Head of College (Vice Principal)
The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy

Job reference: 004404

Location: The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy

Closing date: 15/02/2022

Salary: Highly competitive + performance bonus + private healthcare

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Secondary Leadership

Hours per week: Full-time

Start Date: Easter or September 2022 (dependent on the successful candidates availability)

We have a rare leadership opportunity within a very successful,  multi-academy trust. The Trust is now seeking to appoint a highly effective senior leader to join us as the Head of College (Vice Principal) at The Leigh UTC; the successful candidate will play a huge part in accelerating the development of the school into an outstanding provider of education.

Our successful candidate will be a talented and highly motivated leader with drive and commitment to excellence as well as strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate to a range of stakeholders. You will be joining a supportive, committed and passionate team who work hard to ensure that all of our students achieve their potential. We are looking for an experienced professional who can demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent management, and a proven track record of success in raising standards, preferably in a non-selective setting.

This is an exciting time to join our leadership team. You will be expected to play a key role in developing the strategic vision for The Leigh UTC even further whilst ensuring that our students develop their potential, achieve academic success and develop our core values.  The successful applicant will be a key member of the senior leadership team and will have significant autonomy in leading their assigned College, and will have management responsibilities for multiple faculty areas (this will be confirmed in due course depending on the successful candidate’s specialisms). Subject expertise in STEM subjects is highly desirable due to the engineering and computing specialisms at The Leigh UTC. 

This post provides an outstanding career opportunity to be part of driving our academy forward and to play a critical role in the next phase of the academy’s development.

We wish to hear from you if you are committed to changing our education world and are:

  • an enthusiastic, energetic and ambitious leader with a successful track record 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.

What we can offer you:

  • a competitive salary;
  • an exciting LAT career path with opportunities for further progression in the future;
  • the opportunity to assist in leading a large and successful academy;
  • 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;
  • development opportunities to work both within the academy and across the wider Trust;
  • the opportunity to implement the Trust’s ‘small school’ philosophy to drive further academic improvement. Click here to view the current benefits package, and be mindful that the list is always growing.​​​​​​​

Click here for the full Recruitment Pack.


Naturally, we are seeking to appoint the best possible candidates and therefore the application process will reflect our desire to undertake all necessary measures to achieve this.

Suitable and interested candidates are able to discuss the role with the Principal, Mr Steve Leahey, by arranging a telephone call or a visit. To schedule an appointment please contact Sabrina Catanho (Office Manager), on sabrina.catanho@theleighutc.org.uk or 01322 626 600.  To submit an application in full, please do so online.

 If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information, please contact Holly Neve (LAT Talent Team) on 01634 412 240 or holly.neve@latrust.org.uk


Closing date for applications      15th February 2022 at midday 
Interviews dates                           21st February 2022 (full day)


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