Secondary Assistant Principal

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

Salary: Ark Leadership Scale (Outer London) L12-L16 £62,534 - £68,739 depending on experience

Working pattern: Full-time (Part-time working will be considered)

Contract: Permanent

Start date: January or April 2024

Closing date: Thursday 12th October at 9am (We will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response)

Interviews: Interviews will take place on Monday 16th October 2023. Earlier interviews may be held on a rolling basis.

Ark John Keats is an exceptional school looking to hire exceptional people.

About the role:

Ark John Keats is looking to appoint an Assistant Principal to join our leadership team to lead on teaching & learning. You would be responsible for overseeing the development of teaching and learning across the secondary phase alongside our Vice Principal and other members of the senior team. The exact remit will be agreed with the successful candidate and will be reviewed annually to reflect the priorities of the school but will include leading on key elements of our teacher development and evaluation systems such as coaching, CPD, learning walks and book looks.

You would be joining a highly ambitious team of leaders and teachers at a pivotal point in the school’s journey as we build on the foundations of our school and continue to expand our numbers in KS5 and curriculum provision in all key stages. We are looking for an experienced school leader who is ready to lead at senior level, and who can drive strategic focus areas as well as contribute to the day to day running of the school.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of improving systems and processes, developing leaders and teachers, and leading strategically on whole school initiatives. We welcome applications from both experienced senior leaders as well as ambitious middle leaders who are seeking to progress their career.

About our school:

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.

You can find out more about our school here:

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.

We offer:

  • 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 bicycles.
  • Gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym.

How to get to us?

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.

To apply please submit your application by 9am on Thursday 12th October.In advance of applying please do explore our website. For further information or to arrange to discuss the role please feel free to contact our Principal, Katie Marshall (

Flexible and part time working will be considered. For further information, please contact


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Secondary Assistant Principal
Location: Ark John Keats Academy
Salary: £62,534 - £68,739