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If you want to be part of a fantastic team who are committed to achieving fantastic things for pupils in Barnsley – we recommend you get in touch to discuss the possibilities.

We are always looking for experienced, enthusiastic, energetic and caring people to support us in our work.  The ability to work well in a team is essential and a desire to go on to study to gain further qualifications including Qualified Teacher Status is highly desirable. 

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The Forest Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please contact one of our friendly staff in the office at The Forest Academy, Tel: 01226 284719 or to enquire about possible roles at Forest, or email Executive Principal Sam Bailey to discuss future opportunities within Wellspring Academy Trust. 


Required for September 2018

Head of School, The Forest Academy

Full time, Permanent


The Forest Academy is an extraordinary school in the heart of Kendray. The school has enjoyed considerable success. Staff, pupils and parents are very proud of what they have achieved, together.


We now seek a very special person to lead our next phase of development; to continue to nurture an exceptional staff team and to fill the days at Forest with fun, love and learning. If this sounds like a job you can rise to – then we want to hear from you!


Wellspring Academy Trust is a thriving trust with an excellent track record in school improvement. This role offers a leadership pathway for an ambitious and dynamic individual who is determined to make a difference. As Head of School at Forest, you will be guaranteed excellent professional development and support. As a Wellspring leader, you will benefit from many opportunities to collaborate, share and strengthen in a climate of mutual support and high regard.


In partnership with the Executive Principal, the successful candidate will work closely with sister schools Oakwell Rise Primary Academy and Oakhill Primary Academy to develop the very best of primary school provision. We believe that three schools working closely together can create opportunities that are more difficult to imagine working alone, and we are beginning to reap the awards of our shared working. This is an excellent opportunity to author the future and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to an exceptional team.


If you want to make a very real difference to the children, families and staff at The Forest Academy, we highly recommend an informal conversation with Executive Principal, Sam Bailey. Please contact Chloe Wormleighton on 01226 720747 to begin the next phase of your leadership journey.


The Forest Academy and Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. References will be taken up prior to interview.


If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.


To request an application pack please download the documents below, or email to request one.



Reporting to

Executive Principal

Duration of Post


Work Commitment

Full time


32.4 hours


L16 – 22

Start date

September 2018

Closing date

Monday 26th February at 12 noon


Completed applications and equal opportunities forms are to be sent to Chloe Wormleighton via email or post, / Wellspring Academy Trust, Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW