Principal (Designate), Maidstone

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Bearsted Primary AcademyMaidstone

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly competitive plus performance bonus and private health care
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are now recruiting for the Principal Designate for Bearsted Primary Academy; a truly rare leadership opportunity within our very successful and financially sound, mature and geographically local multi-academy trust that combines management freedom for effective leaders with secure central support that encourages collaboration for success.  

Our successful candidate will receive encouragement, support and guidance not only to launch the new academy but also to develop your own career within the Trust.  You will already be a talented senior leader at a successful primary school with real ambition to improve the life chances of the students at Bearsted Primary Academy.  Once opened, we will expect the Principal to develop a positive culture and ethos where every child is expected to do well and their progress is supported every step of the way.  As with any new school project, this is a unique opportunity for the successful individual to put their own stamp on the academy and build a successful team.

Click here to view the Recruitment Pack.   

We wish to hear from you if you really want to change our education world and are:

an enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious school leader with a track record of success at primary level;

a motivational and inspirational leader with high expectations of staff;

confident and able to communicate a clear vision for the school;

able to develop children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance;

approachable and keen to work with staff across the Trust to ensure wide success;

able to establish and develop excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

What we can offer you:

a competitive salary along with private healthcare and an opportunity to earn a performance bonus;

an exciting LAT career path with opportunities for further progression in the future;

security and support on your journey from close collaboration with a small central executive and a larger group of talented Principals to share best practice and innovation.

For further information and to discuss the role informally with the Chief Operating Officer, Neil Willis, please contact Executive Assistant, Emma Johnson on to arrange a phone call or meeting.  

Click here for a glimpse of what life is like working for Leigh Academies Trust and why we're so proud of what we do.    

The closing date for applications is Thursday 27th June 2019. Candidates will be informed on Monday 1st July Interviews and assessment activities will take place on Thursday 4th July 2019.   If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information please contact Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment and Talent Management) on 01634 412 240 or

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More about Bearsted Primary Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5LB, United Kingdom.
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Due to open in September 2020, Bearsted Primary Academy will become the latest addition to the highly successful Leigh Academies Trust (LAT), joining four other LAT primary academies in the Maidstone area, and a further four LAT primary academies acr...