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Director of Schools opportunity
Ruskin Mill Trust

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Thank you for your interest in the Director of Schools position with Ruskin Mill Trust.

Ruskin Mill Trust currently runs twelve centres in which the work of the Trust, Practical Skills Therapeutic education, is delivered. Four of these centres are schools, five are colleges and three are centres for further care, training and development. We also have two research centres, researching the method of the Trust, and two further centres planned.

The schools and Children’s Home within the Trust are all currently rated good and good with elements of outstanding. The principals and school leaders work well together to reflect, support and improve practice across all schools. When we make appointments, we are looking to strengthen an outstanding team; working in such innovative schools is demanding but the camaraderie of working together to achieve excellence makes Ruskin Mill Trust a very rewarding place to work. The Trust is committed to staff development and supporting the career progression of the ambitious and talented. To support this position, the Trust offers in-depth training, from induction to a Masters in the Trust’s method, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education.

We are looking for a confident, empowering and inspiring individual who is passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and families. This is a rewarding and challenging role as it will require you to be adept at thinking strategically, capable of building links with and engaging and influencing a range of stakeholders as well as demonstrating credibility. You will also be an excellent leader of people, able to build high performing teams and a culture of continuous improvement through focusing on the development of yourself and the schools within the Trust.

The Trust is looking for courage and self-enterprise within its leadership. The schools are growing and expanding, and this role will be key in ensuring that the Vision, Method and Purpose of Ruskin Mill Trust is led, championed and embedded. The Trust also has skills and capacity to embed Rudolf Steiner’s vision of human phasic development within the regulatory framework, bringing a highly dynamic, effective and transformative experience to children and young adults.

We very much encourage you to visit one of our schools, where we will be delighted to show you our wonderful community and environment. To arrange this or for further information please contact Martin Blair at Hays Recruitment (07736791138 or

I wish you all the best in your application.

Aonghus Gordon, OBE, Hon DUniv, Med,
Tara Gratton, Director of Schools

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Brantwood Specialist School

Age Range:7-19

Number of students:53, all are day placements

Location:Sheffield, S7 1NU

Ofsted:Good, June 2022


Clervaux Garden School

Age Range:10-19

Number of students:21, all are day placements

Location:Croft On Tees, North Yorkshire, DL22TF

Ofsted:Good, July 2021


Grace Garden School

Age Range:9-16

Number of students:30, all are day placements

Location:Bristol, BS9 3PE

Ofsted:Good, May 2022


Sunfield School

Age Range:6-19

Number of students:53, with Children’s Home and day placements

Location:Clent, West Midlands, DY9 9PB

Ofsted:Good, November 2021



About Ruskin Mill Trust

Ruskin Mill Trust is an educational charity that operates in England, Scotland and Wales, offering exciting outdoor learning environments, utilising practical land and craft activities to support the development of work and life skills in young people with autism and other learning difficulties.

Ruskin Mill Trust’s method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education combines the insights from Rudolf Steiner’s educational inspiration and understanding of human phasic development, and is inspired by the work of John Ruskin and William Morris. Working with hand, head, heart and place, through practical activities, performing arts, therapies, culture and social enterprise, Ruskin Mill Trust helps individuals to re-imagine their potential.

  • Four schools working with children aged 6-19
  • Five colleges who work with young adults aged 16 – 25
  • Three adult social care provisions working with adults aged 16 and above
  • Day, residential and respite placements available
  • Applications accepted year round
  • Residential placements are in small scale homes in the community and on Trust sites
  • Research Centres

That each individual has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with universe, earth and people.

  • We value inclusive learning and living activities that integrate practical activity, thinking and emotions.
  • We value mutual respect and we strive to understand all people’s differences and uniqueness.
  • We value the capacity for re-imagination present in all people, towards positive change and development.
  • We value openness, goodwill, tolerance and treating people with dignity and respect.


Our Locations


  1. Grace Garden School Bristol, 7–16
  2. Sunfield School Clent, 6–19
  3. Brantwood Specialist School Sheffield, 7–19
  4. Clervaux Garden School Darlington, 10–19





The Opportunity

Director of Schools

Core Purpose

  • To oversee and drive the cohesive development of each RMT garden school within the vision, method and purpose of RMT
  • Through RMT’s method of PSTE and its 7 Fields of Practice, to ensure the high-quality delivery of education and care services for pupils and young people attending each of RMT’s schools and Sunfield Children’s Home.
  • To lead with purpose, embracing the Trust’s Vision and charitable objectives, embodying RMT’s Values, role-modelling and championing PSTE and shaping the culture of RMT’s schools through the 7 Fields of Practice.
  • To work collaboratively across the Trust and with external agencies to deliver the best possible education and care for the children and young people within the schools.
  • To contribute and lead the business development of schools.


Up to £100k, negotiable dependent on experience


Closing date – 8am on Monday 4th March

Interviews – 14th and 15th March

Start date – September 2024


Candidates are welcome to visit one of our schools, and this can be organised by contacting Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.

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.


Ruskin Mill Trust 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.

Martin Blair
Hays Leadership Appointments
Tel: 07736791138

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