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LEA Principal
Leeds East Academy
Spot salary of £88,000 - £100,000 - plus a 10% PRP allowance.  For an exceptional candidate, a spot salary in excess of £100,000 may be offered. (Relocation package may be available).

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.


You will be expected to meet the four ‘Excellence As Standard’ domains outlined in the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers, outlined in Appendix 1.

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 11-19 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.

Strategic direction and development:

You will:

  • Provide the strategic vision, effective management and operational efficiency to fulfil the ethos of the academy.

  • Lead a complex organisation effectively and efficiently and ensure the successful implementation of the free school initiative as it develops and grows.

  • Work in conjunction with community, business and industry partners and other local community and educational organisations to develop reciprocal opportunities.

Teaching and Learning

You will:

  • Be central to the recruitment strategy for teaching within an expanding academy.

  • 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 focussed, 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.

 

Leading and managing staff

You will:

  • Promote the academy vision and values and an ethos in which the highest achievements are expected from all members of the academy community.

  • Establish and develop effective team working practices.

  • Develop rigorous procedures for monitoring the performance of all staff including setting objectives and individual personal development plans, including reference to the Trust’s staff appraisal policies.

  • Ensure an aspirational and motivational culture is developed, sustained and celebrated.

 

Efficient and effective use of staff and resources

You will:

  • Promote the academy vision and values and an ethos in which the highest achievements are expected from all members of the academy community.

  • Establish and develop effective team working practices.

  • Develop rigorous procedures for monitoring the performance of all staff including setting objectives and individual personal development plans, including reference to the Trust’s staff appraisal policies.

  • Ensure an aspirational and motivational culture is developed, sustained and celebrated.

Efficient and effective use of staff and resources
You will:

  • Work with the Director of Resources to advise the Local Accountability Board on the formulation of the annual budget in order that the Academy and the Trust secures their objectives.

  • Ensure that the allocation and use of accommodation provides a positive and safe learning environment that promotes the highest achievement for all.

  • Develop the academy’s commercial opportunities.

  • Ensure that the available IT resources meet the needs of staff and students in an ever changing technological age.

Accountability

You will:

  • Work effectively with the Executive Principal, the Chair of the Local Accountability Board and the Board itself to enable it to meet its responsibilities for securing effective teaching and learning and high standards of achievement, and for achieving efficiencies and value for money.

  • Work closely with the Board of The White Rose Academies Trust, its other academies, strategic partners and stakeholders.

Leeds East Academy is the most improved school in Yorkshire and the 4th most improved school in the country, celebrating remarkable GCSE results with an outstanding Progress 8 improvement of +1.09.

Thriving under new leadership and housed within a state-of-the-art new school building, Leeds East Academy is now the premier choice of school for families in the local area.

Leeds East Academy is also a highly desirable and dynamic world-class establishment 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 schools in the region - 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 outstanding by 2020.

We're securing our 2020 vision for outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared the goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire.

The White Rose Academies Trust

The 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 Trust employs over 300 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Working in partnership with Gorse Academies Trust, we are on a significant journey which will see all of our schools Ofsted rated as outstanding within three years.

We are sponsored by Leeds City College, who providing expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond.

Deadline for applications:  Friday 9th March 2018 – 12 noon

Shortlisting: W/C 12th March 2018

Interviews: W/C 19th March 2018 (most likely 20th March and 21st March)

Start Date: September 2018 or sooner

 

All post holders are accountable through The White Rose Academies Trust Performance Management Policy. 

 

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.

 

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.

Downloads
Principal Application Pack
Supporting Information 

Notes:
All academy leaders are subject to the requirements of the NCSL National Standards together with the Operational framework. This criteria will form part of the individual’s professional development, performance management and review to be carried out by the Trust Board and Executive Principal.


All academy leaders are subject to the requirements of the OFSTED measures of effectiveness, which will be monitored by the Trust Board, and the Executive Principal.


The above responsibilities are subject to the general duties and responsibilities contained in the statement of Conditions of Employment.
This job description allocates duties and responsibilities but does not direct the particular amount of time to be spent on carrying them out and no part of it may be so construed.


This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subject to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the holder of the post.


The duties may be varied to meet the changing demands of the academy at the reasonable discretion of the Executive Principal and the Trust Board.


This job description does not form part of the contract of employment. It describes the way the post holder is expected and required to perform and complete the particular duties as set out in the foregoing.

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