Vanguard Learning Trust


Headteacher, Hermitage Primary  School

Salary:  L18 to L24 (starting £75,478 with progression to £86,826)

Start: April 2024

Vanguard Learning Trust’s board of trustees and Hermitage Primary School’s local governing body are seeking to appoint an exceptional and inspiring leader to the position of Headteacher of Hermitage Primary School.  

Our Headteacher will work with staff, governors and trustees to deliver the school’s strategic plans, building on the school’s strong foundations and delivering the vision of a high-performing, safe and nurturing environment where all pupils are valued equally. Hermitage aims to ensure all children grow in confidence and build strong relationships rooted in respect and empathy.

We are looking for a Headteacher who is:

  • able to demonstrate significant impact in a leadership role within a primary school;
  • a leader who can inspire and motivate staff, children and parents;
  • passionate about each child being given the opportunity and means to reach their full potential; and
  • able to articulate a clear vision and set the strategic direction for the school.

Our new Headteacher will have the opportunity to lead a school community that is caring, supportive and committed to our pupils. We are looking for a leader with ambition, determination and creativity and would relish the opportunity of working in a local, cross-phase, multi-academy trust. 

The closing date for applications is 9:30am on Friday 12th January 2024.

Interviews to be held on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January 2024.

A tour of the school site is being offered on Wednesday 13th December 2023 in the afternoon, Monday 18th December 2023 in the morning, or Tuesday 9th January 2024 in the afternoon; this can be booked by contacting Emma Jordan, executive assistant at The Trust’s CEO, Martina Lecky, is also available to provide information about Vanguard Learning Trust to prospective applicants. 

More information and an application form can be found in the links below:

Recruitment pack

Application form

Completed application forms should be sent to

Vanguard Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and expects all those working at the Trust to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website (click here).

Vanguard Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

Under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, the Public Sector fluency duty requires state funded schools to ensure candidates for their customer facing roles have the necessary standard of spoken English.


Inclusion-lead trustee

Vanguard Learning Trust is looking for an inclusion-lead trustee; this is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is keen to take on a voluntary role and embrace the challenge of supporting the development of a Trust-wide approach to inclusion, in particular a collective focus on professional development, assurance work and sharing best practice. 

We are looking for an individual who will embrace our vision of outstanding, inclusive education and has the knowledge and expertise to lead on governance in relation to the effectiveness of the provision for students that are identified with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and those from a disadvantaged background. We are engendering collective responsibility across the Trust and the inclusion-lead trustee will provide governance oversight for the board of trustees and be instrumental with the establishment of an inclusion forum following the successful implementation of the Trust’s safeguarding one. The Trust’s central education team will take the lead on the arrangements; the inclusion-lead trustee will be expected to chair the forum, providing support and challenge in the governance role of being a ‘critical friend’. 

Why volunteer for Vanguard Learning Trust?

Vanguard Learning Trust is a cross-phase multi-academy trust in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It was established in February 2015 and currently has five schools: Field End Junior School, Hermitage Primary School, Ruislip High School, Ryefield Primary School and Vyners School. The Trust employs over 500 staff and has a population of circa 4000 students.

Individuals who are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity can complete an expression of interest form (see link below) and send it to the Trust’s executive assistant, Emma Jordan, at

Expression of interest form

Information pack