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Vice Principal

Cowes Enterprise College, An Ormiston AcademyCowes

Vice Principal

Salary: Leadership Scale Points 19 - 23

Reporting to: Principal

Our successful candidate will be a talented and highly motivated leader with drive and commitment to excellence as well as strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate to a range of stakeholders. You will be joining a supportive, committed and passionate team who work hard to ensure that all of our students achieve their potential. Due to the promotion of the current Vice Principal, we are looking for an experienced professional who can demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent management, and a proven track record of success in raising standards, preferably in a non-selective setting.

This post provides an exciting career opportunity to be part of driving our academy forward and to play a critical role in the next phase of the academy’s development.

The Role:

The overall purpose of the role is to develop and sustain an excellent educational provision for all students in the academy.

The vice principal is expected to deputise for and support the principal with regard to internal organisation and management of the academy, taking a leading role in the coordination of the whole school and upholding through personal example the philosophy on which the academy’s life is based and the values which will determine the quality of school life for everyone.

The postholder will be a full member of the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) sharing strategic leadership responsibilities as directed by the principal, with their SLT colleagues. This will include the performance management and line management of staff within their lead area of responsibility.

You will have collective responsibility with other members of the SLT for ensuring a positive ethos and effective learning environment throughout the Academy, which leads to high rates of student progress and the achievement of high standards. You will provide clear strategic direction to the academy and enable the efficient and effective day to day running of the academy.

About our academy

Cowes Enterprise College is part of the Ormiston Academy Trust.  Our mission is to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom.

We strive every day to create an education that sees the young people of Cowes and the community beyond get the very best, not just in an academic sense but also in developing the skill set, confidence, attitudes and aspirations that will provide the catalyst for sustained success throughout their lives. Our ambition is to empower students to become independent and confident with the self-belief that they can influence change along with providing the support and guidance to teach them skills they will need in adulthood.

Cowes sits at the northernmost point of this popular tourist destination. It is widely regarded as the world’s premier yachting centre and hosts the oldest yacht club in the world – the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. It has excellent transport links to Southampton (car ferry and high-speed catamaran) and to the other towns on the Island. Southampton is just over an hour away by train from Central London and is served by an airport that has regular scheduled flights to a wide range of airports.

How to apply

The closing date for all applications is Sunday 23rd May 2021.  Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found. Interviews will be held on 27th and 28th May 2021.

Please apply via the link below. Your application should include a letter of application, explaining your interest in this post and why your qualifications, professional experience and knowledge, professional expertise and personal attributes are relevant to this appointment.

For further information or the opportunity to talk to the principal to discuss this post or to arrange a visit, please contact: Donna Harrison, HR Officer at or call +44 1983 203103.

For more details about Cowes Enterprise College, visit our academy website:

For more details about Ormiston Academies Trust, please visit:

Cowes Enterprise College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A full enhanced DBS Clearance Certificate will be required and relevant prohibition checks will be completed as applicable.

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