PA to the Principal

Ark Isaac Newton Academy

  • £27,665 - £32,828
  • London / London
  • Permanent
  • Full Time
Posted 3 days ago

PA to the Principal


Reports to:          Executive Assistant & HR Lead  

Start date:           As soon as possible

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

Hours:                 36 hours a week, 52 weeks per annum;

Salary:                 Ark Support Scale Band 6 (£27,665-£32,828)

Closing Date:      5pm, Wednesday 17th July 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 PA to the Principal to join our team of staff. The successful candidate will be the front-facing representative of Isaac Newton Academy, dealing with visitors, students, staff and other stakeholder groups and will provide an excellent level of customer service. They will be responsible for upholding the vision and ethos of the Academy at all times.


The successful candidate’s role will be to represent the Principal to a range of audiences and will be responsible for ensuring that routines, systems and procedures are in place to support the principal effectively in carrying out all aspects of my work to the highest possible standards.


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 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.


The successful candidate will:

  • have experience of liaising with students, staff members and external stakeholders
  • have PA experience in a busy office environment, experience within a school environment is desirable but not essential.  
  • possess excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations.
  • be passionate about working in a school and with young people

In this role you will:

  • play a key role in the evolution of Isaac Newton Academy
  • join the Ark Schools network, with comprehensive career and professional development provisions


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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