Vice Principal
Ark John Keats Academy
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Ark John Keats Academy: Vice Principal



Reporting to: Secondary Headteacher

Contract: Permanent

Start Date: September 2022

Salary: Ark Leadership Scale (Outer London) L20-L25 £71,758 - £80,662 depending on experience

Closing Date: 9am Monday 16th May (Please note that interviews will be held on a rolling basis, and we reserve the right to close the application process early. Early application is advised.)


Location: Enfield – easily accessible from central, north and east London, as well as surrounding areas


The Role


We are looking to recruit an exceptional leader to join our team at Ark John Keats. You would be joining a highly ambitious team of leaders and teachers at a pivotal point in the school’s journey; we are building on the foundations laid by the founding leadership team as we continue to expand the school.


As Vice Principal your exact role and specific responsibilities, will be agreed annually and will change, to allow you the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of academy’s leadership in preparation for Headship. You will have the opportunity to lead on such areas as curriculum development, systems and procedures, timetabling, monitoring standards and teacher effectiveness, tracking and analysis of results/data, behaviour management, external relations and community links, staff development, training and induction. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will also be centrally involved in the overall leadership and management of the academy and will help to establish a school culture that is both nurturing and rigorous. We would be interested in hearing from leaders with a range of areas of expertise to join our team.


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of impact at a senior level in schools, demonstrating the ability to develop systems, processes, and people to achieve the school’s priorities. You will have an ability to think strategically and work proactively to drive the AJK towards meeting its ambitious vision for our students and community. You will be dedicated to addressing educational inequalities and believe in the limitless potential of all children.


Ark John Keats was founded in 2013 with one class of reception children. We are now a fully-fledged all-through school, running from nursery to year 13, with over 1700 children. Our secondary school is oversubscribed, with a waiting list for every year group. Our community is composed of supportive and committed families who buy into our vision and work with us to ensure their children achieve all they are capable of in the future.


We aspire for all our children to have the academic knowledge necessary to enable them to progress to university, for pupils to have a love of learning and curiosity about the world, and for them to be polite, well-mannered young people who take responsibility for their choices and drive their own destinies.


Ark John Keats is part of Ark Schools, a hugely successful network serving pupils from deprived communities. Our network shares a belief in our six pillars:


High expectations: we have high expectations of ourselves and for what our children can achieve

Excellent teaching: great teaching is what transforms children’s attainment and opens door for the future.

Exemplary behaviour: children can and should be taught to behave well, following instructions first time, every time, without question.

Depth for breadth: with a curriculum that encompasses the best of what has been thought and said ensuring our pupils have the knowledge and cultural capital to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Knowing every child: we get to know and care deeply about each of our pupils as individuals.

Always learning we expect pupils to always learn, but also for our staff to continually develop their professional expertise, supported by Ark’s broad professional development offer.



At Ark John Keats, we believe in rigour – our curriculum is full of challenge, and we know that our children are intellectually resilient and capable of learning lots in every subject no matter what their starting point.


We believe in exemplary behaviour – we have sky high standards and support all children to reach these, by focusing on developing pupils’ self-regulation, explicitly teaching pupils how to behave, and by working closely with families.


We believe in the limitless potential of all children – if children work hard, there are no limits to what they can achieve.


You can find out more about our school here:



Our location

Travelling by rail from central London: Our nearest overground station, Turkey Street, is a 10 minute walk from the school and stops at Seven Sisters, Stoke Newington and Hackney Downs on the way to Liverpool Street. National Rail services are also a 10 minute walk and stop at Tottenham Hale and Hackney Downs before finishing at Liverpool Street.


Travelling by car: We are easily reached by car, with most of North East London accessible within 30 minutes. There is free on site parking for staff.  


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In advance of applying please do explore our website and see our relevant phase briefings. If you would like to discuss the role and the school in more detail, our Secondary Headteacher, Katie Marshall would be pleased to arrange a visit or a phone call.

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We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.