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Westcountry Schools Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Executive Director of History

This is a new and exciting opportunity to join Westcountry Schools Trust as an Executive Director of History. 

Executive Director of History L13-17 (£56,721 to £62,570) required from September 2022 (or April if possible)

Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST) is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual with vision, energy and inspirational leadership to the position of Executive Director of History.

WeST is a tight knit family of schools based around natural geographical proximity in the South West. Formed in 2017, the WeST family currently consists of 27 schools, of which 8 are secondary and 19 are primary.

WeST holds a firm belief in giving each child every opportunity to learn and succeed in all that they do. Whilst we are a family of schools who share common values and beliefs, all our schools are unique and hold their own identity. We believe that by working collectively, sharing what works well and jointly developing best practice, we are stronger together and can provide the very best education for our children in our geographical area.

The Executive Director of History is a key role that will promote and implement strategies for raising attainment and progress in History predominantly across all WeST secondary schools, but also promoting cross-phase alignment/approach. Working with the School Improvement Team, Headteachers and History Subject Leaders, the role involves both strategic leadership of subject development across the trust, alongside day-to-day support of History departments.

While this does not have direct line management responsibility, this role will include activities such as coaching, planning and leadership development. The role also involves modelling strong practice, data analysis, curriculum development and support with student intervention.

The successful applicant must have a proven track record of success in improving standards and raising pupil outcomes in History at a whole-school level. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience of leading improvements in History across schools. If having read the job description and person specification, you believe you have the skills and attributes to successfully take on this exciting role and make a real difference to the outcomes for our young people, then we warmly welcome your application.

The closing date is Midday (GMT) on Monday 31st January 2022

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th February.

The selection process will be undertaken in two stages over a two-day period where candidates who are successful at stage 1 of the process, will be invited to attend stage 2 on the following day.

Informal conversations are welcomed. If you would like to discuss the post in confidence with either the Chief Executive Officer or Director of Education, please email Sue Walker, Executive Assistant:

Application forms; full job description and person specification are available from; completed applications should be submitted to by Midday (GMT) on Monday 31st January 2022. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.