Head of Year 12
Ark John Keats Academy
Salary From
Ark MPS or UPS (Outer London) £28,286 - £39,937 or £41,925 - £45,086 + TLR1B £9,661

Head of Year 12

Ark John Keats Academy

Exciting opportunity to join a pioneering new school in north London.  


Ark John Keats Academy is a growing school currently in the process of setting up a brand new Sixth Form due to open in September 2019. Therefore, we are looking to recruit excellent staff to join our expanding team and be part of the exciting next phase of our development.

We provide pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form with a world class standard of education. Our approach is underpinned by our six pillars – A Mastery Curriculum, High Quality Teaching, Strong Discipline, Character Development, Raising Aspirations & Enrichment and Developing Education Leaders.

The academy staff, pupils and parents are incredibly aligned, committed and passionate about our school. We have been graded outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and pupils make rapid progress in a calm, purposeful and happy environment.

In recruiting a Head of Year we are seeking the following from applicants:

·         A good degree

·         Understanding of, and alignment with, our six pillars

·         A growth mindset

·         High standards of professionalism

·         Record of high quality teaching

·         The potential to be an exceptional leader

·         An ability to create a culture within a year group of exceptionally high standards of self-discipline, aspiration and enthusiasm for education.

We are committed to providing staff with high quality and regular CPD. All teachers and leaders have weekly coaching, a weekly whole staff training session, 14 CPD days annually and access to an extensive menu of Ark training programmes for all levels.

Flexible and part time working will be considered.

To apply please submit your application by 1pm on Monday 28th January 2019. For further information, a confidential discussion about this role please contact Victoria Henderson on v.henderson@arkjohnkeatsacademy.org. For any technical queries/ questions about completing the application, please contact Mitra Samsami on m.samsami@arkjohnkeatsacademy.org

Start Date:
September 2019         

Closing date: 1pm on Monday 28th January 2019

Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Outer London) £28,286 - £39,937 or £41,925 - £45,086, depending on experience + TLR1B £9,661

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.

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Job Description: Head of Year 12

Reports to:  Assistant Principal/Principal

Start date: September 2019            

Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Outer London) £28,286 - £39,937 or £41,925 - £45,086, depending on experience + TLR1B £9,661

Duties and expectations of all teachers at Ark John Keats

·         Teach, to an outstanding level, all years, abilities and qualifications

·         Deepen the scholarly nature of both the subject and the academy

·         Play an active role in ensuring a consistently orderly, calm and stimulating environment, both in and out of the classroom

·         Play an active role in the pupil SERVICE programme

·         Play a central role in your Department, including contributing to workshops, running weekly enrichment activities, competitions, trips, open days, prep and so on

·         Make a vital contribution to the efficient running of the Department, including setting and marking  examinations, assisting in moderation of coursework and undertaking administrative and other tasks as delegated by the Head of Department

·         Enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the Department and wider academy through sharing resources and good practice, lesson observation, collaborative teaching, instructional coaching and active participation in CPD

·         Develop habits of excellence in ourselves and our pupils through implementation of the academy rubrics and routines and consistent explanation of, and emphasis, on high expectations in all we do.


Purpose of Head of Year role

1.       To develop and embed an ethos of high expectations, exceptional attitudes to learning and exemplary conduct.

2.      To ensure all academy routines and non-verbal signals are fully embedded and carried out with full compliance by the cohort

3.      To embed a culture of very high attendance within the cohort so attendance does not fall below expected levels

4.      To develop the CHARACTER and SERVICE programmes for the cohort

5.      To organise, with the Assistant Principal Discipline, all duty, catch up and internal exclusion rotas and systems

6.      To implement the academy’s rewards system for the cohort

7.      To provide weekly and termly evaluations to the Headteacher on the behaviour, attendance and performance of the cohort.


Key Responsibilities

Ethos and Culture

·         To enshrine the academy’s values in the day-to-day experience and conduct of the pupils, both inside and outside the classroom

·         To create a culture of learning through the consistent application of high expectations and the enrichment of the skills of the cohort so they are enabled to learn well

·         To lead the implementation of the Prep programme in the year group so pupils reflect on their day-to-day experiences and plan ahead

·         To lead on the implementation of the SERVICE programme with the cohort

·         To develop and deliver an assembly programme that inspires, develops cultural literacy, celebrates success and reinforces our ethos and high expectations

·         To plan and co-ordinate the SERVICE programme to ensure all pupils in the year group take on specific responsibilities around the academy that give them a sense of belonging and develops their practical and leadership skills

·         To co-ordinate opportunities for pupils to compete with each other and other schools across a spectrum of activities

·         To put in place systems to ensure success is celebrated at every opportunity

·         To support the year 6 to year 7 transition process and home visits programme.



·         To plan and co-ordinate parent review meetings to ensure parents are aware of their child’s progress and have opportunities to contribute to improving their child’s attainment.


Teaching and Learning

·         To coach and support teachers of your year group who are not implementing academy routines as effectively as required.



·         To embed into the curriculum provision for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.


Conduct, Attendance, Punctuality and Safety

·         To lead the effective implementation of the academy’s behaviour policy with the year group, thus achieving a consistently calm, ordered and purposeful environment both inside and outside the classroom. The policy includes provision for rewards and sanctions

·         To lead the effective implementation of the academy’s attendance and punctuality policy with the year group

·         To provide opportunities for parents and the local community to visit the school, meet pupils and observe the pupils’ daily practice.

Leadership and Management

·         To write an annual pastoral development plan, setting targets and actions for the coming year

·         To review the action plan termly through the self-evaluation process

·         To develop, lead and manage a highly effective tutor team

·         To support the training and development of staff as a member of the leadership team

·         To oversee the maintenance of organised and up-to-date pupil records

·         To set up an effective Year Council that contributes to the development of the academy in a meaningful manner.


Academy Culture

·         To support the academy’s values and ethos by contributing to the development and implementation of policies, practices and procedures

·         To help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships

·         To help develop an academy culture and ethos that is utterly committed to learning and achievement

·         To support and work in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals in and beyond the school, covering lessons and providing other support as required.



·         To undertake and, when required, deliver the appraisal system and relevant training and professional development

·         To undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Headteacher or Principal

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Person Specification: Head of Year 12


Qualification Criteria

·         Qualified to at least degree level

·         Qualified to teach and work in the UK.



·         Evidence of teaching to an outstanding level

·         Experience of implementing behaviour management strategies consistently and effectively.




·         Excited and motivated by the opportunity to be a leader in a new school that is entirely focused on providing a rich and meaningful education for all its pupils and engraining habits of excellence that will serve its’ pupils well throughout their lives

·         Effective team worker and leader

·         Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement

·         Acts as a role model to staff and students

·         Vision aligned with Ark’s high aspirations and high expectations of self and others

·         Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil

·         Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence

·         Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.


·         Commitment to a knowledge-rich and academic curriculum

·         Good communication, planning and organisational skills

·         High expectations for accountability and consistency

Leading Learning

·         Excellent classroom practitioner and mentor

·         Ability to embed a culture of learning amongst staff and pupils that is creates an ambitious, purposeful and highly motivated environment

·         Highly effective in embedding systems that create order and calm in classrooms and around the academy as a whole.

Teaching and Learning

·         Excellent classroom teacher with the ability to reflect on lessons and continually improve their own practice

·         Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards

·         Thinks strategically about classroom practice and tailoring lessons to pupils’ needs

·         Understands and interprets complex pupil data to drive lesson planning and pupil attainment 

·         Good communication, planning and organisational skills

·         Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement

·         Acts as a role model to staff and students

·         Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice.



·         This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

·         All staff will play a role in the Leadership, Prep and Enrichment programmes

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.