Vice Principal Quality of Education

Leeds City Academy, Leeds, West Yorkshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 19 to Lead Practitioners range 23, £63,975 to £70,556
Leadership level Senior Leader

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join Leeds City Academy as a Vice Principal. You will be an exceptional leader, who is able to share the vision for our Academy and inspire others to make a significant contribution to the academy’s mission to become world-class. You will be driven by a commitment to securing the best educational experience for our students, in order to raise aspirations and transform lives.

You will be an experienced leader with a track record of sustained impact and influence in the Quality of Education: Teaching, Learning & Assessment and/or other area of specialism. You will demonstrate a solid understanding in your formulation and implementation of strategy, evidenced by sustained and significant school-wide improvement.

We have created an extremely strong and dynamic school culture at Leeds City Academy, where staff and students work ‘In Partnership’ to secure their aspirations and ambitions. We were judged as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management by Ofsted in May 2019 because teaching is strong, the support we provide for our students and staff is unrivalled and because our results have improved year-on-year since 2016. This year, our students secured the best results in the school’s history. In short, there is no better time to join Leeds City Academy, as a colleague, a leader or as a student.

Leeds City Academy is a fabulous place to work. We are caring and supportive and, as part of the White Rose Academies Trust and ground-breaking Luminate Education Group, we benefit from exceptional CPD like no other in the City. A broad, varied and highly bespoke package is well-established, driven by the latest in educational research focused on the development of all professionals in the organisation at each career stage. Colleagues train with us, they grow with us and they progress with us.

Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region – Leeds City Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students achieve ‘World Class’ status.

We're securing our vision by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.

We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society.

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs almost 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College which, along with the White Rose Academies Trust, is part of the Luminate Education Group. Other members of the group include Leeds College of Music, Keighley College and Harrogate College. Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies. They also share our vision of creating a truly outstanding Trust.
So, now it is over to you. Are you are eager to join a forward-thinking organisation, committed to securing the highest educational, professional and personal standards? Do you feel passionately about transforming lives and communities? If so, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

To apply for this role, alongside completing the application form, you will need to submit a letter introducing yourself, detailing your specific area of expertise and relevant examples.

Closing Date: Friday 27 March 2020 – 9am
Shortlisting: Friday 27 March to Monday 30 March 2020
Candidates informed: Monday 30 March 2020 - pm
Interviews: Thursday 2 April and Friday 3 April 2020
Start Date: September 2020 or earlier through negotiation with current school

For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please submit your completed application form and introductory letter to by the closing date of Friday 27 March 2020 – 9am. Please note we are unable to accept CVs.

The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an Enhanced DBS check.



Essential educational requirements


Essential qualifications


Essential skills and experience

• Successful track record and significant previous experience as a Senior Leader
• Experience in accelerating the progress of groups/individual students
• Experience of shaping and delivering professional development activity
• Recent successful experience of shaping and delivering an initiative and evaluating its impact
• Experience of leading other colleagues
• Experience of effective line management of colleagues
• Successful contributions to team work
• Proven track record as a highly skilled classroom practitioner
• In depth knowledge and understanding of national educational development and priorities to include 11-16 curriculum, assessment and reporting
• Successful involvement in self-evaluation processes and data analysis as an aid in personal and institutional improvement, development and change
• Successful working relationships with students, staff, parent/carers, governors and the wider community

Employee benefits

We offer an outstanding package of professional development, a fantastic benefit scheme run through Perkbox and access to Nuffield Health Services. Please see the staff benefits page on our website for all the benefits we offer.

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 597 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Leeds City Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Bedford Field, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2LG