Birmingham City Council

Assistant Principal - (Safeguarding - DSL, Attendance and Student Welfare)

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Ark Boulton Academy, Golden Hillock Road, Birmingham, B11 2QG
Ark, Outside London, Leadership Scale L8-L12 (£50, 890 - £56, 153)
28 Sep 2021
18 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
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Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Permanent

Ark Boulton Academy

Golden Hillock Road


B11 2QG

Telephone Number: 0121 773 8156

Email Address:

Job Start Date: January 2022

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join an exceptional Birmingham school and lead a large, distinct and diverse safeguarding team. The Assistant Principal will play a significant role as the strategic lead for safeguarding, attendance, mental health and student welfare across the school. This vital role at Ark Boulton Academy will work closely with leaders across the academy to ensure that systems and procedures are in place to support the wellbeing of all our students, staff and the community we support. This is a great time to join the school as we continue on our upward trajectory of improvement. This role is an important contribution to that journey and involves leading practice in an area of schooling that will become more prominent in the future as Early Help provision is increased and the safeguarding remit broadens. You will be responsible for coordinating the work of the academy’s welfare team: ensuring that the academy responds collaboratively to matters of student welfare; engaging with other Assistant Principals in the school to impact on the quality of education and all in service to improving the outcomes and opportunities of our students. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will also be centrally involved in the overall leadership and management of the academy, including staff training and induction, and will help to develop further a school culture that is nurturing, rigorous and has high expectations at its heart. Ark Boulton Academy is committed to staff development and this role provides an excellent opportunity to attain the skills and knowledge needed to progress into a deputy headship.

You will:

• have a firm understanding of all statutory matters relating to safeguarding as well as a clear knowledge of what this means operationally

• have a methodical and strategic understanding of the tracking, monitoring and reporting of safeguarding matters

• have the ability to build and nurture productive working relationships with all external agencies relating to safeguarding

• understand the varying complexities of safeguarding matters and lead on all CIN, Early Help CP and LAC matters including undertaking fact finding/investigations

• ensure that all staff are trained on safeguarding matters including in the use of the online safeguarding recording system’ the ‘online safeguarding monitoring and filtering system’

• utilise the academy’s data systems and regularly analyse the data to identify trends, monitor staff disclosures, and to note patterns that may identify intervention

The School

Our vision for Ark Boulton Academy is simple: together we give each of our students the skills, personal qualities and qualifications they need to be successful at university and in the career of their choice; together we make them role models for future generations, helping them to fulfil their potential and raise aspirations; and that together we support our students to develop a lifelong love of learning, a sense of personal and civic pride and the confidence to not just navigate the modern world, but to shape it.

At Ark Boulton Academy we work together to ensure that each of our children can overcome barriers to learning, catch up where needed and achieve at the highest levels by working harder, behaving better and making faster progress than children in other schools and academies. This year, Ark Boulton Academy was one of only two secondary schools in the country to receive a School of Character Kitemark Plus award from the Association for Character Education (ACE) recognising the school’s dedication to promoting character and virtues in school. Joining Ark Boulton Academy means working within a strong collegiately-minded community both as part of our Birmingham hub and nationally through collaboration with other schools in the Ark network. Ark Boulton is part of the Ark Birmingham Teaching School Hub, a new initiative to deliver high-quality professional development to teachers and leaders across south Birmingham.

Closing Date: Monday 18 October 2021, 9am

To apply for this post or to find out more about Ark Boulton please visit our website. You can also download the job description and person specification.

If you would like any further information about this role, please contact the HR team on 0121 773 8156 or

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

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