GRT Community Cohesion Leader


Leeds East Academy

S01.29 – 31 £27,538 - £29,360 Pro Rata £23,665 - £25,220

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Accountable to: Assistant Principal – Attendance and Community Transformation

Leeds East Academy is a diverse and vibrant school community which has recently been judged as ‘Good’ across all areas of the Ofsted framework. In the Ofsted report inspectors commented; 'Leaders' aspirations for the school are high. They are determined that all of their pupils, regardless of background, will achieve as highly as possible. Leaders have created an ambitious and optimistic culture across the school'. The school has been on a rapid journey of improvement securing a Progress 8 score in 2018 in line with the national average. Housed within a state-of-the-art 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 establishment for ambitious education professionals, who will be joining a forward thinking organisation committed to securing the highest educational, professional and personal standards for the community we serve.


Role: We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to join our passionate team, who are committed to ensuring all students continue to achieve beyond their potential.  This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to join a department dedicated to improving outcomes, aspirations and life chances of young people.  As part of the Academy Attendance and Welfare Team the GRT (Gypsy, Roma and Traveller) Community Cohesion Leader will be responsible for cultivating and promoting lasting change within the local and school GRT community, in addition to supporting with the effective running of the PB policy.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct, design and implement a robust programme of intervention which is flexible and responsive to the risks identified in the GRT community, to ensure pupils can manage those risks effectively and secure positive outcomes in terms of attendance, behaviour and achievement.

  • Establish an understanding of the risks present within the local GRT community and use this information to identify key groups of students within the academy who could be vulnerable to the risks presented.

  • Create and develop links with parents, community leaders, the police and the local MP in order to create and establish stronger links with the GRT community and raise the profile of Leeds East Academy within the local area.

  • Use imagination and creativity to develop this role so it is at the heart of GRT community transformation which is measurable through a reduction in the crime statistics in the local area, improvement of outcomes for GRT students and increase in the number of GRT students leaving Leeds East Academy to pursue professional careers.

  • With the Community Cohesion Leader (non-GRT), develop the reputation of the academy within the GRT and non-GRT community through building relationships with local businesses and community organisations so they are willing to invest in and support the journey to outstanding at Leeds East Academy.

  • Create GRT peer mentoring groups, identifying students who will take a leading role in supporting students with community cohesion and integration, liaising with transition, admissions and GRT teams.


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 World Class.


We are securing our vision for Outstanding 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.


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. 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 almost 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.


We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College which, along with the White Rose Academies Trust, is part of the Luminate Education Group.  Other members of the group include Leeds Conservatoire, Keighley College and Harrogate College.   Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly outstanding Trust.

Closing Date: 25th September 2020 - 9am

Shortlisting: w/c 28th September 2020

Interview Date: w/c 28th September 2020

Start Date: ASAP

To apply, please complete the application form and return to recruitment@whiteroseacademies.org by the closing date. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.

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