Academy Improvement Lead - Primary Academies, Grantham, Lincolnshire

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David Ross Education TrustGrantham, Lincolnshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Circa £70 to £75K
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The David Ross Education Trust is looking for a dynamic and inspirational Academy Improvement Lead across our Primary Academies

If you are ambitious, inspirational, creative, open-minded, and want to be part of our success then we want to hear from you. See what it means to be part of the David Ross Education trust from our children and parents here.

Providing our young people access to a world-class education and enrichment experiences is what drives us. The education our students’ receive equips them with the confidence to become outstanding citizens. We are setting high standards to be the country’s leading academy chain, committed to delivering world class education alongside an unrivalled package of sporting and cultural enrichment and engaging with our local communities, the rich and varied experiences we create helps fuel ambition and unlock potential. See more at summer and Winter Cups, Music Cup.

Academy Improvement Leads (AILs) are critical to our core school improvement team function, focused on developing and challenging whole school leadership and the leadership of teaching, across the Trust as well as within geographical hubs. 

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary circa £70 to £75K
  • Access to excellent contributory Pension Scheme
  • Health Care
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Eye Care
  • Other benefits

About the role


  • You will have a proven track record of school improvement and an unwavering commitment to building a culture of outstanding practice across our network.
  • You will have been a successful school leader, recognised for outstanding leadership.
  • You will have experience of rapid turnaround school improvement.
  • As a system leader, you will recognise outstanding practise and be highly effective in supporting and challenging Head teachers and leadership teams towards this aim at pace.
  • You will be skilled in using a range of information to analyse, evaluate and determine appropriate improvement programmes.
  • You will be committed to working as part of a large multi academy Trust, where standardised practice of effective approaches is key to driving improvements and raising standards.
  • You will be highly skilled in identifying areas of strength and improvement across a number of academies, sharing and embedding effective practice with rigour and at pace.
  • You will be experienced in holding teachers and senior staff to account for improving outcomes.
  • You will have excellent communication and presentation skills, inspiring confidence in others.
  • You will have experience of curriculum standardisation and developing world class approaches.
  • You will be committed to the continual improvement of a core knowledge curriculum approach.
  • You will have the ability to improve the impact school leaders have in developing the quality of teaching and its impact on learning.

About You

  • Experienced and ambitious leader who shares our vision, who relishes the prospect of being part of a large and successful trust.
  • Experience of standardised practices; management, monitoring, evaluation and leadership of quality teaching and learning to achieve student outcomes.
  • Experience of whole school improvement strategies.
  • An outstanding leader who understands change management and transformation.
  • Experience of knowing what outstanding looks like and has the drive and resilience to follow through.
  • You have the experience and confidence to challenge and support a broad co-curricular offer.
  • A no-nonsense, no-excuses leader 
  • Experience of working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and improving their life chances where all children can achieve their full potential
  • Extensive experience of collaboration and working with a range of stakeholders 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of current educational priorities 
  • Experience of promoting equality and diversity, inclusion and appropriate strategies for children with special educational needs
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

About Us

The David Ross Education Trust is a network, of 34 academies, incorporating primary and secondary schools as well as a grammar and special school. We have over 2,000 staff committed to delivering educational excellence to our 13,000 students. 

We offer quality programmes for CPD and Leadership Development to enhance our commitment to high quality teaching and learning across our academies.

Apply now

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and covering letter to by 25th October 2017. Interviews will be held on 27th October. The role will be based from our Grantham office but you will be deployed to schools, sometimes for fixed periods in an Executive Head role, and / or to lead on rapidly improving teaching, model excellence, as well as playing a trust-wide advisory role. In addition you will line manage head teachers within a geographical hub. 

Job location

More about David Ross Education Trust
Address: 2 Hill Court, Turnpike Close, Swingbridge Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 7XY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1476 566801