Principal West St Leonards Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

Job description

Do you have a passion for teaching and the drive to improve outcomes for students?

We are seeking an inspirational, strategic leader to realise our vision for West St Leonards Primary Academy; to achieve outstanding status and to improve the standards, achievements and aspirations of all its pupils.

About the Academy

Based in St Leonards on Sea, to the west of Hastings, East Sussex, the Academy aims to support all children in a safe and caring environment with exciting and relevant teaching and learning experiences. Catering for Reception to Year 6 children, it has a published admissions number of 60 and a total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy is a National Lead School for Talk for Writing and supports the training of teachers in other schools across the south east region. It also hosts a special facility for children with moderate learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

This is a fantastic time to join the academy. It retained its Good rating from Ofsted in 2016, with Leadership and management; Teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour and welfare; and Early years graded Outstanding. The academy is very popular and is consistently over-subscribed for entry. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to shape and lead the next stage in the development of the Academy.

About the Trust

As the principal of West St Leonards, you will be part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, the fifth largest multi-academy Trust in the south east. We work collaboratively across our network of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all rated Good and Outstanding, sharing ideas, insight and best practices to help our pupils and everyone connected to our academies achieve excellence.

Essential educational requirements

- Good honours degree or equivalent
- Qualified Teacher Status
- Evidence of recent professional development

Essential qualifications

Please see candidate pack for full details

Essential skills and experience

Please see candidate pack for full details

Employee benefits

Please refer to our application pack on our vacancies page for more information about the role, the Academy and the Trust.

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact Mr John Smith, Executive Director of School Improvement, for an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the academy:  email: or telephone 07944 101984.

About West St Leonards Primary Academy

At West St Leonards Primary Academy we aim to support all children in a safe and caring environment with exciting and relevant teaching and learning experiences. We are a community that enables children, teachers and parents to work together so that our pupils achieve their best. Our Academy was inspected in October 2016. Teaching,Learning, Assessment, Leadership, Behaviour, Safety and Early Years were all graded ‘Outstanding’. We are very proud that our work has been recognised, and even prouder of the impact it has had on our children’s progress. We are committed to providing outstanding teaching and learning for all in an inclusive environment.

Harley Shute Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8BX
West St Leonards Primary Academy website (opens in a new window)