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  • Start date details

    September 2023 (Earlier by arrangement)

  • Closing date

    17 February 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    31 January 2023

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

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Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for


  • Leadership, strategic direction and development
  • Teaching and learning
  • Pupil welfare
  • Partnerships
  • Managing people and developing strong working relationships
  • Safeguarding pupils
  • Accountability
  • Qualified Teacher status
  • Professional development at senior leadership level
  • Recent relevant professional development and training, including safeguarding and financial management
  • Substantial experience of successful leadership at a senior level in a SEND environment
  • Commitment to further develop own professional knowledge and skills

What the school offers its staff

  • A friendly and supportive team of staff across the Trust who are willing to share expertise and learn from one another
  • An exciting and diverse learning environment where hard work and achievement are appreciated, acknowledged and celebrated
  • A curriculum that is relevant to the needs of our pupils
  • A well-resourced learning environment
  • A supportive Trust, Trustees and Local Advisory Committee members
  • Further professional development appropriate to the role

Further details about the role

Opening in September 2023, Gilbert Ward Academy will be a purpose built, brand new, state of the art school, catering primarily for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs but also providing for children with autism who have moderate learning needs. The school will provide education for up to 80 children aged 11-16, because of the increased demand within the Northumberland special school system.

This is an exciting opportunity. Gilbert Ward Academy will be a new school, serving Northumberland and neighbouring communities. You can be at the heart of its development, leading the school in advance of its opening, through the construction phase and crucial pre-opening period. You will be responsible for the strategic leadership and day-to-day operational management of the academy. The aim will be to ensure that every pupil has an outstanding educational experience with individual pupil progress and care at the heart of what is offered.

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About Prosper Learning Trust

Multi-academy trust
Phone number
0191 605 3899

Prosper Learning Trust was established in January 2018 with Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy. Thomas Bewick School joined the Trust in April 2019, Harry Watts Academy in September 2020 and Gilbert Ward Academy will open in September 2023. We are striving to build further collaboration across the academies and grow as a multi-academy trust, whilst continuing to strengthen our relationships with schools outside the MAT for the benefit of our pupils.

Prosper Learning Trust was formed to help vulnerable young people succeed. Many children and young people face challenges in their lives that many adults will happily never experience, Prosper Learning Trust’s range of academies are here to support them in doing so.

Wherever possible we will help these young people to thrive in a mainstream educational setting. Where that cannot happen, we will provide a safe space for them in one of our Alternative Provision schools until they are ready to return or move on.

Our Specialist Academies offer autistic children and young people the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment, where differences are celebrated, and every pupil is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Through our academies, we provide high quality teaching, curriculum and care in a range of environments. We provide education from 0 to 18 years old, in normal school settings, in hospitals, and via outreach work and support transition between them at every stage.

Arranging a visit to Prosper Learning Trust

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@prosperlearningtrust.co.uk.

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