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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    4 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    14 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: Permanent, Full Time Contract

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

Residential Allowance

What skills and experience we're looking for

St John’s Catholic Specialist School is a non-maintained school for young people up to 19 years with special educational needs. The school also offers residential provision Monday to Friday, term time only and the Headteacher takes part in the on call rota.

Founded in 1870, the school is a registered charity and supports young people with a range of different needs which include sensory impairments, communication and learning challenges and autism.

Our mission is to support our students to gain the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in adult life.

The Governors are looking for an inspirational leader to build on the achievements of our outstanding retiring Headteacher and to rise to the challenges of the future. We wish to appoint a practising Catholic whose life and vocation will encourage each member of our community to live “life to the full” (John 10:10). Our supportive and committed staff, exceptional pupils and our strong Catholic ethos make our school a vibrant community ‘where every voice is heard and celebrated’.

Nestled in the Yorkshire countryside, between Leeds, Harrogate and York, our school is dedicated to nurturing both the academic and spiritual development of our pupils. We are committed to fostering a warm and inclusive environment to empower pupils to become compassionate, well-rounded individuals who are ready to make a positive impact on the world.

What the school offers its staff

In recognition of the need for the headteacher to be available to support the residential setting outside of normal school hours, the headteacher is required to live close to the school. The school can provide rent free accommodation in the form of a modern, detached, 4-bedroom family home next door to the school, or by agreement with the Governors, the successful candidate may reside in private accommodation close to the school.

We invite you to join our school so you can make a difference every day in a school culture that encourages everyone to be their best.

Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting our School Business Manager, Sarah Holt on 01937 842144 or sarah.holt@stjohns.org.uk who should also be contacted for full details and an application form.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with a barred list check. Please note that in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, an online search will be carried out as part of our due diligence on shortlisted candidates.

This school is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Monday 4th March 2024 12 noon

Interviews: 14th and 15th March (Applicants may need to attend on both days)

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 St John's Catholic Specialist School, Boston Spa

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
56 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Phone number
01937 842144

St John’s is a specialist residential and day school for students up to 19 years old with a range of special needs including hearing impairment, autism, language impairments and learning difficulties. We have a strong focus on developing spoken and written communication skills and signing is not used to deliver the curriculum.

The school prioritises mental health and wellbeing and we have been particularly successful reintegrating pupils who have been out of education for some time.

Arranging a visit to St John's Catholic Specialist School, Boston Spa

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sarah.holt@stjohns.org.uk.

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