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WelcomeMessage from the Chair of Trustees

Dear potential candidate

Thank you for taking the time to visit this microsite and explore the opportunity of CEO of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust.  This is a really exciting time to be joining us and it will come as no surprise how important this appointment is to me, my fellow trustees, all the staff who work at the Trust and,  of course, all the children who attend our Academies.  We are looking for an exceptional leader who shares our vision and values, who can inspire and motivate our people to be excellent, whatever role they play in our organisation.

The transitional phase we are experiencing currently - the ‘changing of the guard’ is (inevitably) unsettling for some at the Trust.  But I have every confidence that with an outstanding appointment, our new CEO and his or her executive team can and will lead the Trust to even greater success, supported, challenged and strengthened by our dedicated board of trustees.  As a board, we are taking this opportunity to revisit and review our strategy, to create a firm platform on which our new CEO can build. In the meantime, we continue to focus on core pillars of school improvement, having a positive impact in our communities, being an employer of choice, doing the right thing for our people and ,most importantly, the children that we serve.

I hope that the information available on this microsite inspires you to apply.  If your ambition matches ours, the sky’s the limit!

Julie Perry

Chair of EMAT Board of Trustees

About Section

About usEastern Multi-Academy Trust

The Trust was founded originally in 2010 and sponsored by the local College of further education. By 2017 the Trust was deemed large enough to be independent and became Eastern Multi-Academy Trust and a sponsor in its own right. Currently there are 15 Academies within our Trust. We abide by our values of Empower, Motivate, Aspire and Transform and these flow through every Academy. Our vision is to have strong community links in every geographical area in which we work with the aim of

"Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities"

Whilst we recognise that every school has its own unique points and culture, we have a strong EMAT brand and presence.  We operate in a mainly rural setting with high deprivation factors for many of our Academies.  All of our Academies joined us in challenging circumstances which makes our mission all the more critical.

To visit our website, click here

Our Priorities (how we achieve the vision and values)

Our ambition is for every pupil to attend a great school. In order to achieve this we have identified the following guiding principles:

  • All pupils in every year group will be encouraged to love reading and to be able to read at the age appropriate level or better
  • Support good learning progress for all groups of pupils in every year group and in every subject
  • Develop academy environments that value emotional well-being alongside academic attainment and a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Have a high quality training programme that empowers outstanding leadership at all levels and high quality teaching and learning in every classroom
  • Embed strong systems of governance at local, regional and Trust wide levels.
  • Build our trust on a strong, secure and sustainable financial basis
  • Be willing to continuously challenge our practice, constantly striving to improve and develop in all areas

MAT Structure

EMAT operates with the following Governance structure

The Trust Board is strong with our committed Trustees coming from a variety of backgrounds including Education, Finance, Risk Management and Information Technology.


The Executive Team currently consists of:

  • Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
  • Director of Finance, ICT and Governance (Interim)
  • Director of HR, Communications & Estates (Interim)
  • Director of Primary Education
  • Director of Secondary Education (Interim)

The current structure reflects the Trust’s expectations that the newly appointed CEO will have the opportunity to identify an Executive Team structure which is fit for purpose and will provide him or her with the greatest executive level support and expertise to be able to deliver the Trust’s strategic ambitions.

Together, the Academies have over 5,200 pupils and the Trust has approximately 850 staff in total.  Funding is approximately £25 million per annum and a capital spend of approximately £1 million per annum.

Financial Measures

The Trust has always demonstrated the highest standards of financial governance.  This is reflected in the fact that the Trust is financially secure although the competing demands on resources are getting increasingly difficult to resolve.  The successful candidate is expected to be able to demonstrate a level of commercial awareness which has led to innovative solutions which deliver improved educational outcomes and financial savings. 

The Chief Executive will be expected to undertake the role of Accounting Officer.

Estates/Health & Safety

The majority of our estates are in a satisfactory or good standard.  The Trust benefits from SCA funding.  We conduct annual audits of all our academies for health and safety with an external partner and our Competent person to augment the information in Condition Surveys and from servicing and maintenance to identify key areas for the SCA fund eg roofing, fire doors along with bids from the individual Academies.  There are always competing needs for funds and the Trust has put in place a clear and transparent set of criteria used for decision making.

The building which is most challenging for us to manage and maintain is a Grade 2 listed building at King Edward VII Academy.  Our aim with this campus is to ensure it is brought up to a more modern space whilst retaining the history, addressing areas of health and safety and ensuring it is safe, warm and dry before moving on to the internal improvements needed. 


The Trust has invested approximately £1m in its IT infrastructure and end user devices in the last two years.  The rapid growth in the number of academies resulted in the Trust inheriting a range of different IT solutions.  In August 2020, we introduced an IT infrastructure based on a common platform which allows greater central monitoring and control, as well as ensuring that Trust data is securely protected. 

The Trust has recently launched an exercise with academies to determine the future educational IT strategy and the development of this strategy is a key feature of development in this academic year.

Our Academies Section

Our AcademiesAn overview of the trust

The Trust is organised on a hub basis with central support from the finance, HR and education team also structured in this way. ICT support is also provided centrally along with higher level Facilities support.

  • Admirals Academy, Thetford*
  • Diamond Academy, Thetford*
  • Glade Academy, Brandon#
  • Norwich Road Academy, Thetford*
  • Queensway Infant Academy & Nursery, Thetford#
  • Raleigh Infant Academy, Thetford#
  • West Row Academy, West Row#

None of these Academies have been Ofsted inspected since joining the Trust although those marked * were due in Summer 2020.  Those marked # are also due to be inspected in the next academic year.

  • Eastgate Academy, King’s Lynn – Outstanding#
  • Emneth Academy, Emneth – RI with Good elements
  • Nelson Academy, Downham Market – Good#
  • North Wootton Academy, King’s Lynn – Good with Outstanding elements
  • Southery Academy, Southery - Good
  • Upwell Academy, Upwell – imminent

The West Norfolk hub is a more mature hub with all having been inspected except Upwell where it is imminent.  Those marked # could be inspected in the next academic year.

The Trust’s track record at secondary level is less successful than at primary level.  The appointment of a Director of Secondary Education plus the additional resource the Trust is allocating, started the journey and we expect to continue to improve the outcomes for both Academies.  We strongly believe we are on the trajectory for good in both Academies

  • King Edward VII Academy – Special Measures (serious weaknesses) but with a Sixth Form rated as Good
  • King’s Lynn Academy – RI with Good for Leadership and Personal Development/Behaviour.

Both Academies are due follow up inspections in the next academic year.

Opportunity Section

The opportunityChief Executive OfficerSalary up to £135k per annum

Does your ambition match ours?

Our mission is to transform lives and transform communities. Through our holistic approach to education we will raise the social and economic outcomes of the wider communities we serve.

We are seeking an ambitious and inspirational CEO to drive our mission forward with pace. We need a leader who will define and deliver a strategy and structure to create an environment where all our young people and all our staff are able to achieve their greatness, by raising ambitions, as well as standards. He or she will ensure all of our academies raise standards, recognising the need to adapt to the individual context of each academy, whilst benefitting from the full support and shared objectives and resources of the wider Trust and its board of trustees.

This is a truly unique opportunity for someone who subscribes to our values of Empower, Aspire, Motivate and Transform and who is looking for a role where they can have real impact. Our newly appointed CEO will be visionary, innovative, creative and will empower, inspire and motivate their team to deliver transformative outcomes.

About you

You will have a track record in successful strategic leadership within the education sector and/or within a charitable context, and the confidence to utilise and embrace the expertise of the team you build around you. You will have a strong background in school improvement; transformational change and resource management; you will be able to build strong relationships with the Trust board and  key stakeholders, internally and externally, to help influence and drive the positive impact the Trust makes.  With a passion for continuous learning and development, you are always seeking opportunities for improvement, both personally and for your wider team, to drive business performance and outcomes.

You will bring qualities of collaboration; empowerment; consultation and true listening; you will be an exceptional system leader; working with agility and pace; with the ability to flex and adapt, whilst providing certainty, security and clear direction.

How To Apply

In order to apply for this position, please upload:

  • Please download the Application for Employment form from below, complete the form and submit it instead of the CV.
  • Contact details of two referees, one of whom is your current or most recent employer. Referees will not be contacted before we receive your permission to do so
  • daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers (to be used with discretion).

For an informal discussion about EMAT and the role, please contact our retained consultant, Claire MacLeod (+44 (0)7966 524037), at Hays Executive, or email

The closing date for applications is midnight BST Monday 14th December 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to take part in an Assessment Centre. Final interviews will take place w/c 4th January 2021 and we would like the appointed candidate to take up their post in the Summer Term of 2021.

The role is based in Kings Lynn and the salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

EMAT is committed to enhancing diversity among all parts of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Eastern Multi Academy Trust (EMAT) is an equal opportunities employer and employs suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Any appointments will be subject to satisfactory medical checks, references and an enhanced DBS check.

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