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Vice Principal – Achievement and Curriculum | Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST)

NUAST is seeking an exceptional Vice Principal to support the specialist STEM teaching offered to our students through our unique collaboration with the University of Nottingham and industry partners. Reporting to the Principal, you will be responsible for ensuring that inspiring teaching and educational activities are delivered to the highest standard across a broad range of subjects.

  • Location: Nottingham. School Type: 11-19 Academy.
  • Salary: Level 18 – 22

NUAST are seeking to appoint a dynamic individual with a real commitment and drive to join the Senior Leadership Team in their tireless pursuit of continual school improvement. Teamwork and communication are critical to this role, working closely with SLT members, leading middle leaders, teaching and support staff on areas of focus, working with parents and outside agencies. Candidates should have a proven track record of raising standards and be able to demonstrate the impact of their current leadership role on school improvement. Our aim is to move beyond ‘Good’ and develop ‘Outstanding’ provision for our students and this role of Vice Principal plays a considerable part in this.

The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to developing the strategic direction of the school alongside the Principal. We are looking for somebody who has a genuine commitment to drive both student achievement 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 record of outstanding teaching, professional development, leadership and management. They will share our vision to motivate our students to find challenge and excitement within a specialist STEM curriculum in a caring and supportive school culture.

The post will commence on 1 September 2021, or earlier by arrangement.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat with the lead consultant, Sally Lawson-Ritchie, please contact our Education Practice Manager at Peridot Partners:

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 10th May 2021
Appointment start date: September 2021, or earlier by arrangement

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

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Welcome from the Principal, Robert White

Dear Applicant,

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

About Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST)

NUAST is a specialist academy based in Nottingham offering the very best educational opportunities for anyone 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 school of choice for any aspiring scientist, engineer or information technologists.

NUAST 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, our new sixth form centre opened this year 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.

Our education partner the Nova Education Trust (a cross-phase Multi-Academy Trust based in Nottinghamshire) delivers 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 and a Teaching School Alliance (TSA) which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development. NUAST also 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 8pm 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.

The wellbeing of every NUAST student’s 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 work hard and be kind.

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    Closing date: 12pm, Monday 10th May 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5pm, Wednesday 13th May 2021
    Preliminary interview: Monday 24th May 2021
    Final interview: Thursday 27th May 2021

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