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The Forest School Principal


Key Info

Reporting To: Governing Body and CEO
Duration of Post: Permanent
Work Commitment: Full time - 52 weeks per year
Salary: Pay Grade: L25 – L29
Published on: June 30, 2022
Closing Date: July 8, 2022
Start Date: January 1, 2023

Please note interview dates:

Monday 18th July – Knaresborough

Tuesday 19th July – Barnsley

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

As Principal, you will lead The Forest School in the charming town of Knaresborough. This is a unique opportunity to lead a flourishing, vibrant and highly regarded special school with a strong sense of community in a wonderful location.

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 three new special schools to add to our already existing family of specialist academies.

We are looking for an inclusive and committed professional to join us. This role would suit an experienced principal/headteacher or someone wanting to take their first move into headship.

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.

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.

We are committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity. All applicants need to complete the Equal Opportunities form. Please click link for further details

We want our people to reflect the diversity of our communities, and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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