Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Accounting Officer

HEARTS Academy Trust, Wickford

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Job Ref No. ECC0-73 Position Type: Leader/Co-ordinator Pay Range: National leadership scale L36-L43
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 08/12/2023 Midnight Date of Interviews: Wed 10 & Thurs 11 January 2024  

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HEARTS Academy Trust - Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

Payscale: HEARTS leadership scale

Actual salary: National leadership scale L36-L43 (to be negotiated depending on experience)

Start date: 1 September 2024

Closing date: Midnight on Friday 8 December 2023

Shortlisting: Week commencing Monday 11 December 2023

Interviews: Wednesday 10 January and Thursday 11 January 2024


Thank you for your interest in the position of Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer at HEARTS Academy Trust.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an experienced education professional to join HEARTS Academy Trust and to be the spearhead in the continued leadership and growth of our trust.

Due to the retirement of our highly successful and respected CEO, the HEARTS Academy Trust is looking to appoint a dynamic, diligent, commercially astute, pupil-focused and influential CEO to provide strong and effective leadership, strategic direction and vision.

HEARTS Academy Trust is an education charity that has a proven track record of school improvement and transforming schools. All of our schools are judged as "good" or "outstanding" by Ofsted. None of the schools in our trust or those we have worked with in our school improvement role have ever received an Ofsted judgement less than good. We are seeking to appoint a CEO who will lead our schools and provisions with ambition, rigour and vision.

The CEO is the trust's strategic leader, responsible for upholding and articulating the visions, values and ethos of the trust, empowering others to deliver the trust's strategic aims. Resilient and calm under pressure, the successful candidate will be committed to high standards and aspirational school improvement while delivering hugely positive life chances for our pupils.

The HEARTS Academy Trust is an innovative employer. You will be leading a dynamic, friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated team. HEARTS is a supportive and ambitious organisation, led by a senior leadership team who are collaborative, highly performing, responsible professionals.

Children are at the HEART of all we do, therefore our new CEO will share a passion for delivering outstanding outcomes for pupils.

If you would like to lead the growth of our trust, as well as support the further development of our schools, and you are inspired by the prospect of shaping the high aspirations we have for our young people, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Further information, including a job description, person specification and important information about HEARTS Academy Trust can be found in the attached "Recruitment Pack".

This is an exciting and very rewarding time for HEARTS, and we look forward to receiving your application.


HEARTS Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.  For this reason, all application forms are anonymised before shortlisting takes place to ensure applicants are considered only on the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are profiled on the application form and personal statement. 

If you would like any support or assistance at any stage of your application process, please contact Louise Allbury, Chief Operating Officer (, who will be happy to discuss this with you.


Information about the School

HEARTS is a small innovative Academy Trust of six primary schools and an alternative provision for pupils with SEMH challenges. All provisions are based in the south of Essex. Our values are central to all that we do. We work tirelessly to ensure that happiness and hope, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth, spirituality and service are embedded into the curriculum. Our pupils are well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges offered to them. These values are at the heart of all we do and fundamental to our working relationships as well as our pupils' learning. We have high expectations of our employees and offer support and continued development opportunities for all. We expect our employees to live the HEARTS values in their work and relationships with other employees and the community.

The Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, online searches, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview. A copy of the trusts Child Protection Policy is available on our website:-

We can offer you:

  • access to the HEARTS Extra Programme (Rewards and Benefits)

  • an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including trust-wide twilights throughout the year

  • a two-week October half-term

  • supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils

  • a highly effective learning environment

  • a responsive and involved leadership team

  • The HEARTS four-day face-to-face teaching week model whereby all teachers in the trust receive 20% non-contact time. This goes above and beyond the national entitlement of 10% PPA.

  • a school with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values

  • access to our school counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions

For further information about HEARTS, including policies and procedures, please refer to our website:

All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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