The Principal drives student achievement by leading a team of excellent staff to prepare SPARK scholars for
university and beyond. The Principal sets a rigorous vision for student achievement and implements strategic
steps to lead staff, families, students, and the greater community to fulfill that vision. The Principal
collaborates with the Assistant Principal(s) and School Operations Manager to uphold high expectations for
school culture, student achievement, and professional development.
The Principal drives decision making
within the SPARK Schools model in terms of the instructional program
and school operations to ensure that every SPARK scholar is academically successful and an excellent
representative of the SPARK core values. The Principal is integral to the SPARK Schools “culture” and our
commitment to rigorous, engaging learning experiences for our scholars.
Reports To: School Achievement Manager
Implement a highly rigorous and engaging instructional program that promotes content mastery, creative
problem solving, and character development, which is consistent with SPARK Schools’ mission and
Use quantitative (assessment) and qualitative (anecdotal) data to drive decision-making
and instruction at the school.
Create and maintain a school culture that values high achievement, strong character, and love for
Set ambitious goals, academically and otherwise, and holds staff and students accountable for
achieving those results.
Manage student behaviour and oversees the implementation of individualised plans for students who
repeatedly do not meet SPARK Schools’ behavioural expectations.
Promote a culture of self -reflection and continual improvement of effectiveness in staff.
Facilitate the professional development of SPARK staff by keeping a consistent weekly observation
and coaching cycle and collaborating with SPARK Support staff to provide relevant weekly
professional development sessions.
Conduct termly evaluations of SPARK staff to nurture their professional growth and leadership
Facilitate a high-achieving
work environment where staff feel genuinely valued and supported.
Build relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including parents, families, and the greater community,
and leverages these relationships to increase student achievement.
Lead termly and monthly school-
wide community events, leveraging the capacity of the school
leadership team, teachers, and active parents for support.
Manage the Assistant Principal(s) and facilitate their leadership development in the context of SPARK’s
network-wide leadership development program.
Assist in the preparation and management of budgets with the School Operations Manager.
Participate in the selection of new school based personnel.
Responsible for the onboarding of all new staff members.
Define and share information about policies and procedures to parents, students, staff and community.
Implement disciplinary policies and procedures.
Participate actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.
Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.
Qualifications and Criteria:
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:
English language fluency.
Police clearance certificate.
Grade 12 Certificate.
Completed B.Ed or PGCE degree.
Previous experience managing or working with primary school-aged children.
At least 3-4 years of excellent classroom instruction.
Previous experience leading a team, preferably in a school context.
Experience and practice with labour laws.
Grit: Persistence through challenges.
Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.
Mission and Vision Alignment : Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent
education at an affordable cost.
SelfReflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.
SPARK schools is an equal opportunities employer and preference will be given to candidates from designated groups with due consideration of the company’s Employment Equity goals and targets.