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Academy: Blackpool Gateway Academy

Salary: L15 – 21 on the Leadership pay scale (currently £56,434 - £65,384 per annum)

Closing date for applications: 23 April 2019, 12.00pm

Principal – Blackpool Gateway Academy


Salary:           L15 – 21 on the Leadership pay scale (currently £56,434 - £65,384 per annum)


Contract:      Permanent, Full time


Date:    27th August 2019


Join Team FCAT


We are looking to appoint a Principal at Blackpool Gateway Academy, part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT). FCAT is a large multi academy trust committed to promoting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. We have 10 academies locally with 5 primaries, 3 secondaries and 2 all-through from age 3-16. We all share a mission to be “the best we can be” in order to improve the life chances of the children and young people in our care.


The Trust’s recent Ofsted summary evaluation report recognised the strength of our primary pupil outcomes; Children get off to a good start in the early years, and on the whole, this is sustained across most of the trust’s primary schools. As a result, pupils make good progress at the end of key stage 2 and are well prepared for the next phase of their education” (Ofsted March 2019).


Blackpool Gateway Academy was founded and opened in a brand new building in 2015, now comprising of pupils from Nursery to Year 5; in 2019-2020 the school will have its first Y6 cohort. Situated in one of the most deprived wards in Blackpool, this two-form entry primary school plays a pivotal role in the lives of children and families to raise aspiration and deliver positive outcomes. The staff are vibrant and imbued with moral purpose to make a difference, recognising that children only get one chance to receive the best education. Their commitment is absolute and their enthusiasm, infectious!


Gateway was judged as requiring improvement by Ofsted in summer 2018 which the trust viewed as a fair and accurate evaluation of the academy’s position on its journey of improvement at that time. Having joined FCAT in 2017; since this time Gateway’s staff alongside the trust’s school improvement team have worked determinedly to improve outcomes. The academy is financially secure and the latest three-year plan is forecasting to hold an appropriate level of reserves in the future.  Finances are overseen by the trust but managed by the Principal with support from an experienced finance team. The new Principal is key in the next phase of Gateway’s improvement journey.


This is an exciting opportunity for a leader looking to combine running their own school with the benefit of working closely with an experienced Executive Principal. The FCAT family of academies work effectively together, constantly looking for further ways to collaborate, support and challenge each other. As a Trust, we prioritise professional development, working with our partner Teaching School, The Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance, to build talent and to support staff at every stage of their careers.


As Principal, you will embody FCAT’s values of pride, ambition, respect, resilience, integrity and excellence so we can be the “best we can be!” You will model outstanding leadership, warmth, challenge and professionalism, setting the highest of expectations for yourself, your pupils and staff.


Blackpool Gateway Academy needs a Principal who is driven to permeate ambition and self-belief into children for whom education is key; if you are seeking an exciting new challenge, please contact us for further details.


How to apply


To apply for this post please visit our website and complete the online application form and equal opportunities form at


Closing time and date for applications is 12.00pm (midday) on Tuesday 23rd April 2019


Assessment and interview process to be held Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May 2019.


For any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Sophie Uttley, Administration Officer for FCAT on 01253 207709.


Please visit our website where you can read more about our school or for more information about the Trust.


The Fylde Coast Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Fylde Coast Academy Trust is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors.  All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.


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