Welcome from Helen Redford-Hernandez, CEO
As the CEO-designate of the Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and thank you for your interest in the position of Principal for Doncaster UTC.
This is an exciting time to join our expert team of committed professionals including an extensive number of local headteachers, governors, educationalists and businesses who are passionate about creating a unique learning opportunity for the young people of Doncaster. It is intended that the Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust will initially include four primary schools, an infant school and a high performing 11-16 secondary school, and that it will be fully operational by September 2019. The Trust will also work in strong partnership with another, successful 11-18 secondary school (Hall Cross) and Doncaster College to support the successful development of the UTC's post-16 provision. The UTC will formally join the Trust in the Spring term of 2020.
The Trust will include two outstanding schools; the infant and 11-16 secondary schools are designated as Teaching and National Support schools and are recognised both locally and nationally for the work they lead on as part of Doncaster's Partners in Learning, Teaching School Alliance. Hungerhill School also benefits from a strong ITT programme in partnership with Notre Dame SCITT programme in Sheffield and recruits well from this partnership and strong links with local universities. The appointed Principal will therefore have significant access to additional resources, knowledge and leadership expertise beyond those traditionally secured by other UTCs.
Being part of the Trust offers a unique advantage: as part of an integrated school system, we can offer a complete range of learning experiences to children throughout their education. It also creates significant central capacity for governance, financial management and compliance, allowing school leaders to focus on the core accountabilities of teaching and learning and the development of strong partnerships with local businesses and educational establishments.
Appointed as the Headteacher of Hungerhill School in 2013, I have had a key role in setting up the new Trust and UTC and will continue to work with the appointed Principal of the UTC ensuring that the pre-opening phase continues to be successful meeting all the pre-opening conditions defined by the Baker Dearing Trust and the DfE. The Trust Project Steering Group has been established for more than two years and the structure of the Trust Governance and Schemes of Delegation reflect the diversity and different contexts of each school. Doncaster UTC, whilst being part of the Trust, will also have its own distinctive curriculum and ethos, benefitting from the already strong and established links and support from Doncaster's Business Community, local Higher Education Partnerships and the Local Authority.
In partnership with the CEO, the Principal will lead on the strategic development and direction of Doncaster UTC and be responsible for the development of a 21st century curriculum with a strong STEM and digital design content. You will work with industry partners and educationalists to deliver an exceptional learning experience. You must be passionate about developing vocational and technical education to enthuse and engage young people, ensuring they have the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience to excel at school and in their careers. You must also be innovative and adept at designing personalised learning experiences with the skills to work within a strong, inclusive partnership.
It is expected that the UTC and Trust will become a flagship for other regions and form part of the Doncaster's educational transformation over the next few years. It will provide an excellent platform from which to shape cutting-edge instructional practice supported by outstanding leaders as part of the Teaching School Alliance and Doncaster's Research School. The Trust will bring you a wealth of professional development and support to ensure that both the UTC and Trust are successful.
If you feel that you can be part of our future and have the right skills to deliver what we are looking for then we shall welcome your application. I shall look forward to meeting you.
CEO-designate, Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust.