Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CSEL)

Salary: L29 – L34 £91,953 to £102,894 (pro-rata)
Contract type: Part Time – 4 days per week with possibility of full time in the future
Contract term: Permanent
Start date: 1st September 2022

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust was established in April 2015 and currently comprises five Catholic primary schools in Newham, East London (the Trust). Each school within the Trust maintains its uniqueness and its own local governing body, but we share expertise and practices across the Trust to support the children in our care.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust are looking for an inspirational strategic leader who is able to develop and articulate the vision, values and ethos of the Trust to ensure a culture of excellence and high expectations where children and young people are given a clear vision for life, a vision which is rooted in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and which is faithful to the mission of the Catholic Church.

The ideal candidate will be someone who focuses on leadership development at all levels to improve outcomes, grow capacity and empower others. Initially, the role will be four days per week but this may increase to full time as the Trust grows and takes on additional schools.
Already an experienced leader with a track record of success, you will bring a record of successful change management and partnership working. You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly, you will have a passion for education and children’s learning, with the determination to make a positive difference and commitment to continuous improvement.

The successful candidate will know how to maintain and deliver systemic rigour across the breadth of a Multi-Academy Trust or similar large organisation, achieved through collaborative working and the nurturing of a high-performance culture through all key strategic stake holders. Accountable to the Trust Board, you will be a practising Catholic bringing a credible track record of continuous improvement in educational performance and outcomes.

This unique and exciting position will require you to lead a dedicated headship team to develop a passion for working collaboratively across all trust schools.
As the Catholic Schools’ Executive Leader (CSEL) you will be responsible for the performance of all the schools within the Trust, instilling the vision and ethos of the Trust throughout the organisation. The role will also act as the Accounting Officer as required under the Academy Trust Handbook.
We are seeking a collaborative engaging CSEL who will grow and develop along with the Trust and the Trust Board as we expand and shape our vision.
There will be opportunities for on-going CPD as appropriate and support is available through regular Diocesan meetings and an annual CES conference.

Application forms and further information can be requested from Mary West at
Please note only applications received on the CES application form will be considered for shortlisting.

Completed applications should be sent to Mary West at by the closing date.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust
Chargeable Lane, London, E13 8DW
Tel: 0207 476 1785

Due to the current national restrictions, site visits are limited however the current Chief
Accounting Officer would be pleased to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss the post in more detail.
Application closing date: 11th February 2022 – 12.00 noon
Shortlisting meeting: week commencing: Monday 28th February 2022
Interviews: week commencing Monday 7th March 2022

Please note that references, including a Parish Priest’s reference will be taken up prior to shortlisting. Applicants are informed that if appointed to this post their contract of employment will be with Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust, who is the employer. A CES contract will be issued to the successful candidate.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to pre-employments checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Please note that we do not accept CVs or applications from agencies. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.