South Downs Learning Trust

Executive Headteacher

Salary: £97,273 - £107,239 (negotiable for suitably experienced candidate)
Contract: Full Time, Permanent
Start date: September 2021
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This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding, aspirational and inspirational leader to join our successful, currently small, Trust. Our well-established secondary school, Ratton, is one of the most popular schools in East Sussex, with a reputation built on “Achieving Together”, through a partnership between high levels of achievement and a strong emphasis on shared values and virtues. Ratton has about 1200 students, is robustly good, and on a journey to outstanding. Our large primary school Ocklynge, also very popular, has about 800 children, and is well on its way to a good judgement in our next Ofsted. The core values of respect, reflection, resilience and responsibility are at the heart of what we do. Our strong aspiration is to grow our Trust and need a leader who is able to do this.

As an experienced professional, you will be able to demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent people management skills, together with a proven track record of success in raising standards. You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly, you will have a passion for education and student’s learning, across both the primary and secondary sectors, with the determination to make a positive difference and commitment to continuous improvement across the Trust.

The successful candidate will need to be:
  • Passionate about releasing young people’s potential.
  • An exceptional leader, eager to continue to grow.
  • Able to lead development and change.
  • A strategic thinker with a strong track record of sustained school improvement
  • Able to work collaboratively in developing and growing all members of our Trust community.
We will offer you:
  • Highly supportive and committed Trustees as critical friends.
  • Induction and ongoing career support and development.
  • A strong ethos across the Trust including a commitment to staff wellbeing.
  • A vibrant and committed team.
  • An excellent working environment.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about this post, please do get in touch, either with The Chair of the Trust Peter Lindsey directly on 07710 934574 or or with our Trust Executive Assistant Lorraine Barrow on 01323 504011 or email her on to arrange an appointment. Onsite visits to the schools will be possible but only after school 3.30pm on 2324, 25 March. Please arrange with Lorraine.

If you would like to be part of our fantastic Learning Community please download and submit your completed application form to Lorraine Barrow on
Closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Monday 12th April 2021
Shortlisting will take place on: Thursday 15th April 2021
Interviews will be held week beginning 26th April 2021

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