Assistant Principal for SEND & Inclusion
Ark John Keats Academy
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Ark John Keats Academy Assistant Principal for SEND & Inclusion


Reports to:   Primary Headteacher

Start date:    April 2022

Salary: L7-L11 Ark Leadership scale £53,142- £58,282

Closing date: Friday 28th January [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.]


Exciting opportunity to join an exceptional school in north London.  


Ark John Keats is looking to appoint a permanent Assistant Principal for SEND and inclusion. This pivotal leadership role will also include the line management of a key stage. You will play a leading role in delivering outstanding support in all aspects of the curriculum, with a particular focus on those students identified as having special educational needs.

The successful candidate will either hold or be working towards the national SENCO qualification and have extensive experience and skills in working with students with a range of SEND, displaying a passion for helping all students achieve their full potential and benefiting from a full curriculum entitlement. With your strong communication skills, you will have the ability to relate to parents, staff and students to support innovative pastoral development, pupil support and staff development.


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 1800 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: Every adult who works at AJK believes in the limitless potential of all children.

Excellent teaching: Subject specialists plan lessons which make pupils work hard and think deeply about the subject, fostering their curiosity and love of learning.

Exemplary behaviour: The AJK community is one of politeness, gratitude and service, where pupils take responsibility for their choices and want to behave impeccably.

Depth for breadth: An academic curriculum, rich in powerful knowledge, opens up opportunities for our children for the rest of their lives.

Knowing every child: A culture of respect and kindness, combined with proactive work with families, leads to positive relationships which unlock learning capabilities.

Always learning: Our culture of continuous improvement is supported by a research-driven programme of development and a spirit of collaboration.


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.


At Ark John Keats, you will be joining a committed team of professionals. You will benefit from one to one coaching on your teaching no matter what stage of development you are at, because we believe all teachers deserve to get better every year. You will have ten days of CPD over the course of the year. We have a no-email policy after 6pm or at weekends to safeguard work/life balance for our team, and a free gratitude breakfast for all staff on Fridays to share our appreciation for each other.


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process which will include questions about safeguarding. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Please submit your application by Friday 28th January. For an informal, confidential discussion, please contact the Primary Headteacher, Olamide Ola-Said via


Please click on this link to have access to the job specification.