This job expired on 14 April 2023

  • Start date details

    From 1st Sept 2023 or earlier by negotiation

  • Closing date

    14 April 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    20 March 2023


This teaching role is at more than one school in the trust. You can find out more in schools overview.

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Assistant headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours per week

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£74,283 - £81,927 subject to pay award 1st Sep 2023

Pay scale

L22 - L26

What skills and experience we're looking for

Aurora Academies Trust is seeking to appoint a permanent and full-time Director of Education to lead the implementation of the Aurora school improvement model.

Aurora is an organisation that is committed to nurturing and developing talent. This vacancy has arisen following the current post holder being promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and knowledgeable leader who understands how to ensure alignment across a complex organisation whilst also nurturing and allowing individuality to thrive.

They will have a detailed understanding of the key principles to sustained school improvement and their vision will align with the work that has already taken place on the school improvement model.

Please see the person specification or contact James Freeston jfreeston@auroraacademies.org for more details.

The ideal candidate would meet the following criteria;

  • School, MAT or LA based senior Leadership experience
  • Demonstrable experience of raising standards and establishing a high performance culture in schools
  • Deep understanding of effective curriculum design and delivery in schools
  • Successful delivery of training that leads to positive impact on pupil outcomes
  • Experience of ensuring schools meet statutory requirements
  • Experience of Ofsted processes
  • Ability to design and deliver strategy that secures improvement in school performance
  • Ability to work effectively as part of the Trust team and with Headteachers, senior leaders, other school staff, trustees, pupils, guardians/carers, stakeholders and partners within, and beyond, the education sector

What the school offers its staff

Aurora is ambitious. We aim to continue to develop the school improvement offer so that we can provide the best possible support to our schools and the staff and pupils who attend them. Since its formation in 2012, Aurora has grown steadily and in a carefully managed way. We are keen to continue to share our vision for excellent education with schools beyond the trust.

It is an exciting time to be joining Aurora. Our seven schools spanning nursery, primary and secondary provision are all judged to be good or better by Ofsted. Each school has a talented and committed leadership team in place.

The Aurora school improvement model has really taken off in recent years and is helping to ensure that pupils in our schools benefit from the best possible standard of education. Our Aurora curriculum has been developed in house and is used consistently across our schools.

You will work closely with the Board of Trustees, CEO, Headteachers and the central team to do great things for the communities we serve.

Your professional development will be a top priority and you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of experience in an academy trust that is agile, forward thinking, and ambitious.

Further details about the role

To find out more about this exciting role please contact our CEO Designate, James Freeston, at jfreeston@auroraacademies.org

Closing date: 14th April

Interviews: Wk Bg 24th April

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 Aurora Academies Trust

Multi-academy trust

Our aim is to provide outstanding education for the children and families that our academies serve in their local communities.

We focus on each child every day, in order to support and challenge their learning and enjoyment of education, irrespective of their prior academic attainment or background.

Our schools promote equality and diversity and place great emphasis on teaching respect and tolerance of others’ cultures and beliefs.

The trust operates 7 academies, serving over 3,000 children aged between 2 to 16, and we employ over 400 staff.

Aurora exists to improve educational and other outcomes for every one of our children and they are at the very heart of all that we do.

School Details

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
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School size
398 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

School type
Free School, ages 4 to 16
School size
935 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 16

Arranging a visit to Aurora Academies Trust

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email jfreeston@auroraacademies.org.

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