Trust Vacancies

Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer

Are you passionate about education for young people in challenging urban environments and have experience of a significant leadership role within an educational environment?

If so we have a rarely offered opportunity for a committed CEO to lead and develop our Multi Academy Trust.

Start date 1 January 2020

Part-time position (0.8)

Fixed salary £88,000-£96,000 (FTE £110,000 to £120,000) depending on experience

Relocation costs may also be considered

Since Sentamu Academy Learning Trust was founded in 2015, the educational landscape has continued to evolve, providing both opportunity and challenge for our vision of academies which serve communities, nurture excellence and are authentically Christian. Our Trust comprises five academies:

  • Archbishop Sentamu Academy – an 11-19 “sponsored” academy;
  • James’ C of E primary academy;
  • Newland St. John’s primary academy;
  • ASPIRE AP academy – a 150-strong provision opened under the Free School programme in 2014; and
  • Compass AP academy, a 60 place 11-14 provision.

Together our Academies educate well over 2,000 students from ages 3 to 19, and employ more than 400 staff.

The new CEO will serve as the Trust’s Accounting Officer and further develop the Trust’s vision by leading and ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning for all students, ensuring the best possible outcomes for all learners. We need someone who has an excellent track record of “achieving against the odds”, who has strong business acumen, and who excels in seeing and developing the potential in their teams. That person must be passionate about enabling all young people to achieve, and have the resilience to cope with the additional rigours of working within a challenging urban environment. Above all, we are looking to appoint someone committed to demonstrating their Christian faith in every aspect of the work they undertake in achieving these goals.

This is an exciting, rewarding and wide-ranging position. We realise that this post has a very high level of challenge, but we believe that the successful candidate will find it a highly rewarding experience.

For further details please see a copy of the Candidate Pack attached or email:

For any further questions or to arrange an informal and confidential discussion with the Chair of the Board, Peter Duffield, please call Laura Fillingham PA to CEO, on 01482 781912, email

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Thursday 19 September 2019

Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2019

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and education. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.

It is a genuine occupational requirement, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, that the post holder is a practicing Christian and we would expect our CEO to adhere to our Christian values.

How to Apply

  • Please complete the application form and email this, along with your CV and covering letter of application to:

The covering letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4 (minimum 10-point font) and needs to outline how you would lead the Trust through the next phase of its development and why you should be considered for this post, addressing the responsibilities of the post outlined in the job description.

Further information:

“Staff talk about being part of the school family and are proud to work there”

Newland St John’s Academy Ofsted

“Pupils described how well staff get to know them and how carefully staff listen to what they say”

Aspire Academy Ofsted

“Teachers value the range of professional development opportunities which enable them to improve the quality of their teaching”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Leaders and managers, including governors, are passionate about giving pupils the best opportunities for future success. Leaders have driven the improvements to the quality of education in this school with determination”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Pupils’ excellent behaviour and good attendance reflect the school’s high expectations. Pupils are proud of their school and all that it stands for”

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted

“A strong culture of safeguarding permeates the school. Pastoral staff know the pupils and their families well and provide very effective care and support. Pupils speak highly of the staff who keep them safe and say they are happy at school”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Pupils grow and flourish in the caring ethos that underpins all that the school does. Parents and carers value the strong sense of community you encourage within the school’s very diverse cultural and social mix where everyone is treated with kindness and respect”

Newland St John’s Church of England Academy Ofsted

“Effective teaching in this school is characterised by teachers’ sound subject knowledge, backed up by a deep understanding of pupils’ different needs and the most effective approach to secure the best learning from each pupil”

Aspire Academy Ofsted

“The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning is
a strength of the school. The Christian ethos is very clear and embedded”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Links to the local church and the school’s strong focus on social responsibility, tolerance and respect ensure that provision for pupils’ personal development, welfare, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding”

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted