Vice Principal (Quality Assurance: Teaching, Learning and Assessment) - Ref: TV61321

Joseph Leckie Academy, Walstead Road West, Walsall, WS5 4PG
Leadership Pay Spine L 20-24
17 Dec 2021
17 Jan 2022
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Joseph Leckie Academy
Walstead Road West, Walsall, WS5 4PG
Tel: 01922 721071 Fax: 01922 641497
Principal: Mr James Ludlow

VICE PRINCIPAL (Quality Assurance:  Teaching, Learning and Assessment)
Permanent Post from Easter 2022 or earlier
Leadership Pay Spine L 20-24

We are looking to appoint a dynamic and forward thinking Vice Principal who is a motivated and inspirational leader to lead on teaching, learning, assessment and data within the Academy. 

Joseph Leckie Academy is a vibrant, exciting and innovative mixed 11-18 Converter Academy with an overall progress score of +0.46 (2019). With these excellent results and our continual desire and drive to continue moving forward towards outstanding, this is an exciting time for you to join our team. Prior to the pandemic, the Academy remained for three years as the top non-selective secondary school for progress in Walsall based on validated results and is one of the highest performing secondary schools in the region.

The Academy continues to grow and thrive with approximately 1400 students. Our last Ofsted inspection in October 2021 judged the Academy to be good in all categories and for overall effectiveness with some excellent feedback. This appointment is a key factor in achieving our goal of working towards an Outstanding rating and this role will particularly focus on driving towards outstanding in further raising standards of teaching, learning and also on student Personal Development across the curriculum.

We have an ambitious curriculum, mapped in detail and a curriculum that is broad and deep, including the two year Key Stage 3. Students study a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 4 and there are plans to develop this further to support their next stage in education or employment and training. Leaders know what knowledge students should be taught and have sequenced learning well so students learn content in the right order and teachers and support staff work very well to and go the extra mile to support and improve students learning. Mistakes are spotted and modified through frequent assessment of learning.  Inspectors commented on the very effective use of support staff both faculty and SEND staff to support students learning, including developing literacy skills and our SEND students flourish.

There is a well- planned personal development curriculum and this also helps students to learn about a wide range of issues and students speak confidently on a range of topics and show respect for each other.

We pride ourselves on our high expectations of all learners. This creates a calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn. We offer a highly supportive environment and are committed to ensuring outstanding teaching, behaviour, progress and achievement. Staff are proud to work at the Academy, we have a clear plan and vision for what we need to do to improve towards outstanding and we are moving forwards at pace. This is an exciting time to join our Leadership Team.

This Vice Principal will provide the leadership required to work with the Principal and Leadership Team to achieve excellence. The role of this appointment will be as per the attached information although the precise responsibilities will be confirmed upon appointment. However, the structure and roles of the wider Leadership Team may be reviewed on appointment and may be subject to change dependent on individual strengths.

Applications are invited from individuals who are currently experienced senior leaders on a Leadership Team. This is an opportunity for an ambitions, committed and dynamic senior leader who has considerable experience and able to implement whole Academy systems, strategies and procedures in a high performing context.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious candidate to join our dynamic team at the forefront of change and to make a real difference to our drive to continue to raise standards of education in the Academy. If you believe that you have the skills and abilities to take on this role, we would love to hear from you.

The Academy is offering opportunities:

  • to work with a highly supportive, experienced and visible Leadership Team
  • to develop your leadership within excellent support and developmental opportunities to enhance your chances of further leadership progression in the future
  • an academy committed to doing the very best for our students

The successful candidate should:

  • be an outstanding teacher with a proven record of raising achievement
  • be able to lead and promote areas of the Academy as determined by the Principal and in consultation with the Leadership Team, in particular in relation to teaching, learning, use of data and assessments and/or personal development.
  • be a successful, highly organised leader with at least four years’ experience in school leadership at senior level, preferably with responsibility and experience in leadership of academic areas
  • have experience of leadership in more than one school
  • have a clear understanding of transforming behaviour and attitudes to learning and contributing to positive behaviour around the Academy
  • be able to inspire students and get the best from them
  • be positive, enthusiastic and resilient
  • be an effective team member
  • be ambitious for further career development and enhancement
  • have highly developed inter – personal skills and excellent ICT skills
  • have excellent knowledge and use of the data systems to identify, monitor and be able to target underachieving students
  • have a high standard of communication skills
  • be able to inspire students and get the best from them
  • have a clear understanding of the importance of safeguarding and equal opportunities
  • be able to work with effectively parents and the wider community
  • be positive, enthusiastic and resilient
  • meet the job specification criteria

Please see the attached job description and person specification and address this in your letter.

For further details and an application form please visit our web site:

Applicants should complete the application form and follow the details on the website. In addition, applicants should address the following two questions in their letter:

  1. Explain how your experience, skills and qualities to date have prepared you for this role. 
    The future of Joseph Leckie and your role within this?

We welcome visits from interested applicants (this will not form part of the selection process). The Academy is open for pre-arranged visits from Tuesday 4th January 2022. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Richards.

If you feel you have the experience for both of the roles advertised, please submit just one application form but submit a separate letter addressing your experiences and vision for the other role. 

Joseph Leckie Academy is an equal opportunities employer and fully committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students and candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 17th January 2021 at 3pm

Interviews will be held over: Wednesday 2nd or Thursday 3rd February and for those who are successful after the first day, the final part of the selection process will take place on Friday 4th February 2022

Please send completed applications to Mrs S Richards

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