Strood Academy

Job reference: 002877

Location: Strood Academy

Closing date: 16/09/2020

Salary: Highly competitive (negotiable) + performance bonus + private health care

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Senior Leadership

Hours per week: Full-time

Start Date: January 2021

Leigh Academies Trust is now recruiting for the Principal of Strood Academy who will join us in January 2021: a truly rare leadership opportunity within a very successful and financially sound, mature and geographically local multi-academy trust that combines management freedom for effective leaders with secure central support that encourages collaboration for success.  We are looking for someone who is ambitious for the children of Medway, to enhance their life chances and provide a bright future for them and their families.

Strood Academy has recently enjoyed its first decade and joined LAT in January 2017. It occupies state-of-the-art accommodation first opened in 2011 and is perfectly positioned near to the A2 motorway on the western fringes of Medway with excellent access to both London and the rest of Kent. It is a large, oversubscribed co-educational academy with eight forms of entry to year seven and a growing sixth form offering the International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme alongside more traditional A Levels. The academy is currently rated “good” by Ofsted in all areas and has considerable potential to go one step further, supported by a proactive governing body who give generously of their time. 

Our successful candidate will receive encouragement, support and guidance not only to develop this large and ambitious academy but also to develop your own career within the Trust.  You will already be an exceptional senior leader at a successful secondary school with real ambition to improve the life chances of the students at Strood Academy.

Click here to view the full Recruitment Pack.  

We will expect the Principal to further develop a positive culture and ethos where each child is expected to do well and their progress is supported every step of the way.  

We wish to hear from you if you really want to change our education world and are:

  • an enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious school leader with a track record of success at secondary level;
  • a motivational and inspirational leader with high expectations of staff;
  • confident and able to communicate a clear vision for the school;
  • able to develop children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance;
  • approachable and keen to work with staff across the Trust to ensure wide success;
  • able to establish and develop excellent relationships with the community and other stakeholders.

In return, you will receive:

  • a competitive salary along with private healthcare and an opportunity to earn a performance bonus;
  • an exciting LAT career path with opportunities for further progression in the future;
  • security and support on your journey from close collaboration with a small central executive and a larger group of talented Principals to share best practice and innovation.

Arranging a visit to the academy:  On the basis that interested candidates will be keen to visit the academy before making a formal application, you can arrange this by contacting Emma Johnson (EA to CEO) -  Visits will be offered in July 2020 (preferred) or September 2020 and will be hosted by LAT’s CEO, Simon Beamish.  Social distancing and other Covid-secure safety measures will be observed at all times following latest government guidelines.

Candidates wishing to have an initial conversation with the CEO about this role can also arrange for a telephone call. Those wishing to do so should also contact Emma Johnson in the first instance.

Application and Selection Process:  Suitable and interested candidates are invited to complete an online application detailing why they are suitable for the role.  This can be submitted on Jobtrain by clicking the ‘Apply for job’ button at the bottom of the page. 

Application closing date:       Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 12noon  
Shortlisting date:                   Friday 18th September 2020 (candidates will be informed that day)
Selection activity dates:        Wednesday 23rd September and Thursday 24th September 2020 - candidates will need to be available on both days. 

If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information, please contact Holly Neve (LAT Talent Team) on

Diversity at our core: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.