Academy: Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy
Salary: Competitive + excellent benefits including PHI + performance bonus
Status: Full-time, permanent
Closing date: 24 February 2020, 5:00 pm
Interview date(s): 4 and 5 March
Start date: September 2020
Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) is looking for an exceptional leader, a Principal who shares our vision and is fully committed to excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning for the benefit of all our students and their families.
OSCA is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, and in very close proximity to the centre of Birmingham. It is a slightly larger than average, 11–16 co-educational academy with approximately 1,080 students. It has grown over the last few years and is now full and oversubscribed in every year group for the sixth consecutive year. The academy’s reputation locally is excellent, and the catchment area has shrunk dramatically over the years, so competition for places is fierce. Staff and students work in a very pleasant learning environment, which has benefited from a major re-build and refurbishment programme. This has created exciting, new and well-equipped learning spaces. The majority of the academy’s students now live within a one-mile radius of the academy, making it an academy that is really at the heart of the community.
The academy proudly reflects its multicultural setting. Approximately 50% of students are of White British heritage, with around 25% of Asian heritage and 10% of Black African or Caribbean heritage. The remainder are of a variety of other or mixed heritage. Around one quarter of our students speak English as an additional language. Forty per cent are disadvantaged, and just under 10% have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Together with increasing numbers of students with high prior attainment and growing student aspirations, this makes the academy an exciting and extremely satisfying place in which to work.
The academy has been recognised with a myriad of awards over recent years. These include the Investors In People Gold Award, The Quality In Careers Standard Gold Award, The Basic Skills Quality Mark, and the Discovering Democracy Award. Most recently OSCA has been award the Artsmark Gold Award. This is a fantastic time to join the vibrant and caring learning community at OSCA. Its strong code of values guides its work and creates a secure and safe environment where all students can thrive and succeed. Staff are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential by having the highest aspirations and a commitment to academic excellence.
Since joining Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) in September 2009, the academy has been on an incredible journey. It has twice been rated as good by Ofsted, most recently in 2018, and the academy is now strongly positioned to continue its work towards outstanding. This work continues with an extremely committed and well-balanced body of staff, the unfailing support of its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, the challenge and constant encouragement of the governing body, the partnership we enjoy with our families, and most importantly, our enthusiastic students of whom we are very proud.
Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy offers a wide range of extracurricular activities; through sports and arts, STEM, music and performing arts, to leadership and adventure with DofE. Student Voice is all pervasive at the academy, and it is the lead school across all OAT academies for the #iwill project. The aim is to cater for the widest possible range of students’ differing interests and all are encouraged to get involved and enjoy this extra dimension of their work at the academy.
We know that achievement of the highest order is within our reach and we now look to consolidate our progress and continue to push for outstanding outcomes. With this in mind, we are looking for an exceptional professional to lead our staff body who can demonstrate the ability to achieve outstanding outcomes and make a significant difference to the lives of the young people at the academy.
The overall purpose of the role is to develop and sustain an exceptional educational provision for all students in the academy.
Strategic direction and development of the academy:
Teaching and learning:
Leading and managing staff:
Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources:
In order to provide development opportunities and to match individual remits to areas of strength, there will be adjustments to the exact remit for all members of the leadership team, on an annual basis. The duties specified above are therefore neither exclusive nor exhaustive and may change over time.
The academy is committed to equality and diversity for all members of staff. The academy will take action to discharge this responsibility, but many of the actions rely on individual staff members embracing their responsibilities with commitment, and ensuring a positive and collaborative approach to equality and diversity. This requires all staff to support initiatives on equality and diversity which will include embracing development and training designed to enhance practices and the experiences of staff, students and visitors to the academy, with an all-inclusive approach that celebrates differences.
All application forms, with supporting statements, should be emailed to email@example.com.
Visits to the academy are strongly encouraged as are conversations with Paula Arrowsmith, Regional Director. Please contact Paula directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07963 321 869.
Visits to the academy can be scheduled. Please contact the Principal’s PA, Jayne Orme to arrange a tour on email@example.com. Your formal letter of application (supporting statement) should be no longer than two sides of A4 and should address the selection criteria detailed in the person specification earlier in this document.