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Dear Applicant

Thank you for the interest you have shown in leading Medeshamstede Academy. This is a fantastic opportunity for an inspirational and passionate leader to join the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) and to lead and develop this wonderful school.

Medeshamstede Academy is a specialist academy for pupils aged 4 to 16 diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions and associated difficulties (ASD), rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Our aim is to educate our pupils in a positive, caring and secure environment which gives them access to a mainstream school experience wherever appropriate.

The school is going through a period of change. We are looking for a Principal or Executive Principal to lead it on a transformational journey in terms of curriculum/provision development, strengthening senior/middle leadership, and re-building partnerships with key stakeholders. This is an exciting time for the school, and we are looking for a motivational leader who will provide the operational and strategic leadership that will ensure the delivery of a first-class educational excellence for pupils with ASC.

The academy is one of 3 Special Academies in Greenwood Academies Trust with the others in Nottinghamshire & Northamptonshire. We have 6 mainstream primary and secondary academies in the Peterborough area near to Medeshamstede. Being part of the Trust enables us to share specialist best practice and work collaboratively with colleagues in other academies locally, regionally and nationally. The Trust provides a strong CPD offering for all staff through the Greenwood Learning Alliance along with centralised services and support to enable staff to focus on teaching. You will also benefit from the opportunities that will inevitably present themselves from being part of a developing trust.

For those candidates interesting in applying to be the Executive Principal, in addition to leading Medeshamstede Academy, overtime you will lead either another academy within the trust or support the Strategic Director of Academies (SEND) to provide school-to-school support across GAT. This would facilitate a collaborative improvement model, whereby leaders can share knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of pupils with SEND across our special and mainstream academies.

We would also welcome applications from current Headteachers/Principals of good and outstanding maintained and/or standalone specialist academies, who are looking to transfer their existing organisation into a multi-academy trust (MAT). This would facilitate the opportunity to be Executive Principal of Medeshamstede Academy alongside your current school/academy. Full written support from your governing body/board of trustees would be required on application.”

I hope you have got a sense of the ambition we have for the school and the Trust and that this is an exciting opportunity to be a part of something very special. We would be delighted for you to visit the school and that can be arranged through our recruitment advisor, Martin Blair at Hays Leadership (T: 07736791138 , E: who is also available for an informal conversation about the role or discuss making an application.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully

Clive Lawrence
Strategic Director of Academies, SEND
Greenwood Academies Trust

About us

Medeshamstede Academy is an all through Academy for 127 pupils, aged 4 to 16. All pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for communication and interaction with a diagnosis of Autism as their main presenting need. Pupils have associated difficulties, within the areas of: Cognition and learning Social, emotional and mental health Sensory and physical needs. Most pupils live within the City of Peterborough and some are from Cambridgeshire and other neighbouring counties.

The academy provides neurodiverse pupils with autism a calm, safe and supportive environment in which their differences are understood, allowing them to thrive and succeed.

Aspirations for pupils are high. The academy prioritises working in partnership with parents, carers, therapists and other professionals. This ensures that the needs of the individual and their families are effectively met, so that pupils achieve the best possible outcomes. The dedicated and experienced staff skilfully plan learning provision which is personalised, engaging, and motivating; often using pupils' special interests.

The curriculum is broad and relevant; delivered through termly themed imaginative learning projects which support appropriate pre-formal, semi-formal and formal learning pathways towards independent learning. Outdoor learning is delivered in the Forest School which challenges pupils to problem solve, builds self-esteem and teamwork and off site and residential trips enhance the curriculum further. In key stage 4, a range of accreditation is offered from entry level to GCSE to prepare pupils for their next stage of education.

More about the academy

The Greenwood Academies Trust currently has 36 open academies educating approximately 17,000 pupils across seven local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.

There are 3 other Special Academies in GAT and these are based in Peterborough, Nottinghamshire & Northamptonshire. Medeshamstede is located in Peterborough with 6 other GAT mainstream primary and secondary academies in that area. Academy leaders work closely with local, regional and national networks. Being part of the Trust enables us to share specialist best practice and work collaboratively with colleagues in other academies. The Trust provides a strong CPD offering for all staff through the Greenwood Learning Alliance. The Trust also provides centralised services and support to enable staff to focus on teaching.

More about the trust



Reeves Way


Principal or Executive Principal

To lead Medeshamstede Academy and to be directly responsible to the Strategic Director of SEND for performance and standards in the academy.

Additional responsibility for Executive Principal to provide trust wide SEND leadership improvement capacity working closely with the Strategic Director of SEND.

Salary: Competitive salary

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Closing date – 8am, Monday 14th March. If this post attracts sufficient interest before this date, we may decide to close this vacancy at an earlier date, so an early application is advised.

Interviews – 22nd March and 23rd March

Start date – September 2022

How To Apply

For further information, an informal and confidential discussion about the role or to discuss the application process please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.

Martin Blair
Hays Leadership Appointments