Trust CEO Part-Time

Hollymount School, Worcester, Worcestershire


Job details

Working pattern Part-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 14 to Lead Practitioners range 27, £56,579 to £77,818

Job description

0.6 full time equivalent with some flexibility in hours required - Competitive salary available for the right candidate.

The Black Pear Trust in Worcestershire is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead our group of following the retirement of the founding CEO and Executive Principal.

Black Pear Trust is a small but growing MAT of three primary schools in Worcester and Kidderminster, which expects to expand to five or more schools over the next two years. We work personally and collaboratively with all our stakeholders, so our growth strategy means staying within a manageable number of schools within a workable distance. Our Trust motto, Growing Excellent Learning Communities Together, reflects our inclusive philosophy that everyone within our community has a role in learning, starting with our children and their parents and growing to other schools and higher institutions. We set high expectations for all our children and believe that enabling them and their wider community to achieve is everyone’s responsibility.

Schools within our trust work together, sharing professional development and best practice. We also work collaboratively with a number of schools within Worcestershire, and nationally, on various research projects, and through our highly rated school improvement work. Our Black Pear ITT Alliance is an alliance of good local schools, including those outside our Trust, who train teachers to an excellent standard.

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important life transition that can affect children’s attainment and wellbeing in the longer term. We work with our local secondary schools to minimise the impact of major changes that all children experience during transition to high school that can negatively impact on their learning.

We are also proud to work closely with a number of higher education institutions. Worcester University class us as an outstanding partner and we work with them to support teacher training and to provide good quality continuing professional development for our staff. University College Birmingham support our teacher apprenticeship scheme, through pedagogy and professional studies. We are excited to be working with Warwick University on a research project to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to be successful in applying to university. Our work with higher institutions enables us to keep all of our practitioners aware of current advances in education.

The Opportunity

The Black Pear Trust board is looking to appoint a colleague with the vision, ambition, educational knowledge and values to continue to lead, support and develop our schools as we continue to grow our learning communities across Worcestershire.

What we are looking for in a new CEO:

• An ambassador for our Trust, inspiring and empowering others, whilst maintaining a high standard of personal integrity and professional conduct
• Someone who can set a clear vision of, and lead, the ethos, development and success of the Black Pear Trust in correspondence with the board of Trustees.
• A leader who can oversee, lead and inspire our staff team across all of our Trust schools, working with our head teachers to ensure a healthy and positive culture among staff of all levels
• A leader with a track record of school improvement.
• A leader who can work with other stakeholders to ensure the success of our schools and Trust
• A strategic thinker who can work with others to develop new structures and systems across schools

To arrange a visit and/or organise a call with Paul Shoesmith (Chair of Trustees) and Vivienne Cranton, our current CEO, please contact the Trust office using the details below.

Closing date: Friday 27th March at 4pm.

The date of commencement for this post will be 1st September 2020.

Interviews will be held in Worcester on Wednesday 1st April 2020.

You are also welcome to visit our website at

All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification prior to making an application.

To request an Application Form and information pack please the Trust Office at

Black Pear Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Essential educational requirements

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Essential qualifications

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Essential skills and experience

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Employee benefits

What we can offer in return:

• The opportunity to lead an established Trust with the scope for significant further development.
• A dedicated and highly skilled team of colleagues at all levels
• The opportunity to support and challenge schools in their drive to deliver good or better outcomes for children
• An environment in which we secure sustainable improvements led by outstanding leaders, centring on pupil progression, behaviour, teaching and a curriculum that enriches children’s learning

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 424 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
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Website Hollymount School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Hollymount Road, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR4 9SG