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Executive Headteacher - Secondary - Full-time

Swale Academies Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F54-2-L
  • Posted:22/03/2019
  • Pay:Negotiable
  • Start Date:Sep 2019
  • App Close Date:24/04/2019 at 12:00
  • Interviews:29 April 2019


Start date:  September 2019

Are you an aspiring leader of education seeking a new challenge? Do you have a strong track record of leading school improvement in a secondary education setting? Are you a transformative leader who can inspire and motivate school leaders?

If so, we are seeking to appoint a passionate and inspirational Executive Headteacher for Secondary to oversee standards and provision within our family of secondary schools in Kent.

This role is suited to an ambitious professional who is interested in working with students from diverse communities in some of the region’s most challenging schools. The successful candidate will join the Executive Team and report to the Director of Secondary in leading the raising of standards across our growing family of schools.

Swale Academies Trust is a medium sized multi academy trust, consisting of 10 primary schools as well as 9 secondary schools across Kent and East Sussex, which are either supported by, or part of the Trust. We pride ourselves on our track record of school improvement and have a flourishing matrix of networks that offer effective system leadership at all levels.

Swale Academies Trust is looking for an Executive Headteacher who will be able to demonstrate:

• A highly successful record of secondary Headship in a school in challenging circumstances
• The ability to inspire and motivate teams as well as lead by example
• A strong understanding of school improvement
• Strong leadership that consistently strives to gain the best for each and every student
• Excellent communication skills
• Challenge and support in equal measure
• An ability to work well under pressure
• The ability to set and deliver aspirational targets and high quality provision for all of our students
• Forward, progressive thinking
• Clarity of vision for the Trust’s future development
• Drive and ambition, ensuring a sustainable network to support leaders and schools

The post attracts a six figure salary and a relocation package.

If you are highly motivated and resilient and want to make a real impact, this could be the role for you

Recruitment packs and applications forms are available online – www.swaleacademiestrust.org.uk. Applications should be accompanied by a CV and a letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) setting out how your experience to date meets the requirements set out in the person specification. Please note CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by an application form.


Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Closing date for applications:  24th April 2019 (noon)      

Interviews to be held:  29th April 2019


For an informal discussion about the role please contact:

Derek Trimmer, Director of Secondary      - derek.trimmer@swale.at              mobile: 07539 410904

Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal and CEO  -  jon.whitcombe@swale.at        mobile: 07947 247447


Applications to be sent to: Trust HR Team – hr@swale.at    

Telephone: 01795 426091 option 3

Information about the trust

Since its creation in September 2010 Swale Academies Trust has become a strong and successful school improvement service, specialising in taking schools in Ofsted category and turning them into good schools. A glance at the most recent Ofsted reports for Westlands Primary School, Meopham School, The North School, Regis Manor School and Sittingbourne Community College, will all point to the effectiveness of the Trust in bringing about change and providing and enabling excellent leadership. First and foremost Swale Academies Trust is about the provision and development of high quality leadership and management.

We don’t seek to develop clone schools that deliver education in a regimented manner. Rather, we value the development in our schools of a spirit of enquiry and action research that provides the best possible education that is right for pupils in a local setting. We do however collectively value and strive for all pupils to produce beautiful work which showcases their development over time of which they, their teachers and support staff and parents can be really proud. We are proud of our schools and we strive for a sense of shared pride in the achievements of all of our students.

Our ambition is driven by enabling schools and children to succeed. We have a wide range of excellent and highly accomplished senior leaders who lead with a sense of purpose, charisma and a set of shared values. The Trust is fortunate to be overseen by a Board of Directors who share leaders’ values and who provide the highest quality challenge and support.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:HR Team
  • Address:Swale Academies Trust,
    Ashdown House,
    Johnson Road,
    ME10 1JS
  • Telephone: 01795 426091
  • Email: HR@swale.at



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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.