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School Leadership Cover Letter

Assistant Principal Cover Letter Sample

This assistant principal cover letter is a great complement to the assistant principal resume. It has the same formatting, style, border, and fonts to keep both documents matching and consistent.

It starts by clearly stating what position he wishes to apply for, as well as listing Rupert's many credentials to indicate he is fully qualified for this administrator position. This will intrigue the reader and make them want to read on.

It goes on to discuss his years of administrative experience and the leadership role he has played in his current role as an assistant principal. His ability to cultivate a supportive learning environment and reinforce the school's standards, policies, and goals are vital to point out. He lists some of his most impressive accomplishments and accolades he has achieved for the school, as well as what these experiences have brought him in refined administrative skills.

To help uncover your best accomplishments and top personal success stories to include in your own cover letter, you can answer the following questions:

  • Have you initiated and established new systems for your school community?
  • Have you started any school programs that helped to improve the school you were previously employed for?
  • Do you have a specialized expertise in school management and administration?
  • Can your track record speak for your accomplishments and qualifications to obtain a position as a school administrator?
  • Did you reduce absenteeism, if so, by what percentage?
  • Did you pursue advanced education to keep up with the current changes in school administration?
  • Have you participated in seminars, training, or other workshops related to your position to enhance your knowledge and skills?

The answers to these questions are all things that you include in your cover letter to make it stronger and show a school what you have to offer them. This will enhance your chances of obtaining the position you are wishing to secure.

The third and fourth paragraphs in this sample assistant principal cover letter are a very strong and effective sales pitch, as we continue to list relevant strengths and detail his goals and objectives as an administrator. This effectively describes what he wishes to accomplish for this potential school community if they select him.

In the last paragraph, Rupert asks to meet with the school district representative to discuss what contributions he can offer to the school community; thus, giving that extra nudge to the reader to pick up the phone and offer him a job interview!

Don't forget to scrutinize the resume example for an assistant principal to examine how we formatted and wrote about her student teaching experience and accomplishments.

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“Make it easy for us to shortlist you”, is a commonly heard, heartfelt plea from governors to headteacher candidates. Governors perform recruitment duties on a voluntary basis, after all, and you make it easier for them to select you by following their advice.

Ensure you and the school are right for each other
“One recent applicant didn’t visit our school and failed to give a reason why not. It signalled to me that this was not a serious candidate”.

Remember the application is a two-way process and you need to check that this is a  school where you can make your mark as head teacher. First of all you need to read the advertisement thoroughly and check you meet all criteria. If the specification in the advertisement is unclear or vague, it may signal that the governors have not done their homework and may not bode well for the future. Equally, if you fail to take the opportunity to visit the school on the advertised open days, it’s a signal to recruiters that are not a serious candidate.

Write a cover letter
“We pay great attention to a cover letter – it is absolutely essential. Think of it as a personal introduction“.

Providing a cover letter to accompany your application is good business practice and if you received a personal letter with your candidate pack, it’s plain good manners. Your letter should be two or three paragraphs and no longer than a single page. It should be an introduction and an enticement to read your application. The letter should briefly explain:

  • Why you’re applying
  • Why this school
  • Why at this time in your career
  • Confirm that you are available for interview on the advertised dates

Provide evidence
“Governors can only shortlist on what they read in your application – they can’t read between the lines”.

The bulk of your application will constitute filling in the standard application form and personal statement. Most schools mark these on a shortlisting grid, awarding points for key skills mentioned. Not mentioning required attributes or not backing up with proof of their accomplishment will lose you points. You should therefore approach this systematically, addressing each of the points in turn. It’s not enough to make a bald statement such as, ‘I am a good communicator’. You need to give an example of how a good communication produced a positive outcome. Likewise it’s futile simply listing the courses you have attended; you need to show how your personal development has the benefited the school; in other words that you offer value for money.

Show your intellectual clout
“I expect a candidate to understand what is unique about our school and to explain how they would develop this”.

“If candidates don’t meet all the requirements specified, they shouldn’t bother applying.” is one governor’s candid comment. “Person specifications are often devised by local authorities and are much of a muchness. What will really make a candidate stand out is their understanding and eloquence about what is distinctive. Ideally this should be laid out early on in the application.”

Allocate sufficient time
“We have received applications that were so poorly communicated that we couldn’t understand what they were trying to convey”.

A rushed ‘night before’ application will show, usually in a sloppy, poorly communicated end product. The time that you skimp on your application may mean more time spent by the recruiters who have to pore over your application trying to discern its meaning. Don’t forget that governors are volunteers with day jobs and it’s a waste of their time as well as discourtesy, not to provide information that is easy to digest.

Proof read your application
“We had one candidate who misspelt their own name”.

Applications are too often riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, recruiters report. And, for someone who is applying for the top post in a learning establishment, such an application is not a good personal recommendation. Pay particular attention to the spellings of names and the title of the person you address it to. A Dr. should not be addressed as Mr. or Mrs., nor should a Ms. morph into a Miss. As well as spell checking your application on the word processor, enlist a friend or trusted colleague to read through your application and letter. Even computers get it wrong sometimes.

With thanks to Helen Drake, chair of governors, Martin Primary School, London; Pam Henderson, chair of governors, Morley Memorial, Cambridge; Michael Watson, director of recruitment, TES Prime.

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