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Ormiston Chadwick Academy

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

We are recruiting for exceptional talent for Ormiston Chadwick Academy, an 11-16 mixed school in Widnes, Cheshire with over 700 students on roll.
The academy has been part of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) since September 2014. The academy was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in December 2016 and was shortlisted for TES Secondary of the year in 2017. It has ranked in the top 100 schools nationally for progress 8 for the past two years.

Results are excellent despite pupils coming in significantly below national average. There is a vibrancy and commitment from all staff to go ‘above and beyond’ for the pupils at Chadwick. The academy recognises pupils as individuals and they are advised to follow curriculum programmes suited to their academic and personal abilities and needs. The community is loyal and supportive.

There are some exciting developments afoot; we have recently applied to become a Teaching School with a specialism for raising outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. We are also working with Hope University to launch a Masters programme for teachers and leaders, specifically around social mobility. Therefore we are seeking someone who shares our enthusiasm and commitment to always look one step ahead.

The academy’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, one of the founding trusts of the academies movement, is seeking the country’s best leaders to join our team. The educational landscape has dramatically changed, but our core mission remains the same: To prepare our young people to be the leaders of tomorrow. In order to achieve this, we need to recruit more of the best leaders of today.

We know that educational leadership is not for the faint of heart, and we actively promote a ‘no excuses’ culture. If your unrelenting passion for pupils’ success drives you to achieve, you understand our mission and we want to meet you.


  • Have incredibly high expectations for yourself and others
  • Accept that only the best is good enough
  • Believe that all children can achieve
  • Are excited by being part of a dynamic team

We offer a very competitive pay and package including:

  • Private healthcare for self and family
  • Annual Performance related bonus of up to 10% of base salary
  • Unparalleled CPD opportunities, both at individual academy and across the OAT family
  • Executive support for those new to headship
  • Exposure to leading edge SI practices and professionals and the chance to make a bigger difference with a fantastic family of principals and staff.

You will have access to excellent professional networks and support and OAT will actively encourage and support your professional development by providing opportunities to work across the Trust. If you are an experienced senior leader in a secondary setting, with a successful track record of sustained improvement and a determination to maximise the opportunities available then this role offers an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself in a new environment.

Applicants must be highly motivated, driven and committed to high quality teaching and learning. They should have the creativity and vision to inspire and lead change but also the focus to ensure successful outcomes are maintained. You must be confident and positive with a ‘can-do’ attitude that can inspire and engage pupils, staff and the local community. You must display compassion and be familiar with holding staff accountable whilst being accountable yourself. Above all, you will share our passion and belief that children, their learning and developing their potential is at the heart of all decisions. Ormiston Chadwick is a wonderful school and suitable for both experienced heads and those new to headship.

How to apply:

We encourage you to contact us for an informal discussion about this post before you apply, please call  07949351501 to speak with Tuesday Humby, OAT Regional Director regarding the position or email

To apply for this post please return your completed application form and formal letter of application by email to OAT recruitment email address to be inserted, to be received by 5pm on 19th March 2018

Your formal letter of application (supporting statement) should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and should address the selection criteria detailed in the person specification.

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More about Ormiston Chadwick Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Liverpool Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 151 424 5038
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Ormiston Chadwick Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school situated in Widnes, Cheshire. There are approximately 643 students at the school, between the ages of 11-16.    

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