SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Director of Education - Diocese of Salisbury

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Director of Education - Diocese of Salisbury - Wiltshire

Competitive - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 127 Date Posted: Monday 20 Feb 2023
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Diocesan Director of Education

Salary: Competitive
Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: Negotiable

Emmaus Leadership have been retained to manage the key appointment of a Director of Education for the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE). 

SDBE has oversight of 193 Church Schools (including 5 middle and 10 secondary schools) educating more than 42000 children and young people across 5 Local Authorities. 107 of these diocesan schools have already converted to academy status, 24 of which have joined The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT). The SDBE enjoys working in very close partnership with 20 mixed MATs - many of which contain both Church and community schools.

The SDBE enjoys a sphere of influence that extends far beyond the reach of CofE schools, as it strives to be bold and forward-thinking in embracing the opportunities afforded by the fast-changing educational landscape; recognising the missional opportunity to work across the educational system for the common good, building deep working and strategic partnerships at a local, regional and national level.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, systems-leader to lead a well-resourced, highly experienced and committed team as we seek to support schools, academies and the wider Church in its mission to enable the delivery of educational excellence, framed within our distinctive and deeply Christian vision.

We are looking for someone with a:

  • Proven track record of working successfully in a senior educational context (for example, as a Headteacher or equivalent, DDE or senior local authority colleague) securing improvement and change
  • Passion for leading the DBE’s mission to uphold, cherish and develop the deeply Christian character of church schools and academies
  • Commitment to working collaboratively in order to build a vibrant school and parish partnership which impacts positively on the spiritual development of children and young people
  • Proven understanding of leading highly accountable teams which enable change, improvement and development

If you are seeking a fresh challenge, have a clear and deep sense of vocation and can provide the leadership that inspires and motivates others towards excellence, then we would love to hear from you.

A requirement of the post is that applicants must be practising Christians.

Closing date: Monday 13 February at 12 Noon
Interviews: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February


The role will require a combination of home and office working, as required.

For further details or to have an informal discussion, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or BEFORE applying.

SDBE is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

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Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

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Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

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Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

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Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

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