Director of School Improvement (Internal) vacancy at Central Trust

Salary: £0.00
Job Type: Full Time
Contact Name: R England
Location: Pontefract Academies Trust
Closing Date: 22/12/2021 10:00

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: LeadershipTeacher
Interview Date: 13/01/2022
Start Date: 01/09/2022
Contracted Term: AYR - All year around
Contracted Hours: 32.50
Contracted Weeks: 52.00
Department: Executive Leadership Team
Pay Grade: Dependent on experience

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0035

Required for September 2022

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools; six primary schools and two 11-16 secondary schools all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. It is a thriving trust which has been on a sustained journey of improvement in recent years and is ambitious to improve further, having a positive impact on more lives. Alongside trust wide priorities, there is a recognition that each school is individual, with different priorities, and needs to respond to the needs of its local community to provide the best possible opportunity for its young people. However, being part of a Multi Academy Trust means each school can benefit from shared resources and systems that allow collaboration for the benefit of the children and young people.

The Trust are looking to recruit to the new role of Director of School Improvement. As a member of the Trust’s executive team, the successful candidate will lead on school improvement and quality assurance strategies across the family of primary and secondary schools.

There will be two Directors of School Improvement. Crucially, the roles are not split into primary and secondary phases; they are identical in nature and remit to support the delivery of our 4-16 offer. The successful candidate will work alongside Tom Fay, currently Director of Primary Education. Tom will move across from his current executive role to become one of the Directors of School Improvement. The Director of School Improvement role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and qualified professional with drive, ability and creativity who can make a real and direct impact upon children’s learning.

The vacant role would suit someone who has experience driving positive change in schools and has a proven track record in school improvement. It provides an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to utilise their skills, knowledge, and experience to impact across more than one school in the Trust. The role will be working alongside Tom and report directly to the CEO, initially taking executive leadership responsibility for four schools. The position is an opportunity to take responsibility and accountability for leading on the support, advice and guidance that enables our schools to succeed and improve to deliver the best possible educational experience for all our children. The start date for the role is likely to be September 2022, however, there will be opportunities for transition work before that date.

Completed application forms, including a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification, should be submitted online via Face-Ed before the closing date of Wednesday 22nd December 2021 at 10:00am. Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 10th January 2022.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from everyone. The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide a self-declaration form.

File Attachments

File Name Description
PAT-Careers-Prospectus-v2.pdf Working for Us Booklet
T_Director of School Improvement JD & PS (2021_12_03 V1).pdf Director of School Improvement Job Description
Director of School Improvement Application Pack 2021.pdf Director of School Improvement Applicant Pack

Safeguarding Information

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Pontefract Academies Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Qualification Title Grade
Degree in a relevant subject Pass
Qualified Teacher Status Pass
Evidence of ongoing CPD


Strong record of educational leadership, significant experience as a Headteacher/Executive Leader gained within either a primary or secondary setting
Experience of writing, implementing and reviewing successful improvement plans and strategies that bring impactful change
Experience of developing and motivating senior leaders to achieve success
Demonstratable record of taking a school or group of schools to an Ofsted ‘Good’ or better judgement as a Headteacher/Executive Leader
Extensive experience of leading CPD activities for others
Personal Qualities
Willingness to travel to Trust schools, and when necessary, work outside normal working days for public and other meetings, and to achieve deadlines
Personal resilience, persistence and perseverance with a positive mindset, optimistic and a good work companion at all times
Integrity and commitment to the Nolan principles of public office; display the highest levels of integrity and probity, and be committed to the highest levels of effort, endeavor and focus on standards
Flexible; thrives on change, enjoys working at pace and able to respond to changing demands
Holds and articulates the Trust guiding principles, leads with moral purpose, ethically and with integrity
Adaptive and responsive to change
A commitment to leadership of inclusive schools, where the needs of all children are met, including vulnerable pupils, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with SEND, and the most able
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
An understanding and commitment to safeguarding issues and promoting the welfare of children and young people
Able to prioritise, work efficiently and accurately, particularly under pressure, to deadlines and using own initiative
Able to build strong working relationships with Trust Board and SPRB members, Headteachers, and school staff at all levels
Able to work accurately with attention to detail, and be creative in approaching problem solving
A strong sense of personal accountability and the ability to hold others to account, including senior school leaders
Able to pursue challenging and rigorous questions and probe explanations
Able to develop processes that encourage the sharing of best practice across schools and clusters of schools
Able to interpret complex data and produce reports that strategically review and evaluate resources and performance
Detailed knowledge of effective school improvement practices and extensive knowledge of effective intervention strategies to impact on school standards
Sound knowledge of current educational policy, national initiatives and implications for in-school practices
Effective partnership working skills – able to build and draw on the strengths of others to generate outstanding results
Able to develop strategic awareness, peripheral vision, and see the bigger picture