Principal / Headteacher
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy

Closing date: 01/11/2020

Job posted date: 12/10/2020

Salary: Leadership Range

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 32.5



Teachers’ Leadership Pay Range L13–L19:  £56,721–£65,735 per annum.  January 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 Blackthorns Community Primary Academy; to maintain its outstanding status and to improve the standards, attainment and aspirations of all its pupils. 

About the Academy

Based in the village of Lindfield, near Haywards Heath, Blackthorns Community Primary Academy is a vibrant primary academy, which believes in puttings its children first. Catering for Reception to Year 6 children, it has a published admissions number of 30 and a total capacity of 210 pupils.

This is a fantastic time to join the school. It converted to academy status with the University of Brighton Academies Trust in 2015 was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in 2018. It is a very popular school and consistently over-subscribed for entry. We are now seeking a Principal to build on this work. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to shape and lead the next stage in the development of the Academy.

About the Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust believes that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton’s contribution, we want to ensure that the 7,700 pupils in our 15 academies are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning. We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected to our academies achieve excellence. By working together and sharing ideas, insights and best practice, our academies support each other to improve. 

We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers. New Principals are allocated a mentor to support them for at least the first year of their appointment.  

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: Sunday 1 November 2020.

Selection and interview date: w/c 16 November 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.