Associate Principal

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  • Ash Hill Academy
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  • Required for September 2022
    Application Closes: 28/01/2022 12:00
    Interview Date: TBC
    Job Length: Permanent
  • Weeks of work: 39
    Days of work: 5
    Hours of work: 32.5
  • Post: Associate Principal
    Salary (FTE): 23 - £72,497.00 to 27 - £79,958.00 Salary subject to pro-rata
    Responsible to: Associate Executive Principal
About Delta Academies Trust

Purpose of the job:

Ash Hill Academy are looking to appoint an Associate Principal to join our academy in April or September 2022 on a full-time permanent basis.  The successful applicant will support the CEO, Executive Principal’s and Principal’s in providing leadership and strategic direction to any academy within the Trust as specified by the CEO by ensuring the provision of high quality teaching and learning; high standards and high expectations from students, staff and the community; developing collaborative links with other academies, schools and the wider education community; providing a mentoring role for senior leaders and modelling outstanding practice at all times.

Ash Hill is a challenging yet extremely rewarding school on the move! Situated just off the M18, the school is ideally located for travel from Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Goole and Scunthorpe.  Currently, results are on a 3 year upward trend, student numbers are on a 3 year upward trend and parental buy-in is the best it has ever been!  

Staff morale is high (ask them), staff CPD is targeted to meet the academy’s needs whilst catering for teacher professional development – we finance a variety of NPQ’s and support both external and internal sessions. Two hours per week is given to every teacher as a minimum. As part of a trust, career opportunities and the sharing of best practice is widespread – support is always at hand.

We have recently moved into our new 21st century school built to meet our growing needs; come for a visit and join us on our journey.

The academy has recently been awarded a judgement of Good in all categories with outstanding features.

Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact Lynn Holland on 01302 840961 if you would like to arrange a visit.



  • To support the overall strategic management and operational activity of the Academy.
  • To provide enthusiastic, innovative and consistent leadership across the Trust.
  • To work positively with the Academy community to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.
  • Implement rigorous and sustainable policies and strategies in order to transform the outcome for students at the Academy.
  • To ensure that students are healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve maximum potential, achieve economic and personal well-being once they leave the Academy.
  • To develop the reputation of the Academy, locally, regionally and nationally.

 Teaching and Learning

  • Supporting the Executive Principal/Principal to ensure that a modern, up to date curriculum is developed and implemented and that curriculum delivery is translated into effective learning and assessment practice.
  • Encourage and promote innovation in educational provision, ensuring that the academy can meet changing needs and demands consistent with government guidelines and requirements.
  • Ensure that high quality provision is available to all students regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, economic background or special educational needs.
  • Help develop a culture where students feel safe, confident and can attain their maximum educational outcomes.

Developing Self and Working with Others

  • Help develop and maintain a culture of high expectations of self and others.
  • To support the development of effective strategies and procedures for staff induction, professional development and performance management in line with agreed local and national policy and procedures.
  • To support the clear delegation of tasks and responsibilities.
  • To treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive culture.

Finance, Personnel and Resources

  • Ensure that all the activities of the Academy are conducted in accordance with all legal requirements and regulations.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are consistent with “best practice” and recognised codes of probity.
  • To ensure that all resources are organised and managed to provide the best possible outcomes for students.
  • To ensure that development of positive solutions to achieving diversity, dignity and equality in all aspects of service delivery and engagement with the broader community.
  • To work positively with the Executive Principal/Principal to address any issues of concern or focus to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.
  • To report to and discuss with the Executive Principal, any resource requirements of any specific academy that can be met by the Trust e.g. the requirement for Subject Director involvement.

Data security and confidentiality

  • To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
  • To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
  • To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).


  • To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
  • To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.

As an Associate Principal, the Trust expects you to:

  1. Be flexible and innovative in order to meet the constantly changing demands of the post.
  2. Be prepared to undertake outreach work on behalf of the academy/Trust.
  3. Keep up to date on educational development, strategy and thinking.
  4. Actively pursue your own development as a potential Principal.
  5. Show commitment to the rigorous continuous improvement of the academy.
  6. Attend AAB meetings and relevant sub-committees.
  7. Demonstrate a positive commitment to working with all stakeholders (students, AAB members, parents, staff, etc.) to improve the performance of the academy.
  8. Put students first in everything you do.
  9. Be committed to providing a world class workforce in order to provide the best possible opportunity for all our students.

The Trust will provide you with:

  1. The opportunity to experience a comprehensive range of leadership and management situations.
  2. The opportunity to shadow and work closely with the Executive Principal and other Principals.
  3. Support, mentorship and coaching in the roles/duties you are asked to perform.
  4. Constructive and regular feedback on your performance.
  5. A wide range of experiences to develop/enhance your management and leadership competencies.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.

Experience and Knowledge

Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate


  • Graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (C)
  • Existing or aspiring Vice Principal with a proven track record of managing change quickly and effectively
  • Ability to drive and deliver transformational and cultural change
  • Clear understanding of what constitutes a good school and what needs to be done to make it outstanding
  • Deep knowledge and clear understanding of educational legislation, new innovation and developments
  • Proven ability to successfully manage all resources effectively
  • Ability to motivate staff to ensure high performance
  • Ability to translate a visionary/innovative concept into a practical implementation plan
  • Comprehensive knowledge of performance management requirements in an educational context
  • An excellent classroom practitioner with the highest expectations for the welfare and progress of all students
  • Have a thorough understanding of curriculum development
  • Experience of monitoring and improving the quality of teaching and learning
  • Proven experience in the analysis of performance data for the purposes of target setting and evaluation
  • Innovative leadership skills with a clear understanding of education opportunity and how this can be translated into practical reality
  • Outstanding, collaborative leader with the ability to forge positive relationships in order to promote the success of the academy
  • Enthusiastic leader, committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for students and the community the academy serves
  • Ability to build a sustainable workforce of high quality staff and leaders
  • Able to provide clear direction and shared purpose for all students, staff and stakeholders
  • Able to work positively with all stakeholders and partners
  • Excellent communicator who is at ease with all stakeholders but particularly with students and parents
  • Very strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence others to the benefit of the academy
  • Able to drive and have the use of a car for business use in order to travel to any of the academies within the Trust
  • Ability to use the full range of leadership skills and qualities including emotional intelligence as appropriate to the situation
  • Enthusiastic and motivational leader with strong morale building skills
  • Ability to drive forward change very often in challenging circumstances
  • Resilient and determined but can also provide support, demonstrate empathy and deal with staff in a sensitive and considerate manner
  • Committed to inclusion and diversity to ensure the maximum benefits for students and equality in employment and service delivery matters
  • Able to provide clear direction and shared purpose for students, staff and stakeholders
  • Committed to personal development for all staff including themselves
  • Committed to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)


  • Achieved NPQH
  • Hold AST or Excellent Teacher Status
  • Have experience of strategic planning