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  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    27 September 2021 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    15 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Leadership
Working pattern
Full-time
Contract type
Permanent
Salary
L37 - L43

Job summary

Principal (L37 – L43)
Required for January 2022

A unique opportunity to be at the centre of the transformation of a school, and its wider community.

John Smeaton Academy is a school on the move, and it certainly needs to be. In 2019 its performance data placed it as the lowest performing secondary school in the city of Leeds and one of the worst performing in the country. It is also fair to say that John Smeaton Academy is a school whose performance for many years has been unconvincing and this has resulted in its community losing its confidence in the school.

So why would anyone choose to apply for the role of Principal at John Smeaton Academy?
On 1 September 2021 John Smeaton Academy joined The GORSE Academies Trust, an organisation renowned for excellence in education. The trust has a nationally recognised track record of transforming inadequate schools and making them great again, or for the first time in their history. Consequently, this is an opportunity which comes along rarely because the successful candidate will be the figurehead leading that transformation and someone who is likely to go on to become a widely recognised name across the education sector.

If this advertisement does catch your eye and provides a sense of excitement on your part, then we would love to hear from you. For further information or to arrange a visit hosted by Sir John Townsley our Chief Executive Officer or Leanne Griffiths, Executive Principal: 11-16, then please contact Christine Watson at christine.watson@tgat.org.uk in the first instance.

An application pack with further important information can be downloaded at https://www.tgat.org.uk/jobs/. Should you wish to apply for the post, please complete and return the attached application form and supporting statement via email to christine.watson@tgat.org.uk .

Closing date for applications is Monday 27 September 2021 at noon with interviews on Thursday 30 September 2021.

John Smeaton Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and we expect our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We promote diversity and aim to establish a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

Applying for the job

An application pack with further important information can be downloaded at www.tgat.org.uk . Should you wish to apply for the post, please complete and return the attached application form and supporting statement via email to christine.watson@tgat.org.uk .

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
Secondary
School size
Up to 1100 pupils
Age range
11 to 18

About John Smeaton Academy

On 1 September 2021 John Smeaton Academy joined The GORSE Academies Trust, an organisation renowned for excellence in education. The trust has a nationally recognised track record of transforming inadequate schools and making them great again, or for the first time in their history.

John Smeaton Academy ensures that students receive an education that focuses on aspiration, high expectations and personalisation. Together these non-negotiable values instil in young people a self-belief that enables students to access the highest standard of higher educational provision and employment. We believe that poverty and deprivation should in no way limit either the quality of a young person’s educational experience or the levels of achievement to which those students are able to rise.

We are determined to ensure that our students always enjoy learning, make excellent progress and attain outstanding results. We know that achievements do not happen by chance, but by highly reflective, carefully planned and implemented strategies that exist within a culture of mutual respect.

School location

Barwick Road, Leeds, LS15 8TA

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