Kenton School, Drayton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3RU.

Vice Principal

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

L22-L26: £70,745 to £78,025 per annum, plus relocation package available.

This school has Academy status and you will be employed by the Board of Trustees.

Kenton School - all different all equal

Drayton Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE3 3RU.

Required for September 2021.

Kenton School’s motto sums up its values: “all different, all equal” and we want our students to be “all achieving”. With around 1800 students (and rising), coming from a variety of backgrounds across Newcastle upon Tyne, over half of whom are entitled to the pupil premium, the school aims to recognise each of its students as an individual with their own talents, ambitions and needs.

Graded as ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted in early 2019, the school has made a number of improvements on its journey towards Good. Our Post 16 provision is judged Good with the sixth form growing steadily. We pride ourselves on offering a well-balanced curriculum, which was recognised at the TES Awards in 2019, when we were shortlisted for Creative School of the Year and shortlisted for the Pearson’s Teaching Awards 2020 for the Arts.

Whilst we have made progress, we have more to do; we have had stubborn under performance at Key Stage 4 and attendance has been a challenge, both of these require more rapid and sustained improvement. With our committed and passionate team and the addition of an exceptional new Vice Principal joining our Headship Team, we will thrive.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who leads by example through demonstrating best practice in all aspects of teaching, assessment and behaviour for learning. We are seeking candidates with a thorough understanding of the local and national issues surrounding the provision of secondary education, combined with the interpersonal, negotiation, influencing skills and professional credibility to positively engage all school stakeholders.

More importantly, however, we are seeking candidates with an absolute commitment to our core aim of ensuring that all students within Kenton School achieve their potential, whatever their barriers, background, social status, gift or need.

If you are the person we are looking for you will be able to demonstrate:

• A proven track record of outstanding leadership at either Assistant or Vice Principal level.

• Demonstrable experience driving performance improvements in a curriculum or core leadership area.

• An ability to think and act strategically with sensitivity to organisational and wider political priorities to deliver high quality outcomes.

• An ability to present views and opinions in discussion which contribute to positive outcomes including the ability to challenge, give feedback and accept feedback constructively.

• A proven track record of people, resource and financial management.

• An ability to demonstrate high expectations and to instil these in others.

• An unfettering work ethic and resilience

This is a challenging role, but an exciting one, joining us as we are on our journey towards making a real difference. The successful candidate will not only have the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of Kenton School but also the community it so proudly serves.

For an informal discussion regarding the role or to arrange a visit, please contact Gemma Taylor, PA to the Principal on 0191 214 2205.

How to Apply: You can apply through the TES website by clicking on the Quick Apply link. Alternatively, you can download and application pack from our website at and selecting Vacancies. Applications can be returned either by email to

Closing date: 12 noon on 17 March 2021.

Kenton Schools Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers in our schools to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families.


Closing date:

17 March 2021

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