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  • Job start date

    1 January 2025

  • Closing date

    3 June 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    26 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L19 – L24

What skills and experience we're looking for



ISR L19 – L24

£73,509 - £82,258*

N.O.R. 420 (including Nursery)

The Governing Body of St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School is seeking to appoint a committed and practising Catholic, who is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated individual, able to further develop this popular and successful school. We wish to appoint a Headteacher who leads by example, is kind, empathetic, nurturing and patient, whilst striving to provide the very best for each of the children in our care.

Our new Headteacher will be:

  • A practising Catholic who demonstrates a strong, lived faith and deep commitment to Catholic Education and the Catholic ethos of our school
  • An individual who has extensive leadership experience and proven success in a senior leadership role in a Primary School setting.
  • Able to build upon the existing rich curriculum with high expectations of children’s attainment, achievement and behaviour, supporting each and every child to develop and reach their own unique, individual potential.
  • An inclusive leader, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to encourage, enthuse and motivate an experienced and dedicated staff.
  • Continue to promote strong relationships with parents, governors, the parish and Archdiocese, our neighbouring junior school and the wider community.
  • Someone who is passionate, creative and innovative, open to new ideas and a willingness to build upon our high expectations of teaching standards, pupil progress and learning outcomes for all in our school family, with a clear vision for continuous success and improvement.
  • An enthusiastic, dedicated and committed individual, to lead our Good School on the next stage of its journey to Outstanding.

What the school offers its staff

We can offer:

The school is totally inclusive. Everyone refers to the school as ‘a family’ and senior leaders model high expectations and lead by example. The culture is one of openness and mutual support, where team spirit and staff morale are woven throughout the fabric of the school. (Challenge Partners Review, Jan 2023)

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School is an Outstanding School in providing Catholic education. (Section 48 Inspection, December 2023)

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School is firmly founded on the teachings of the Catholic faith with all members belonging to one extraordinary Christ centred family. (Section 48 Inspection, December 2023)

Parents and carers (who) hold the school in high regard. Pupils’ behaviour is of a very high standard. They work with concentration and interest. (Ofsted, 2019)

  • An inclusive, strong and caring school community with talented, hard-working, highly professional caring and committed staff.
  • A staff who are dedicated and committed to supporting all children including those who are disadvantaged or with additional needs.
  • Happy, confident and enthusiastic children, who enjoy learning and who are proud of their school, have a high standard of good behaviour and are motivated to learn.
  • A positive, vibrant, and encouraging environment, where our dedicated staff are supported in inspiring each other and striving in their own learning, underpinned by our outstanding Catholic ethos, in which all are respected.
  • A balanced, committed and robust experienced Governing Body, who provide effective and positive challenge and support with clear vision for all our school family.
  • Engaged Parents and Carers, and a vibrant and strong Parish Community, with close links to our Junior School, and the wider community.
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development
  • An outstanding school ethos which values the contribution of all, and sets high standards in spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
  • A welcoming, happy and caring environment, where both pupils and staff enjoy coming to school.

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to relevant pre-employment checks - 2 satisfactory references, verification of qualifications and eligibility to work in the UK as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education, including an enhanced DBS certificate with a barred-list check.

  • Due to the nature of work the above post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

  • By engaging in this recruitment process, shortlisted candidates consent to an online search in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

Only completed Catholic Education Service (CES) applications will be considered. The application pack is available on the school website alongside notes to applicants and application forms https://www.stmargaretmarysinfant.com/information/vacancies

All completed applications to be submitted electronically to Recruitment.DCCS@knowsley.gov.uk

We reserve the right to close vacancies early if we receive sufficient applications for the roles. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed. Please telephone the school office on 0151 477 8815 to arrange an appointment.

Closing date: Monday, 03 June 2024 at 12 noon

Shortlisting date: Monday, 10 June 2024

Interview Dates: Wednesday, 19 & Thursday, 20 June 2024

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to Recruitment.DCCS@knowsley.gov.uk

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About St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

School type
Local authority maintained school, Roman Catholic, ages 3 to 7
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
411 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 7
Phone number
0151 477 8815

Arranging a visit to St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email Samantha.Lackey@knowsley.gov.uk.

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