Principal, County Durham

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North Durham AcademyCounty Durham

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £82,000 - £95,000 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

New College Durham Academies Trust, (NCDAT) comprises two academies, Consett Academy and North Durham Academy, located some six miles apart in North West Durham.  New College Durham is our lead sponsor and both academies are located in multi million pound new builds, offering unrivalled state of the art facilities for our students and communities in Consett and Stanley.

North Durham Academy, (NDA), is a rapidly improving school which aims to deliver excellent education from Year 7 to Year 13. “Decisive action from the executive principal and other senior leaders has brought about urgent and necessary improvements in the quality of teaching."  NDA Ofsted inspection, October 2018. 

Principal                              £82,000 - £95,000 per annum               

Following the promotion of the former Director of School and Curriculum to another institution, the Trust has taken the opportunity to consider the needs of the Academy and an exciting opportunity has arisen. We wish to appoint a Principal. Our purpose is clear; we are looking for an outstanding, motivated and inspirational leader who can build on the rapid progress made so far and can take the Academy to good at its next inspection.

If you are passionate about ensuring all young people receive the highest standard of education and have a proven track record of whole school improvement, we’d like to hear from you.

To apply, you will need experience of working within a school/academy where you are able to demonstrate significant experience in driving improvement and impacting positively upon all student outcomes.  You will have presence and expertise to deliver credible leadership, build networks and raise ambition across the whole Academy community. You will be financially astute, possess the skills to interpret and use data to drive performance, and be a champion for the welfare and behaviour of students while ensuring our friendly, caring culture is maintained. You should also be a positive communicator who is able to motivate staff, students and parents/carers.

We pride ourselves in offering all our students the opportunity for high academic achievement and personal fulfilment through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. We also have very strong guidance and pastoral care systems which ensure that all students are valued and supported.

You will join an ambitious Executive Leadership Team and will support Senior Leaders in providing a high level strategic, management and operational direction for the Academy.

This role provides the opportunity to make a considerable impact on the future direction of the Academy and shape the educational experience and outcomes of all children. 

Interested candidates are invited to an Academy Visit from 4pm on Thursday 7th March 2019 - please email our HR Team at to confirm your attendance.  To download an application pack, including job description, person specification and application form, please visit 

Please do not attach copies of CV's.  Only the information detailed on the application form will be used as part of the short-listing process.  Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.    

Email completed applications to by Midday, 17th March 2019.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March 2019.

Applicants should assume they have been unsuccessful if we have not contacted them within 28 days of the post-closing.

New College Durham Academies Trust is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and will undertake the appropriate employment checks to meet this commitment

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More about North Durham Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: High Street, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0TW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1207 292180
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In September 2013, the Academy moved into a spectacular new £30 million campus in the centre of Stanley, County Durham.  These fantastic facilities provide an outstanding learning environment for our studen...