Principal Bruntcliffe Academy, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Job description

Required for September 2020
Principal (L37 – L43)
A unique opportunity to become a Principal in an exceptional Trust

A well-qualified, enthusiastic and inspirational leader is required to assume overall leadership responsibility at our flourishing academy.

This is a key role in our future development and the successful candidate, in partnership with the Executive team, will oversee all aspects of our work. The successful candidate will be an exceptional leader who can demonstrate passion, integrity and a strong record of successful practice. Our standards are high and we expect our new Principal to lead our continuing drive for excellence.

In September 2015 the school became part of The GORSE Academies Trust led by Sir John Townsley. The Trust is a vibrant and forward thinking teaching community which places all students, in particular those who come from the most challenging backgrounds, at the centre of its work. The Trust officially has two outstanding 11-16 academies and one of the largest and most successful Post-16 free schools in the country: Elliott Hudson College, the Post-16 provider of choice for the majority of Bruntcliffe’s Year 11 cohort. Furthermore, in 2016 the Trust opened an Alternative Provision free school, The Stephen Longfellow Academy (graded Good by Ofsted in October 2019), a direct partner to all of the academies in the Trust. In addition to four primary academies, two of which have been graded by Ofsted as Outstanding, the Trust also includes two Teaching Schools which provide leadership development and initial teacher training and the opportunity to be involved in innovative and exciting teaching and learning opportunities; the GORSE SCITT was also graded by Ofsted as Outstanding in 2017 adding testament to the fact that the Trust is one of the highest performing Multi Academy Trusts in the country.

Bruntcliffe Academy was Inspected in February 2018 and achieved a grading of Good overall with Outstanding for Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management and Personal Development and Welfare with the journey of rapid improvement of the academy, since joining the Trust, being clearly evident. This trajectory has continued and for the last two years, students at Bruntcliffe Academy have achieved performance in line with the top performing schools nationally. In 2019 the unvalidated Progress 8 score for the whole cohort is confirmed as +0.29 (top 17% of schools nationally) with performance in all pillars of progress 8 being in the second quintile or higher. We expect this to rise significantly in 2020 as predicted data is showing progress as ‘well above average’ (DfE classification). Furthermore, the rapid improvement and quality of provision on offer at Bruntcliffe is now evident to the community and depicted in the strong student application profile: in current Year 11 there are less than 70 students, however, in current Year 7 there are over 245 students and the academy is oversubscribed for incoming Year 7 in September 2020.

This role represents an exciting opportunity for a candidate who has a strong moral compass and is determined to ensure that all students thrive within an academic curriculum with plentiful enrichment opportunities, no matter what their background is. The successful applicant will enjoy regular, personalised CPD opportunities within a culture which offers collaborative peer support and opportunities to review the academy's practice in a manner which is conducive to supporting colleagues in continuing to provide the very highest standards of education, care and guidance, so that all students are afforded the gift of a rigorous, academic education.

An Application Pack is available from our website, within the jobs section, or on request from Christine Watson, PA to the Chief Executive Officer via email:

Closing date for applications: Monday 20 January 2020 (9am)
Applications to be returned to: Christine Watson, PA to the CEO via:

Bruntcliffe Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, and applicants will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced DBS disclosure. We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

Essential educational requirements

Degree or other relevant qualification at this level.
Desired: Relevant further degree or equivalent.

Essential qualifications


Essential skills and experience

Track record of successful senior leadership experience.
Experience of successfully changing organisational culture, in relation to aspiration, teaching practices and standards.
Experience of developing and leading curriculum innovation, using latest technologies.
An understanding of the challenges of primary and Post-16 education.
Financial, budgetary and resource management experience with commercial acumen.
Experience of raising standards.
Experience of engaging with community, business and industry partners.

Employee benefits

On going CPD
Cycle scheme
Specsaver scheme

About Bruntcliffe Academy

Bruntcliffe Academy, previously Bruntcliffe High School, joined The GORSE Academies Trust in September 2015. Along with The Morley Academy, Bruntcliffe is situated centrally in the town of Morley itself. Over the course of recent years Bruntcliffe High School had failed its children and a position had established itself whereby families living on the same streets in the town were receiving a totally different standard of secondary education. The examination outcomes of 2014 and 2015 placed Bruntcliffe High School in the bottom 10% of schools nationally for the achievement of its students. To look at those examination outcomes in detail please go to the Department for Education website. So concerned were parents regarding standards at the school that in September 2014 hundreds of them met to protest to the local authority and the school’s governing body. As a consequence of that action The GORSE Academies Trust was asked to sponsor the school. Bruntcliffe Academy is slightly smaller than other secondary schools nationally, however, due to its improved reputation in the community we are confident that it will be oversubscribed by September 2018. The great majority of students are of white British heritage though the proportion who are classified as being disadvantaged is higher than that typically found nationally. Under the exceptional leadership of its Principal, Chris Stokes, the academy will continue to improve at a rapid pace making it an exciting place to work. We are also particularly excited about plans which are at an early stage to seek permission to demolish the current buildings and to build brand new, state of the art facilities by 2020 for the Bruntcliffe community. 0113 2523 225 Bruntcliffe Lane, Leeds, LS27 0LZ Principal: Mr C Stokes Chair of Gov: Tarsilo Onuluk Opened: September 2015 0113 487 8888

Bruntcliffe Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 0LZ