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Principal - Oxford Spires Academy

Oxford Spires Academy is seeking an exceptional individual to lead the team forward into the next chapter of its exciting journey.

Location: Oxford

NoR: 1,330 (including 228 in Sixth Form)

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Start date: September 2022

Salary: Group 7 (L34 – L40) depending on experience

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.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead Oxford Spires Academy forward into the next chapter of its exciting journey.

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 Academy’s many impressive features. Five Year 13 students received Oxbridge offers last year and a culture of high aspirations for all permeates every aspect of the Academy’s diverse community.

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 Academy’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 multi-academy trust. We would also consider a relocation package for the right candidate.

To discover more about this exciting opportunity, and for an information pack, please contact

Visits to the school are welcome. Please contact to arrange a visit.

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 the recruitment team by on 0118 902 1637 or by email:

Applicants must complete the Anthem application form to be considered for the role and email this to

Closing date: Wednesday, 19 January at 9am.
Interviews: Wednesday, 26 January.

Find out more about Oxford Spires Academy at

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.