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Assistant Director of Education - Full-time

The Howard Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F96-1-L
  • Posted:30/03/2023
  • Pay:L31 - L34 (£92,597 - £99,660)
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:20/04/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:27th & 28th April 2023


We are looking for an exceptional leader with the ability to lead improvements in standards across a group of schools. The role will be based across a range of academies within the Trust and dedicated office space will be provided at The Howard Academy Trust Head Office based at Waterfront UTC.


We want candidates who will bring a strong school improvement focus with the ability to identify priorities and put in place action plans and interventions to secure rapid improvement. The post holder will work strategically and operationally, modelling best practice in leadership. This role may require the individual to act in a Headship role or to bolster leadership capacity for periods of time across trust schools.


The post holder will be required to have a track record of successful school leadership with a clear understanding of what “excellence” looks like. The post holder will initially line manage four Heads of School within the Trust but will also be required to support Heads of School across the group, holding them to account for standards and outcomes, and where necessary coaching and guiding them to enhance their leadership practice. This role will in turn will be held to account for the standards and outcomes in schools.

The post holder will also hold strategic responsibilities and shared responsibilities which they will be expected to deliver across the Trust

Benefits of Working with The Howard Academy Trust

We care about our staff's health and wellbeing and offer:

  • CareFirst - Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Benenden Healthcare
  • Free Flu Jabs
  • Free Health Checks
  • Access EarlyPay
  • Mindfulness Taster Sessions
  • Skills Network of 30 Free Level 2 8 – 12 week courses
  • Discounted gym membership at Avenue Tennis, Gillingham
  • Wellbeing afternoons
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Free Parking at all our sites

We reserve the right to alter our interview dates and close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. 

If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information,
please contact Fiona Barnard (Head of HR) – fbarnard@thatrust.org.uk

The Howard Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. References will be requested prior to interview for those candidates short-listed. The successful candidate will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

The Howard Academy Trust is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates. We are committed to providing a mutually supportive working environment where every individual is respected, valued and included. Applications for flexible working are also welcomed.

Information about the federation

The Howard Academy Trust started in Autumn 2015 and continues to grow.

We currently comprise of 3 secondary and 4 primary academies in Medway and Kent. We have future growth plans as a Multi Academy Trust with major projects taking place across the organisation. Our overarching aim and vision for our member schools is “working together to create a community of successful learners”. In doing this, we will deliver an outstanding education for the children and young people who attend our academies. We endeavour to ensure that all our pupils have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and opportunities.

The Trust’s role is to oversee the leadership and vision of member schools and to develop effective and supportive partnerships between them. We have a firm belief within the Trust that every child should have access to at least a good education. We are proud that every academy inspected since joining our Trust has remained as a Good school or improved their Ofsted Rating. Both Temple Mill Primary School and Waterfront UTC joined the Trust as sponsored academies and have moved from Special Measures to a Good school on their first inspection. Our schools serve their own community, and each has a unique identity. Being part of this Multi Academy Trust has already provided member schools with practical benefits. We want communities to be proud of their local THAT school and we are determined to make it the first choice for all families.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Owen McColgan
  • Address:South Side Three Road,
    ME4 4FQ
  • Telephone: 01634265770 ext 1013
  • Email: ktilley@thatrust.org.uk



Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.