Ark Isaac Newton Academy

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  • London / London
  • Permanent
  • Full Time
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  • Contract Term:
  • Expiry Date: 26/04/24
  • Job Reference: IsaacNewton-5520
Posted 4 weeks ago



Reports to:         Vice Principal

Start date:          September 2024

Location:            Isaac Newton Academy, 1 Cricklefield Pl, Ilford IG1 1FY

 Salary:               Competitive/ Leadership scale (depending on experience)

Closing Date:     5pm, Friday 26th April 2024

Interviews:         Candidates will be contacted once shortlisted



Isaac Newton Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming students of all backgrounds from the local community. We opened in 2012 with our inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. Isaac Newton Academy is an all through school with students from Reception to Year 13. Our mission is – striving together to be pioneers whose legacy makes a positive difference for our world.


The school was founded on the belief that all students can make dramatic progress within the right environment. Students, teachers, staff and parents are committed to making Isaac Newton a vibrant and inclusive learning community in which everyone can succeed.


We offer a rich curriculum emphasising core academic subjects, whilst providing the facilities, time and specialist staff to ensure students develop across a range of subjects. Music is at the heart of our school, with every student learning an instrument and all secondary students having the chance to be part of our Big Band ensembles.


Our school won Secondary School of the Year in the 2018 Shine a Light Awards for its commitment to developing students’ communication skills and was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year in the 2018 TES Awards. Our Music Department were recently shortlisted for Excellence in Creative Arts at the TES School Awards 2023.



The opportunity


We are now seeking a skilled and committed leader to join the team as SENCO for the secondary academy, who will play an important role in the overall management of the academy. As SENCO  for the secondary academy you will lead, develop and support effective practice for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), English as an Additional Language (EAL) and those with additional needs, to ensure that they are able to make rapid progress in line with the Academy’s expectations. You will lead the Secondary Inclusion Faculty and be responsible for developing the expertise of staff to provide high quality education.


We are highly ambitious for our students and our staff are pivotal to our success. As part of the staff team, you will have the opportunity to work with great colleagues and develop your career through an outstanding professional development programme. You will be encouraged to be a reflective and open practitioner and be supported by the expertise of the Principal and experienced network colleagues, to develop yourself as an outstanding leader.


You will also have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the network to develop excellent practice. In addition, we offer attractive remuneration, above the national pay scales as well as a range of benefits including reduced gym membership and large retail discounts.


The successful candidate will:


  • be an outstanding manager with a proven track record of delivering excellence have experience of successfully leading a in a school or similar setting
  • have experience of delivering effective training to individuals and groups of staff
  • have experience of helping coordinate the vision and strategy for a large school or organisation
  • have experience of managing effective external relationships with community and other stakeholders
  • be passionate about working in a school and with young people


To apply


For further information on this brilliant opportunity as well as the fantastic benefits available, please see the job description and person specification below.


Job Description & Person Specification


If you would like to have an informal discussion with the Principal about the role, or have technical questions about the application process,  please contact his Executive Assistant and HR Lead Sam Jones at We look forward to receiving your application.


Applications will be reviewed periodically, and the school may close the vacancy early if high numbers of applications are received so early applications are advisable.


Please note that if you are shortlisted for the role that we will complete online searches as part of due diligence checks in line with KCSIE guidance.


To read more about Ark, please visit


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process which will include questions about safeguarding.


This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.

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