CAT Vacancies

CAT Vacancies

School Improvement Director

Cheshire Academies Trust is seeking to appoint an experienced and compassionate School Improvement Director. This pivotal role offers the opportunity to influence the educational experiences across our community of 10 schools with one special school joining us in Autumn 2024. The successful candidate will play a critical role in leading and developing strategies to enhance the overall educational effectiveness of our school while importantly building the expertise and capability of our leaders and teams. This position involves working closely with the CEO and other executive team members to ensure our schools not only maintain their current high standards but also continue to improve, innovate and collaborate.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Executive Leadership: Spearhead the development and implementation of innovative educational strategies that align with the Trust’s vision and the broader objectives of Cheshire Academies Trust.
  • Academic Excellence: Uphold and improve the academic standards across our school, ensuring that all pupils achieve their fullest potential.
  • Wider School Outcomes: Foster a holistic and creative approach to education that encapsulates not only academic success but also the personal, social, and emotional development of our pupils.
  • Culture and Values: Embody and promote the Trust’s ethos to ‘inspire hearts and minds’ in order to support the Trust’s strategic objectives and growth plan.
  • Develop the Trust’s school improvement strategy: Work with executive team to develop the overall school improvement offer and report schools effectiveness to the board.

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:

  • A proven track record of highly effective, strategic leadership within an educational setting.
  • A robust understanding and experience of raising educational standards and school improvement (ideally across more than one school).
  • The ability to engage, inspire, and motivate individuals and teams
  • A commitment to inclusive education with a keen ability to provide advantage our most vulnerable pupils.
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an exceptional ability to identify and address details and opportunities that others may overlook.
  • A creative and innovative mindset, with the ability to implement forward-thinking research based educational practices.
  • A knowledgeable narrative about the potential barriers and multipliers that support or hinder SI
  • An understanding about change processes and leading in a culture of change

We Offer:

  • The opportunity to build an overall educational experience for pupils which is world leading
  • A supportive, committed Trust community
  • An opportunity to be a key part of Cheshire Academies Trust’s ambitious executive leadership team
  • A culture that values and nurtures leadership, professional growth and career opportunity
  • A permanent contract (subject to a successful 6-month probationary period)
  • Annual salary progression within a national pay scale (performance-related)
  • Membership of the Teacher Pension Scheme
  • An annual flu vaccination
  • Access to our ‘green schemes’ including cycle to work, electric cards and white goods


Application Process:

Interested candidates are invited to informally discuss the role with CEO before submitting an application and a covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role. Contact can be made with our operations director, Carole Farrell at We are looking to appoint the successful candidate as soon as possible by negotiation or from January 2025.

Join us in shaping an ethical, courageous and bright, innovative future at Cheshire Academies Trust.

Cheshire Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.


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Kelsall Primary School, Flat Lane, Kelsall Cheshire