Trust Senior Leader Alt Academy, Oldham, Lancashire

Job description


Trust Senior Leader

Leadership scale 7-12 - £49,604 - £55,588 per annum

Leadership scale 14-19 - £58,231 - £65,437 per annum

(Salary Scale will be dependent on relevant experience)

The Board of Trustees wish to appoint an experienced, responsive, flexible, and effective School Leader with a very strong track record of supporting schools in deprived areas to raise standards of pupil progress and standards. The candidate should also be experienced in designing and delivering high impact professional development for teachers at different stages of their careers, including new entrants.

The candidate should have experience of providing effective senior leadership in schools with high proportions of children that are disadvantaged and facing challenging circumstances and ensuring they make good progress in their learning. Extensive experience and knowledge of dealing with Safeguarding matters is also essential for this particular role.

The post holder would be deployed into Alt academy within the Oldham Hub for the first 5 terms initially, but may be required to operate across different academies within the Trust over the course of their career, providing different aspects of school to school support.

The post would suit a candidate who is looking for a challenging but rewarding opportunity to lead improvements in the quality of teaching and learning across several academies.

The Harmony Trust was established as a Multi-Academy Trust in February 2014 currently with responsibility for 14 Academies across Oldham and Derby. The Trust has a very good track record in terms of attaining consistently high standards of pupil progress and standards, particularly the achievement of children eligible for Pupil premium. The Trust’s strategic vision is to deliver excellent education in areas facing disadvantage.

The Trust is committed to professional development and being an employer of choice. We have high quality opportunities for career progression and development for existing and future employees. The Harmony Trust has high expectations of our pupils and staff and provides a supportive framework to enable staff to perform their roles.

The successful candidate will:

have experience of successful senior leadership in one or more schools

have high expectations of achievement, attainment and behaviour

lead by example, inspiring and motivating children and colleagues

support the Trust and the Principal in developing strategies to improve educational outcomes for all pupils

play an active role in the strategic leadership team and driving improvement in pupil progress and standards

enhance, design, and deliver induction & professional development for staff within the Trust

mentor & support Teach First and NQTs and design and deliver programmes for their professional development.

develop & support improvement in teaching & learning

be an outstanding leader and practitioner with expert professional knowledge.

have very effective mentoring & modelling skills.

have a safeguarding element to their role, working with the other DSL’s within the academies.

We can offer you:

being part of an organisation that puts children and their outcomes first

the opportunity to be part of our successful strategic leadership team, who are committed to educational excellence

friendly and supportive staff, parents and trustees

a commitment to high quality professional development, with full support for continuous Leadership Development

opportunity for future career development & progression within the Trust as it expands further.

The Harmony Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all our staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check

Please return a completed application form via email to :, or by post to T Mellor, Northmoor Academy, Alderson St, Oldham, OL9 6DY by 5.00pm on 14 October 2019.

Interviews are scheduled for w/c 21 October 2019.

Job Title: Trust Senior Leader
Leadership range 14-19 or L7-12 depending on experience / deployment

Responsible to: To be determined dependant on deployment.

Responsible for: Designated staff within the academy in which you are deployed.

Job Description - This job description is based on the national standards for HeadTeachers and may be amended at any time following consultation between the postholder, Leadership Team and Board of Trustees.

Core Purpose of the Post:

The postholder will:

Be expected to be deployed into Academies to provide expert additional senior leadership team capacity, potentially in the role of Head of Academy; the postholder would be expected to be flexible and responsive and operate across different academies over the next three years.

To undertake the professional duties of a principal on a day to day basis, as set out in the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and National Standards for headship

Have the day to day responsibility for raising the quality of teaching and learning and for pupils’ achievement, setting high expectations and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of learning outcomes

Build a professional learning community that enables others to achieve. Through performance management and effective continuing professional development practice, the principal supports all staff to achieve high standards

Ensure that the academy and the people and resources within it are organised and managed to provide an efficient, effective and safe learning environment, by building capacity across the workforce and ensuring resources are deployed to achieve value for money

The post holder could, if required be expected to undertake some class teaching, including coaching and supporting other teachers to develop and improve their practice in line with the latest research and evidence findings.

Must establish high quality education by leading teaching and learning, having high aspirations and developing all staff

Manage the school, in the absence of an Executive Principal, and responding to improvement priorities, including: establishing an effective whole school approach to behaviour and attendance, monitoring pupil progress and the quality of provision, the development and organisation of the curriculum, and the oversight of the quality of the assessment.

To develop and deliver with the Executive Principal a whole school professional development programme focused on priority areas identified in the Academy Self-Assessment.

Play a major role in supporting the effective implementation the Academy Development Plan and in responding to improvement priorities.

Undertake the professional duties as required and such duties as are delegated by the Executive Principal / Trust Leadership Team

To have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, ensuring robust policies, procedures and practices are in place to safeguard children in the School in line with current legislation.

The post holder will be deployed into one Academy to add senior leadership capacity, but be expected also to have a cross-Trust in a designated area, to be determined by the skills and experience of the successful candidate, this could include, as an example :-

Implementation of strategies which have desired improvements

Mentoring and modelling outstanding teaching to improve the quality of teaching

Developing programmes that support school to school support

Developing an effective approach to the mentoring & supporting the induction of Teach First candidates, RQTs, and NQTs.

Contribution to Trust wide professional development in priority areas of need, including in the design and delivery of programmes that meet priorities identified by the Hub.

The applicant will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

This job description forms part of the contract of employment of the person appointed to the post. It reflects the position at the present time only and may be reviewed in negotiation with the employee in the future. The appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document as they relate to Deputy Headteachers.

Full application packs can be found on our website at

Completed application forms to be sent too

Essential educational requirements

Qualified teacher status

Essential qualifications

Qualified teacher status

NPQL or commitment to obtain

Essential skills and experience

Experience in a Senior Leadership role, leading a journey of improvement in a primary setting.
Full Person Specification available on our website

Employee benefits

Harmony Staff Benefits
Great Place to Work Scheme

About Alt Academy

Part of The Harmony Trust

Alt Lane, Oldham, Lancashire, OL8 2EL
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