Sentamu Academy Learning Trust [SALT]
1 Bilton Grove

Tel; 01482 781912

Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer

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 CEO to lead and develop our Multi Academy Trust.

Start date 1 January 2020

Part-time position (0.8)

Fixed salary £88,000-£96,000 (FTE £110,000 to £120,000) depending on experience

Relocation costs may also be considered

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 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 400 staff.

The new CEO will serve as the Trust’s Accounting Officer and further develop the Trust’s vision by leading and ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning for all students, ensuring the best possible outcomes for all learners. We need someone who has an excellent track record of “achieving against the odds”, who has strong business acumen, and who excels in seeing and developing the potential in their teams. That person must be passionate about enabling all young people to achieve, and have the resilience to cope with the additional rigours of working within a challenging urban environment. Above all, we are looking to appoint someone committed to demonstrating their Christian faith in every aspect of the work they undertake in achieving these goals.

This is an exciting, rewarding and wide-ranging position. We realise that this post has a very 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; or email:

For any further questions or to arrange an informal and confidential discussion with the Chair of the Board, Peter Duffield, please call Laura Fillingham PA to CEO, on 01482 781912, email

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Thursday 19 September 2019

Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2019

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 the post holder is a practicing Christian and we would expect our CEO 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 how you would lead the Trust through the next phase of its development and why you should be considered for this post, addressing the responsibilities of the post outlined in the job description.