All vacancies are subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

Please note: CV’s are not accepted. Only fully completed application forms are to be submitted for shortlisting.

Current Vacancies


Vacancy for Principal at John Wheeldon Primary Academy

Required from September 2024 

Full time, Permanent

Leadership Scale L18 to L24 (£70,246 – £81,364)

Number of Roll – 553

The Local Academy Council is seeking to appoint an inspirational and innovative leader who puts children at the heart of their vision by promoting a strong culture of high expectation, respect, and personal growth.

John Wheeldon is a large school serving pupils from the age of 4 to 11 years.

It is one of the twenty academies that are part of the Staffordshire University Academies Trust (SUAT). As part of Staffordshire University Academies Trust, the school benefits from the wider opportunities of collaboration, training and development and shares expertise in high-quality teaching and learning.

Our Values and Aims:


Proud Of All We Do

John Wheeldon Primary Academy has a long and proud history. For 125 years we have been education children in Stafford. We constantly strive to ensure that we deliver an outstanding, comprehensive curriculum which meets the needs of a 21st Century Staffordshire Child. We place great importance on our children’s social, moral and emotional development for life.

This is clearly reflected in our five PROUD values:






We are committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for each and every child, whilst being truly valued by our community. There is a strong focus on all children achieving their full potential in a safe and caring environment, with the ongoing aim that they are Proud of all they do.

We believe that outstanding candidates will be inspired by the chance to lead our ambitious  school in the next, exciting stage of its educational journey.

If you feel you have the requisite vision, energy, skills, qualities and experience and you share our values and aspirations, we look forward to receiving your application.

Further information is available from Sharon Thorp, CFO,

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged. Please contact David Kerr, Office Manager, to make arrangements. 01782559444

Forms should be returned directly to Sharon Thorp

Applications can only be accepted if submitted on the school’s formal application form.

Closing date: Monday 15th April 2024 (midday)

Shortlisting will then take place on: Wednesday 17th April 2024

Interviews: Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Start Date: 1st September 2024


John Wheeldon Primary Academy

Corporation Street

ST16 3LX

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

Principal Job Description

Recruitment Monitoring Form

Application Form


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SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.