Principal job opportunity at Trinity Academy Barnsley
Welcome from the Executive Principal
Thank you for your interest in the opportunity to be the first Principal of Trinity Academy Barnsley and a warm welcome from me.
I am privileged to be a part of Trinity MAT and to be working on this exciting project which we believe will offer children in Barnsley an outstanding educational experience. We are looking to appoint a Principal who shares our passion and ambition for this new school, and like us is driven to ensure every young person in our care fulfil their potential. This is a unique opportunity and while many schools and trusts may say that, I do believe this is different.
As the first Principal of a brand new free school opening with a year 7 cohort in September 2021 you will have a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the appointment of all your own staff, building a culture in the new school from the ground up. Trinity MAT is a high performing and successful trust and each of our secondary schools consistently achieve academic results which place them in the top 10% of highest performing schools in the country, recognised by awards such as the World Class Schools Quality Mark and TES Secondary School of the Year. Behind that success are many tried and tested systems but you will also have a level of autonomy. All of our schools have their own identity and you will be empowered to lead from the front, establishing the culture and ethos of excellence within the new school.
As a trust we will also place great value on your professional development and you will receive excellent support from myself as Executive Principal alongside other MAT colleagues, including the Principal of a sister Free School in Leeds opening in tandem. We expect all of our schools to actively support each other and to share best practice for the benefit of all. Our school Principals work together as an Executive team and so you will also have an important role to play in the strategic direction of the Trust.
If you think this could be the opportunity for you at this time, please do get in touch with Martin Blair at Hays Leadership on 07736791138 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a private and confidential discussion about the role. I look forward to meeting you in due course.
Cathedral Academy, Trinity Academy Leeds and Trinity Academy Barnsley
Academic Excellence, Amazing Experience
Trinity Academy Barnsley is proposed to open in September 2021. It will be an inclusive, non-selective, co-educational 11-16 Church of England secondary school and will open initially with a year 7 intake, and a PAN of 180, growing each year to a capacity of 900. It will welcome pupils of all abilities, all faiths and no faith and from all backgrounds. Its admission policy will not include any faith-based criteria. This reflects the Trust’s commitment to inclusivity and serving the local community, providing an excellent education for all which is rooted in Christian values but in no way restricted to those of faith. The need for the academy has come from an identified shortfall in secondary school places in coming years alongside further planned housing developments.
There will be a specialism in STEM alongside a focus on raising levels of literacy. The broad and balanced curriculum will be ambitious, inspirational and contextualised, equipping pupils for local employment as well as higher academic study.
Core values of empathy, honesty, respect and responsibility will underpin all of the school’s work.
In 2010, when Trinity Academy Halifax (TAH) opened in Calderdale, its mission was to address more than a decade of underperformance at the secondary school level. It has delivered, being rated as ‘outstanding’ twice and enabling its students to continue to achieve results that will transform their lives.
In the intervening period, TAH has also established the Trinity Teaching School Alliance, the West Yorkshire Maths Hub and White Rose Maths. The trusts collaborative work through these initiatives has meant developing partnerships with thousands of other schools, both nationally and internationally.
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust was established in 2015. It currently contains six institutions, across the primary, secondary and post-16 phases, and operates across two local authorities.
Later this year, the Trust also welcomes Sowerby Village CE (VC) Primary School, the third primary partner within the Trinity family. The Trust will expand to two further local authorities with the opening of Trinity Academy Barnsley and Trinity Academy Leeds.
The Trust also has a significant external partnership, as mentioned above. What is worth emphasising is that the Trinity Teaching School Alliance also contains a thriving School Direct recruitment arm, ensuring the best talent is identified and appointed to its schools.
Trinity MAT Ethos
The ethos of the MAT is simple – to make a positive difference to the lives of as many young people as possible. This ‘positive difference’ at each of the schools, can be seen on the impact document available on this site.
Trinity MAT is Church of England MAT, and as the admissions policy of its founding academy, is open to those of all faiths and none.
The Trust Improvement Plan (2019-2022) will allow it to confidently approach the next stage in the journey. It has been created by a range of key stakeholders who work across the schools in a variety of roles. The plan has four key themes, all based around the idea of the development of:
These identified areas will permeate through all ideology, conversations and improvement planning across all of the schools. A rationale of why those four key areas are so important is included in the ‘Improvement Rationale’ document on this site – it was written by trust leaders, the group that the Principal of TAB will join.
The vision has remained unchanged since the inception of the MAT. As a Diocesan MAT, there is a commitment to working within a respectful and compassionate environment. The MAT exists to serve young people in its care and has a small number of core principles:
All schools expected to actively support each other and to share best practice for the benefit of all;
Each school encouraged to celebrate its distinctive identity within the trust community;
Commitment to providing quality-assured services to keep the schools legal, financially robust and continually improving.
Strategically lead the direction and development of the academy in accordance with the ethos and vision by:
Ensuring the vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon by all staff;
Translating the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans (the academy improvement plan);
Ensuring all students achieve excellent progression by developing and managing systems and processes to track students’ progress and ensure relevant intervention strategies are adopted at appropriate times;
Leading the senior leader team to raise standards and aspirations, holding leaders to account and supporting Governors to meet their responsibilities.
Have overall responsibility for raising standards of student attainment and achievement across the academy by:
Ensuring all students achieve excellent progression by developing and managing systems, plans and processes;
Raise standards for students in line with agreed targets and strategies;
Providing inspiration and innovation, in line with educational developments and best practice in a rapidly changing environment.
Ensure that all strategic planning and leadership takes account of the diversity, values, local communities and partnerships.
Have responsibility for the financial and physical resources within the academy.
How to apply
For further information, an informal and confidential discussion about either role or to discuss the application process please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.