Leeds City Academy
Spot Salary:  £89,297 + up to £10,000 PRP payment

An exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to join the rapidly improving White Rose Academies Trust on its journey to Outstanding.


The Trust is proud to be sponsored by Leeds City College, which along with the Trust, Keighley College and Leeds College of Music is part of the Luminate Education Group.  In July 2019, the highly respected Harrogate College will also join the innovative and transformational Luminate Education Group.


Executive Principal, Andrew Whitaker, joined the Trust in September 2016, when all three academies were at risk of being placed in ‘Special Measures’. On joining, Andrew made a pledge that all three academies would be judged outstanding by 2020. True to his word, the last two years have seen rapid improvements at all three academies and, following the release of the National League Tables for Secondary Schools in October 2017, the Trust celebrated record-breaking progress across all of its schools.


• Leeds City Academy was placed as the fourth most improved school in Yorkshire and then secured its best ever GCSE results in Summer 2018.


• Leeds East Academy was placed in the top 15% of schools nationally for progress, the most improved school in Yorkshire and the fourth most improved school in the country.


• Leeds West Academy is one of the most improved schools in the West of Leeds.


All three academies were proud to be featured in the 2018 edition of The Parliamentary Review, a publication which aims to share best practice among policy makers and business leaders.


We are now seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to join the Trust as Principal of Leeds City Academy and would like to hear from anyone who feels they have the skills and ambition to fulfil our vision, whilst inspiring and empowering others to achieve it. The successful candidate will be driven by a commitment to create the best educational opportunities for young people, to raise aspirations and transform lives.


Close to the City Centre and the University of Leeds, the Academy is proud of its diverse student body (just over 600 students with over 47 different languages spoken in the Academy and over 69% of students EAL) who, along with our staff body, bring to life our motto ‘Aspire Together, Achieve Together’ every single day. With average class sizes of just 17, we believe the Academy is a highly desirable place of work for ambitious education professionals, who will be joining one of the most productive, supportive and talented leadership teams in the country.  Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of secondary schools in the region - Leeds City Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of outstanding by 2021.

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Accountable to: Executive Principal, Trust Board of Directors, Local Accountability Board

Core Purpose of the Principal: 

The Principal is accountable for all aspects of the educational outcomes and welfare of students within the Academy, being responsible overall to the 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.

Job description

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.


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 complex institution.

  • To recognise and develop sustainable commercial opportunities.

The White Rose Academies Trust offers a wide range of benefits for all of its employees click here to find out more about whats available

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Application Information





Closing Date:       Thursday 7th March 2019 - 4pm

Shortlisting Date:  Friday 8th March 2019

Interviews:             Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March 2019

Start Date:            ASAP



To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date of Thursday 7th March 2019 at 4pm.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept CV’s.




The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and a DBS check.

Principal Application Pack
Supporting Documents

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The White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group


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