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  • Job start date

    1 January 2025

  • Closing date

    10 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week.

Contract type


Pay scale

L15 to L21

What skills and experience we're looking for

As Headteacher, the successful applicant will work closely with the CMAT Director of Performance & Standards and the CEO to shape and develop the direction of the school and to monitor the impact of all work done. You will be the driving force behind the school’s vision and strategic direction. your leadership will inspire excellence in teaching, learning and pastoral care.

This is a reserved post, meaning that we are looking for someone who meets the definition of a practising Catholic. Beyond that, we are seeking someone with a demonstrable track record of evidenced school improvement work; someone who is a genuine team player, and who can show through examples that they can take people with them on their strategic journey.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a practising Catholic (please see accompanying NRCDES document ‘Catholic Schools and the Definition of a Practising Catholic) with a strong faith commitment and a clear vision for Catholic education.
  • Ensure that the example and teachings of Jesus Christ are at the centre of all that we do.
  • Have a proven track record of successful leadership, management, and school improvement.
  • Have the vision, drive and energy to initiate, lead and manage strategies to build on the current successes and achievements of the school.
  • Be passionate about ensuring that each pupil fulfils their unique potential.
  • Be a confident, positive, and visible leader with the ability to build relationships with staff, pupils, parents, Governors, Directors and others working in the CMAT and a wide variety of external partners.
  • Constantly be looking ahead, working closely with the CMAT, Governors and the SLT to develop a compelling ‘faith centred’ vision for the school that acts as the focus of all activity and drives improvement.
  • Be able to build successful teams and work collaboratively with others to achieve success.
  • Have the ability to drive themselves and others.
  • Be able to respond and adapt effectively to changing circumstances, maintaining high levels of performance.
  • Actively listen and effectively communicate to a wide range of audiences.
  • Place safeguarding at the heart of the school.

What the school offers its staff

On arrival at St Peter’s, you will notice the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school. Visitors often comment on the friendly and family-like environment they experience when first exploring our school. At St Peter's, we take great pride in nurturing well-mannered children who embrace their responsibilities, students willingly take on additional roles to support both their peers and staff across the school.

Our Catholic ethos is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our school community. Children, staff, and parents are encouraged to come together in prayer, supporting and uplifting each other in faith. While this spirit of networking and support is largely visible on platforms such as Class Dojo and Teams, it forms a significant part of our daily interactions at St Peter's and you can see this for yourself upon visiting the school.

We wholeheartedly celebrate the achievements of our students during our monthly Achievement Assemblies. Here, children showcase their individual awards alongside school accomplishments, fostering a culture of recognition and appreciation. Moreover, we recognise and uphold the principles of Catholic social teaching at these celebrations, further reinforcing our commitment to holistic development.

Creating a safe and supportive environment is paramount at St Peter's. Children are assured that they can approach any member of staff for guidance or assistance, promoting a sense of security and trust within our school community. Our dedicated staff, with their exceptional skills and camaraderie, work tirelessly to bring out the best in every child, both academically, spiritually and emotionally.

The harmony and mutual support among our staff members set a remarkable standard at St Peter's. Teamwork, friendship, and a shared goal of facilitating each child's success underpin our ethos. We place a strong emphasis on reducing unnecessary workload, striving for excellence, and continuous improvement through collaborative efforts, sharing knowledge and research.

Governors are supportive and knowledgeable. Their commitment to the school's success is evident in their thorough yet efficient meetings, where the demands on teachers and leaders are always taken into consideration. The varied skill sets of our governors enable them to fulfil their roles effectively, offering valuable support when needed.

St Peter's School is not just a place of learning but a close-knit community where every individual is valued and supported.

Further details about the role

To objectively define what a ‘practising Catholic’ is when assessing applicants for key leadership posts within a Catholic school, it is necessary to understand that there are general obligations as well as essential components that constitute ‘practice’ of the faith in the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Church’s general obligations for its members require that they strive to live lives of holiness by being faithful to the teaching of the Gospel, by trying to uphold the values proclaimed in the Beatitudes, by assisting in the Church’s mission to make Christ known to all peoples, by upholding privately and publicly the Church’s moral and social teaching, by endeavouring to follow an informed conscience and by making every effort to keep the precepts of the Church. This is the ‘practice’ of the Catholic faith in its widest and all encompassing sense

At the heart of these general obligations though, there are essential components for “full communion” with the Catholic Church. These are sacramental initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist) and the bonds of profession of faith, the sacraments and ecclesiastical governance. The preservation of this full communion is not limited to purely religious activity but is to be an integral part of the whole pattern of behaviour of a member of the Church. It is what essentially constitutes being a committed and ‘practising Catholic’.

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.

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About Saint Peters Catholic Voluntary Academy

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
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School size
205 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
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