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Academy: Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Location: Sandwell

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

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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 Role

Core purpose

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:

  • Establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality, high expectations and aspirations of all students.
  • Work alongside the local governing body and OAT Executive in implementing OAT and the academy procedures and policies.
  • Ensure that the management, finance, organisation and administration of the academy, support its vision and aims.
  • Ensure the commitment of parents and the wider community to the vision and direction of the academy.
  • Continue to develop effective relationships with other academies in OAT.
  • Create and implement a strategic plan, underpinned by sound financial planning, which identifies the priorities, actions and targets that will guide the academy on its journey to “exceptional” in all areas.
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the academy’s policies, priorities and targets to drive continuous improvement.
  • Present accurate accounts of the academy’s performance that are appropriate for a range of audiences including parents, governors, OAT and Ofsted.
  • Ensure a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Main tasks

Teaching and learning:

  • Ensure that outstanding teaching and learning is the primary objective for all staff.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and standards of learning and achievement of all students, including those supported through enhanced resources, in order to set and meet ambitious targets for improvement.
  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement.
  • Develop a curriculum that promotes outstanding literacy and numeracy skills while ensuring that the needs, interests and aspirations of individual students are addressed.
  • Ensure that effective, appropriate pastoral support is available to students.
  • Ensure that the academy complies with the statutory requirements that promote equal opportunities for all.
  • Build upon the effective partnership with parents to support and improve students’ achievement.
  • Ensure appropriate enrichment opportunities are provided and given a high priority.

Leading and managing staff:

  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement.
  • Maximise the contribution of staff to improve the quality of education provided.
  • Develop effective and transformational leadership and management across the academy.
  • Implement “best practice” OAT performance management processes.
  • Acknowledge the responsibilities and celebrate the achievement of individuals and teams.

Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources:

  • Work with OAT, governors and senior colleagues to recruit staff of the highest quality available.
  • Advise the governing body on the adoption of effective procedures to deal with the competence and capability of staff.
  • Agree and set appropriate priorities for expenditure with the governing body to enable the academy to secure its objectives.
  • Manage and organise accommodation efficiently and effectively, to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
  • Manage, monitor and review the range, quality, quantity and use of all available resources in order to improve the quality of education, improve students’ achievements, ensure efficiency and secure value for money.

Variation in role

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.

Equality and diversity

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.

How to Apply

All application forms, with supporting statements, should be emailed to

Visits to the academy are strongly encouraged as are conversations with Paula Arrowsmith, Regional Director. Please contact Paula directly at 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 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.


OSCA Principal information pack

OAT Principal application form