Assistant Principal, Pastoral
Ark John Keats Academy
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Ark John Keats Academy: Assistant Principal, Pastoral

Reports to:   Vice Principal

 Start date:    April 2022 or sooner

Salary: Leadership Level: L12-L16 (£59,555-£65,464.08) depending on experience       

Closing date: 9am on Monday 6th December 2021. 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 in a pastoral remit. We have a very clear approach to developing pupil’s self-discipline and are looking for people who are absolutely committed to a ‘warm-strict’ approach to behaviour in schools. We firmly believe that both pupils and staff should be held to the highest of expectations and supported to reach the highest of standards. We are looking for exceptional individuals who are prepared to lead on maintaining exemplary behaviour in the academy. We are looking for staff who will lead on the maintaining of a highly effective culture of self-discipline in the academy and who won’t shy away from difficult conversations with staff, pupils or parents.


Building great behaviour and culture is critical to the future success of the young people our school serves. The successful candidate will work with a large pastoral team, managing Heads of Year and other non-teaching roles in the school. They will have a strategic focus in addition to the day to day running of behaviour and culture in the school which will be determined by the needs of the school and the specific experiences and abilities of the successful candidate.


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.


To apply please submit your application by 9am on Monday 6th December 2021. For further information, please contact

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