Current Vacancies

1) Principal at Underwood West Academy, Crewe

Are you an ambitious and inspirational school leader looking for your next challenge? Would you like the opportunity to lead a unique school community within a supportive and collaborative Multi Academy Trust linked to a successful teaching school, research school and national support school?

Due to the retirement of our current Principal, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a determined educationalist to lead this unique school into the next stage of development. Underwood West Academy is a co-educational primary school for children aged 4-11 years, currently with 440 pupils and 80 staff.

We expect our children to be resourceful, reciprocal, resilient and reflective. You will find our pupils friendly, well-behaved and very eager to learn. We have active and supportive local governors, staff and parents/carers, with the additional benefit of the support of a local, small, experienced MAT. There is effective collaboration and partnership within the Trust and local primary Heads’ forum and a strong commitment to continuing professional development.

To be successful you will be an outstanding leader with a ‘can do approach’, who is passionate about developing, delivering and articulating the vision, values and ethos of the academy and who will inspire and empower others to share in achieving it.

We are looking for an excellent communicator who can further strengthen existing positive relationships with parents/carers and families, the local governing body and the community and work collaboratively across the Trust.

An innovator who will develop creative approaches to continue to drive the high quality of teaching, learning and assessment, you will ensure that our children enjoy their education whilst reaching their full potential.

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged and welcomed.  The following dates are available:

29th January 2019 – Afternoon

6th February 2019 – All day

12th February 2019 – All day

To arrange a visit with the CEO, please contact Alison Broadhurst on 01625 383075 or email:

For an application pack, please go to or see the documents below (UWA Job Description, UWA Person Specification and Teachers Application Form).

Closing date for applications: Noon on Monday 25th February 2019. Email to or send to Mr K Simpson, CEO, The Aspire Educational Trust, c/o Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7TF

Shortlisting: Monday 25th February - References will be sought for all shortlisted candidates prior to observations/interview.

Lesson Observations: Week beginning 4th March 2019 in your own setting.

Interviews: 11th and 12th March 2019.

The Aspire Educational Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and references. We are strongly committed to promoting equality of opportunity and elimination of unlawful discrimination.