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  • Start date details

    September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    6 February 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Assistant headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: The appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment of senior leaders, contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document, other current educational and employment legislation including that of the Department for Education, and the terms of the National Society contract.

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • A good honours degree
  • Evidence of recent and substantial CPD relevant to the post
  • Successful completion of appropriate NPQ or other relevant qualification
  • Organising and leading the professional development of staff
  • Significant, successful leadership and management experience on a leadership team or as headof a large faculty

  • A track record of outstanding teaching and learning
  • A track record of raising levels of pupil attainment and rates of progress
  • Curriculum design and management
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • Effective allocation of resources
  • Data analysis of pupil performance
  • Excellent oral and communication skills, including public speakingLeading school worship to a high standard
  • Teaching in more than one school
  • Church schools
  • Current educational trends and issues, particularly those related to the curriculum
  • The principles and practice of effective teaching and learning
  • Principles, strategies and practice of school improvement and self-evaluation
  • The relationship between self-evaluation, performance management and continuing professional development
  • The importance of working in partnership, offering, and accepting appropriate support from others, including colleagues, governors, and those in other schools
  • Commitment to the implementation of the safeguarding and equal opportunities agenda

What the school offers its staff

We offer a genuinely broad and balanced curriculum to all year groups rooted in a strong and coherently expressed sense of educational purpose and intent. Pupils acquire the skills, concepts, knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them to take place their place as active and successful citizens of the 21st century.

At Key Stage 3, subjects are taught according to the National Curriculum guidelines anda wide range of learning styles are used to ensure that all pupils are engaged and ableto progress. We believe that pupils learn best when working collaboratively so pupils are taught in mixed ability classes for many subjects from the beginning of Year 7.

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils follow a core curriculum of English, mathematics, science, RE, PSHE and RE. In addition, pupils select courses from a wide range of GCSE options. Pupils are encouraged to study the EBacc suite of qualifications, with the most able following separate science courses.

Nearly thirty A-level courses are offered in the Sixth Form. Most students continue to study four subjects for most of the Lower Sixth and continue with three of these in the Upper Sixth. All sixth formers participate in our enrichment programme which takes place on Wednesday afternoons. A wide range of options are available including pre-professional work experience, sports academies, archery and dance. Most students progress to university with many making successful applications to Russell Group universities includingOxford and Cambridge.

The curriculum is based around five sixty-minute periods per day, organised as a two-week 48 lesson timetable.

Commitment to safeguarding

St Christopher’s CE High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1272 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01254 355214

St Christopher’s is a highly successful and popular 11-18 co-educational Church of England single academy with 1,300 pupils and students on roll. We are situated in the Lancashire town of Accrington close to the Ribble Valley. Good motorway links mean that Preston, Burnley, Blackburn, Manchester, and North Yorkshire are all within a 30–40-minute car journey. The school is situated in a pleasant setting with views towards Pendle Hill.

Our pupils come from a wide catchment area. Pupils join us in Year 7 from over fifty primary schools, and the sixth form receives students from around thirty secondary schools. We enjoy an enviable reputation, built-up over many years, for providing high quality education for a comprehensive intake of pupils. Our reputation means that we are a popular school, and always over-subscribed. However, we do not allow ourselves to become complacent, always striving for higher standards in all areas. This year, for example, well over 800 applications were received for the 195 on offer. Ten per cent of our pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium and 3% are from minority ethnic groups.

Our teaching comprises of 80 teachers and 12 teaching assistants. The core Senior Leadership Team is substantively the headmaster, one Deputy Headteacher, one Senior Assistant Headteachers, three Assistant Headteachers, and the school Business Manager.

The school’s commitment to learning extends to staff as well as pupils; there is a well-developed support structure for early career teachers and other new members of staff, and a strong culture of ongoing professional development among our teaching and support staff. We are continually looking to develop and further improve the quality of teaching and teachers are encouraged to think deeply about how pupils learn. Whilst we appreciate the contribution that technology can play in assisting learning, we remain committed to the idea that it is the teacher who makes the difference.

Arranging a visit to Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email head@st-christophers.org.

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