Early Years Phase Leader
Ark John Keats Academy
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Early Years Phase Leader


Reports to: Primary Headteacher

Start dateSeptember 2022

Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Outer London) £30,663 - £42,164 or £44,263- £47,600 depending on experience plus TLR 1A

Closing date: 28th May 09:00am (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:

  • 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 Northeast London accessible within 30 minutes. There is free on-site parking for staff.  


Exciting opportunity to develop early years provision at an exceptional school in north London.


 We are looking to recruit a passionate, effective early years practitioner to oversee all aspects of our three reception classrooms and nursery. This is a permanent appointment open to teachers who would like to progress into a phase group leader position or contribute their experience to a new setting. As phase leader, you would line manage our nursery manager, and teach in our reception class with dedicated release time for leadership responsibilities.


As an Ark school, we offer:

  • Well-behaved, happy children eager to learn and contribute to the school's direction
  • A commitment to centralised resourcing and planning to support with work-life balance
  • Weekly professional development for all staff
  • Twice the number of training days as standard
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering up to £1,000 a year in savings from over 3,000 major retailers
  • Interest-free loans of up to £5,000 available for season tickets or a bicycle
  • Gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym
  • no-email policy after 6pm or at weekends and a commitment to centralised resourcing and planning to safeguard work/life balance for our team
  • free gratitude breakfast for all staff on Fridays to share our appreciation for each other

In recruiting our next EYFS Phase Leader, we are seeking the following from applicants:

  • A passion for the early years and a commitment to developing the best early years provision for every child
  • The belief that feedback is a gift
  • The participant will welcome constructive feedback and be committed to the idea of continuous improvement and self-development
  • High expectations for themselves and our pupils
  • A team player with high standards of professionalism and courteousness


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 and primary phases are 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.

Interested in finding out more? Please email our Primary Office Manager, Maria Thornton m.thornton@arkjohnkeatsacademy.org to arrange an informal discussion with our Primary Headteacher, Olamide Ola-Said. 


View the full job description and person specification here.


Please submit your application by 9am on 28th May 2022. For further information, a confidential discussion or any technical queries contact Andrea Harewood at a.harewood@arkjohnkeatsacademy.org