Are you passionate about education for young people in challenging urban environments and have experience of a significant leadership role within an educational environment? If so, we have a rarely offered opportunity for a committed Principal to lead and develop within our Multi Academy Trust.

Start date: 1 September 2020

Salary: A competitive salary between the range of L15-21 (£57,985 – £67,181) will be offered to the successful candidate according to their experience.

Since Sentamu Academy Learning Trust was founded in 2015, the educational landscape has continued to evolve, providing both opportunity and challenge for our vision of academies which serve communities, nurture excellence and are authentically Christian. Our Trust comprises five academies:

  • Archbishop Sentamu Academy – an 11-19 “sponsored” academy;
  • James’ C of E primary academy;
  • Newland St. John’s C of E primary academy;
  • ASPIRE AP academy – a 150-strong provision opened under the Free School programme in 2014; and
  • Compass AP academy, a 60 place 11-14 provision.

Together our academies educate well over 2,000 students from ages 3 to 19, and employ more than 300 staff.

The Principal of St. James’ will further develop the Trust’s vision by leading and ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning for academy pupils, ensuring the best possible outcomes for all learners. We need someone who has an excellent track record of “achieving against the odds” and who excels in seeing and developing the potential in their team. Above all, we are looking to appoint someone committed to supporting the Christian faith in every aspect of the work they undertake in achieving these goals.

This is an exciting position. We realise that this post has a high level of challenge, but we believe that the successful candidate will find it a highly rewarding experience.

For further details please see a copy of the Candidate Pack which can be found below;
Application Pack SALT Principal
Application Form St James Principal
or email:

Closing date for applications: 3pm Thursday 19 March 2020

Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 2020

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and education. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.

It is a genuine occupational requirement, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, that we would expect the successful candidate to adhere to our Christian values.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form and email this, along with your CV and covering letter of application to:

The covering letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4 (minimum 10-point font) and needs to outline which steps would be taken to secure a judgement of “outstanding” at St James’ next inspection and why you should be considered for this post, addressing the responsibilities of the post outlined in the job description and your commitment to developing the Christian character of the academy.

For any further questions please call our HR Director, Mandy Watson, on 01482 781912, or email

Supporting Documentation

For any further questions please call our HR Director, Mandy Watson, on 01482 781912, or email

I particularly enjoy RE as I like learning more about God and Jesus, there is more and more to learn every day.

Matilda, Year 6

My favourite subject is maths because it is fun as well as challenging!

Lily-Grace, Year 6

I love the exciting trips that we go on, they make me think about the future and my future career.

Olivia, Year 6

I learn something new every day, then I like to go home and do more research, particularly about out topic.

Cailen, Year 5

The books we read in school have inspired me to read more at home; I really enjoy reading every day.

Jack, Year 5

St James is like one big family, we look after each other and I feel safe here.

Millie, Year 5