Hartley Primary Academy
April 28, 2021
Early Years, Primary & Middle  
Job Type
Short Summary
Leigh Academies Trust has a rare and truly exciting opportunity to appoint an experienced leader in the role of Vice Principal at Hartley Primary Academy, commencing September 2021.
Highly competitive commensurate with experience + performance bonus
Working Pattern
Closing Date
May 17, 2021


Leigh Academies Trust has a rare and truly exciting opportunity to appoint an experienced leader in the role of Vice Principal at Hartley Primary Academy, commencing September 2021.  Our ideal candidate will be an exceptional primary practitioner with considerable experience, keen to use their energy and vision to make a real impact, achieving outstanding outcomes for our students and ensuring that the school maintains and exceeds current standards and achievements.

The successful candidate will play a huge part in accelerating the future development of the school into an outstanding provider of education, and will demonstrate real ambition to improve the life chances of the students at Hartley Primary Academy. Reporting directly to the Principal, the appointed candidate will receive encouragement, support and guidance not only to develop the school but also your own career.  Ample opportunities are available enabling you to establish and strengthen solid working relationships with senior leaders across the wider Trust.

Hartley Primary Academy's history dates back to 1842. Today, it is part of Leigh Academies Trust and provides primary education for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11. Our school is set in beautiful grounds in the middle of Hartley, the charming Kent village.

We are working towards becoming an accredited IB school and are currently implementing the PYP (Primary Years programme of the International Baccalaureate). Learning is built upon experiences that are real and relevant. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum we also respond to the interests and needs of the children to ensure that each term the activities excite and engage everyone.

We pride ourselves on our outdoor learning environment which is used extensively by all year groups, stimulating and embedding learning experiences through practical activities and the natural medium of our beautiful woodlands, pond and grass areas.

Well being and equality is central to our ethos and is driven by our Rights and Responsibilities charter. At the top of this charter is the right to be respected along with the responsibility to respect others. All children and staff have the right to learn and access the same opportunities regardless of differences in background or need.

Our aim is to create a positive, stimulating and happy learning environment with spacious buildings and grounds, enabling children to succeed and realise their full potential.  We promote their academic, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development to prepare them for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences.

We are committed to providing all children with the same opportunities, regardless of gender, race, creed or culture.  We are wholly committed to creating a learning environment which is safe and secure, stimulating and exciting, in order that our children come to school with a feeling of anticipation and enthusiasm.

  We wish to hear from you if you really want to change our education world and are:

  • an outstanding teacher, with leadership experience, who is keen to progress
  • an enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious school leader/teacher with a track record of success at primary level
  • a motivational and inspirational leader with high expectations of staff
  • confident and able to communicate a clear vision for the school
  • able to develop children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance
  • approachable and keen to work with staff across the Trust to ensure wide success
  • able to establish and develop excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

Please note: we welcome applications from both infant and/or junior specialists. 

In return, you will receive:

  • a competitive salary and the opportunity to earn a performance bonus;
  • an exciting LAT career path with opportunities for further progression in the future;
  • security and support on your journey from close collaboration with a small central executive and a larger group of talented Senior Leaders to share best practice and innovation.

Naturally, we are seeking to appoint the best possible candidates and therefore the application process will reflect our desire to undertake all necessary measures to achieve this.

For further information and to discuss the role with the Principal, Nicole Galinis, please contact Office Manager, Loveday Potter, to arrange a phone call.

Application process:  Please use the online application function to submit your application. The closing date is 17th May 2021.  Shortlisting will then be carried out and candidates selected for interview will be notified as early as possible. Interviews and associated assessment activities are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 24th May 2021.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information please contact Holly Neve (Recruitment Coordinator).

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