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Westcountry Schools Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Director of Primary School Improvement

Director of Primary School Improvement

SALARY:  Negotiable

GRADE: Highly Attractive - Dependent upon experience


JOB TERM: Permanent 


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

Westcountry Schools Trust is a tight-knit family of schools based around natural geographical proximity in the South West. We have been working across multiple schools since 2011 but WeST was formed as it is today in 2017 through a significant spurt of growth. The WeST family consists of 22 schools, of which 7 are secondary and 15 primary. We are ambitious and hold high expectations for the children in our care. We strive consistently to perform in the top 20% nationally.

WeST believes in promoting and supporting an appropriate balance between strong alignment and independence with schools. It is important for all our schools to maintain their own identity and celebrate their unique qualities. However, we believe that working collaboratively we will enable our children and staff to access the best resources and learning opportunities. We aim to identify the strengths of our collective practice and share them effectively across our schools such that all our children benefit from our professional expertise.

The key purpose of the Director of Primary School Improvement is to effect consistent improvement across WeST Primary Schools in order to secure the very best outcomes (better progress than that achieved nationally) for children. In addition, a core focus of this role is the achievement of disadvantaged pupils across the Trust. Whilst the work of the Director of Primary School Improvement is particularly focused on supporting WeST Primary schools to further improve there are multiple layers of opportunity to support the wider aims of the trust. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the work of the Teaching School, support our ITT provision, facilitate leadership programmes and play a role beyond our own boundaries.

Indeed, experience of successful outreach activity such as Ofsted Inspection or Teaching School delivery is highly desirable.

The successful applicant must have a proven track record of success in improving standards. If having read the job description and person specification, you believe you have the skills and attributes to successfully take on this exciting new role and make a real difference to the outcomes for our young people, then we warmly welcome your application.

The closing date is 12:00pm on Friday 24th January 2020.
Interviews will be held the week beginning 27th January 2020.


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.