Deadline is tomorrow

  • Start date details

    January 2025 or sooner

  • Closing date

    17 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    28 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Other leadership roles

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5

Contract type


Pay scale

£79,112.00 to £87,253.00

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an individual who will complement the existing team of Academy Principals but also add challenge and new ideas, enabling the existing staff bodies to develop as learners and leaders in order to realise their own potential. Each school within our trust has its own unique identity within a wider family of schools, each a fulfilling place to work and learn and each occupying important space in the educational landscape of their cluster and within the Cabot Learning Federation.

The successful candidate will have a drive and passion to lead the academy and accelerate improvement. You will have a track record of success and bring to the academy a level of focus, precision and rigour that will have a substantial and sustained impact on the academy into the future. Improvement will be based on an unswerving focus on teaching and learning and a strong commitment to collaboration within and beyond the Cabot Learning Federation.

What the school offers its staff

About the Cabot Learning Federation: 

The Cabot Learning Federation is a diverse Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West. We are proud to serve 18,000+ pupils who all attend ten secondary academies, seventeen primary academies, an all through provision, a studio school, a discrete Post 16 provision, two alternative provision schools and three SEMH special schools.  

CLF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The trust is proud to serve a diverse student population and their communities. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.  

We are proud to be part of diverse communities in the region and celebrate the richness of cultures, faiths and backgrounds of our students. We aim to develop a curriculum that is responsive to our pupil’s needs and reflects their diverse interests and backgrounds.  

Further details about the role

The Sky Academy is an SEMH Special School residing in a superb site in Taunton, Somerset. Following a change of sponsor and a new identity as part of the Cabot Learning Federation in September 2023, the school is now accelerating in its school improvement journey. The school serves a cohort of boys from across the county, with broad and complex needs rooted in Social, Emotional and Mental Health need. The school draws upon the best of the shared CLF curriculum as well as working with families and specialists to ensure that students’ individual needs are addressed and supported across a range of pathways. The school works closely with the trust’s other specialist centres which include two SEMH special schools and two Alternative Provisions.

CLF has a successful track record of performance delivery across all of its Academies; as Principal, you will be able to seize the chance to make a real difference to the lives of the students and improve their life chances.

Working within the Federation, you will benefit from excellent peer support from colleagues in similar roles across the Federation and great opportunities for continuing professional development. You can expect positive challenge, a supportive environment to succeed within and, in the longer term, further career opportunities across the Federation.

Key Dates

School tours: *11.06.24

Closing date: 17.06.24

Shortlisting: 18.06.24

Assessment & interview dates: **w/c 24.06.24

*We strongly encourage visiting the academy before applying. Tours of the academy can be arranged by

** This is a two-day process (a first full assessment day, with final interview on day two). Final dates will be confirmed with candidates as soon as short-listing has taken place.

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.

Applying for the job

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About The Sky Academy

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 16
School size
Up to 120 pupils
Age range
5 to 16
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