Vice Principal, Manchester

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MEA CentralManchester

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Start date: Easter 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £67,183 - £74,103Points 21 to 25 on the Leadership pay scale for qualified teachers
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

MEA Central, an Altius Trust school, opened with 210 Year 7 students on September 2017 and now has three year groups and 630 students. Through high academic aspirations, an impressive culture and wide ranging extra-curricular opportunities, we develop students into articulate, active and respectful citizens, ready to go out and do good in the world. 

We currently have an exciting opportunity in the role of Vice Principal  to work closely with our Principal and Senior Leadership Team to support our school through the next phase of its growth and provide highly strategic, agile and ethical leadership. The successful candidate will assist the Principal on all areas of school strategy, overall vision and culture, curriculum planning, financial and operational management. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for a committed, driven and inspiring leader; someone who aspires to Headship within three to five years. Succession planning is a key part of our success and we can help prepare you for Headship, investing in your knowledge and expertise through regular support, coaching and a wide range of professional development and training. This role provides the opportunity to excel in a supportive environment. 

Senior Leaders at MEA Central must be excellent teachers of their subjects, capable of modelling the way for others  and have a proven track record of effective leadership and exam success at KS4/5, preferably in an urban environment. You must be capable of working collaboratively with colleagues, parents and key stakeholders including the Department for Education, local authorities and Ofsted.

The right candidate should:

  • have significant experience in a senior role with proven impact on outcomes;
  • genuinely believe that the role of a leader is to serve others ;
  • know that teachers make the difference and that that teaching and learning is the ‘main thing’; 
  • possess excellent communication skills and the ability to relate positively to children and adults;
  • motivate and inspire students and colleagues to achieve exceptional outcomes.

A Senior Leadership position at MEA Central is a unique, career-defining opportunity that does not come along very often. The successful candidate will be joining a team with the highest of ambitions and will recognise the unique opportunity a new school like this represents. They should be a professional who reads widely and thinks deeply about education and related issues, who are interested in research, and who take a proactive approach to their own professional development. They will be 100% aligned to our values, vision and approach, and capable of strategically shaping the school and contributing to it at a vital time in its development. 

Specific accountabilities will be agreed with the successful candidate based upon their area of expertise and development.

The Altius Trust is a multi-academy educational trust with an ongoing commitment to opening and running academies with a high level of achievement in the Manchester area. Our Trust Partners include some of the most successful and innovative companies in the UK, all of whom have a strong commitment to Manchester. Their involvement in the Trust underlines their commitment to developing the young people of the city, and their recognition that to recruit excellent leaders from local families they have to be committed to their development prior to them becoming employees.  Our vision of a fantastic future for all our students is easy to understand but complex to achieve as the future evolves so rapidly around us. Our students have to adapt in order to build themselves a secure and resilient future. Our vision underpins all we do, and our starting point is excellent academic results.

As a Trust we are in an exciting period of growth and development and we are currently in the consultation phase to transfer into Prospere Learning Trust - who are fully aligned to our vision and core principles of a Fantastic Future for All. 

Please find attached the Job Description and further information is available below about our school and the Trust. Please apply through TES. Please note we do not accept CVs and references will be applied for at the shortlisting stage. For an informal chat or to arrange a visit to our fantastic Free School, please call Rina Hughes on 0161 499 2726 ext. 241 or email at

Closing date for applications is 27 January 2020 and interviews will take place as soon as possible thereafter. The role will be to start at Easter 2020; a September start will be considered for the right candidate.

Altius Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful appointments are subject to receiving satisfactory employment checks including references, evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced check. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

More about MEA Central
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Lytham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6PL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 161 499 2736
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