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  • Start date details

    Autumn Term 2023

  • Closing date

    14 June 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£93,843 starting salary

What skills and experience we're looking for

The CFOO is a new role for the organisation and will replace a Director of Finance who is leaving in the summer. This colleague has been instrumental in the success of the Trust to date and in the current climate, Discovery is in a really good position financially and well placed strategically, for her successor. This post will suit someone who wants to make a difference, enjoys a challenge, lead change and thrive in an innovative environment.

The right candidate will:

  • Be a highly capable, a qualified accountant, a strategic thinker with a clear vision to support the CEO lead the Trust to further success and a proven track record for leading change and delivering positive outcomes.
  • Possess an unrelenting focus to maximise funding and have a strong track record of successful financial leadership at a senior level.
  • Be an enthusiastic, collaborative and innovative leader with the willingness to understand the team and achieve the best from them including the professional development of all colleagues.
  • Have excellent communication skills with the ability to engage effectively with and influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Be entrepreneurial and able to find innovative solutions to complex problems, preferably with educational background.

What the school offers its staff

  • A established Central Services Team who support schools and wider colleagues
  • Flexible working options.
  • Support for continuous professional development in the role.
  • Opportunities to visit other organisations for professional learning.
  • A Professional network of other CFO/CFOO’s doing a similar role.
  • Highly committed and motivated Team.
  • A role which has the opportunity to make a real difference whilst having fun.
  • Free car parking
  • Annual incremental pay increases with the pay scale range
  • A defined benefit pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme - EAP
  • Employee self service portal.
  • Eyecare voucher scheme.

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.

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About Discovery Schools Academies Trust Ltd

Multi-academy trust
Phone number
07870 194191

Discovery Schools Academy Trust is a multi academy trust of 13 primary schools and 2 special school dedicated to improving learning and teaching by creating a culture that promotes excellence.
The needs of all children are placed at the heart of all decision making regardless of the school they attend. Teaching and learning excellence is shared through learning networks, sharing of ideas and materials as well as leading practitioners between schools. Discovery has developed a school improvement system which focuses on improving outcomes for all children. It also places staff development, talent management and succession planning at the heart of achieving outstanding organisations.

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