West Lakes Academy, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DQ

27 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    13 June 2022 at 8:00am

  • Date listed

    29 April 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



Competitive and negotiable dependant on experience

Principal job summary

West Lakes Academy is a vibrant and successful 11-18 academy with over 1200 students located in the Western Lake District in Cumbria. This is a fantastic opportunity to become the Principal of the Academy at an exciting and important time in its, and West Lakes Multi- Academy Trusts, development.

WLA was judged as Outstanding in 2017 but prides itself on being an academy that never stands still, recognising that it must continually scrutinise its practice and challenge itself to be even better. The vision is to succeed in ‘Changing Lives through Learning’ by providing the very best possible educational opportunities for young people in West Cumbria. The new Principal must share that ambition, is used to that pressure, thrives in that environment, doesn’t turn away from challenges and judiciously uses everything at their disposal to keep the academy focused on demonstrable exceptional performance.

West Lakes Multi Academy Trust was formed from WLA and is now a family of five schools (one secondary, four primary) with more schools discussing how to join. Our Trust has also been designated as the Teaching School Hub for Cumbria with a vision to supply the next generation of exceptional teachers and leaders for the region. The culture is built on values of being honest, ethical, visionary, ambitious and innovative and you must share these as Principal in your daily practice.

You will be joining a team of committed and talented professionals with a shared determination to improve and do their best for every student. You will have the autonomy to do the right things with the support of strong and effective colleagues at all levels. Your development will also be a priority and you will play a key role in the future of the trust.

The successful candidate must have a proven track record of school improvement as Headteacher, Head of School, Deputy Headteacher or similar. You must lead with honesty and integrity and be positively ambitious for the children, the academy and our Trust. You must be focussed, committed, courageous and dedicated to doing what needs to be done. You will also be visible and present, leading by example, with an optimistic, can-do spirit which engages and inspires students, staff and parents/carers.

Additional allowances

Relocation package available

Applying for the job

To find out more about this exceptional opportunity please visit:

Contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership for a confidential discussion, to arrange a visit to the school or to discuss making an application.

Martin Blair
T: 07736791138

Supporting documents

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About West Lakes Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1199 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number

We are a thriving, ambitious and forward thinking 11-18 academy situated on the edge of the beautiful Lake District. Our modern £26m building provides outstanding facilities, incorporating cutting edge technology which creates a bright and motivational learning environment. As a Teaching School and Multi Academy Trust we are building strong links with other schools in the local area and nationally. This role therefore provides significant career development opportunities as we continue to grow. We offer a comprehensive programme of individualised, evidence based CPD as well as encouraging colleagues to further their development through courses such as the National Professional Qualifications, a Masters degree, or supporting extra-curricular qualifications.

The academy’s Sponsors - Sellafield Limited, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Central Lancashire have each played an important role in its success and are committed to its continued improvement.

Arranging a visit to West Lakes Academy

Contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership for a confidential discussion, to arrange a visit to the school or to discuss making an application.
T: 07736791138

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