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Chief Executive Officer


Salary: £120k - £145k pa


Closing Date: Monday 22nd February                                Start Date: September 2021 or earlier


New College Durham Academies Trust (NCDAT) is seeking to appoint an exceptional, highly aspirational, dynamic leader with a strong, proven track record of sustained school improvement to join us as our Chief Executive Officer (CEO). We currently have two secondary Academies housed in state-of-the-art facilities in our Trust, where everyone matters equally. We are very aspirational and will encourage you to ‘scan the horizon’, see potential as it emerges and begin to plan and build capacity in advance of an opportunity to attract additional schools into the Trust.  We are keen to grow the Trust and the Chief Executive Officer will be supported by the Trust Board in these efforts. Our Trust is defined by our core values of Inclusion, Progression and Excellence in all that we do. This is a rare leadership opportunity for someone to make their mark and contribute to securing NCDAT as an educational influencer both regionally and nationally.


As an experienced professional, you will be able to demonstrate strategic leadership and excellent people management skills, together with a proven track record of success in raising standards. Your track record will be such that it gains the immediate respect of staff and leaders currently within the Trust, who will then see you as an ‘expert’ in leading and promoting the Trust and a driving force for innovation. You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly, you will have a passion for education and student’s learning, with the determination to make a positive difference and commitment to continuous improvement across the Trust. 


We recognise that an immediate priority will be addressing school improvement to make rapid developments in academic performance across both academies. A critical focus of the role will be to ensure that once secured, this improvement is sustained and provides a foundation that enables the Trust to progress towards its future aspirations to grow.


As an exceptional leader, you will be able to deliver and lead on the NCDAT vision and strategy. You will have the support of a committed Trust Board and be leading a passionate team of senior leaders across both academies and corporate functions to secure the best aspirations for our students.


You will be an excellent ambassador with a proven ability to form productive partnerships that support the long-term future of our highly ambitious MAT.

The Chief Executive Officer is a new role for NCDAT. We are looking for an outstanding individual to lead us into the next phase of our development.  Emphasis on staff wellbeing is an integral part of our culture and we provide an outstanding working environment.  The post is permanent and full time.


Due to the current national restrictions on site visits are not possible. However, Directors would encourage you to arrange an informal and confidential conversation / virtual meeting to discuss the post in more detail with the Chair of the Trust, Karl Fairley prior to applying.


To arrange an informal and confidential conversation/virtual meeting about this post with Karl, please email Diane.Watson01@newdur.ac.uk or telephone: 0191 375 4503, to agree a mutually convenient time. 

If you wish to be part of our fantastic Learning Community, please visit our website www.ncdat.org.uk/vacancies to download and complete an application form and submit to our HR Manager, Wendy Nichol at w.nichol@ncdat.org.uk  

Closing date for applications is:                        Midday Monday 22nd February 2021

Shortlisting will take place on:                           Wednesday 24th February 2021

Interviews will be held week beginning:         1st March 2021

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