Chief Executive Officer

The Priory Learning Trust, Weston-Super-Mare, BS22 6BP

14 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    30 August 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    2 August 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



Competitive Package

Chief Executive Officer job summary

Job title: CEO

Salary: Competitive Package

Location: Based primarily in the TPLT Central Team Office but deployed where there is greatest need across the Trust, as necessary

Report to: Chair of Trust Board

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT).Following the resignation of our founding CEO, our Trust seeks to appoint an outstanding and ambitious individual. This opportunity creates a new path forward, evolving our strategic plan and growth ambition with fresh insight, experience, and influence. It will be a rewarding role but not without challenge, one which we believe wholeheartedly will make a difference not only to you but also to every student and member of staff in our Trust and to the communities they serve.

Established in 2016 and now with 8 schools across 9 sites, our growing Trust has built a vision for a culture of continuous improvement. This is based on partnership and sharing, quality teaching and learning, research-based School Improvement, investment in staff welfare and training and a successful provision for Initial-Teacher Training. We set high standards to ensure all of our schools know what excellence in education lookslike and how to chart a course to achieve and embed this. The Trust Board has built capacity within the Central Team to lead this work.

Our three core values are Students First, Cherishing Staff and Serving Communities. We take seriously our role as an educational charity and the impact we have not only today in the communities we serve but the future generations we are helping to develop.

We have built our Trust on a Hub Model, currently with two Hubs in Somerset and North Somerset. Our ambition seeks to grow these hubs further whilst being committed to attain Outstanding Ofsted Inspections for every school within the Trust. We also plan to build anAP (appropriate provision) capacity to help those students who might struggle to stay in mainstream education continue to learn and achieve qualifications. We have a well-established and strong business model with key functions centralised and this has led us to being stable and ambitious.

We are looking for someone with proven leadership skills and with an entrepreneurial outlook to achieve all of this and to help shape and to realise the vision of the Board in the Trust’s next phase. In considering your application, please reflect on the leadership qualities which we believe will make you successful in this role: you will be an inspirational and authentic leader; you will be able to bring people along with you;you will be able to articulate a shared vision with the Board in a way that is relevant to all stakeholders and communities; you will display behaviours fully aligned to our Trust and its ethos and values. As CEO you will be a passionate champion of the Trust’s vision and persuasive in pursuit of our core purpose – delivering an effective, outstanding education programme to raise standards across the board but especially with regards to our most vulnerable groups – pupil premium and those with SEND – and their families.

Thank you for the time and care you will take in considering your application. If you seek to take TPLT on the next stage of its journey, are enthused by the ambition and energy for continued success and believe you are the next successful leader of our Trust and its hard-working and talented staff, then we very much welcome your application.

Yours sincerely,

Katie Dominy

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Applying for the job

How to apply:
If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information, make an application or you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultant at Academicis: Ross Laird: – 01223 907979/07901 585959.

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About The Priory Learning Trust

Trust type
Multi-academy trust
Contact phone number
01223 907979

Our Vision

The Priory Learning Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust of primary and secondary schools – and in time (we hope) special schools. This will add real inclusivity to our Trust.

The PLT grew from a passion to bring the power of partnership and sharing to bear and provide a first-class education to a wide range of children, of all abilities and social class groupings, in Weston-super-Mare and Highbridge.

We believe that this approach will create happy, confident, and high-achieving students. This truly collaborative approach will also develop great staff relationships and improve staff wellbeing. It promotes healthy competition.

The Priory Learning Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee for the promotion of education and wider community benefit.

The Priory Learning Trust will:
• Support the aspirations of young people and their ambitions for their future success.
• Contribute to producing aspirational, well-rounded, confident and active citizens.
• Offer a broad range of qualifications.
• Be inspirational learning centres offering exceptional education.
• Combine, share and utilise the highest academic standards and levels of expertise across our academies and partners to design and develop an innovative and inspiring curriculum – learning is at the centre of what we do.
• Provide a strong duty of care to nurture and support students' wellbeing and self-esteem.
• Maintain the unique nature of all of the schools within the Trust.
• Give Academy Councils the freedoms to focus on the challenge and support for the improvements in teaching, learning and the curriculum.

About The Priory Learning Trust

If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information or you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultant at Academicis: Ross Laird: – 01223 907979/07901 585959.

About The Priory Learning Trust

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