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Richard Wakefield C.E Primary - Principal


Principal - Primary


L15-L21 depending on experience

Contract Type:


Start Date:

September 2021


Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy

Location: Burton Street, Tutbury, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9NR

Richard Wakefield C.E Primary is a part of The de Ferrers Trust family of schools consisting of three secondary and four primary schools.

Our vision is to ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

At our school, everyone works with pride to achieve their personal best. There are 269 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years. It is a medium sized, one and a half form entry (PAN 45), semi-rural school containing 270 children from the ages of 4 -11. Since the last Ofsted inspection in April 2015, where the outcome was ‘good’, the school roll has increased from 179 children. 

We are a Church school and our ethos is based on clear Christian values, inspected regularly by SIAMS. Many of the children live in the lovely village of Tutbury, which is about five miles from Burton-upon-Trent. The school is fortunate to have the spectacular setting of Tutbury Castle in the background. 

In school we live our values of working hard, being kind and choosing wisely. We are privileged to work in a community where we have a positive impact on children’s lives and future every day and learners are inspired to embark on a life long journey to develop knowledge, faith and skills.

The Candidate

We are looking to appoint an inspirational leader to build on the strengths of the school and the community. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of an outstanding multi-academy trust where you can lead the school’s development whilst continuing to support its Christian values.

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education and help create exceptional places of learning. To be successful you will have vision, commitment and high expectations, leading by example. You will have extensive experience in education and in providing strong, approachable and supportive leadership. Most importantly the drive and passion to support our Trust values and play an active part in developing the Trust, is essential.

You will hold exceptionally high expectations for all students and give them every opportunity to succeed.

You will already have senior leadership responsibilities in a primary school, with the skill and vision to realise the huge potential of all-through education. You take overall responsibility for the performance of the academy. To do this well you will need to learn quickly, develop strong structures and provide clear strategic direction to the talented staff team. In turn, you will be supported by the Principals of the Trust’s other primary schools, an experienced Director of Primary Education and our Chief Executive.    

There is already much to be proud of at Richard Wakefield, but room to grow in pursuit of excellence. As we enter the next phase of our development, we need to build on successes and embrace future challenges.

Continuing Professional Development

The Trust believes that professional development is key to successful employees and offers excellent opportunities for you to grow and achieve.  We provide tailored Continuing Professional Development, mentoring, support and a range of development opportunities across the Trust.

Benefits Package

The de Ferrers Trust strives to be ‘Employer of Choice’ and are committed to the wellbeing and development of colleagues. Offering an excellent benefit package which includes:

·       Employee Assistance Programme

·       Cycle to Work Scheme

·       Taste Card

·       Discounted Gym Membership

·       Access to a fully fitted fitness suite, located on site at The de Ferrers Academy.

If you would like an informal discussion with our Chief Executive, Ian McNeilly, please contact his PA, Sandra Taylor, on 01283 372615

How to Apply:

Closing date: Friday 12th March 2021
Interview date: Week commencing 29th March 2021
Start date: September 2021

You can apply directly to the Trust People Team via the Trust website or email your application to You must complete an application form to be considered. Due to safeguarding reasons we cannot accept C.Vs.

Please note: Completed applications should be received by 9:00am on the closing date.

If you do not hear back after five working days from closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage.

If you would like to discuss the role, or have any other queries, please contact 01283 247535 and ask to speak to the Careers Team.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.