The Priestley Academy Trust are delighted to offer the opportunity to bring a Chief Finance Officer to their Executive Team to aid them in the strategic growth and planning as they move forward. The Trust was created with a vision in mind, the vision is underpinned by the following values; Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion and Collaboration, and the successful candidate should embody all those criteria.


The Trust is currently comprised of six primary schools in the West Yorkshire area with a view of expansion. The mission is to develop pupils in a well rounded way both academically and personally to ensure that they are equipped for the demands of secondary education and future employment.


The Priestley Academy Trust plays an important role in thousands of young lives; providing students with skills that provide the best possible life chances that will allow them to flourish. As a leading member of the Executive Team you will be entrusted with the opportunity to contribute to financial strategy stability that will ensure that the vision is not only met but allows the Trust to grow.

Message from the CEO

Thank you for your interest in the Chief Finance Officer vacancy with the Priestley Academy Trust.

 We believe the person appointed will make a significant contribution to our organisation and ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.

Our vision is to offer an outstanding, transformational learning experience for each student with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, character development and public service.

The Trust was formed on the 1 December 2016 with 5 primary schools and has grown by 1 school in October 2022. We are looking at significant growth of the Trust in the coming months and years so this is an exciting time for the organisation and the person appointed as he/she will be pivotal in the planning and organisational development and growth of the Trust. 

The Chief Finance Officer will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, the central finance team and the finance and administrative staff in each of the academies to ensure that the Trust operates good financial governance in line with the requirements of the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The role will also involve liaising with the Department for Education (DfE), EFSA, HMRC, external auditors, internal audit and other external advisers, suppliers and contractors. 

We are looking for someone who not only has excellent finance skills and knowledge but someone who fits our values and has a strong desire to improve the life chances of children and really believes in the power of education. A significant part of the job will be to work with and develop people so we are looking for someone who is skilled in this area too. 

This really is a pivotal time in education and we are striving to deliver top quality education in a difficult financial landscape. If you think you could be the person to help us deliver our goals then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Michael McCarthy 

Chief Executive Officer


Castlefield Recruitment are delighted to be working in partnership with the Priestley Academy on the following exciting opportunity within their Executive team.

Please click on the title below for access to the role advertisement and how to apply. The Candidate Pack with more information on the Academy and details on the role can be downloaded from the Candidate Pack link below.

Candidate Pack

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  • c.£65,000 salary
  • 26 days annual leave + Bank Holidays + an extra 3 to be used the day after 3 bank holidays throughout the year
  • Access to an attractive Local Government Pension scheme
  • Hybrid working policy
  • Flexible working
  • Opportunity to play a pivotal role in changing the life chances of children
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Health and wellbeing service
  • 24 hour telephone helpline
  • Health Assured advice (legal, financial, counselling etc.)



Meet the Consultant

Callum Horridge

Callum is a specialist recruiter for Finance professionals in the wider public sector across the UK. Callum has a particular focus on placing candidates in permanent and interim positions under the Crown Commercial Service via Frameworks RM6229 – Permanent Recruitment Services and RM6160 – Interim & Fixed Term services.

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