Principal, Crewe, Cheshire

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Underwood West AcademyCrewe, Cheshire

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Start date: 01/09/2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Aspire Leadership Scale L18 -£60755 to L24 - £70370
Contract term: Permanent

Are you an ambitious and inspirational school leader looking for your next challenge? Would you like the opportunity to lead a unique school community within a supportive and collaborative Multi Academy Trust linked to a successful teaching school, research school and national support school?

Due to the retirement of our current Principal, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a determined educationalist to lead this unique school into the next stage of development. Underwood West Academy is a co-educational primary school for children aged 4-11 years, currently with 440 pupils and 80 staff.

We expect our children to be resourceful, reciprocal, resilient and reflective. You will find our pupils friendly, well-behaved and very eager to learn. We have active and supportive local governors, staff and parents/carers, with the additional benefit of the support of our local, small, experienced MAT, The Aspire Educational Trust. There is effective collaboration and partnership within the Trust and local Primary Heads’ Forum and a strong commitment to continuing professional development.

To be successful you will be an outstanding leader with a ‘can do approach’, who is passionate about developing, delivering and articulating the vision, values and ethos of the academy and who will inspire and empower others to share in achieving it.

We are looking for an excellent communicator who can further strengthen existing positive relationships with parents/carers and families, the local governing body and the community and work collaboratively across the Trust.

An innovator who will develop creative approaches to continue to drive the high quality of teaching, learning and assessment, you will ensure that our children enjoy their education whilst reaching their full potential. 

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged and welcomed.  The following dates are available:

29th January 2019 – Afternoon

6th February 2019 – All day

12th February 2019 – All day

To arrange a visit with the CEO, please contact Alison Broadhurst on 01625 383075 or email:

For an application pack, please go to: 


or email

Closing date for applications:        Noon on Monday 25th February 2019. 

Email applications to or post to Mr K Simpson, CEO, The Aspire Educational Trust, c/o Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF.

Shortlisting:        Monday 25th February 

References will be sought for all shortlisted candidates prior to observations/interview.

Lesson Observations:        Week beginning 4th March 2019 in your own setting.

Interviews:        11th and 12th March 2019.

The Aspire Educational Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and references. We are strongly committed to promoting equality of opportunity and elimination of unlawful discrimination.

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More about Underwood West Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Newcastle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3LF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1270 685720

Underwood West Academy in Crewe is a primary school for children aged from 4 to 11. 

In January 2007 Underwood West Infant School and Underwood West Junior School amalgamated under the leadership of headteacher Mrs Tomlinson. Since December 2016...