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Trust Leader (CEO/Director of Education)

After successful careers, our founder CEOs are moving on to retirement. We are now looking for a new strategic leader to take the Trust to the next exciting phase of growth and improvement.  


This is a unique opportunity to build on our achievements and lead our Spiral family of schools into the future with enthusiasm, ambition and sensitivity. This exciting opportunity comes at a pivotal moment for Spiral.  As part of our growth strategy, our new Trust Leader will play a strategic role in developing and managing our talented school leaders across the Trust.   


The role combines the leadership of school improvement with accountability for the development and oversight of our MAT, in partnership with the Chief Finance Officer. We are looking for an inspirational person, with a breadth of experience in educational leadership, to build on the skills and talents within our trust as we continue to develop and motivate our school leaders to create excellent teaching and learning, always and everywhere. We want our new trust leader to be outward-facing and well connected, to be interested in and knowledgeable about the latest education developments and to be a natural horizon scanner – to inform and inspire your practice and others.  


Spiral is a collaborative and innovative trust, not afraid to ask questions and think differently. We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and work hard to create a culture of high standards, high expectations and high rewards.  


You will have the support of a strong Board of Directors, who between them bring a wide depth of skills and experience to our trust.  They are committed to securing the best possible provision for the children in our care, together they will support and challenge our trust leader to continually develop and improve. 


We believe in strong governance and support our Local School Committees to support and challenge school leaders.  Our talented central team provides high quality business and finance support for our schools.  Working with these teams the trust Leader will have the opportunity to really make a difference in our schools. 


We are currently exploring the possibility of a merger with another trust.  Subject to the final decision, the successful candidate will be assured of a key role in the future of the trust either as CEO or Director of Education, on terms not less favourable than the advertised remuneration package.  This is an exciting time and the successful candidate will have a key role in leading and shaping our future, working towards the best possible outcomes for our present and future children. 


For an informal and confidential conversation please contact our chair Andrew Mayo or one of our current CEOs Amanda Godfrey or Androulla Peek

All applications should be made on the Spiral Partnership Trust Application Form, which can be found here. CVs cannot be accepted (unless submitted as supplementary information). 


All applications should be returned by email to 


Please also use this email to contact Sarah Carter should you require application documents or to request further details of the role. 


Closing date: Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 5pm


Interviews are planned for the week of 13th June 2022


The Trust is committed to safeguarding and follows the Safer Recruitment requirements as outlined within the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS with barred list check.