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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    21 January 2022 at 10:00am

  • Date listed

    5 January 2022

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Key stages
Early years, KS1, KS2
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
L15 - L20 (£59,581 - £67,364 per annum)

Job summary

Ref: SCH-PAT-0046

Required for April or September 2022

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross-phase Multi Academy Trust comprising eight schools, six primary schools and two 11-16 secondary schools, all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. It is a thriving trust that has been on a sustained journey of improvement in recent years and is ambitious to improve further, positively impacting more lives.

The Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding is an exciting new role that sits as part of our Trust School Improvement Team. The successful candidate will positively impact raising standards and the quality of experience for our children and, in particular, those pupils who may be vulnerable or with SEND.

Our most vulnerable pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with SEND, and the ablest, all have an entitlement to powerful knowledge and a great education. The new opportunity is a senior leadership position that will significantly interface with school leaders and leadership teams.

We are seeking a leader who is:

• experienced and with a proven track record in strong leadership for all safeguarding and child protection matters;

• an innovative, creative, and strategic thinker;

• able to lead, motivate, challenge, and inspire whole school communities;

• deliver a high-quality educational experience, so that all pupils, particularly those with SEND, achieve exceptionally well;

• dynamic and enthusiastic with the vision and energy to help lead schools to excellence;

• friendly and approachable with excellent communication skills and a passion for inclusion.

We wish to appoint positive people who want to make a difference. Achievement focused, with a strong belief in inclusive schools, you will be passionate, highly driven and will play a significant role in the next phase of the Trusts development. We want to hear from flexible people, who with 100% backing and support, will get their hands dirty with some of our biggest school improvement challenges. Succeeding with some of our most significant projects will bring more considerable advancement and rewards for the right person.

For a conversation about the role, prospective candidates are advised to contact Julian Appleyard OBE, the CEO of the Trust. Please email Philippa Dykes, PA to the CEO at or 01977 232146 to arrange this.

Completed application forms, including a covering letter that fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification, should be submitted online via Face-Ed ( before the closing date of Friday 21st January 2022 at 10:00am. Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 7th February 2022 however this is subject to change.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from everyone. Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide a self-declaration form.

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Trust overview

Trust type
Multi-academy trust

About Pontefract Academies Trust

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools: six primaries and two 11-16 secondary schools. We are a medium sized family of schools all located within Pontefract. We educate over 3500 children and young people across the town.

The Trust has undertaken a change management programme with a focus upon accelerating the performance of all our schools. The progress to date has been strong but there is more to come. Our collective work has seen one of our secondary schools shift from special measures to being rated good for the first time since 2009. In addition, in 2019 our six primary schools delivered their best SATs outcomes at Key Stage 2 in their history. Consequently, the Trust is in a strong position on which to build. We are honest about our progress as a Multi Academy Trust and whilst we have made great strides recently, we are humble enough to admit that we may not be where we want to be currently and there are things we can do better.

We believe that we have a strong, yet simple mission and vision as a Trust. We have a set of guiding principles that steer our daily work. It is not over ambitious to say that we aim to create something transformational in our schools in Pontefract. We want to be joined by people that share a passion for improving social mobility and who want to make a difference day in and day out. Our children and young people need the skills and qualifications to operate in an increasingly competitive global workplace. To this end, as educationalists, our role in improving the life chances of the children and young people in our communities should never be underestimated.

The ambition of the Trust is shared by our group of talented and highly dedicated support staff, teachers, leaders and SPRB members at our schools. We are equally grateful to our pupils and parents for their support and commitment.

Head office location

Wakefield Road, Pontefract, WF8 4HH

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