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Principal

Paignton AcademyTorbay

Thank you for your interest in the post of Principal at Paignton Academy. The position has arisen due to the forthcoming retirement in August 2021 of the current Principal who has been in post since 2017 and a member of staff for 35 years.


The trustees are seeking to appoint a leader who can build further on the achievements at this unique, twin site Academy that educates over 1400 pupils between Years 7 and 11. The vast majority of our students live in Paignton and transition smoothly post 16 to South Devon College.



The Academy has twin sites at Borough Road and Waterleat Road, with approximately 700 students on each site. In 2019, there was a successful re-structure of the Academy from upper and lower schools to one school, two sites. We now educate all through year groups on each site with pastoral and academic systems completely mirroring each other. This innovation has been a huge success and the standing of the Academy within the local community has never been higher. The successful candidate will be expected to continue and develop further the enormous progress made during the last four years.



The Academy is part of the Bay Education Trust, founded in 2014, which consists of Paignton Academy and two primary academies, Kings Ash and Curledge Street.



The trustees are totally committed to our 2 to 22 vision which insists that every child who attends our academies will receive the best education possible that fits their individual needs. Every child is important to us and our ethos and values are at the forefront of everything we do.



Paignton Academy received a ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted in November 2016 and we are confident that if Ofsted inspected the Academy during 2021 that judgement would be upheld.



Paignton Academy is a dynamic institution that is making a real difference to the lives of its young people. Staff morale is high, students are friendly and trustees totally committed. This is a wonderful opportunity for a committed, ambitious leader to take the Academy into the future and the ultimate full realisation of the Trust’s 2 to 22 vision.



Close date: Noon, Monday 1st February 2021

Shortlisting: Thursday 4th February 2021

Interviews: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February


For more information about this exciting opportunity and application instructions please contact our recruitment partner Tracy Laverack whose email address and phone number you will find on the final page of the candidate pack which will appear as a supporting document to this advertisement.

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