About this role: We have a rare opportunity for a talented and suitably experienced PA to the Executive Principal to start with us in the new year. This is a key role with the main responsibility being to provide a high-level of support to the Executive Principal and also their wider Leadership Team. Our successful candidate will operate in a positive and proactive way demonstrating a high level of initiative, competence and confidentiality across all areas of activities by the 4 Academies. You must be able to work to a highly professional and organised standard at all times. The base location for this role will be at one of our Primary Academies in the Maidstone cluster and you will be supporting the Executive Principal to oversee all 4 of the Academies. This is a great opportunity for either those with experience in the education sector, or alternatively a candidate who is seeking to get into this sector and has the transferable skills.
The working basis of this role is full-time (37 hours per week) on a Term Time Only basis. Please consult the Job Description for clarification about the responsibilities and duties of the role. Occasionally, our successful candidate may also be required to travel between sites.
Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: Leigh Academies Trust currently consists of 18 academies across the South-East, with the imminent merger with The Williamson Trust and a further 3 academies in pre-opening phase. It is responsible for the education of over 15,000 pupils from ages 3 to 19 and seeks excellence in all that it does. Its mission is to shape the lives of young people for the better and in doing so, transform the communities in which they live. Its academies have benefited from over £100m of capital investment and are privileged to employ over 2,500 highly talented staff between them. For more information on working for the Trust please visit our careers pages.
Do you like the sound of the role but not sure if the education sector is for you? The majority of our Head Office employees have had private sector careers before joining Leigh Academies Trust and have found the following when joining the education world;
"I have thoroughly enjoyed moving from the private sector to a multi-academy trust almost three years ago. The LAT Team work fantastically for the benefit of over 15,000 students and everyone has a unique and varied background. I get great satisfaction knowing the work I do is keeping students safe and providing good quality buildings for staff and students to occupy. There’s more to education than meets the eye.” (Central Business Team Employee)
“We operate like a normal business within Head Office and the best part about it is that all of our hard work and efforts are for the direct benefit of our 15,000+ students, not for our shareholders’ pockets. They say working in education is rewarding and you don’t have to be a teacher to experience that! The relationships you build with colleagues in this sector is like no other and I’ve found them to be the most enduring in my career.” (Central HR Team Employee)
"The key element of my role that I find so rewarding is the impact we all have on students’ lives on a daily basis – my contribution affects the students indirectly but I still get to see how our cost-saving strategies benefit them. I haven’t had the opportunity to work with such passionate, driven and dedicated teams across all levels in a business before joining LAT which is something I now thrive on. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, and our ethos and vision are genuine." (Central Finance Team Employee)
What are we looking for in you? As a Trust, we seek to recruit talented individuals that can not only help to build the success of our academies but also people that are engaging and passionate about what they do. 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 Trust 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.