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Job Vacancy - Vice Principal, St Matthew’s C of E Primary School 

Employer: Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT)

Location: St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

Salary: L8 – L12 Leadership scale

Working Pattern: Full-time

Working Hours: 32.5 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: Monday 5th March

Shortlisting: w/b 12th March

Interview Date: w/b 26th March

Required from September 2018

The Principal, Governors and CDAT Board of this forward-thinking school are looking to appoint an inspirational, strategic and highly motivated Vice Principal. The post holder will work closely with the Principal to build on the current successes of the school.

St Matthew’s is a popular, one form entry, Church of England Primary school with growing numbers. This will initially be a non-class based position with significant opportunities to lead on a range of responsibilities across key stages.

We are looking for a leader who:

  • has a commitment to Christianity and can nurture faith and spirituality in others;

  • has proven experience as an outstanding primary teacher;

  • has high expectations and experience of driving whole school initiatives;

  • has highly effective interpersonal skills and the ability to enthuse, inspire and motivate colleagues;

  • is a team player;

  • communicates effectively with parents, both in groups and as individuals.

The children would like someone who:

  • is kind and helpful and always wears a smile;

  • wants learning to be fun;

  • will work with the Ethos Group to help them learn more about Jesus.

St. Matthew’s C of E Primary School offers:

  • delightful children who want to learn;

  • a strong and committed team of staff;

  • a supportive Governing Body and CDAT team;

  • strong links with the church community;

  • a commitment to continuing professional development.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our vibrant school. We have high expectations of all our pupils. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the school and meet the Principal. Please contact the school to make an appointment.

School is committed to safeguarding children, therefore this post is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks including an enhanced DBS.

Applicants will be observed teaching as part of the selection process.

Applications can be made via the school website by using the following link:
St Matthew's C of E Primary School - Vice Principal Vacancy

Completed application forms should be returned to Suzanne Rimmer at the school or via email:

Chief Operating Officer

We are delighted to announce that Mr Andrew Ross has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. Andrew will take up the post on 8th January 2018. 

A qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Andrew initially trained as a musician. This led to a career in teaching and following a period of teaching instrumental music in both primary and secondary schools he went on to become Head of Arts for a Local Authority in Scotland. During this time, he developed an interest in the business and finance aspects of schools and in 2008 he moved south to take up post as Finance Director for two of the first City Academies in Sheffield. Since then Andrew has been involved in the setting up and converting of a number of Academies as well as undertaking consultancy roles, most recently with a large Multi Academy Trust. His experience covers the whole range of business support services from Finance and HR to Facilities Management and Health and Safety as well as Learning and Teaching where most recently he has taught Accountancy and Economics.

About CDAT

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) has a vision for the growth of thriving learning communities, that provide everyone with the opportunity to achieve to the very best of their gifts and abilities. Christian values and service are at the heart of all we do, as we help young people to develop excitement in learning.


• work in partnership with Chester Diocesan Board of Education, the education authority for the Diocese of Chester;

• are a multi-academy trust established to support schools across the Diocese of Chester;

• welcome interest in joining from all Church of England schools in the Diocese and others who wish to join our Christian organisation.

The Trust has overall responsibility for the education of the children and establishes a local governing body to oversee each school on a 'day to day' basis. Some members of the local governing body are appointed by CDAT and others are elected by parents.

Our Reach

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust covers the whole Diocese. The Diocese of Chester is responsible for churches and church schools in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, the Wirral and parts of Derbyshire, Halton, Warrington, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Wrexham.