“Aspire to achieve, enjoy and excel”


Thank you for your interest in this exciting and absorbing role. The successful candidate will be an important and visible leader within our Trust, and I’m looking forward to hearing from people who want to play a decisive and influential role in the bright future of Bower Park Academy.

Bower Park is radically different from the school which joined the Trust in 2016. Under Stuart McLaughlin’s deft, positive leadership (and his uncompromising approach to standards), staff, pupils and parents have collectively forged a remarkable success story of which they can all be very proud. As a consequence, we have developed a shared appetite for more, so our new Principal will be working with the grain of change. You’ll encounter motivated, dedicated staff, who all grasp the magnitude of the prize; focused, fulfilled students, who have embraced their own learning; and supportive parents and carers, who have seen the difference that 18 months can make.

The challenge of delivering continued ambition, with a school community that’s already working hard to deliver rapid change and improvement, isn’t for everyone; but for the right person, this could be an enormously rewarding role. It demands a whole-team approach, with appreciative and distributed leadership, and the highest levels of accountability and decisiveness when required.

I’m keen to receive applications from confident, positive and highly capable school leaders, with extensive experience of working in high-performing settings and a deep commitment to learning as a fundamental pathway to human flourishing. You’ll understand the challenges of disadvantage and social vulnerability, and will relish the task of improvement across the board – from strengthening SEND provision, to overseeing our planned refurbishment programme, to developing extra-curricular opportunities and embedding strategies for more able students.

We have retained Navigate NDC to support us with this appointment, and David Gooda or Louise Bickley will be very happy to hold an initial informal conversation with you. Please call 01625 800862 or email bpa@navigategroup.co.uk

I look forward to receiving your application, and to meeting you in due course.


Simon London
CEO, Empower Learning Academy Trust / Headteacher, Hall Mead School


The school has engaged NavigateNDC to support them in making this appointment. I encourage you to contact them on 01625 800862 to find out more, and I look forward to reading your application.