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Executive Headteacher

South Downs Learning TrustEast Sussex

This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding, aspirational and inspirational leader to join our successful, currently small, Trust. Our well-established secondary school, Ratton, is one of the most popular schools in East Sussex, with a reputation built on “Achieving Together”, through a partnership between high levels of achievement and a strong emphasis on shared values and virtues. Ratton has about 1200 students, is robustly Good, and on a journey to Outstanding. Our large junior school Ocklynge, also very popular, has about 800 children, and is well on its way to a Good  judgement in our next Ofsted. The core values of respect, reflection, resilience and responsibility are at the heart of what we do. Our strong aspiration is to grow our Trust and we need a leader who is able to do this.

As an experienced professional, you will be able to demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent people management skills, together with a proven track record of success in raising standards. You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly, you will have a passion for education and students’ learning, across both the primary and secondary sectors, with the determination to make a positive difference and commitment to continuous improvement across the Trust.

The successful candidate will need to be:
• Passionate about releasing young people’s potential.
• An exceptional leader, eager to continue to grow.
• Able to lead development and change.
• A strategic thinker with a strong track record of sustained school improvement
• Able to work collaboratively in developing and growing all members of our Trust community.

We will offer you:
• Highly supportive and committed Trustees as critical friends.
• Induction and ongoing career support and development.
• A strong ethos across the Trust including a commitment to staff wellbeing.
• A vibrant and committed team.
• An excellent working environment.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this post please do get in touch, either with the Chair of the Trust, Peter Lindsey, directly on  07710 934574 or or with our Trust Executive Assistant, Lorraine Barrow, on 01323 504011 or email her on to arrange an appointment. Onsite visits to the schools will be possible but only after school  at 3.30pm on 23rd, 24th and 25th March. Please arrange with Lorraine. If you would like to be part of our fantastic Learning Community please download and submit your completed application form to Lorraine on

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 12th April 2021
Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 15th April 2021
Interviews will be held week beginning 26th April 2021

The Trust is committed to follow its safeguarding responsibilities at all stages of the recruitment process. This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Services and receipt of satisfactory references. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

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