Thank you for your interest in this important role. We are delighted that you want to play your part in leading Charles Read Academy. As you’ll have read in our recruitment advert, this is an attractive school with 262 children on roll (against a PAN of 275), and a high-quality, self-contained campus in the village of Corby Glen. Sports facilities and provision are excellent, and we are working towards matching this standard within the performing arts. You'll get a real feel for Academy life in the video below.
We’re a popular choice across a wide catchment, but with many of our children travelling from the nearby towns of Grantham and Bourne, our rural location can create difficulties – particularly where parents don’t have access to their own transport. We are actively working to address this issue, and will be interested to hear from candidates who have experience of creating sustainable solutions in similar circumstances.
The leadership structure (download) consists of a Principal supported by two Assistant Principals, one of whom is also responsible for the English faculty. The other three faculties are Science and Technology, Maths, and Cultural Studies (Humanities, Arts, French). Teaching staff comprise 18 of a total employee complement of 41. The new Principal will have responsibility for the curriculum, and should be prepared to fill in any unforeseen lessons if necessary; at present, that translates to one or two lessons per week. The ability to teach drama or science would be a definite advantage.
This is a really attractive opportunity to have immediate impact in an established, well-managed school with plenty of potential. As part of one the country’s largest and most ambitious Academy Trusts, you’ll also have exposure to best-in-class professional development and innovation from day one. We are open to new thinking, and in a school of this size implementing new ideas or ways of working is much more straightforward than can be the case elsewhere.
We want to hear from candidates with a clear focus on increasing aspiration across the board, able to embed the highest expectations among staff, children and parents, so that our overall performance (including numbers going on to A-level study) increases steadily in the next 3-5 years. It’s a fantastic first step in your leadership career, and we look forward to hearing from high-quality applicants.
Developing your career
The David Ross Education Trust is committed to the ongoing professional development of staff and to providing career progression opportunities. These are supported through the academy regional hubs of education excellence, as well as its relationships with outstanding external partners, including the National College, Future Leaders and Teach First. We offer high quality programmes for CPD and Leadership Development delivered through our Teaching School Alliance to support our practitioners to deliver high quality teaching and learning across our academies.
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