The Flaship School

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Principal, Hastings

Closing date: 3 Jul 2020 

Salary: L26 -L29

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Permanent

Date Posted: 12 Jun 2020

Closing date: 3 Jul 2020

Start date: January 2021

The Flagship School is seeking to appoint an outstanding professional to be the Principal of a new Free School in Hastings.

The school has been founded by a group of committed parents and professionals, working collaboratively together to develop an exciting, innovative and pioneering school in Hastings for children with neuro-diverse profiles and social emotional and mental health needs who have the capacity to meet age related expectations and who have education, health and social care plans.

The school will be located on the site of the former Helenswood Upper School, situated upon the Ridge in Hastings. It will be a new build, with design work for the school currently underway and construction of the site due to start in September 2020. There will be 72 places; pupils will range from year 3 to year 11.

The school will open in September 2021 with the Principal Designate in post from January 2021, to lead pupil and family engagement, establish networks with agencies involved with the pupils, continue and develop partnership with the Local Authority and with the support of the Trustees, manage recruitment, agree budgets and take forward all aspects of the detailed planning work necessary to open a new, innovative and pioneering school.

At the Flagship School, we are committed to the establishing of a trauma, attachment and neuro-diverse aware organisation. Our ambition is to be a pioneering school, drawing on best practice and emerging evidence from psychology, science and educational research to provide an inspiring, integrated and aspirational education for our children.

The philosophy of the school embraces the importance of all staff working collaboratively to ensure that every aspect of the school day provides opportunities for students to make progress, academically, socially and emotionally.

The Flagship School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

As Principal of the school ,you will deliver inspirational leadership; working in partnership with parents and carers and valuing and supporting members of the wider school community. You will model outstanding child-centred care and pedagogy, have sky high expectations of the children, your colleagues and yourself and be a fluent, experienced practitioner with autistic and neuro-diverse children and children with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs.

You will be expected to contact and have a conversation with the Chair of Trustees and other members of the Board, prior to the formal selection process. There will be a two day selection process for candidates in July.

To discuss the role further, please contact Helen Kay at

For a recruitment pack please contact:

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 3 July 2020

Shortlisting date: Monday 6 July 2020.
Interview dates: Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 July 2020.
Start date: 1 January 2021.

Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity. This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisations, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

The Flagship School Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks