Thank you for your interest in the post of
Assistant Principal of Abbeyfield School.
I joined Abbeyfield School as Principal in September 2018 and feel very privileged to be part of a community of committed staff and rewarding young people. Teamwork is central to the culture of the school and through this and a shared desire to support and challenge every student in order for them to achieve their personal best we are building on the 2016 Ofsted ‘good’ judgement and our very pleasing recent outcomes. We have very high expectations and aspirations of ourselves and of our students. Our Quality First Teaching Charter ensures a focus on high quality teaching and learning supported by an ambitious programme of pedagogical and subject specific CPD. As important as academic achievement is our role in students’ social and personal development, equipping them with the life and employability skills needed for successful adulthood.
Abbeyfield School is looking for an ambitious, experienced, committed and energetic leader who shares our vision and values and can support the aims and ethos of the school and Creative Education Trust. This is an exciting opportunity to work with myself and my team to make a significant difference to the next stage of our journey. There is a real commitment to professional development within the school and the Trust making this is an ideal post for a colleague with aspirations to become a Principal.
We, like all schools in the Trust pursue a rigorous and continuous programme of educational improvement, alongside an aim to provide pupils with a rich programme of co-curricular activities. Abbeyfield offers a varied diet of curriculum and enrichment opportunities and students benefit from Trust organised events such as the key concept launch days, debate and essay writing competitions and our annual days of Shakespeare performance. We are often the host school for these events to allow students from all trust schools to work in a professional theatre space. We are keen to expand further on the opportunities we provide for students to develop their creativity, resilience and independence.
High expectations for behaviour for learning is supported by a strong team of Year Heads and a behaviour team of non-teaching staff. There is a strong emphasis on restorative justice and positive behaviour management alongside our praise and consequence pyramids.
I am passionate about students, staff and parents having the opportunity to influence the future of the school and contribute to our improvement agenda. ‘Ambitious to Achieve’ was proposed by a Year 12 student and our new school values were the outcome of a students and staff vote. Stakeholder feedback is regularly sought and informs our strategic leadership.
We believe Abbeyfield is a very special place to work and we are excited about the future. If you are passionate about what we are trying to achieve and you can make a real difference in this role then I look forward to receiving your application. Pre application visits or conversations are encouraged.
Please complete the application form and include a letter of application (Maximum 2 sides of A4), evidencing how your skills and experiences would enable you as AP, to make a significant contribution to the next stage of our journey.
Siona Robson, Principal