Chief Executive Officer
Inspire Partnership
Multi Academy Trust




Thank you for taking the time to read our CEO recruitment pack. Having successfully led the Trust since its formation in 2016, our current CEO is due to take her planned retirement at the end of April 2024. We are now seeking to appoint her successor. 

The Trustees wish to appoint an outstanding candidate for this very important role, who will have a track record of successful school improvement and leadership, together with significant primary school experience. The person appointed will be expected to further develop and grow the Trust as it moves forward. 

The schools of the Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust have much autonomy but also work collaboratively to improve outcomes for all children in their care, providing them with the very best educational opportunities in order to give them better life chances. Our talented school leaders are exceptionally well supported in their task by the central team.

Since 2019, eight of our nine primary schools have been inspected by OFSTED and been judged as good. Prior to joining the Trust, one of them had previously been in special measures and another had received two notice to improve judgements. The school awaiting an inspection still sits on an outstanding judgement. 

The Trust prides itself on having a working environment where everyone is valued and where opportunities and successes are shared. It is important that the successful candidate can lead the team with their energy, strong interpersonal skills and passion for excellence, which will require the promotion of best practice and the courage to challenge. If that is you then I encourage you to contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership on 07736791138 or at martin.blair@hays.com for a private and confidential discussion about the opportunity.

If you are confident that you have the skills, drive and vision to make that a reality, we sincerely hope that you will apply.

John North
Chair of Trust Board


About Inspire Partnership Multi Academy Trust

IPMAT is a multi-academy trust, established in August 2016, and now operating a family of nine primary schools across Wakefield. The Trust also supports other primary schools across Yorkshire. The Trust is ambitious for further growth with the vision to develop a community of schools working together to achieve excellent outcomes for all.

The aim is to support schools through collaboration. The Trust ensures its schools are able to provide an excellent education for children, families and communities they serve. It believes in freeing teachers and leaders from bureaucracy to concentrate on providing the very best teaching, learning support and development that every child deserves.

  • Inspiring Excellence
  • Inspiring Futures
  • Inspiring Partnerships
  • Inspiring Individuality
  • Respect
  • Recognition
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience

There is lots of additional information available at www.ipmat.co.uk


Trust Schools

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Ackton Pastures Primary Academy

Roll: 345

Ofsted: Good, March 2023

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Ash Grove Primary Academy

Roll: 299

Ofsted: Good, May 2023

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Fitzwilliam Primary Academy

Roll: 226

Ofsted: Good, January 2020

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Gawthorpe Community Academy

Roll: 229

Ofsted: Good, December 2022

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Girnhill Infant School

Roll: 163

Ofsted: Good, May 2019

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Grove Lea Primary School

Roll: 251

Ofsted: Outstanding, September 2017

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Towngate Primary Academy

Roll: 271

Ofsted: Good, July 2019

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Half Acres

Half Acres Primary Academy

Roll: 382

Ofsted: Good, January 2020

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South Hiendley Primary School

Roll: 204

Ofsted: Good, October 2022

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The Role

Core Purpose

IPMAT’s next CEO will be an inspirational and aspirational leader with a track record of successful school improvement and significant primary school experience. They will be financially astute, strategically aware and possess outstanding interpersonal skills in order to build on the strong foundations developed since the Trust was formed in 2016, taking IPMAT forward as it grows and develops in the future.

Our new CEO must be committed to our vision as a trust – building a community of schools inspiring excellence in everyone. We want to ensure we provide an excellent education, providing better futures for our children, their families and the communities they serve. Our vision underlines our collective commitment to improvement.

IPMAT prides itself on having a working environment where everyone is valued and where opportunities and successes are shared. We need our new CEO to provide a high-profile lead on equality and diversity across the Trust. We have an eye to the future, value research led development and need a leader who can innovate. It is important that our new CEO is an outstanding leader of people who can drive the Trust forward with their energy, passion for excellence, promotion of best practice and the courage to challenge. 

Salary – £125k - £135k, negotiable dependent on experience.

Recruitment timeline

Closing date – 8am, Monday 23rd October

Final Interviews – 9th and 10th November

Start date – April 2024, or agreed in discussion with the appointed candidate


IPMAT value equality and diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment practises including satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check for the appointed candidate

Key Documents

How To Apply

For 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
Tel: 07736791138
Email: martin.blair@hays.com