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Executive Principal - Full-time

Turner Schools

  • Ref:KCC-F42-39-L
  • Posted:19/01/2024
  • Pay:Spot Salary £110,000 - £120,000 depending upon exp
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:18/02/2024 at 17:00
  • Interviews:4th and 5th March 2024


We are seeking an Executive Principal to join Turner Schools, a growing multi-academy trust which currently comprises six schools, a trust sixth form and 5 specialist resource provisions in the Folkestone and Dover district with future expansion planned for September 24.  You will be joining the Trust at an exciting time as we move through a period of growth and development. 

The Executive Principal will work across our secondary phase (11-19) in Folkestone and should be able to demonstrate a proven track record of rapid school improvement and improved outcomes for pupils. We are looking for someone who is already an established and successful educational leader, with the drive and ambition to ensure continued success and the vision and skills to deliver change in the years ahead.  Due to our planned growth and development, there are excellent progression opportunities within the Trust and for the right candidate, there could be an opportunity to progress to a Director of Secondary Improvement role in the future as the Trust expands. 

The role will focus on school improvement initially across our secondary schools and our sixth form in Folkestone and will involve working with our CEO, Principals and other senior and middle leaders to effectively self-evaluate and deliver high-quality education provision through robust and ambitious teaching and improvement work. The successful candidate will have the motivation and desire to develop pupils’ achievements within a Trust who are focused and determined to ensure that all pupils make exceptional progress. The right candidate will be an excellent communicator who understands the power of collaboration and shares our vision to transform children’s futures, empower families and strengthen communities. 


There is an opportunity to meet the CEO and have a tour of our schools w/c January 29th and 5th February. Please email HR@turnerschools.com to arrange a visit. 

If you are shortlisted, the CEO will also wish to arrange to visit you in your home school if appropriate on the w/c 26th February.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 18th February 2024 and shortlisting will take place w/c 19th February 2024. 

Interviews will take place on the 4th and 5th March 2024. 

Benefits of Working for Turner Schools: 

Our staff tell us that the Trust is a supportive and motivational place to work, with real attention paid to staff wellbeing, workload and professional development. Further information about our Trust can be found on our website: www.turnerschools.com 

We care about our staff's personal and professional wellbeing and are pleased to offer the following benefits: 

  • Fully funded access to Benenden Healthcare
  • Outstanding professional development through our Turner Institute 
  • Membership for all ECT, teaching and leadership staff to the Chartered College of Teaching 
  • Regular wellbeing and social activities 
  • Counselling and mental wellbeing support 
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Electric car scheme 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Innovation Awards that encourage staff to put forward innovative ideas to make a difference to children’s experiences 
  • Trust Vision and Values awards to recognise staff contribution 
  • Free parking on all our sites with access to E chargers 

Information about the trust

Turner Schools is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with schools in Folkestone and Dover on the beautiful Kent coast. The Turner Schools family includes six schools in Folkestone:-

Dover Christ Church Academy, Folkestone Primary, Folkestone Academy, Morehall Primary, Martello Primary, Turner Free School

We provide education through pre-school, primary, secondary and on to sixth form. Each academy is individual and responds to the needs of its local community to provide the best possible opportunity for its young people. We promote high academic standards, while ensuring crucial opportunities for personal and emotional development.

Turner Schools is committed to Transforming children’s futures…Empowering children’s futures…Strengthening communities.

To help us achieve this, Turner Staff ‘Walk the Turner Talk’

They will:

• Speak and act with care: always show compassion and respect for children. • Act boldly: be ambitious for yourself and the children and young people we serve. • Learn from adversity: be evaluative, thoughtful and reflective. • Challenge convention: be curious, welcome difference and unfamiliar thinking. • Connect with others: support colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team. • Use your voice: offer different views and ask questions. • Do what it takes: be relentless in pursuing the best for children. • Ask for support: be open and honest when plans go awry. • Don’t give up: be calm, resilient and measured when managing challenges.

Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

For further information on Turner Schools, please visit www.turnerschools.com

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Caroline Dominguez
  • Address:Academy Lane,
    CT19 5FP
  • Telephone: 01303 842433
  • Email: hr@turnerschools.com


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 Education.