Principal (Headteacher) of The St Leonards Academy (St Leonards on Sea)
The St Leonards Academy

Closing date: 08/03/2021

Job posted date: 10/02/2021

Salary: Leadership Range

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 32.5


Teachers’ Leadership Pay Range L32-38: £90,379 – £104,687

Do you have a passion for teaching and the drive to improve outcomes for students?

We are seeking an inspirational, strategic leader to realise our vision for The St Leonards Academy; to achieve outstanding status and to improve the standards, achievements and aspirations of all its students.

About the Academy

Based in St Leonards on Sea, to the west of Hastings, East Sussex, The St Leonards Academy is a large coastal community secondary school with approximately 1500 students. It offers high quality modern facilities with state-of-the-art ICT provision, following a major capital redevelopment and extension programme in 2012. The academy has extensive grounds, large playing fields and excellent sports facilities. It also hosts a special facility for 18 young people with physical disabilities or severe autism. It is a popular school, full in each year group.

This is a fantastic time to join the academy. It retained its Good rating from Ofsted in 2017,  its second Good judgement since opening as an academy in September 2011. This outcome was a well-deserved recognition of the continuing improvements that have been made to deliver the best possible outcomes for students. It has also been awarded TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) Ambassador school status. We are now seeking a Principal to build on these solid foundations. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to shape and lead the next stage in the development of the academy.

About the Trust

As the principal of St Leonards, you will be part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, the fifth largest multi-academy Trust in the south east.  We work collaboratively across our network of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all rated Good and Outstanding, sharing ideas, insight and best practices to help our students and everyone connected to our academies achieve excellence. Close connection with our sponsor, the University of Brighton, allows us to draw on the expertise of its education experts and external contacts – something that greatly benefits our academies and their pupils.

A great place to live and work

There is a strong community spirit in this diverse coastal community, and a thriving arts and culture scene. Stunning sea views, a long sandy shingle beach, numerous green parks and gardens, beautiful regency architecture, quirky fishermen’s cottages, a historic old town and affordable housing make Hastings and St Leonards a great place to live and work.

How to apply

Please click here to view our application pack, for more information about the role, the Academy and the Trust.

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact Dylan Davies, Executive Director of School Improvement, for an informal discussion about the role by emailing

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

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. 

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th March 2021
Selection and interview dates: Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th March 2021. In light of the current coronavirus situation, an online and video conferencing process is planned.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.