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Executive Headteacher/CEO Role 

We seek to appoint an exceptional Executive Headteacher/CEO as we develop our Cooperative Trust.

Competitive salary circa £100K

The Trust is currently made up of 4 successful primaries:

  • Chorlton Park Primary School with 697 children on roll
  • Old Moat Primary School with 416 children on roll
  • Rolls Crescent Primary School with 438 children on roll
  • Dane Bank Primary School with 240 children on roll

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in working as part of a Cooperative organisation with a powerful vision and strong values. 

At CLIC Cooperative Trust, you will be a part of an evolving journey with our schools and the communities they serve and will be joining a growing Trust at an exciting time.

The role of Executive Headteacher & CEO at CLIC offers a fascinating blend of both strategic and operational responsibility.  The role combines the accountability for developing the strategic vision in collaboration with the Trust board, alongside the responsibility for working with our outstanding staff to deliver that vision.  Engaging stakeholders throughout will be paramount.

For a private and confidential discussion about this exciting post, please email to arrange a conversation with the Interim Executive Headteacher, Sally Lamb.

Only applications submitted on the CLIC Trust's application form will be considered.  A full application pack can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.

If you wish to organise a visit in person, please email Clair Travis, Executive Assistant of the Trust:

Visits to the schools will be available on Thursday 13th or Friday 14th February 2020 by arrangements, prior to shortlisting and on Friday 13th March 2020, following shortlisting.

To apply, please complete the TES Online Form.

Application Closing Date: Monday 17th February 2020 at 17:00.

Candidates will be informed by 28th February 2020 if they have been shortlisted.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in South Manchester on 23rd and 24th March 2020.

Working with CLIC Schools

The defining feature of CLIC Cooperative Trust is that it is a primary phase trust.  Whilst the Trust has robust systems for accountability, each school has their own distinctive ethos and preserving these unique characteristics is a commitment to every school when they join us.

CLIC currently takes a 5% top slice from each school budget to fund the central function.  This central function is carried out by a small team of:

  • Executive Headteacher/CEO
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • IT Coordinator
  • Senior Finance Manager
  • Executive Assistant

CLIC currently outsources a range of other functions, including: HR, Payroll, Legal and Accounting.

The Executive Headteacher and CEO is the line manager for the schools’ headteachers and leads on their appraisal.

A Partnership Approach

All the schools within the Trust are willing partners, who have actively chosen to join CLIC, and we are delighted to say there is a high degree of consensus, cooperation and commitment within the Trust.

We have established opportunities for joint professional development across our schools with Teach Meets, Learning Circles and Pedagogy Projects.  We use collaborative working groups to approach emerging developments; for example, a Curriculum Steering Group, SEND Focus Groups, Rights Respecting Schools.

Chorlton Park is member of the Manchester Teaching School Alliance formed to deliver high quality training and professional development for teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers.

The Trust has robust policies and systems in place to govern and guide its work.  These have been gradually implemented as the Trust has grown.  We have also established productive relationships with trade unions.