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Principal, Oxford Spires Academy

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead Oxford Spires Academy following the appointment of the current Principal to a second headship within another multi-academy trust.

Location: Oxford
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Start date: September 2021
Salary: Competitive

Do you have the highest expectations for every member of the school community?

Are you able to win hearts and minds with your inspirational vision for school improvement?

Are you passionate about high-quality teaching and learning?

Do you have interpersonal, communication and leadership skills of the highest order?

Do you have the experience, skills, insights and determination to lead this ambitious school from good to outstanding?

If you can answer yes to these five questions, we would love to hear from you.

Over the past decade, Oxford Spires has been transformed and is now a popular, successful and continually improving school, which has been graded as good in two successive Ofsted inspections (2013 and 2017). The school’s roll has increased by 50% over recent years, thanks to its increased popularity and profile, and it is now oversubscribed. Behaviour and attitudes, the focus on quality first teaching, the professional development opportunities provided for staff and the growing Sixth Form are among the school's many impressive features. Five Year 13 students have received Oxbridge offers this year and a culture of high aspirations for all permeates every aspect of the school's diverse community.

Find out more about Oxford Spires Academy at

We are looking to appoint a Principal with a proven track record at either Principal or Deputy Principal level. As a senior leader in our organisation, the post-holder would be expected to embrace Anthem’s values of integrity, collaboration and excellence and work closely with other schools across the Trust, whilst enjoying the autonomy to further develop the school's distinctive ethos.

In addition to a competitive salary, we provide high-quality leadership coaching and professional development and the opportunity to play a key role in a dynamic and ambitious education charity. We would also consider a relocation package for the right candidate.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange an informal discussion with the Anthem Chief Executive, Andy Yarrow, in the first instance. This can be arranged by contacting his Executive Assistant, Lasma Geide, on 0118 902 1637 or by email:

Visits to the school are welcome and can be arranged via the contact details above.

Applicants must complete the Anthem application form to be considered for the role.  The form can be found at the bottom of this page, along with a candidate information pack. Please mail completed applications to

Closing date for applications: Monday, 10 May at 9am.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates: Friday, 14 May and Tuesday, 18 May (tbc).

Anthem is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Interested in working with us?