Required for Spring 2024 a permanent full-time Deputy CEO for this local North Devon Multi Academy Trust of eight schools (seven primary and one secondary school).

In conjunction with the CEO, you will be responsible for Trust effectiveness and specifically for the strategic delivery of school services for inclusion, SEND and safeguarding to the Trust academies, supporting the development of teaching, the curriculum and school leadership.

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding strategic leader, who is able to support the development of the vision, values and ethos for the Tarka Learning Partnership and who will inspire and empower others to share in achieving it. The Deputy CEO will be accountable to the CEO and the Board of Trustees, taking responsibility for the performance of primary academies within the Trust; a driven leader who will be committed to creating the optimum educational opportunities for all pupils across the Trust. The Deputy CEO will, with the CEO, support the quality assurance of schools and develop CPD opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching and leadership across the Trust.

North Devon area is one of the best places to live in Britain, with:

  • A fantastic environment to live in
  • Welcoming people
  • A low crime area
  • Reasonable house prices
  • Clean air fresh from the Atlantic
  • Two moors – Exmoor and Dartmoor
  • The best beaches in the country!
  • Fantastic outdoors for hiking, camping, cycling, sailing, water sports
  • Good links to Exeter, Bristol and London including airports

If you would like an informal discussion by telephone, or to visit the Trust to talk about the post, please contact Jo Down, HR Leader of the Tarka Learning Partnership via email –

The Tarka Learning Partnership has an absolute commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS. The Trust values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all.

Applications must be submitted by noon on 22nd November 2023 to, with shortlisting taking place later that day.

Interviews will be on 27th and 28th November 2023.

See here the application documents and application form:

Deputy CEO Brochure 

Deputy CEO Job Description

Deputy CEO Person Specification

TLP Application Form August 2023