince us that they are capable of continuing our journey of improvement, maintaining and driving up performance in every area. While the transformation to date has been radical, it has also been manageable and collaborative, and we fully expect this approach to be a key critical success factor of the future as well.
The governing body is a high-calibre group, who contribute nuanced, well-informed support and challenge, and who relish their role in providing effective and active stewardship. Staff at every level are reflective and self-aware, with a strong shared culture of continual improvement evident throughout the school. Moreover, the wider support network – both leaders within the Trust, and fellow Heads across the Borough – will provide exceptional experience, insight and perspectives for the incoming Principal.
We expect to hear from experienced leaders, with a style that is supportive but challenging. You must bring a solid track record of effective senior working, at either experienced deputy or substantive headteacher level, and a track record of delivering school improvement is absolutely essential. Your background will have helped you acquire a good understanding of the demographic within our catchment area, and effective outreach and engagement skills with which to maintain our strong relationships with parents, children and the wider community.
Great people skills and a respectful, positive style in leadership and challenge are a must: you’ll show us you can balance a collaborative, open approach with a real determination to deliver the high standards that our students and staff deserve. Your quiet confidence and high competence will create a real sense of purpose, build momentum, drive change and overcome obstacles to success.
We want to see that you can build capacity in your senior team, inspiring everyone in the school community to unite behind our shared plan. Non-negotiables include a thorough understanding of curriculum, teaching and learning in a rapidly-changing education agenda, including the new inspection framework; the skills and knowledge to influence high-quality provision and lead school improvement; and an unshakeable commitment to our ethos and approach.
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