College Principal, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Excelsior AcademyNewcastle upon Tyne

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £60,000 with potential for bonus and performance related increase
Contract term: Permanent

The Trustees are seeking to appoint a Principal for Excelsior College with effect from September 2019 or earlier by negotiation.

Excelsior Academy is an innovative academy in its eleventh year. It works on a ‘schools within a school’ model. Excelsior is part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust, created to give children from socially and economically challenged areas the best possible education and start in life. In September 2013, we became Newcastle’s first ‘all through’ Academy educating children from age 3 to 19 years old.

Working at Excelsior will challenge you – but the rewards are huge. Successful candidates will play an important role in our continuous drive for further improvement and will have the potential to work in Key Stages three, four and five.

The successful candidate will join a successful MAT where all Academies support each other to the benefit of our pupils and their families. Our Academies also enjoy strong support from an experienced LST central team, based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

If you think you have the talent and drive to transform the life chances of our pupils, then we would love to hear from you. Subject knowledge is essential, but so is the enthusiasm and creativity to spark our pupils’ imaginations.

Our sixth form is successful and inclusive, offering a wide range of both vocational and academic courses. It has rapidly expanded in recent years.

The Trust is interested in applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

This is a key strategic position within Excelsior Academy which should be of interest to experienced leaders with:

  • A proven record of outstanding teaching at KS4 and KS5
  • Experience of successful leadership in an 11- 18 school/academy at least Assistant Principal level
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the challenges of leadership of a sixth form


During recent years Excelsior College has grown year on year as the majority of Y11 pupils chose to stay at Excelsior to continue their studies post 16. It offers a wide range of courses at A and AS level as well as some level 2.

Please complete an application form (Download from the Careers Section of our website ) and submit it with a letter of application of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining the 4 key challenges for post 16 education during the next few years and your thoughts for responding to those challenges.

(i) Please summarise the academic standards that your pupils have achieved (attainment and progress) in the last three years, as well as those of the team(s) that you have contributed to or been responsible for. Please keep this to within 1 side of A4.
(ii) Please summarise your involvement in working with a sixth form in the last three years, beyond teaching your subject and the impact of your work. Please keep this to within 1 side of A4.

Further details and an application pack can be downloaded from the Careers section on the Laidlaw Schools Trust website http://laidlawschoolstrust.com/careers/. Interested candidates are welcome to
tour the school, please contact Julie Foster on 0191 2288 506 to arrange a visit. If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post, please contact: Julie Foster, PA to Executive Principal – j.foster@excelsiornewcastle.org.uk or call 0191 2288 506.

Closing Date: 12 noon on Monday 22nd April 2019.
Candidates who have not been contacted by Friday 26th April 2019 may assume they have been unsuccessful.
Interviews will take place: week commencing 7th May 2019.

Applications should be returned to: M.Zafar@excelsiornewcastle.org.uk

We are an equal opportunities employer strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to obtain an Enhanced Certificate of Disclosure from the DBS and a range of other recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their commitment to children’s safeguarding.



More about Excelsior Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 6AF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 191 2288400
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Excelsior Academy is an all-through school located in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. The school was first established in 2008, as a secondary school and sixth form (later split into three separate schools), and in 2012 it was decided that the school would...