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  • Start date details

    Upon completion of recruitment process

  • Closing date

    6 September 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    28 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Other leadership roles

Visa sponsorship

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

£131,056 - £149,029 (L43 - L49)

What skills and experience we're looking for

As a priority, our Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people with special education needs and disabilities and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this passionate commitment.

The Board of Trustees is looking to appoint an inspiring, experienced leader to further drive development in our successful and well-reputed Trust. Trustees are seeking a leader with high levels of integrity, honesty, and transparency.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate expertise in leadership and it is crucial that the appointee is completely aligned with our vision and values. They should have deep knowledge and experience of leading a complex and dynamic organisation(s), with a proven ability to lead improvement, manage change, set and maintain a positive culture and competently manage risk.

The successful candidate will also have proven ability to grow partnerships across the sector, advocating for our wonderful young people in support of improving their quality of life. They will lead with a drive to empower our communities to shine, further securing trust and honesty in collaboration with our family of schools and across wider partnerships. We are seeking a decisive and bold leader with an innovative vision to take our Trust into its next chapter.

If you feel that you have the skills, vision and drive to lead Ascent Academies’ Trust in the next stage of our journey, we would very much like to hear from you.

Please follow this link where you will be able to register your interest and access full details of the role: https://ascent.edwinpeople.com/ceo

To arrange an informal discussion about this post please contact emailexecutiverecruitment@edwinpeople.comand an appropriate date/time will be arranged with the Chair of Trustees.

Visits to the Trust can be arranged between the following dates and times:Monday 15th July between 9.30am – 12.30pmTuesday 16th July between 9.30am – 2.30pm

To confirm your visit please contact Edwin People on 07713 669323 / 07713 669311 or via email atexecutiverecruitment@edwinpeople.com

What the school offers its staff

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Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

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About Portland Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
School size
204 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

We cater for approximately 168 students between the ages of 11 and 19 who experience severe learning difficulties and profound, multiple and complex medical needs. A growing number of our pupils also have an Autistic spectrum condition. Portland offers co-educational day provision to pupils from a catchment area which covers the city of Sunderland and beyond.

The academy is able to offer a number of part time or assessment placements for identified pupils.

Portland Academy is part of ‘The Ascent Academies’ Trust’, a multi-academy trust which currently consists of 5 special schools across Sunderland, Durham and Stockton. This partnership provides us with a wealth of experience and knowledge and opens up many opportunities for working together to improve outcomes for our pupils.

The school has excellent facilities, including a social café, therapy pool, sensory room, OT Room, woodland walk, outdoor adventure area and bike track. These, together with a relevant, progressive and challenging curriculum delivered and supported by committed staff, enables us to offer a wonderful range of varied opportunities to enrich our pupils’ lives.

Arranging a visit to Portland Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email ljohnson@ascenttrust.org.

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