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Senior Provost – The Woodard Corporation

Central England

The Woodard Corporation is seeking to appoint an experienced Anglican priest or bishop as Senior Provost to exercise spiritual and pastoral leadership within the Woodard group of schools.

Start date – from Easter 2022

The Woodard Corporation is founded on the vision of Canon Nathaniel Woodard, providing high quality education in an actively Christian school environment. Today, Woodard educates over 30,000 pupils in academies, independent and state-maintained schools. The Senior Provost is an ambassador and advocate for that vision, supporting chaplains and heads and leading a team of provosts to ensure Christian distinctiveness and the centrality of the Eucharist in Woodard Schools.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a leader to facilitate the nurture of young people in the Woodard community to develop values, attitudes, skills and behaviours that will enable their success in life and enable them to make a significant contribution to the common good.

The Senior Provost works closely with the other two senior executives, the Director of Finance and the Director of Education, and with the Chief Executive of the Woodard Academies Trust. He/she will be an ordained member of the Church of England and is accountable to the President in his/her clerical role and to the Chairman of the Board in his/her role as an Executive of the Corporation.

The remuneration package will include a salary equivalent to the stipend of an Archdeacon or Suffragan Bishop and housing or a housing allowance. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with:

Holly Fitzgerald, Search Consultant: HollyFitzgerald@RSAcademics.com

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application. Please click the “Apply Now” link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application are to be maximum of two pages and should outline the attraction of this position and why candidates feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role. Please address your letter to the President of The Woodard Corporation, The Rt Revd Dr John Inge.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at: applications@rsacademics.com. Alison can also be reached by calling 01858 383163.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 2 September 2021 at 10.00am

The Woodard Corporation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Woodard Corporation is an equal opportunities employer.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 02 September 2021 10.00am
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a meeting with Simon Eliot and Holly Fitzgerald by Teams Video Conferencing on Thursday 9th or Friday 10th September 2021
  • Long List interviews with members of the Woodard Board in London 24 September 2021
  • Final interviews with members of the Woodard Board in London 05 October 2021
  • There will be an opportunity for candidates to meet key staff in between the long list and final interviews