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Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust


Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all adults working in our Trust, whether staff or volunteers, to share this commitment. All appointments made to the Central Team or Owlcotes schools are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Chief Finance Officer Vacancy

Posted: 05/01/2024


The Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust Board of Trustees are seeking to appoint a Chief Finance Officer to lead our finance team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a values-driven and ambitious Trust in the next stage of our development. The successful candidate will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Central Team, the Board of Trustees and school Headteachers to help us achieve our strategic objectives, effectively lead the Trust’s finances and contribute to the strategic direction and future of our Trust. The CFO will have a key role in the Trust Executive Team, contributing to Trust-level decision making and strategies for future growth and development.


The CFO will be responsible for ensuring strong and robust financial management across all schools in the Trust. In line with the Owlcotes Strategic Plan, the CFO will have a crucial role in the delivery of the Trust’s objectives in a sustainable and measured way.


The Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust finance team consists of:

  • CFO (vacancy)

  • Trust Accountant (full-time)

  • Senior Finance Officer (full-time)

  • Two (part-time) Finance Assistants.


The responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Effective collaboration with the CEO, CIO and the Board of Trustees;

  • Financial oversight of the schools within our Trust and the central team;

  • Line management of the finance team;

  • Supporting school Headteachers to manage school budgets with rational spending and staffing structures;

  • Liaising with the ESFA, DfE, external and internal audit, and other relevant outside agencies;

  • Ensuring compliance with financial regulations;

  • Regular financial reporting to the Board of Trustees and its finance sub-committee.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an effective leader and communicator;

  • Be proactive in their work and model professional integrity at all times;

  • Have experience in a finance role;

  • Be appropriately qualified – ideally possessing, or working towards, an accountancy qualification from an accredited provider;

  • Have an understanding of the financial framework that Academy Trusts operate within;

  • Have an understanding of the principles of public sector spending, in particular how to demonstrate value for money;

  • Have a willingness to engage in professional development and training opportunities;

  • Possess a positive, solution-focused mindset.


Staff are our most important asset and Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust can offer a range of benefits such as:

  • The opportunity to work within a successful and growing Trust, committed to providing the best opportunities for all pupils and staff;

  • A friendly and accommodating team of school staff and central team staff;

  • The opportunity to lead the financial strategic direction of the Trust;

  • Ongoing training and support tailored to the successful candidate’s needs;

  • An employee benefits and discounts scheme via Perks at Work, including salary sacrifice schemes such as Cycle to Work;

  • A generous employee pension scheme.


We believe in investing and supporting our staff to be the best that they can be, as well as giving people ownership of their responsibilities and the autonomy to be proactive. This is a role in which you will get the opportunity to thrive.


Adverts and job descriptions can never provide the full picture to candidates and visits to the central team office are encouraged. Visits to meet the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Information Officer and further discuss this exciting role can be arranged at mutually convenient times during the weeks commencing 8th, 15th and 22nd January 2024. Please contact Joe Wilson, Chief Information Officer, at 0113 8874523 or to arrange a visit.


Successful applicants will undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment and will abide by Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust policies, procedures, and safeguarding and child protection policies.


The deadline for application for this role is Thursday 1st February 2024 at 12 noon.


If you are interested in applying for this role, please see the full job description and employee specification in the application pack below, as well as the application form for this vacancy. Applicants can either download the application form, or email to request a copy of the application form. Please send your completed application form to

Pudsey Waterloo Primary School


Teaching Assistant Opportunity

Pudsey Waterloo Primary School are seeking a Class Teacher in Key Stage 2 for an April 2024 start. There is one permanent post available and one temporary position to cover a maternity leave (please indicate on your application form which post(s) you wish to be considered for). The ideal candidate would be a strong classroom practitioner, who shares our ethos and values, and has good experience in KS2. 


We are looking for a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic teacher to join our friendly and aspirational school. The successful applicant will have a patient and positive approach to managing children’s behaviour and wellbeing, along with a strong understanding of how children learn. We welcome applications from candidates with any levels of experience. 


We are seeking candidates who have:

  • A passion for supporting children to learn;

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team with staff, parents and external agencies;

  • Energy and enthusiasm for this exciting challenge;

  • High expectations of children;

  • A commitment to continuing professional development.


Click here if you are interested in more information about this opportunity. 


Breakfast Club Playworker Opportunity

Are you passionate about supporting children to learn and develop in all areas and are looking for an exciting opportunity?


Pudsey Waterloo Primary School has a vacancy based in the before-school provision. The position will involve a wide range of duties, including organising activites for the children, organising snacks, and working in partnership with the Extended Services Manager. It will allow those who enjoy putting children first to do so on a daily basis. The role will have many opportunities to show initiative and implement projects and activities.


We can offer an enthusiastic, dedicated and hardworking team with the highest ambitions for the children, who work within a very supportive local community.


We are looking for:

  • A conscientious and ambitious practitioner to join our Breakfast Club team
  • Candidates who put children and their needs first
  • A reflective practitioner who is willing to learn and develop
  • Energy, enthusiasm and a pursuit of the highest standards for all of our children
  • Someone who enjoys the challenge of hard work within a team.


Click here if you are interested in more information about this opportunity. 

Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School


Co-opted Governor Opportunity

Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School are seeking a co-opted governor to joining their Local Governing Board. Co-opted governors make a valuable contribution to children's education, opportunites, and future. Being a governor in a LGB is a hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of young people, give something back to the school and the local community, and develop your own strategic skills. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system - just the skills, character and time to contribute. Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust offers internal training to help you understand the role and responsibilities of a governor. 


Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School's Local Governing Board meets 4 times per academic year - meetings are usually scheduled in October, January/February, April/May and June/July. Co-opted governors are expected to dedicate around 2 hours per month to the role. The recorded minutes of every Local Governing Board meeting are reported to the Owlcotes MAT Board of Trustees, who also meet 3 times per academic year.


Please contact by email with the email subject 'Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School Co-Opted Governor' in order to express your interest in a place on the Local Governing Board at our school.