The Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST) is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual with
vision, energy and inspirational leadership to the position of Director of Secondary School
Westcountry Schools Trust is a tight-knit family of schools based around natural geographical
proximity in the south west. Initially formed as a small multi-academy trust of only two schools
in 2011, the Trust as we know it today was launched in 2017 comprising of 22 schools, of which
7 are secondary and 15 primary. We are ambitious and hold high expectations for the children
in our care. We strive consistently to perform in the top 20% nationally.
WeST believes in promoting and supporting an appropriate balance between strong alignment
and independence with schools. It is important for all our schools to maintain their own identity
and celebrate their unique qualities. However, we believe that working collaboratively we will
enable our children and staff to access the best resources and learning opportunities. We aim
to identify the strengths of our collective practice and share them effectively across our schools
such that all our children benefit from our professional expertise.
The key purpose of the Director of Secondary School Improvement is to effect consistent
improvement across WeST Secondary Schools in order to secure the very best outcomes
(better progress than that achieved nationally) for children. In addition, a core focus of this role
is the achievement of disadvantaged pupils across the Trust. Whilst the work of the Director
of Secondary School Improvement is particularly focused on supporting WeST secondary
schools to further improve, there are multiple layers of opportunity to support the wider aims of
the Trust. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the work of the Teaching School,
support our ITT provision, facilitate leadership programmes and play a role beyond our own
Indeed, experience of successful outreach activity such as Ofsted Inspection or Teaching School
delivery is highly desirable.
The successful applicant must have a proven track record of success in improving standards.
If having read the job description and person specification, you believe you have the skills and
attributes to successfully take on this exciting new role and make a real difference to the outcomes
for our young people, then we warmly welcome your application.
Interviews will be held the week beginning 12th October 2020.
Ivybridge Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.