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Chief Operating Officer | Windsor Learning Partnership

Play a key role in a Multi-Academy Trust with a purpose and commitment to providing exceptional education for all young people in the local community. We are seeking an experienced and ambitious operational schools leader with a track record of providing outstanding business services across multiple sites.

  • Location: Windsor, Berkshire
  • Salary: £70,000

About the role

We are seeking an experienced and ambitious operational schools leader with a track record of providing outstanding business services across multiple sites. The COO will play a key role in supporting the education of children and young people across Windsor Learning Partnership’s schools.

The COO will lead on key projects and oversee the central trust operations and those of its partner schools. The expectation is for this provision to develop and grow over the next three years as the Trust expands. Working as part of the Senior Executive Team, alongside the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Operating Officer will be a catalyst for improvement and innovation as well as providing rigorous accountability ensuring outstanding service provision and targeted support is given where necessary.

The COO and CFO provide strategic direction for their specific service areas, promoting a high level of professional leadership and management of non-classroom-based support staff. Development plans for each service area will have clear and measurable objectives as the Trust grows.

The Chief Operating Officer will be Responsible for:

  • Estate Management, including compliance and health & safety
  • Human Resources
  • ICT and technical services
  • Central contracts and services
  • Project management, including funding bids and grants submission
  • Marketing and communications for the trust

Who we are looking for

We are looking for strategically minded operational leaders who have worked within the education sector, ideally within an academy trust setting.

You might be an existing Executive/Regional School Business Manager who is looking for a new challenge, or a School Business Manager with the ambition and capability to take on more responsibility in areas such as estate management, HR, IT, contract management (including leading on funding bids) as well as marketing and communications as the Trust grows. Your experience of expanding or setting up new schools and/or merger with other MATs/schools would be hugely beneficial.

Your expertise and drive will be key in helping the Trust fulfil its huge potential and realise growth ambitions in the coming years.

 

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

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

Laura Burchett | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 1st March 2021

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Welcome from Gavin Henderson, CEO, Windsor Learning Partnership

Dear Applicant,

I would like to thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to become our new Chief Operating Officer at a time when the Windsor Learning Partnership is moving into a significant second phase of its development, having been formed in March 2015. The COO role has been expanded to be a significant member of the executive team, currently comprising a CEO and CFO, who will shape the future of the Trust as it grows in the next five to 10 years.

The WLP Trust aims to provide a coherent, inclusive and modern learning experience for children in the area of Windsor. Now with five schools (2 Upper, 1 Middle and 2 First schools), we provide for children from reception all the way to sixth form. Our aim is to continue to make the Trust attractive to other schools in the area, becoming 10 schools in the next three years. The successful candidate will be essential to this growth.

The WLP Trust is characterised by a very collaborative approach where schools are encouraged to retain their own identity, whilst benefiting from being a genuine partner in a local and supportive Multi-Academy Trust. Windsor is a great place to work, where parents and staff actively support their schools and the Board of Trustees have a great deal of attachment to the schools they support.

The expanded COO role will be responsible for these key areas:

  • Estate Management, including compliance and health and safety
  • Human Resources
  • ICT and technical services
  • Central contracts and services
  • Project management, including funding bids and grants submission
  • Marketing and communications for the Trust

Where a candidate may have significant expertise is some of these areas, they would supervise the provision for the others.

If appointed, you will be fully supported by the Board of Trustees and the Trust Executive in what will be a challenging but immensely rewarding career opportunity. I do hope that you consider making a visit to us in person or virtually before submitting your application. Whilst it is our intention to hold face to face interviews, we recognise everyone’s safety is paramount in these socially distanced times.

Once again, thank you for your interest in the appointment of the Chief Operating Officer of the Windsor Learning Partnership.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Henderson
CEO, Windsor Learning Partnership

Windsor Learning Partnership

Windsor Learning Partnership is the Multi-Academy Trust for students in Windsor. We are a community of five collaborative academies where students are at the heart of everything we do. We drive outstanding outcomes for them, enhancing their learning opportunities and their social mobility.

Windsor Learning Partnership was founded in March 2015 through the coming together of The Windsor Boys’ School and Windsor Girls’ School in a Multi-Academy Trust. Dedworth Green First School and Dedworth Middle School joined our Trust in May 2016 and Clewer Green CE First School joined in April 2020. With the addition of a CE school WLP became a mixed MAT. Our purpose and commitment is to provide an exceptional education for all young people in the local community.

Windsor Learning Partnership (WLP) believes in:

  • Students being at the heart of everything we do.
  • Enhancing the learning opportunities and aspirations of all our students.
  • Driving up standards of teaching and levels of student achievement, through dynamic leadership, innovative teaching and inspired learning for all.
  • Taking an open and collaborative approach to building a successful community of schools in the local area.

For students this means:

  • Helping them achieve their aspirational targets through excellent teaching and a stimulating, safe and inclusive environment.
  • Providing them with an inspiring all-round educational experience that will give them better life chances, personal fulfilment, recognition and confidence.
  • Guiding and supporting them on routes through to a successful career at all stages of life.
  • Helping them develop the skills, interests and aptitudes to be a valued member of the wider community.

For academies, Headteachers, teachers, support staff, governors and the wider community, this means:

  • Building a collaborative and coherent approach to inclusive education in the Windsor area from ages two to 18.
  • Strengthening the transition between the learning stages and school phases.
  • Encouraging an approach of earned autonomy, enabling schools to share in the support and challenge of the collective Windsor Learning Partnership group combined with the freedom to develop their individual ethos suited to the needs of their school’s community.
  • Providing outstanding professional development, leadership and career opportunities tailored to local needs.
  • Ensuring the effective use of public money, seeking synergies and efficiencies across the schools.

For further information please use the following links:

Windsor Learning Partnership website

Organisational Leadership Structure

Financial Statements 2018-19

Strategic Plan September 2018 – July 2021

Ofsted Report

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    If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

    Laura Burchett | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

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    Timetable:

    Closing date for applications: Monday 1st March 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 3rd March 2021
    Preliminary interviews: w/c Monday 15th March 2021
    Final interviews: w/c Monday 22nd March 2021

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