Academies Director, (South East London, North West Kent, Medway & Central Kent)

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Leigh Academies Trust(South East London, North West Kent, Medway & Central Kent)

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly competitive (negotiable): six-figure + annual performance bonus + private healthcare
Contract term: Permanent

Leigh Academies Trust is now recruiting for one of the most exciting opportunities currently available in the education sector; due to the continued growth of the Trust, including the recent merger with The Williamson Trust, we are now seeking two Academies Directors to lead two adjacent clusters of academies each to ensure strong educational outcomes for all pupils. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for the right candidates with a commitment to system-wide leadership who are ready for the challenge ahead.

Leigh Academies Trust is a highly successful multi-academy trust. Its model of education enables students to reach their full potential, transforming their lives and ultimately the communities in which they live.  The overarching purpose of the role of Academies Director is to provide educational leadership to Leigh Academies Trust’s academies across phases within two adjacent clusters, ensuring that Trust strategy is delivered.  You will foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that allows our students to receive the best possible education.

Our mission is to shape young people’s lives for the better through high-quality education and in doing so, transform the communities in which they live. You will lead, challenge and support all Principals across your assigned region working closely with the Chief Executive and other Trust Executives to help our academies reach their full potential. You will report directly to the CEO and can be sure of very considerable opportunities for further development.  

For both positions, our ideal candidate will be an existing and outstanding Principal or Executive Principal with a proven track record of delivering strong educational outcomes and experience in a range of school settings.  You will help to inspire our senior leaders across a range of academies to deliver excellence in everything we do.  We are especially keen to hear from candidates with particular expertise and knowledge across all phases of education who are keen to make an impact across multiple communities.  We are looking for people who believe in the transformative power of education with the ability to inspire all stakeholders to achieve amazing things.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing Pack.    

Click here to view the supporting video delivered by Leigh Academies Trust's CEO, Simon Beamish.   

For further information and to discuss the role informally and confidentially with the CEO, Simon Beamish, please contact his Executive Assistant, Emma Johnson on or 01634 412 202 to arrange a phone call or meeting.  The closing date for applications is Monday 28th January 2019 at 12 noon. Applications need to be submitted electronically; scroll down to start the process by clicking ‘Apply for job’.  Please refer to the application guidance in the Candidate Briefing Pack regarding the six core competencies which your application letter should be based on.    

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be an outstanding and inspirational leader;
  • Have a proven track record of success in raising pupil attainment across all phases;
  • Be organised, energetic and passionate about working cross-Trust;
  • Be committed to the LAT ethos of high expectations;
  • Have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of learners; and
  • Be a committed team player.


In return, you will receive:

  • A highly competitive salary which reflects your experience and expertise as a senior leader;
  • Excellent opportunities to develop your leadership skills and your overall career within a successful and well respected multi-academy trust.


Diversity at our core:  As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.  The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

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More about Leigh Academies Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: C/o Strood Academy, Carnation Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2SX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1634 717121
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Leigh Academies Trust has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 2008 and is now one of the country’s most successful multi-academy trusts.  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (1...