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Vice Principal (Deputy Head) Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology

NUAST is seeking an exceptional Vice Principal (Deputy Head) for our inspirational 11-19 academy. Students benefit from a specialist STEM teaching offer through a unique collaboration with the University of Nottingham and industry partners. With an excellent track record in a pastoral and teaching and learning role you will be responsible for ensuring an inclusive education for all and the delivery of outstanding teaching.

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: L18 – L22 negotiable dependent upon experience

Who we are looking for

NUAST are seeking to appoint a dynamic individual who will report to the Principal Robert White.

Collaboration and communication are critical to the role as you will be working closely with SLT members, Assistant Principals and all teaching and support staff, as well as liaising with parents and outside agencies.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the impact of their leadership in their current role.  Our aim is to move beyond ‘Good’ and develop ‘Outstanding’ provision for our students and your role will play a considerable part in this.

We are specifically seeking candidates with a track record in securing the highest standards of pastoral education and teaching and learning in a school setting. You will have the ability to play a leading role in the school improvement planning process and to identify key areas of strength and weakness in the academy. You will be attracted by NUAST’s positive ethos, in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect.

You will enjoy a high profile in the life of the school through being a visible leader around the site, overseeing the operation of duty teams and by attending extra-curricular events. You will be expected to understand the importance of accountability and to support the governing body and staff in meeting their responsibilities to account for the performance of the academy.

We respect and value our community at NUAST. As such, all our staff are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and enhancing opportunities for every student.

To be selected you must be resolute and determined to succeed and demonstrate a moral compass to improve outcomes for young people.

The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to developing the strategic direction of the academy, alongside the Principal. We are looking for someone who has a genuine commitment to drive both student teaching and learning and who understands the impact that this can have on students and their future lives.

The successful candidate for this post will have strong academic credentials and will already have a proven track record of embedding successful pastoral systems and delivering outstanding teaching and learning.

We also welcome applications from highly experienced and aspirant Assistant Principals and Assistant Heads. They will share our vision to motivate our students to find challenge and excitement within a specialist STEM curriculum within a caring and supportive culture.

The post will preferably commence on 19 April 2022, or earlier by arrangement.

Closing date: Monday 22nd November 2021

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

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509 128

NUAST and the Nova Education Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sally Lawson-Ritchie

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Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working at NUAST, part of Nova Education Trust.  I hope that you will find this pack useful and informative in helping you to complete your application.

Since taking up the role of CEO I have become even more mindful of the role that a trust plays in ensuring that as an organisation we foster and nurture a great working environment across our family of schools and our central team. My executive colleagues and I are committed to building an organisation that works with each and every member of staff as a key stakeholder working in an organisation that puts learners first.  This commitment and strong belief underpin our desire to become the local Trust of choice:  a community in which staff feel valued, nurtured and supported to be the very best versions of themselves. We know that employees deeply care about issues such as cultural inclusivity, sustainability and a healthy work–life balance and so do we.  All sectors have learnt and adapted their thinking to be more flexible and creative following the recent experiences of the pandemic.  This flexibility in many situations has been positive and productive for the trust, our staff and our external stakeholders and going forward we are committed to using technology to establish and embed a more flexible and balanced approach to support positive life changes for teaching, support and operational staff.

We know those who choose to work in education care about building vibrant, child-centred learning communities which are committed to excellence, where pupils and staff know they are valued as individuals and are empowered to succeed.  Our work in supporting, shaping and educating young people is important and meaningful and that work builds supportive relationships and a sense of community.   The ‘why’ of why we get up and come to work in the morning is quite clearly our pupils. Every single trust employee is part of creating the right environment for our young people to flourish. It is high quality, committed staff that make the difference in our sector, no matter what the job role.

We have a strong focus on providing all staff, teaching and non-teaching, with high quality CPD opportunities. We have fantastic practice both operationally and educationally happening within our schools, and we work hard to share that best practice and adapt it to work in our individual communities. We are not a trust that imposes a ‘done to’ model into each of our schools. Instead, we are about sharing those key ingredients of brilliant practice so that leaders can personalise that practice to enrich their own environments and communities.

We are looking for an exceptional individual, an aspirational and intelligent leader who has the imagination, passion and experience to support and challenge us to even greater things in the service of our young people.   A leader who shares our values;

  • Leads by example: with honesty, integrity, humility, and professionalism.
  • Is trustworthy loyal to others: we are committed to demonstrating a selfless commitment in all that we do.
  • Is innovative: we remain open to learning from others.
  • Believes that we all learn together: in our vibrant, creative, diverse and inclusive family of schools.
  • Is highly ambitious with a selflessness commitment and generosity to others: supporting our staff and students to believe that through hard work, all can succeed and grow.

Ashfaq Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Colleague

Thank you for your interest in our recently advertised post of Vice Principal at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST).

NUAST is a centre of excellence in Science, Engineering and Computing/IT. We are a specialist academy teaching students aged 11-19 years old. Our aim is to ensure that young people who are passionate about STEM have opportunities to realise their maximum potential with us.  We currently have over 900 students. NUAST opened as a 14-19 school in 2014 and we took our first Year 7 cohort in September 2018.  NUAST is well regarded within Nottinghamshire and is over-subscribed for entry.

The NUAST staff team is dedicated to ensuring that our strong and caring pastoral system encourages and supports our students to access the excellent specialised facilities and the unique opportunities available. NUAST has achieved excellent results and has firmly established a reputation for academic success.

Working at NUAST will be an exciting and challenging chapter in the career of any senior leader. Along with the responsibilities associated with the position, the successful candidate will be responsible for helping to develop the culture, ethos and working practices of the Academy at every level. Our OFSTED inspection graded us as Good overall and Outstanding for Sixth Form.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours sincerely

Robert White


NUAST is a specialist academy based in Nottingham offering the very best educational opportunities for students with a passion for science, computing or engineering between the ages of 11 and 19. With expert teachers and facilities and partnerships with the University of Nottingham and industry, NUAST is the first choice for any aspiring scientist, engineer or information technologists.

The academy opened in September 2014 in a purpose-built, iconic building providing the most advanced GCSE and Post 16 facility for the teaching of science, mathematics, engineering and computer science in the local area. These facilities are complemented by a full suite of teaching rooms covering all key English Baccalaureate subjects.  In addition we have an exceptional new sixth form centre at the University of Nottingham Highfields Science Park.

From the very start, NUAST has worked with the biggest industry names in engineering and information technology, including Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Experian. Their knowledge and understanding of the skills and attributes required to become a future employee in their fields has guided the curriculum and helped shape the facilities.

As students learn and train at NUAST, they will have the opportunity to work with these companies alongside NUAST teaching staff. Students will leave NUAST fully equipped to enter the world of work or higher education with an enviable set of experiences and contacts. NUAST works in collaboration the University of Nottingham, which provides students with access to world-class research facilities and staff. Students wishing to pursue degree level courses will be given guidance and support when applying to university.

The academy day starts at 8am with the formal curriculum offer operating until 2.45pm Monday – Thursday and 2pm on Fridays. Weekly staff CPD sessions are delivered on Thursday afternoons when the students are off site. Every student has a learning mentor to guide and support them throughout their time at NUAST, alongside a dedicated career advisory service.

NUAST is proud to be part of the Nova Education Trust (a cross-phase Multi-Academy Trust based in Nottinghamshire) delivering exceptional educational support with access to curriculum and pastoral groups, and support in areas such as safeguarding, Governance and other central service functions. Nova also run a successful School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development.

Nova recently appointed an inspirational leader, Ashfaq Rahman, as CEO of the Trust. The well-being of every student and quality of education is of primary importance to us and we offer a high level of pastoral care and guidance. Our approach to behaviour is simple with the expectation that all staff and students will follow the Nova Trust ethos to “work hard and be kind”.

NUAST has a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and this is fundamental to our core values and vision. This ensures our success as a high-performing school with a positive and supportive culture, where all staff and students feel empowered and respected.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required

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 fulfill your needs.


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

    Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

    Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509 128

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    Closing date: 12 pm, Monday 22nd November 2021

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 26th November 2021

    First Stage Interviews: Thursday 2nd December 2021

    Second Stage Interviews: Tuesday 7th December 2021

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