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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    15 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    25 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Other leadership roles

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Leadership Pay Scale, L20 - L24, £75,331 - £83,081 per annum

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a Vice Principal to join our well-led and motivated team committed to continuous improvement.

Over the past year, under the leadership of Stephen Huntington, small daily steps towards big changes have been happening at Smith’s Wood Academy (part of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust).Steve’s clear trajectory for the Academy has resulted in strategies being put in place, all of which are underpinned by the Academy’s values: Ambitious, Respectful, Resilient.

The results speak for themselves:

  • Attendance has increased 5% since last academic year, this is one of the most improved schools for attendance in the Midlands.
  • Persistent absence decreased by 10%
  • Suspensions have halved this academic year; achieved through a focus on behaviour for learning.
  • Progress at Year 11 in-year predicted over half a grade improvement.

Now you have an opportunity to be a vital part of Smith’s Wood Academy’s journey. In return for your vocational passion to teach and develop students, you will be rewarded with being part of the transformation of the Academy and knowing that you have accomplished the Trust’s mission to “Enrich Lives and Transform Futures”.

What the school offers its staff

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust

At Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, we enrich lives and transform futures. Our four academies in and around Birmingham offer an outstanding quality of education, recognising that all our children are individuals and delivering exceptional pastoral care to ensure their happiness. Whilst we place strong emphasis on academic achievement, we take a holistic view of education and maintain exciting extracurricular programmes to create the well-rounded young adults of tomorrow. We’re also creating outstanding careers that could take you anywhere within our network – and take your future anywhere you want to go.


When you join Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, you join a nurturing family where your professional satisfaction and personal happiness really count. You can expect heavy investment in your career development alongside an outstanding package of benefits, including a generous pension scheme, employee recognition and assistance programmes, Bike2Work and green car schemes, the Perkbox wellness hub and discount platform, and much more. As to the future? Well, that’s entirely up to you, with the only limit on your progression being your ambition and abilities.

Further details about the role

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974

Commitment to safeguarding

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will therefore be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as well as providing evidence of qualifications.

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About Smith's Wood Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
899 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

At the heart of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, Smith’s Wood Academy in Solihull aims to offer an outstanding education to 900 students from year 7 to year 11. We recognise that every child is an individual and place strong emphasis on pastoral care and a rich extracurricular programme that releases potential and creates a lifelong love of learning.

Our last Ofsted inspection rated us as Inadequate, so there is much to be done – meaning you can look forward to the challenge of your career as you help us turn the school around and begin the transformational journey towards Outstanding.

Arranging a visit to Smith's Wood Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@fmat.co.uk.

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