Director of Secondary Education – Windsor Academy Trust

Based at WAT Central in Halesowen, West Midlands or WAT North in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire

This is an exciting time to join WAT and lead on school improvement and quality assurance strategies across four secondary academies. 

Salary:  Competitive, dependent upon experience

Permanent, Full-time

Unlocking Academic and Personal Potential

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as our Director of Secondary Education.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will lead on the school improvement strategy, develop capacity and provide clear support to the Headteachers of our secondary schools but also organisational leadership as part of WAT’s Executive team.

Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) is a highly successful and vibrant organisation that provides exceptional education across our family of schools within the West Midlands region.  Established in 2011, teaching and learning is at the core of all our work, underpinned by an extensive programme of professional learning for our staff.

This is an exciting time to join WAT and lead on school improvement and quality assurance strategies across our four secondary academies.  Recognised for our collaborative and aspirational culture and success in improving the outcomes for the children of our region, WAT is an ambitious Trust that welcomes those who want to inspire, develop and enhance the life-chances of children.

With exceptional leadership experience you will bring a track record of driving school improvement across a multi-academy trust/group of schools, working collaboratively and driving success.  You will need the skills to articulate a clear vision, inspire those you work with and provide visible leadership.  In return you will be supported by a Trust with shared values, which operates with absolute integrity and provides a professional and personal development culture for its staff.  Working closely with the Headteachers, the Executive and Central team and the team of WAT Subject Directors, Lead Practitioners and Curriculum Leads, you will have strong relationship management skills, exceptional communication skills and technical proficiency.  We are a Trust that provides autonomy along with accountability to our schools.  This is a role for a highly motivated, ambitious and values driven individual who has a desire to deliver improvements across our schools and work effectively to ensure a high quality education for all.

The search for the new post of Director of Secondary Education is being led by RSAcademics and interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics initially, to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Helen Flower, Search Consultant at / 07921 587752

or Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor at / 07894 140301

The closing date for applications is 10:00am on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

To submit your application, please upload your documents according to the instructions on the RSAcademics website. You should submit:

  • A completed application form (available alongside this candidate information on the RSAcademics website.
  • A covering letter addressed to Dawn Haywood, Deputy CEO and Education Director. The letter should explain your reasons for applying.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at Jonathan Barnes can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383174.

WAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Preliminary interviews with Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor, and Helen Flower, Search Consultant



Final interviews at Windsor Academy Trust