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New College Durham Academies TrustCounty Durham

Principal  £99,681 - £117,197 pa

(to commence from January 2022)                    

(starting salary negotiable + possibility of relocation expenses up to £8k for the right candidate)

New College Durham Academies Trust, (NCDAT) is seeking to appoint an exceptional, highly aspirational, dynamic leader with a strong, proven track record of sustained school improvement to join us as our Principal at Consett Academy.  

NCDAT is currently experiencing a period of transformational change.  The successful applicant will have the support of a committed newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Academy Trust Board to develop, deliver and lead on Consett Academy’s vision and strategy – forging productive partnerships which support the long-term future of our highly ambitious MAT.

Ideally, you will be a current Headteacher who wants to make a bigger difference in a large Academy or an experienced Senior Leader able to demonstrate significant and successful school improvement.  You should place Students First in every decision you make, with the sole intention of improving their future life chances, irrespective of background or starting point.  

Our Trust is defined by our core values of Inclusion, Progression and Excellence in all that we do. This is a rare leadership opportunity for an existing Headteacher or Deputy to make their mark and contribute to securing NCDAT as an educational influencer both regionally and nationally. 

As an experienced professional, you will be able to demonstrate strategic leadership, coupled with excellent people management skills. Your track record and engaging personality will be such that it gains the immediate respect of staff, students and parents/carers.  You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly, you will have a passion for education and students' learning; a determination to make a positive difference and a commitment to continuous improvement across the Trust.

Consett Academy (CA), is an extremely popular, oversubscribed school and one of the largest secondary schools in County Durham, (PAN of 1700).  Through placing Students First, we aim to deliver the very best educational experience to our young people from before joining us in Year 7, right through to leaving us in Year 11, having achieved their potential.  Indeed, many choose to stay with us to continue their studies in our successful Sixth Form.

Consett Academy received its last Ofsted Inspection in March 2020, moving us from a Good school to Requiring Improvement, with Good judgements in Behaviour and Attitudes; Personal Development and Sixth Form.  Our purpose is clear; we are looking for an outstanding, motivated and inspirational leader who can demonstrate an immediate impact and return the Academy to Good at its next inspection.

The successful candidate will be financially astute and possess the skills to interpret and use data to drive performance with rigorous quality assurance.  As 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 engage parents/carers whilst motivating staff and students. 

Interested candidates who would like to arrange a visit or have a preliminary discussion with Mrs Rodham (CEO) can email our HR Team at whereupon a mutually convenient date and time will be arranged.

Interested?  To download an application pack, including job description, person specification and application form, please visit or Vacancies | Consett Academy ( Completed applications should be submitted to Human Resources via email to   CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications is: Midday, Tuesday 21st September, 2021

Interviews will take place: 28th and 29th September, 2021

New College Durham Academies Trust recognises that it has a statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS is required for this post and references will be taken up prior to interview. 

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