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Executive Principal

Birmingham City Council
Waverley School, 311 Yardley Green Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham
L37 to L43
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job start date: 1 January 2025 

Hours per week: Full time  

Waverley School
Yardley Green Road
Bordesley Green
B9 5QA
Telephone number: 0121 566 6607

Contact email:

Contract type: Permanent

Waverley Education Foundation (WEF) is a Multi Academy Trust, which operates both Waverley School and Waverley Studio College. It develops, brokers and delivers a range of services which support learning, leadership and management and improve outcomes for children and young people.

Waverley School is an all through school for pupils aged 4 to 19 year olds. It also has a resource base for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties. Waverley Studio College is a specialist academy catering for 14 – 19 year old pupils, which offers both academic and vocational qualifications. WEF has over 1900 pupils. Within the trust, we aim to create an environment which allows everyone to develop mutual respect for each other and a respect for learning.

This is an exciting time to join WEF. We continue to be over-subscribed and popular within the local community. We have state of the art facilities for learning, teaching and training, and a strong staff team committed to the learning and development of all our pupils. Through our school improvement plans the schools continue to develop, and we expect to see good results again this summer.

Following the retirement of the current Executive Principal, the Board of Trustees are looking to appoint a highly motivated and committed individual as the new Executive Principal of the trust.

The Executive Principal will work closely with the Board of Trustees and will have responsibility for the leadership and management of both Waverley School and Waverley Studio College. These responsibilities include the strategic development of the schools and their relationship with the local community, as well as their complex day-to-day operation through our senior leaders and staff team.

The ideal candidate will share our determination to continue to provide an outstanding education for our young people without exception or bias. They will be enthusiastic, motivated and have a proven track record of effective leadership. They will need to be high achieving and self-motivating, and capable of playing a major role in further developing teaching and learning within the trust. The Executive Principal role requires strong people management skills, empathy and excellent inter-personal and communication skills.

We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion. Only applications submitted on the application form will be accepted. Waverley Education Foundation is committed to the protection and safety of its pupils.

How to apply:

Please contact the school for an application form.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.  

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.  For further enquiries please call 0121 566 6607.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  

All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.  

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.  

This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.  

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  

Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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