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Executive Principal

08 Sep 2021   |   L28-L35 £81,942 - £97,273
Post Title Executive Principal
Duration of Post Permanent
Start Date April 2022 (or sooner by arrangement)
Closing Date Friday 8th October 2021
Shortlisting Date Monday 11th October 2021
Interview Date Tuesday 2nd November (Knaresborough) and Thursday 4th November
Salary L28-L35 £81,942 – £97,273
Applications Completed applications are to be sent to: Human Resources at

This is a unique opportunity to join a values driven and vibrant academy trust with twenty-nine schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The successful candidate will join our team of executive principals who lead multiple schools and contribute to the strategic direction and development of trust wide initiatives and growth.

As Executive Principal, you will lead The Forest School in the charming town of Knaresborough and be the designate Executive Principal of our new build specialist school in Osgodby, Selby (due to open in September 2023). This is a unique opportunity to not only lead a flourishing and highly regarded special school but also shape the development of a brand new, purpose built, special free school.

The Wellspring Academy Trust prides itself in providing high quality, inclusive education. We have special schools, alternative academies, mainstream primary academies and a mainstream secondary academy that we are very proud of. Our inclusive and relational approach means we have never permanently excluded a pupil from any of our schools. We believe strongly that unconditional positive regard lies at the heart of our culture, and we really do make a difference to the life chances of our children and young people. We are specialists at making a difference.

As part of our expansion programme, we are currently working with the DFE to deliver four new special schools – one of which is in Osgodby, North Yorkshire.

We are looking for an inclusive, experienced and committed professional to join us. This role would suit a head teacher or principal who is looking for a move to executive leadership or an experienced executive leader who recognises the unique opportunity to be involved in something special and exciting. This is a once in a career opportunity to contribute to the design and build process of a new school and also join the community of a thriving school in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire.

If you are ready for this exciting challenge and feel that you are aligned with what we at Wellspring believe in, then please contact Dave Whitaker (Wellspring Director of Learning) for an initial conversation.

To arrange a virtual meeting with Dave Whitaker and/or a visit to The Forest School, then please contact Karen Davis ( to make an appointment.

Deadline for completed applications is Friday 8th October 2021. Shortlisting will take place during the week beginning Monday 11 October 2021. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 2nd November (Knaresborough) and Thursday 4th November (Barnsley).

We welcome informal conversations with candidates, these can be arranged by contacting Karen Davis at

Further Information

Wellspring Academy Trust recognises that it has a statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and, if appropriate, vulnerable adults who participate in
any Trust activities and expects all staff to share this commitment. An Enhanced DBS is required for this post.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/
countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

All applicants need to complete the equal opportunities form. Please click this link

Application Form – Central Team

WS Executive Principal Ad Pack 0921 St3

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