Thank you for your interest in working for Southend on Sea Borough Council Learning Services. We are currently seeking to appoint a Head of Service – School Performance and Provision to report into our Director of Learning Services. It is a great time to join the Council as we work towards our Southend 2050 vision, embedding practices and plans that will make Southend a better place in which to live and work.

Education in the borough of Southend on Sea is currently buoyant, we remain consistently above national averages, and we are looking for a Head of Service who can work with education providers to build on their many strengths while also identifying areas for improvement and engaging leaders in taking this forward. We are also striving in partnership with our Education Board to build upon inclusiveness in education to ensure every child in the borough is given the best opportunity to gain positive outcomes.

The role will involve senior level work with a variety of local stakeholders including primary, secondary and special school head teachers. You will need to have excellent levels of knowledge and experience, and the ability to quickly establish professional credibility. You will be able to demonstrate the passion, vision and energy to drive change and innovation in collaboration.

Southend on Sea is a seaside town enjoying major redevelopment and investment. It offers great educational and cultural opportunities and is conveniently sited to access several major transport links to London by road and rail and to Europe and other parts of the country via London Southend Airport.

This post offers an excellent opportunity to champion inclusive, excellent education and to enhance the life choices and opportunity for all children in the borough of Southend on Sea.

Southend is catching. You will very soon passionately care about our residents, through your energy and drive you will really want to make a lasting difference for learners in the Borough. Through working alongside our schools, for the right person, the rewards of successfully sustaining and building upon existing strengths will be worth the effort. I look forward to receiving your application.

Brin Martin
Director of Learning