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PA to Principal

Post Reference:         2433   

Academy:                 Leeds West Academy 

Job Title:                    Personal Assistant (PA) to Principal

Grade:                       SO1 (£32,076 to £33,945)

Hours:                         37 hours per week, all year round

Accountable to:       Principal and Academy Business Manager


Leeds West Academy is a school with a remarkable sense of community and a strong and safe culture, a place where staff and students can thrive. We were judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in May 2019 because teaching is strong, the support we provide for our students and staff is unrivalled and because our results have improved year-on-year since 2016. In 2022, our students secured the best results in the school’s history.  In short, there is no better time to join Leeds West Academy, as a colleague, a leader or as a student.  


Leeds West Academy is a fabulous place to work. We are a caring and supportive community, as part of White Rose Academies Trust and ground-breaking Luminate Education Group, we benefit from exceptional CPD like no other in the City. A broad, varied and highly bespoke package is well-established, driven by the latest in educational research focused on the development of all professionals in the organisation at each career stage. Colleagues train with us, they grow with us and they progress with us.  


Our academy predominantly serves the community of Bramley in Leeds.  We are oversubscribed and popular within our community. More families are choosing Leeds West Academy as first-choice for their children than ever before.  


Our students are amazing; they are generally respectful young people who embrace diversity and have a strong sense of fairness. 




A dedicated Personal Assistant is required to provide a confidential and support service to the Principal, Academy Business Manager and Senior Leadership Team in managing daily tasks and ensuring the smooth operation of the academy. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic large secondary academy and contribute to the success of our students in line with our vision and values.

The Personal Assistant will need to be organised, efficient and self-motivated who can work independently and as a team, using their experience of working with senior stakeholders in a fast-paced environment, providing comprehensive support to the Principal across all areas of their work, including coordinating calendars and meetings, and ensuring Senior Leaders are up to date with upcoming projects and timelines, and any other requests.

To undertake duties, as requested by the Principal / Academy Business Manager, to assist with the efficient running of the Academy’s support services. 

The successful candidate will have proven knowledge and experience in order to perform the role adequately and successfully.

In addition, you will be responsible for the administration of the requirements of the associated policies to ensure these are clear and accurate. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work within a team with a calm, professional and caring persona and courteous and caring behaviour to students, colleagues, and parents at all times. Previous experience of working within a school environment would be an advantage.


Part of White Rose Academies Trust, Leeds West 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 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.

Closing Date:           Friday 19th April 2024, 9am

Interview Date:        Friday 26th April 2024

Start Date:        As soon as possible upon successful completion of pre-employment checks.


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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.


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