Post Reference: 2033
Academy: Leeds East Academy
Job Title: Principal
Salary: L34 – L38 (£94,914 – £104,687)
Accountable to: Executive Principal
Leeds East Academy is an over-subscribed 11-16 academy that has recently achieved the title of UK Parliament School of the Year. We are a vibrant, diverse and welcoming academy community who are committed to securing our highly ambitious vision of ‘Everyone Exceptional’ for every single member of our wonderful school. Over the last three years the school has been on a rapid journey of transformation which has resulted in significant improvements in attendance, progress, and behaviour. We received a ‘good’ judgement in our 2019 Ofsted inspection and every member of our community is determined to convert this to outstanding and beyond at our next inspection.
We are proud to be an academy who forms part of the High-Performance Learner international community and our vision of ‘Everyone Exceptional’ is underpinned by the principles of High-Performance Learner. The principles simply foster the belief that every child can and will perform highly and are able to excel both academically and personally within the right climate and culture. We have worked closely with our academy community to develop a culture and climate in which both staff and students can flourish.
Our academy is committed to delivering an outstanding education to each and every one of our students. We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society.
White Rose Academies Trust is a local trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.
The Principal is accountable for all aspects of the educational outcomes and welfare of students within the academy, being responsible overall to White Rose Academies Trust for ensuring educational success within the wider framework of relevant national legislation, best practice and the values and vision established by the Trust.
In choosing the Principal, we are looking for an outstanding leader who is able to articulate the vision for the academy and who will inspire and empower others to share in achieving it. The successful candidate will be driven by a commitment to creating the best possible educational opportunities for the young people of Leeds, in order to raise aspirations and transform lives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by the latest School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document, which should be read in conjunction with this document. This job description is based on the National Standards for Excellence for Headteachers (DfE, 2020) which promote excellence as standard.
Overall purpose of the post of Principal:
In line with, and building on, the Trust’s vision, the Principal will:
Develop the academy as a catalyst for social change, improving the outcomes for students and the community as a whole.
Be committed to supporting the child through their learning journey from 11-16 and beyond.
Design and develop an outstanding, innovative and creative curriculum comprised of high quality vocational and academic options and utilising the latest technologies.
Develop in all students and staff versatile skills and attitudes required for lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world.
Develop positive external relationships at a local and strategic level, in partnership with the sponsors and others, to promote the continued development of the Academy, as a central resource for the community.
To create and manage a large organisation.
To recognise and develop sustainable commercial opportunities.
Design and develop an innovative and motivating curriculum in conjunction with your teachers and Trust peers, matched to students’ needs.
Drive up expectations and promote an aspirational culture.
Ensure focused, data driven improvement.
Involve students in decision-making processes by developing policies and practices that treat students as partners in the learning process.
Promote inspirational teaching and learning around all subjects.
Manage pastoral care, student welfare, child protection and anti-bullying procedures effectively.
Maintain effective assessment, recording and reporting systems of student progress, and establish challenging targets.
Part of White Rose Academies Trust – Leeds East Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of World Class.
We are securing our vision for World Class by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.
The trust currently employs over 500 members of staff and is responsible for educating and developing almost 4,000 students between the ages of 3 to 16. The trust consists of three secondary schools – Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy, and also welcomed its first primary school, Alder Tree Primary Academy, on 1st December 2020.
We believe the trust is a highly desirable place of work for an ambitious professional, who will be joining one of the most supportive and talented teams in the country.
White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group. Other members of the group include Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College and Leeds Conservatoire. The group provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies. They also share our vision of creating a truly world class trust.
Closing Date: Monday 16th May 2022, 9am
Shortlisting: Wednesday 18th May 2022
Interview date:24th and 25th May 2022
Start date: 1st September 2022
To apply, please click the apply button.
White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check.
Please note this role will involve contact with children and you will be engaging in regulated activity. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds. Applications are welcome from all, irrespective of sex, sexuality, race, religion, marital status, age or disability