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Head of School

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Vacancy Summary
Thomas Gamuel Primary School, Colchester Road, Walthamstow, London. E17 8LG
L19 - L25 £63,198 - £72,714
Working Pattern:
Full Time
32.5 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
19/04/2017 at 12:00 PM
Vacancy Description


Waltham Forest

Dates: Apply by 19th April 2017, Job start 1st September 2017

Salary: Head of School: Based on experience with a discretionary allowance for an exceptional candidate.


Waltham Forest

Contract type:

Full Time

Contract term:


Head of School, Waltham Forest 

To start 1st September 2017

The Lion Academy Trust is a non-profit making educational charity with over twenty years of experience in running schools in and around London and currently comprises of four primary schools in North London and is expanding.

The Lion Academy Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and so achieve rapid educational transformation. Our trust comprises of both traditionally sponsored Academies and schools 
that have chosen to convert to academy status.

The Lion Academy Trust has secured elite partnerships with specialist groups and private sector companies to support the vision and principles of the trust, such as Institute of Education, SAMSUNG, Waltham Forest Teaching School Alliance, London Leadership Collaborative (A five London Borough Leadership Development Collaborative). The Institute of Education has recently awarded us with the Professional Development Gold Award, which recognises the Lion Academy Trust as an outstanding practitioner of professional development.

The Lion Academy Trust schools are embedded within the Waltham Forest Teaching School Alliance, leading on Leadership Development, with an EYFS centre of excellence. We support a range of school improvement services including brokering support from our Specialist Leaders of Education to assist other schools.

We run a series of internal networks including NQTs, subject leaders, EYFS leaders, SEN and Inclusion leaders. Alongside our internal programmes we also facilitate and host licensed national programmes such as National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders and Headteachers.

We provide a range of low cost central services to our Academies and provide significant savings which are ploughed back into teaching and learning. The Executives Forum, comprising of all Heads of Schools, working with the CEO and Executive Principal is the key decision-making group in the Trust. We have secured a number of high profile Senior Executive Advisors who support schools with specific development projects and monitoring impact outcomes.

The Lion Academy Trust Board of Directors are seeking to increase capacity by appointing a Head of School who is a dynamic, ambitious committed and enthusiastic leader, who will proactively demonstrate skills and inspire staff. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Trust Executives and the trust board to move our schools forward, ensuring that our pupils have the best

possible education and school experience.   

Lion Academy Trust have high expectations, ambitious and hard working staff and above all, happy and enthusiastic children with a thirst for learning.  

We are seeking a Head of School who is:

  • an innovative, creative and strategic thinker

  • able to lead, motivate, challenge and inspire whole school communities

  • committed to achieving the highest possible standards of learning and teaching

  • dynamic and enthusiastic with the vision and energy to help lead schools to excellence

  • friendly and approachable with excellent communication skills and a passion for teaching

  • experienced in school improvement with a proven track record of success and strong leadership in developing teaching and learning.  

    We can offer you:

  • a vibrant and rapidly expanding trust situated in a culturally diverse areas of London with all the rewards and opportunities that it brings 

  • lively, friendly and aspirational children who are determined to make the most of their schooling

  • a dynamic and dedicated team of teachers and support staff who want the best for their children

  • a supportive and forward thinking Executive Body who can support and coach your career

  • truly excellent opportunities for further professional development, through the Lion Academy Trust, on your leadership journey  

    Equal Opportunities Any offer of employment for this post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Our Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  

    Application Information For an application pack, please email; you can also visit Thomas Gamuel Primary School website: www.thomasgamuelnet.

    Closing date: 19th April 2017 12 noon.  

    Shortlisting: 20th April 2017  

    Interviews will be held on: 21st April 2017

    For an informal discussion, please contact Andrew Bocchi, Interim Head of School on 0208 520 7031.

Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.