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Chief Executive Officer Middlesex Learning Partnership

Middlesex Learning Partnership is a collaboration of three high-performing schools across Hillingdon. We are looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to continue being an excellent family of schools and grow our impact.

  • Location: Hillingdon, Middlesex
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

We achieve excellence in all that we do through our collegiate approach to education design and delivery.

The Middlesex Learning Partnership is a collaborative group of three schools driven to ensure that every young person we educate realises their true potential. We remain ambitious for each and every one of our learners throughout the Trust, regardless of their backgrounds, and remain committed to achieving remarkable outcomes.

We are a growing Trust with ambitions to spread our reach. We have a vision of creating likeminded educators who transform lives through education, and hope to become a leading Multi-Academy Trust in northwest London. We believe that by leading the way with our education, we will increase social mobility, develop outstanding leaders and deliver exceptional futures for the young people in Middlesex.

Our first Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Hemming, who has led us to have area-leading attainment and education outcomes across our three schools, is retiring. Under Tracey’s leadership, we have built lasting links within and outside of MLP. We are a good trust because we know our learners, we know our communities, and we deliver excellent experiences for our young people, both in and outside of the classroom. We now seek a new Chief Executive Officer as we build on our fantastic position and look to the next stage of our journey.

Our values are at the core of what we do:

Making every day count
Life-long learning for all
Preparing for the future

Our Schools

Barnhill Community School

Barnhill Community School is a high-performing over-subscribed secondary school and sixth form serving the community of Hillingdon. Barnhill was the founding member of the Trust and has results that far exceed the national average.
With an ethos based upon the values of respect, wisdom, aspiration and community, Barnhill has grown to become one of the leading secondary schools, and sixth forms in Hillingdon.

William Byrd Primary School

William Byrd Primary School joined us in special measures, and has been on a continued journey which saw the achievement of Ofsted ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2019, and year on year it is achieving better results.. Based in Harlington, near Hayes, William Byrd Primary is a busy three-form entry primary school that is set in expansive, leafy grounds. The leadership and staff group have worked tirelessly with to improve our provision and are proud that our recent professionally led peer-reviews we are deemed to be effective.

Belmore Primary Academy

Belmore Primary Academy has been a beacon for our primary education outcomes.

Belmore continues to be one of the highest performing primary schools in Hillingdon and has been recognised by the Mayor of London as one of the best primaries in London when he asked the school to join his ‘Schools for Success’ programme, one of only 34 schools who have ever been eligible for this 3 years in a row.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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About the Role

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that our three schools continue to provide excellent outcomes for our learners. We have been on a journey and strived to turn around our schools through the investment of time, passion and resources. We are striving to achieve Ofsted ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ ratings across our trust, but more than that, we seek a Chief Executive Officer who leads collaboratively and someone who truly understands the learners across our schools.

 

Whilst the new CEO will be our strategic lead, they must ensure that our schools remain educationally prosperous and financially sound.

Our CEO is supported by an excellent central leadership team. We empower our leaders to step-up and take ownership of their directorates; the recent results and outcomes are testament to that, so we hope to find an empowering leader who will take over to line manage our:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Data Manager
  • Director of Achievement
  • Three Heads of School

We are a small Trust with healthy finances and strong reserves. Our ambition is to grow and increase our impact, we need a CEO to ensure we remain financially sound.

Our new CEO will take a strategic lead at the Trust, guiding MLP to flourish in today’s challenging education climate. Keeping abreast of the latest sector changes to policy and standards will be key in ensuring that we remain a leading local trust and in a position to expand our reach.

How we grow and enhance our impact will be decided by the CEO, the Education Executive Team, and the Trust Board. The CEO is the face of the Trust who will nurture the Trust’s existing relationships and capitalise on new opportunities to partner with local schools, trusts, and external partners.

We are proud of our collaborative working model. The CEO will lead the QA and assurance frameworks that make sure our schools are best equipped to continue delivering excellent education for our learners.

As we develop, we will remain educationally excellent and so the CEO’s role is crucial to driving standards across our existing and new schools, both within the classroom and in the wider community.

Our CEO is our accounting officer with accountability to report to our high-performing board on our financial affairs and ensure value for money. Similarly, you will be expected to ensure that we remain compliant with the latest sector policy and procedures and ensure the appropriate use of public funds and those of our partners. The effective maintenance and development of our estates are also key.

Our CEO will be responsible for effective succession planning and resource allocation. We offer education from EYFS to post-16 for just under 3,000 learners and need our CEO to lead us forwards, embodying our culture, and leading our staff to provide excellence for our learners and their families.

In addition to the salary and pension benefits, you will receive 35 days of annual leave.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Who are we looking for?

We require a CEO who puts our learners at the forefront of every decision that they make. Our new CEO must come to understand and care for our learners and their community.

We are open to the background of the individual who becomes our new CEO, though we want to ensure to find someone with a passion for education. You must come with a proven ability in executive leadership and have a collaborative leadership style that seeks to empower, coach, and mentor.  You will be visible and show a person-centred leadership style that enables a culture which values continuous improvement in all business planning processes.

A detail-focused and proactive monitoring approach will be key to success in this post as we maintain and enhance the quality of education across our Trust. Understanding and being able to demonstrate success relative to the Ofsted framework is preferred, though not essential.

You will work with our high-performing board, so must demonstrate experience in working effectively with a governing board and benefitting from their time, commitment, and experience.

Our new CEO must come with ambition for our trust, and our learners. You will work with our board to develop and enact our strategy: we welcome new ideas about how we can develop as a Trust and so we hope to recruit a leader with an understanding of the education sector.

We seek a CEO who has a track record of building and fostering new relationships with key external stakeholders. We work closely with Hillingdon Borough Council, the Department for Education, and Challenge Partners as well as a number of local schools. We expect our new CEO to be able to show us that they can support us to become a leading beacon for education in Hillingdon and beyond.

All education providers operate in a volatile and ambiguous education landscape. Being a firm leader with the ability to negotiate challenging and politicised environments whilst remaining true to our values is key to success. We hope to grow and increase the impact that we have on the communities that we serve, so having a measured, and calculated eye for opportunity is desirable.

Our CEO, like all of our staff, is accountable for the wellbeing of our learners. We need a CEO with up-to-date knowledge of the latest safeguarding legislation in education in the United Kingdom.

You must hold or be working towards, a leadership qualification e.g., MBA, NPQH, NPQEL, and have the right to permanently live and work within the United Kingdom.

Middlesex Learning Partnership actively encourages applications from under-represented groups. As we build our organisation, we have the ambition to ensure it is fully reflective of the society we serve.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Accessibility

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. 

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 2nd May 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 4th May 2023
    First interview (virtual): Tuesday 9th May 2023
    Final interview: Tuesday 16th May 2023


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