Job Description

Post Reference: 1089

Academy: White Rose Academies Trust

Job Title: Trust Director of Safeguarding

Grade: Leadership – L13 – L23 (£56,721 to £72,497)

Accountable to: Executive Principal

The White Rose Academies Trust are looking for a passionate leader who is ambitious about driving change and transforming education for young people across the city of Leeds.

The trust’s vision is to be an exceptional and responsive academy group providing life changing education, skills and experiences for individuals in our academies and their communities.

Entrusted with significant delegated authority from both the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal, as Trust Director of Safeguarding you will play a pivotal role in further embedding and maintaining a culture of safeguarding that is exemplary, both within and across the trust, ensuring that all stakeholders understand their role in the delivery of high standards, robust safeguarding systems and strong ethos.

Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal, you will contribute to the strategic objectives of the trust via your first-class leadership of all strategic plans that aim to ensure that all our students and staff are safe and happy.

You will be the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the trust and will work closely with our academy based safeguarding teams; through your skilled leadership you will establish high quality working relationships with these colleagues and together you will ensure that our trust and academies are judged as providing an outstanding safeguarding culture as part of future inspections.

Working alongside senior leaders in our academies, you will be the key strategic lead for the ongoing quality assurance of the specialist provisions our academies commission places from. This quality assurance activity will include ensuring that all learners are safe, happy and making strong progress whilst accessing the curriculum offer from these providers.

In your role as Trust Director of Safeguarding, you will provide regular reports to executive leaders, principals, trustees and governors, regarding our relentless commitment to keeping children safe in education. This will also include acting as a key adviser and point of contact for trustees and governors with safeguarding responsibilities.

In recruiting for this crucial role, we welcome applications from colleagues within education, the police force, social care, health and other key agencies.

As a trust, we are securing our 2025 vision for World Class by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders, with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire.

Our staff believe the Trust is a highly desirable place to work, as evidenced in our annual survey of our first-class workforce, that regularly shows that over 90% of our employees are very proud to work for the trust. The trust places great emphasis and resources on ensuring that all staff feel happy and safe in their place of work.

We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society

White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs over 500 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our CPD Programme is focused on innovation, leadership development and delivery of excellence for vulnerable groups. Our ECF Programme is amongst the best in the region.

White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group, other members include Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College and Leeds Conservatoire. The Group provides expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond.

Closing date for applications: Monday 14th March 2022

Shortlisting: Monday 14th and 15th March 2022

Interviews: W/C 21st March 2022

Start: ASAP

To apply, please click here.

White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check.

Please note this role will involve contact with children and you will be engaging in regulated activity. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds. Applications are welcome from all, irrespective of sex, sexuality, race, religion, marital status, age or disability.