for September 2017 or January 2018
An outstanding graduate is sought to become Head of the London Academy of Excellence, a selective Free School sixth form in Newham. The school was named by the Sunday Times as the Sixth Form College of the Year 2015-16.
The Profile of the Head
The successful applicant will have a good honours degree, a track-record of successful teaching, and significant leadership experience, for example as a Head, Deputy or Assistant Head. He or she will be adept at working in a team and communicating with students, staff, parents, and the institutions from which pupils come and to which they progress.
The Head will be able to lead this innovative, thriving and ambitious institution with vision and authority. He or she will be energetic in entrenching the outstanding reputation of this new school, and communicating this to both the local community and the wider educational world.
The Head will be excited by the fact that the LAE has, since its opening, spear-headed a shift in Key Stage 5 outcomes in Newham, and by the high profile that this has already afforded the school. He or she will be determined to build on these achievements.
About the School
The east London borough of Newham is one of the most economically deprived in Britain. It has historically been challenged by minimal employment opportunities, low aspiration and a lack of achievement. Newham’s young people of ability and potential need to be encouraged and nurtured in their academic endeavours, so as to achieve social mobility through increased access to the most valued and most useful degrees on offer at the UK’s (and, indeed, the world’s) best universities.
The initiative for the LAE came from the Heads of Kingsford Community School in Newham and Brighton College. They were concerned by the serious shortage of places on A-level courses in the borough of Newham, and hence the lack of opportunities for young people with strong GCSE results to pursue their academic ambitions. The LAE was created to fill that gap.
Permission to open was granted by the Department for Education in October 2011, and the LAE opened its doors in September 2012. Its premises are ideally located, close to the Stratford transport hub and the Olympic Park.
The LAE teaches so-called “facilitating” subjects to A-level, alongside a limited range of further subjects (e.g. Economics, Psychology). The curriculum is designed to maximise the potential for pupils to progress to leading universities, both in the UK and overseas.
The LAE is sponsored by a range of leading independent schools, including Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School. Each sponsoring school supports the work of at least one academic department, either through active support (e.g. the provision of resources, the mentoring of middle managers, the running of revision days) or through the provision of additional teachers.
It also enjoys the generous financial sponsorship of HSBC, which enables a breadth of provision for pupils that goes far beyond the confines of three A-level subjects. There is a flourishing extension and careers programme; university guidance is exceptionally generously resourced; there is a broad range of clubs and societies; and all pupils take part in sport (on a weekly basis) and community outreach.
The LAE has quickly established itself as a pre-eminent provider of sixth form education. In 2015, it secured the best A-level results of any sixth form college in the country, which resulted in the Sunday Times naming it as Sixth Form College of the Year for 2015-16. Its value-added places it within the top 1% of schools in Britain. Amongst its 2016 leavers, 76% of those enrolling at university in the autumn were in Russell Group institutions, with 63% studying STEM subjects. In January 2017, 20 pupils secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge next year.
It is no surprise, therefore, that interest in the LAE is exceptionally strong from the young people of east London. In the most recent admissions round, the school received over 2,500 applications for 240 Year 12 places.
In September 2017, LAE Tottenham will open in the London borough of Haringey. With Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as lead sponsors, it seeks to replicate the model of the original LAE. Whilst the two schools are separately governed (i.e. they are not part of a multi-academy trust), it is expected that they will work closely together, and share good practice.
Leadership, Management and Governance
The Head is assisted by a Senior Leadership Team (SLT), which currently comprises a Deputy Head, three Assistant Heads (with responsibility for academic and pastoral life, and for the staff), the Business Director and the Director of External Relations. A tier of middle management comprises Subject Leaders (i.e. Heads of Department) and the Heads of House, who – together with their tutors – have responsibility for the pastoral care of the sixth formers in their house. The Houses themselves are named after the partner schools, to reflect the close relationship between the LAE and its partner institutions.
The LAE enjoys the support of an exceptional Board of Governors, chaired by Barnaby Lenon, former Headmaster of Harrow, and currently Chair of the Independent Schools’ Council. Members include the Heads of partner schools and representatives from the university sector.
Application Details and Appointment Process
The appointment of the Head is being managed by the HR department at Brighton College, one of the lead sponsors of the LAE. The appointment will be made for September 2017 or January 2018, depending upon the current contractual arrangements of the successful candidate.
Applicants should email the following documents to Alison Booker, HR Co-ordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A completed LAE application form (which will include the details for two referees). This is available from the LAE website
- A letter of application, addressed to Barnaby Lenon, Chair of Governors. The letter should be no longer than two sides of A4, in font size 12.
- A full CV.
Applications can be posted in hard-copy (as an alternative to e-mail) to Alison Booker, HR Co-ordinator, Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL.
The LAE is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, and the successful applicant will be subject to child protection screening, including checks with past employers and an enhanced disclosure through the DBS.
Any applicants who would appreciate an informal discussion about the post should contact the current Head Master, John Weeks, on email@example.com.
The salary, which will be generous, will be determined at the time of appointment, and will depend upon the experience of the successful candidate.
Closing date: Monday 3 April 2017, 8 a.m.
First round interviews: Thursday 20 April 2017
Second round interviews: Monday 24 April 2017