This role is a key post in the development of School 21, one of the most exciting schools in the country.
It would suit an experienced senior leader who seeks the challenge of leading in an
innovative environment. We are looking for someone who can combine strategic thinking, with the ability to build strong teams and implement programmes with operational rigour.
You will be joining School 21 in only its second year at capacity. You will play a key role in knitting our four small schools - primary (Reception to year 4) Middle school (years 5-8), secondary (9-11) and our Sixth Form, Six 21, into a coherent whole.
Your focus will be ensuring there are high standards of pupil conduct, behaviour and support across the institution. You will understand what it takes to keep all young people safe and will enjoy working with families and children facing complex circumstance. You will be comfortable working with outside agencies to ensure our most vulnerable pupils get the help they need.
School 21 is a platform for growth at the senior level. A number of people have gone on to headship in recent years - both to start-up schools and more established ones. Our recently constituted MAT - Big Education - is growing a family of schools and we have been approved for two new schools to open locally in the next few years. We also have a commitment to leadership development through our innovative leaders programme, starting from September. Information here: https://www.bigeducation.org/bigleadership
School 21 has established a strong track record - an outstanding Ofsted, excellent GCSE results and a growing reputation, for example being the first and only international case study chosen by US educators, Edutopia https://www.edutopia.org/school/school-21.
At School 21 we believe that the purpose of education is to develop the whole child: head (academics), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, creating extraordinary authentic outcomes).
The ideal candidate for this role would be interested in first establishing themselves in School 21 as a capable senior leader and then working on new development projects as they arise.