UTC Oxfordshire, Didcot, Oxfordshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary £75,000 to £85,000

Job summary

Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET), seek a talented new Principal to join the Trust’s Leadership Group with responsibility for UTC Oxfordshire, a mixed University Technical College located in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England.

This is a career-defining opportunity for an ambitious leader who is ready to lead a school with firm foundations in place, and able to propel it forward with the right support behind them.

Reporting to the CEO, the Principal will work with the CEO and Trust Leadership Group, who report to the Trust Board of ALET, to develop and embed the vision for UTC Oxfordshire, providing inspirational leadership for the school community, establishing a culture of continuous improvement and one that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all.

Drawing on their deep educational knowledge and strong performance in successful school improvement, the new Principal will be eager for this influential role within a forward-thinking and ambitious trust. They will be a strategic thinker with the creativity and resilience to drive through change and achieve the improvements that will ensure we transform lives through learning.

Specialising in science and engineering, UTC Oxfordshire caters for 14 to 18-year-olds.

Since opening its doors in 2015, the UTC has made a strong start, with a successful first Ofsted (Good) and strong academic and destination outcomes for its students.

The next stage of the journey for UTC Oxfordshire is crucial. The successful candidate will need to take the UTC through its next phase of growth while embedding a strong relationship with employers.

Activate Learning is a pioneering education group that brings together further education, higher education, apprenticeships, training alongside seven schools within the ALET MAT. The appointee will join the ALET team, fellow educational leaders united by the shared vision to transform lives through learning.

Applicants are invited to visit UTC Oxfordshire for a tour of the school and to discuss the role with Joanne Harper (CEO), on Wednesday 13 November (pm), Friday 22 November (am or pm), Thursday 28 November (pm) or Friday 3 December (pm). To book a tour or request a telephone conversation with Joanne, please contact Sarah Dawson on or 01182140152.

Please email your completed application form to Kiran Kaur, ALET HR Business Partner, at

Closing date: 9am, Friday 6 December 2019

Interview dates: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December 2019

UTC Oxfordshire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults; we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will meet the person specification, and will be required to apply for a DBS disclosure and complete the relevant safeguarding training.

Essential educational requirements

First degree or equivalent

Essential qualifications

Teaching and further professional qualifications
Evidence of commitment to own continuous professional development in leadership. current education initiatives and learning approaches

Essential skills and experience

Demonstrable track record of success in leading change and school improvement at secondary level
Experience of effective monitoring school performance at every level
Track record of achievement in raising standards and outcomes and achieving excellence
Experience and understanding of management of human and financial resources at a senior level
Experience of effective performance management of staff at all levels, including the ability to hold staff to account for performance and outcomes
Experience of using target setting, data analysis and curriculum innovation to improve performance outcomes for students
Evidence of successful promotion and implementation of effective teaching and learning strategies
Experience of working effectively with governors
Experience of working successfully with local community and external agencies/stakeholders and of sustaining and developing effective partnerships with other organisations

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Free School
Education phase Secondary
School size 331 pupils enrolled
Age range 14 to 19
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website UTC Oxfordshire website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About UTC Oxfordshire

School location

Greenwood Way, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 6BZ