Principal, Sandwell

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George Salter AcademySandwell

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Start date: April/September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Responsible to: OAT Regional Director

We are recruiting for exceptional talent for George Salter Academy, an oversubscribed 11-19 mixed community school in West Bromwich, Sandwell with over 1,250 students on roll.

The academy has been part of Ormiston Academies Trust since September 2007. The academy was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in May 2017 and was named as the best state school in Sandwell by the Birmingham Mail’s Real Schools Guide in 2015.

Results are good and in 2016 60% of students achieved A*-C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE. Attendance is also consistently above the national average. The academy recognises students as individuals and they are advised to follow curriculum programmes suited to their academic and personal abilities and needs.

The academy has a strong sixth form with more students heading to top universities. Most students going to university from George Salter Academy are the first generation to do so in their families.

The recent £12 million programme of building improvements to the academy along with high quality sports facilities benefit both the students and the wider community.

The academy’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, one of the founding trusts of the academies movement, is seeking the country’s best leaders to join our team. The educational landscape has dramatically changed, but our core mission remains the same: To prepare our young people to be the leaders of tomorrow. In order to achieve this, we need to recruit more of the best leaders of today.

We know that educational leadership is not for the faint of heart, and we actively promote a ‘no excuses’ culture. If your unrelenting passion for students’ success drives you to achieve, you understand our mission and we want to talk to you.


  • Have incredibly high expectations for yourself and others
  • Accept that only the best is good enough
  • Believe that all children can achieve
  • Are excited by being part of a dynamic team

We offer a very competitive pay and package including:

  • Private healthcare for self and family
  • Annual Performance related bonus of up to 10% of base salary
  • Unparalleled CPD opportunities, both at individual academy and across the OAT family
  • Exposure to leading edge SI practices and professionals and the chance to make a bigger difference with a fantastic family of principals and staff.

You will have access to excellent professional networks and support and OAT will actively encourage and support your professional development by providing opportunities to work across the Trust. If you are an experienced senior leader in a secondary setting, with a successful track record of sustained improvement and a determination to maximise the opportunities available then this role offers an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself in a new environment.

Applicants must be highly motivated, driven and committed to high quality teaching and learning. They should have the creativity and vision to inspire and lead change but also the focus to ensure successful outcomes are reached. You must be confident and positive with a ‘can-do’ attitude that can inspire and engage students, staff and the local community. You must display compassion and be familiar with holding staff accountable whilst being accountable yourself. Above all, you will share our passion and belief that children, their learning and developing their potential is at the heart of all decisions.

How to apply:

We encourage you to contact us for an informal discussion about this post before you apply, please call 0121 262 5100 to speak with Jason Howard, OAT Regional Director regarding the position.

To apply for this post please return your completed application form and formal letter of application by email to to be received by 5pm on 4 December 2017.

Your formal letter of application (supporting statement) should be no longer than two sides of A4 and should address the selection criteria detailed in the person specification.

Closing date: 4 December 2017
Interview date(s): 14/15 December 2017

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More about George Salter Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Davey Road, Sandwell, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 9UW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 121 553 4665
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George Salter Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form in the West Midlands, serving students from the age of 11-19. The secondary school, situated in Sandwell has approximately 1,220 students on record. ...