Jobs / Vacancies

  • Regional Director, North - Ormiston Academies Trust

    Birmingham, West Midlands

    For nearly a decade, Ormiston Academies Trust has been steadily, conscientiously helping children to realise their fullest human potential. From the outset, our sole focus has been to provide the best, most transformative educational experience possible, changing lives one lesson – one question, one insight, one discovery – at a time.

    Now one of the largest not-for-profit multi-academy trusts in England, with 39 academies, our strategic goal is to become one of the nation’s highest-performing MATs by 2021.

    Our national network is served by an exceptionally high-performing team of four Regional Directors, and promotion within the Trust to a national position now means that we can offer an opportunity for this exciting, visible and rewarding role in the North of England. We’re looking for people whose track record lives up to our high expectations: likely to have held more than one headship, and able to demonstrate sustained impact, you will have an unusually broad and nuanced perspective on how schools thrive and improve, as well as a strong preference for variety and challenge.

    The sheer breadth and interest of working across nine schools, leadership teams and communities is one of the role’s most attractive features; but the reward of playing your part in the steady improvement of outcomes for nearly 7,000 learners is just as powerful. We want to hear from experienced school leaders who will relish the opportunity to work at every level with and within their portfolio of schools: from chairing strategic progress meetings, to sharing best practice across the Trust, to walking the playground at breaktime, and everything in between.

    You’ll be ready to take accountability at a significant level. This role will be part of the national OAT leadership team, and we’re looking for candidates who combine evidence-based decision-making with professional ownership. Optimistic, pragmatic and passionate about the potential of our schools to change lives, you’ll be a flexible self-starter who can work supportively and positively as we constantly challenge ourselves to get better.

    For more information, please visit To arrange an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Jo Fish or David Gooda at NavigateNDC, our recruitment partner, on 01625 800862 or 0113 493 1975.

    Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 23 April.

  • Chief Operating Officer, Empower Learning Academy Trust


    £attractive + excellent benefits

    Empower Learning Academy Trust is a growing, ambitious and highly-regarded multi-academy Trust with a family of four schools (three secondary, one primary) on the boundary of Essex and Greater London. Our founding school, Hall Mead School, has been a Teaching School and National Support School since 2013, and the Headteacher is also a National Leader of Education.

    We come to work to make a difference. Each of us plays our part in delivering our vision of ‘Inspiring Learners, Changing Lives’, and we are determined to provide opportunities for our pupils, staff and leaders to be the best they can be; to create a passion for lifelong learning; and to enable our pupils to become confident and impactful world citizens.

    As we consolidate our achievements and plan for sustainable development in the coming years, we have created this exciting new role for an exceptionally able, motivated professional who’s looking for a broader canvas for their talents. Reporting to our CEO, Simon London, you’ll be accountable not only for the smooth, effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the Trust, but also for the organisational and strategic planning which will deliver our exciting vision for growth.

    Your remit will cover the full range of operational functions – IT, HR, Estates, Health & Safety, Finance and Legal. You’ll manage an experienced and capable team of specialists, and will be a highly influential and visible leader within the Trust. In addition to providing key advice to the Board, the CEO, Principals, and other senior leaders, you’ll work closely with the CEO on the organisational structure and operating model, and will represent the Trust at a high level.

    Candidates will bring an impressive record of senior general management, and it’s likely that you will have spent a period in a public-funded sector. An understanding of the nuances of public funding, regulation and reporting will be a significant advantage; and while housing, charity or local government may also have provided you with the grounding you need, we are explicitly looking for someone who is strongly engaged by our particular focus on changing lives through education. A business or finance qualification would also be an asset.

    It’s a genuinely rare chance to work within an already successful environment, with the autonomy, support and resources to shape and develop a best-in-class operations function. For more information please visit If you would like an informal conversation, please call David Gooda at our retained consultant NavigateNDC on 01625 800862.

    Closing date: 10am, 17 April 2019.

  • National Director of Finance, Ormiston Academies Trust

    Birmingham, West Midlands

    £competitive + benefits

    For nearly a decade, Ormiston Academies Trust has been steadily, conscientiously helping children to realise their fullest human potential. From the outset, our sole focus has been to provide the best, most transformative educational experience possible, changing lives one lesson – one question, one insight, one discovery – at a time.

    Now one of the largest not-for-profit multi-academy trusts in England, our strategic goal is to become one of the nation’s highest-performing MATs by 2021. Finance has always been the servant of that purpose, not its master; our mission is to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom, so our job is to get the maximum possible resources into each and every school.

    The forthcoming retirement of our National Director of Finance means we now need an exceptionally able, far-sighted and impassioned successor to build on our record of solid achievement.

    Anyone who’s been paying attention over the past few years will know that very little of this job will be straightforward; doing more with less is a universal experience across public service today, and weighing up competing compromises is the norm. But it will also be deeply rewarding: we are making a consistent, lasting difference to the young people we serve, and their energy, optimism and infectious enthusiasm is a tangible presence throughout the Trust.

    A reflective, intellectually strong, and technically outstanding chartered accountant, you’ll have a clear preference for looking at things afresh and following the evidence. Experience of leading through change, and of managing a dispersed team, will be a definite asset; as will demonstrable evidence of earning the confidence of a range of independent-minded internal and external stakeholders. Commercial ability is very important.

    You’ll bring an extensive track record of high performance, which is likely to include a significant period within a public-funded, regulated environment, or a closely associated sector. Able to show beyond question that you understand the nuances of this operating context, you’ll be ready to seize this opportunity to contribute to our mission, as we continue to fulfil this incredibly valuable social purpose.

    For more information, please visit

    To arrange an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Jo Fish or David Gooda at NavigateNDC, our recruitment partner, on 01625 800862 or 0113 493 1975.

    Closing date: 10am, Thursday 25 April.

  • Principal, Seathorne Primary School


    Required from September 2019

    Competitive salary plus relocation fees if applicable

    Located within walking distance of the seafront in Skegness, Seathorne Primary is a vibrant and friendly school that has already made considerable and rapid progress this academic year and now offers the ideal platform for a new Principal to build on this momentum from September onwards. Pupils are eager to learn, have responded fantastically to the improvements that are already taking shape and are excited about the future. Harnessing this energy and channelling this commitment will be key to the school’s future success, and the further development of the educational setting.  The school has great potential, inside and out, with extensive outside space that enhances a great learning environment. The new Principal will ensure the pace of improvement is sustained and that a constant and unswerving commitment to delivering better outcomes for pupils underpins all we do.

    Greenwood Academies Trust has been selected as the sponsor from the start of the new school year and we want our new Principal to have high expectations – of themselves, of colleagues and of pupils; and to demonstrate a highly developed appreciation of how to create the supportive, collaborative working environment that enables talent to flourish. It’s important that you are values driven, with a demonstrable track record in school improvement, and can offer the leadership skills that are key to raising performance, building consensus and developing talent and capacity.

    As part of the Greenwood Academies Trust, you will benefit from the support and challenge of a highly experienced team, who encourage innovation and creativity, with a distinct focus on outcomes. There is considerable scope for collaboration at a local and regional level, and our training and CPD opportunities are second to none.

    Visit to find out more or contact Raymond Kelly or David Gooda at NavigateNDC on 01625 800862 for a confidential discussion.

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks, therefore, all posts within the Trust are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    The Trust welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.

    Closing date: 12 noon, 23rd April 2019.

  • Principal Designate, Doncaster UTC


    Salary range £75k – £80k according to experience (may be negotiable for an exceptional candidate)

    From September 2019 (or earlier), for an opening date of September 2020

    The Doncaster UTC is an incredibly exciting proposition. Developed by a number of major players in the city, its unprecedented levels of industry support include all the key firms within the city’s manufacturing, engineering, rail and construction sectors. Partnerships with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University provide exceptional links into the HE sector. But that’s not all: the UTC will be part of a local multi-academy trust from the outset, and Doncaster Council has recently confirmed a central flagship site for our new building, with excellent connectivity in the heart of the new Civic and Cultural quarter.

    Doncaster UTC’s 750 learners will follow a core academic and technical curriculum to GCSE and A-level equivalent, designed to support our specialisms of the latest rail engineering techniques, coding and 3D design skills, in an inspiring environment where young people can develop and reach their full potential. Working collaboratively with major employers and the University of Sheffield, Doncaster UTC will produce the next generation of highly skilled engineers and designers to ensure that businesses can continue to thrive and grow in the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the engineering industry whilst studying for a range of qualifications.

    Our Principal, joining us no later than September 2019, will lead the project through the pre-opening phase and secure the best education provision for students. Candidates for this high-profile and influential role will need to bring a credible, informed and extensive track record of leadership in a comparable setting, including experience of delivery towards post-16 outcomes. Collaboration and partnership have been invaluable aspects of our successful planning to date, and the ability to build and sustain effective business, employer, and community partnerships will be essential. Your personal leadership style must demonstrate that you can lead, manage, motivate and inspire staff, students, and the wider community. Flexible and intellectually strong, you must be able to adapt to the diverse demands of establishing a new centre of educational provision, and evidence of highly effective school leadership (including a sophisticated grasp of system leadership) is essential.

    It’s a career-defining opportunity to deliver exceptionally well-designed and innovative provision, working alongside employers and academic partners.

    For more information, please visit or contact Raymond Kelly or David Gooda at Navigate NDC on 0113 493 1975 for an informal, confidential discussion. 

    Closing date: 10am, 29 April 2019.

    Doncaster UTC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post. 

  • Coming soon...


    Over the coming months, we will be supporting our clients to recruit to the following roles:

    Secondary Principal – North West

    Primary Headteacher –  Yorkshire


  • SEN Consultants


    We’ve recently been engaged by a client who is looking for SEN Consultants to undertake school reviews; ideally you need to be Ofsted accredited. If you’ve a positive track record in SEN, PMLD and SLD and are interested in finding out more, please call us on 01625 800862 or email

  • Interim Headteachers - Nationwide

    We are working with Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities to source proven interim leaders, adding interim capacity to schools and provisions facing challenging conditions. We’re currently looking for experienced headteachers with a track record of delivering rapid and sustainable improvements to overall school effectiveness. These are complex roles, working alongside multiple stakeholders and partners, but you will have the potential to make a lasting difference to the lives of children and young people at a crucial point in their education.

    If you’re interested, please call us on 01625 800862 or email your CV to