Principal, Bury St Edmunds

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Suffolk Academies TrustBury St Edmunds

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent


Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Closing Date is on 19 January 2018.

We need an inspiring leader, who has an unrelenting commitment to student success.

Abbeygate is a brand new, purpose built, Sixth Form College opening in September 2019. Based in beautiful and historic Bury St Edmunds; surrounded by stunning countryside and the Suffolk coastline, yet only 30 minutes from Cambridge and an hour from London. Offering the perfect location to enhance both your career and your life.

We are seeking an outstanding Principal who will report directly to the Chief Executive of Suffolk

Academies Trust. Working closely with a range of outstanding education providers, including our four founder schools, this is a unique opportunity to join a highly successful team which is working to transform Post 16 education in the region.

As a strong educational leader, with visionary ambition and integrity, you will have extensive knowledge of A-Level curriculum delivery and the passion to make a difference and shape the future direction of Abbeygate.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a relentless focus on quality and be passionate about student achievement and academic attainment and the rounded growth of the individual (students and staff). You will build upon the strong and successful relationships in the area and will work in collaboration with West Suffolk College to complement their excellent curriculum offer.

You will have the experience to inspire trust in students, parents and staff. You will be supported to create an amazing team and establish an outstanding institution where student success is at the heart of everything you do. If you have the drive and determination, we will provide a stimulating, supportive and dynamic environment in which to take forward your career.

How to apply:

We encourage you to contact us for an informal discussion about this post before you apply. Please call Hannah Cox, our recruitment advisor, on 07584 206362 regarding the position and to request an application pack. Alternatively, all information can be found at

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it, together with your supporting statement (which should be no longer than two sides of A4 and address the selection criteria detailed in the person specification) to  

SAT is committed to Safeguarding. We aim to create the safest environment within which every student has the opportunity to achieve and progress.

We will offer a truly unparalleled opportunity, competitive pay and package for the right senior leader. In addition, a contribution towards relocation expenses will be discussed at interview.

Are you ready?

Closing date: 19th January 2018
Interview date(s): 30th & 31st January 2018

Start date: We would love you to join us in September 2018, either on a full or part time basis, however this role will be full time from April 2019. To be discussed at interview.

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More about Suffolk Academies Trust
Type: English Colleges
Address: C/o West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3RL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1284 716 251

The Suffolk Academies Trust (SAT) was formed in September 2015 as a visionary collaboration between One Sixth Form College in Ipswich and West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds. SAT is committed to strengthening access to outstanding post-16 educati...