Job Details

Chief Operating Officer

Job Grade: Senior Leadership

Salary: £60,000.00 - £65,000.00

Hours: Full time

Start Date: 01/04/2019

Interviews: 06/02/2019

Closing date: 28/01/2019

Exciting current challenge and scope for an enterprising future 

This new senior role is emerging with the natural expansion of this successful 4-school multi-academy (MAT) trust in South London. This project management role is ideal for an experienced operations professional capable of taking over and developing a variety of support services to provide the best environment conducive to learning.

Our COO will be the senior leader responsible for Estates Management including Health and Safety, IT provision and Catering Services in Folio schools in the South Croydon and Wallington areas. It offers scope for growth in all areas with the continued expansion of the trust.


The MAT comprises an established, outstanding boys’ grammar with mixed sixth form, a primary school, a junior school and a brand new secondary phase, comprehensive free school: the last opened in 2018 and for which the building of a state-of-the-art £35M building project will be underway shortly. Additionally, two of the other schools have major refurbishments ongoing or planned, so sound project management experience would be an advantage, coupled with strong organisational skills, excellent time management and a collaborative communicator able to handle a wide variety of people. Responsible to the CEO and the Board, and working alongside the CFO, this role would suit an experienced business professional with outstanding leadership skills, a track record of transformational success at senior level and an enterprising approach to business development, strategy and partnerships.


Folio has a good reputation for career development and internal succession planning so this unusual vacancy has arisen through the rapid expansion and ongoing growth associated with the new free school. There is the opportunity to carve out and shape how this role develops to best serve the demand for operational services within the Trust. In the future there is potential to expand and promote the shared services beyond the Folio schools, offering scope for marketing and innovation.


Application Procedure                       

Please download the candidate pack and application form or visit

For a confidential discussion please contact our HR Lead Mrs J Baker: 07891 671 226.

Please email your completed applications to in compliance with safer recruitment guidelines CVs will not be accepted.


Closing Date:             10am Monday 28th January 2019

Interviews:                 6th & 7th February - candidates may be required on both days.


Folio Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The recruitment process will include an enhanced DBS check, medical screening, confirmation of right to work in the UK and all other pre-employment checks in line with safer recruitment requirements.

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Equal Opportunities

At Folio Education Trust we believe that all individuals are of equal value and we are committed to equal opportunities for all. All people who work and study in the school have the right to be respected and valued within a safe and secure environment and not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, class, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief.