PRINCIPALE DESIGNATE RECRUITEMENT
Finding the best match to fit in schools that aim to be the best
To fully delivery its promises, a Connected School needs to be part of a network of Schools in the U.K and abroad. The selected Principal Designate (PD) needs to share our belief that children can succeed regardless of their background. He also needs to agree that unless they have a SEN or certain form of disabilities, all children have the aptitude to successfully obtain the English Baccalaureate or equivalent. Whether there are more academically oriented or not is irrelevant, and therefore 100% A* to C is a very achievable goal.
The PD needs to believe in what the school is trying to achieve and how it is trying to achieve it as much as all the members of School4Future do. He or she would be expected to happily work unthinkable hours because he believes that RSF is a game changer and will be the first of a new generation of school for a new generation of learners. He or she needs to believe that an opportunity to do so much good goes beyond the need to work to get some income.
Although experience as a principal or head teacher is very important, trading in that actual experience of the job for equivalent experience in various positions in industry or in schools coupled with a high level of enthusiasm for the project would be very acceptable. What really matters is that the selected candidate has shown a great deal of leadership skills, demonstrated the ability to think laterally, and proven to be very resilient against adversity. Whatever happens in the school and its surrounding, the PD needs to be able to be counted on. The vision needs to remain his or her goal and can never be doubted: 100% is the aim because that is how it should be in all schools, and Connected Schools want to prove that where there is a will, there is a way.
Leading by the example needs to be one of the core value of the PD and because the emotional well-being of the learners is very important, he or she needs to believe in the virtue of high disciplinary expectations to create an environment where all learners feel safe and can enjoy their learning. This is so important that instead or in addition to a cover letter, the applicants could be asked to draft the school behaviour policy based on the information that will be contained in their pack.
The staffing structure requires the PD to be a team player and genuinely believe in consulting his staff before making important decision. Indeed, in a sense, all the teachers with responsibilities will be part of his leadership team. Once the school is set up and in line with the original vision, the PD will be free to make any decisions, however big they are that would help the school reach its goals.
In return, the school offer the PD the opportunity to be part of a milestone in the way learners are educated. It is a chance for him or her to work in a truly international setting. Eventually, the PD will have opportunities to travel, support sister school in less privileged part of the world and even develop his or her career abroad once the first cohort has completed their GCSEs as envisioned.