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Principal Designate - School System Leader

Wellspring Academy TrustScunthorpe, Lincolnshire

The Wellspring Trust invites you to find out more about our unique opportunities. Truly, these are Exciting Times!

The Trust operates a community of nearly thirty schools in Yorkshire and Greater Lincolnshire. We are committed to a values-driven, inclusive vision for education and seek to expand our network of great schools and great leaders in all sectors of education.

We will open three brand new schools in: Scunthorpe, North Lincs, 16-19 Special, 60 places, September 2022, Principal Designate appointment 1 September 2021; Sheffield, South Yorkshire, SEMH Special, 80 places, September 2023, Principal Designate appointment 1 September 2022; Selby, North Yorkshire, Generic Special, 100 places, September 2023, Principal Designate appointment 1 September 2022, and are looking for the right people to lead them. 

The Principal Designate will take up post from 1 September 2021 and will have one full academic year to make the preparations for the opening of the new school.

You may wish to consider joining us alone. You may wish to bring the resource and expertise of your current school with you. We are open to ideas and are pioneers of the Executive Headship/System Leader model. Eight of our existing School Leaders are Executive Principals with up to five schools under their direction.

Wellspring offers exceptional career opportunities for senior school professionals and the freedom for them to realise their vision.

To date, Wellspring has opened eight brand new schools and has a further three in pre-opening. We do not intend to stop there. New and exciting opportunities are arising all of the time. We need dynamic, expert people to grow with us. If you dream of opening a new school and want the support of the best in the business to do it… it might be worth a chat.

Opening new schools is just one of our areas of expertise. We are intellectually curious and professionally generous. We grow through learning from one another. We are a team of teams, all of which complement one another.

We are committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity. We want our people to reflect the diversity of our communities, and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

For an informal and confidential conversation, please contact Natalie Hardman by email:

Completed application forms are to be sent by email to: 

Closing date: Midday on 14th April 2021.

Shortlisted candidates notified: 16th April 2021.

Interview dates: 22nd & 26th April 2021.

Wellspring Academy Trust recognises that it has a statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and, if appropriate, vulnerable adults who participate in any Trust activities and expects all staff to share this commitment. An Enhanced DBS is required for this post.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/ countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

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