Principal of West St Leonards Primary Academy (St Leonards on Sea)
West St Leonards Primary Academy

Closing date: 30/09/2020

Job posted date: 10/09/2020

Salary: Leadership Range

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 32.5


Teachers’ Leadership Pay Range L18-L24 £62,426 - £72,306. A pay award is pending. January or Easter 2021 start.

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 West St Leonards Primary Academy; to achieve outstanding status and to improve the standards, achievements and aspirations of all its pupils.

About the Academy

Based in St Leonards on Sea, to the west of Hastings, East Sussex, the Academy aims to support all children in a safe and caring environment with exciting and relevant teaching and learning experiences. Catering for Reception to Year 6 children, it has a published admissions number of 60 and a total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy also also hosts a special facility for children with moderate learning difficulties and physical disabilities. West St Leonards is a National Lead School for Talk for Writing and supports the training of teachers in other schools across the south east region. 

This is a fantastic time to join the school. It retained its Good rating from Ofsted in 2016, with Leadership and management; Teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour and welfare; and Early years graded Outstanding. It is a popular school and over-subscribed for entry. 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 West 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 pupils and everyone connected to our academies achieve excellence.

How to apply

Please refer to our candidate 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.​​​​​​​

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 30 September 2020
Selection and interview dates: Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October 2020. 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.

Please note that only applications from direct applicants will be accepted.