4 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    14 May 2021 at 10:00am

  • Date listed

    27 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (1-year contract from 1.9.21 to 31.8.22)
Group 1 Leadership Pay Range (L6 £47,735 – L12 £55,338)

Job summary

The Governing Body is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Catholic Headteacher, initially on a one-year, fixed term contract, to lead our small team in delivering exceptional standards of education. This post is offered on a fixed term basis to bring new enthusiasm and leadership to the school while putting the school on a sustainable financial basis.

We are looking to appoint someone who:
• is a practising Catholic
• is dedicated to ensuring every child achieves their full potential
• is committed to pupils’ spiritual development, welfare and safety
• is forward thinking and committed to continuous school improvement
• has vision to lead, motivate and inspire our team of dedicated staff
• is an approachable, resilient and inspirational leader
• leads by example as an outstanding classroom practitioner
• will nurture positive relationships with the parents, parish and wider community
• is able to work effectively with governors
• has a secure understanding of the current Education Inspection Framework and has the ability to lead the school to a good outcome in its next Section 5 inspection

In return, we can offer:
• a welcoming and enthusiastic school community
• happy, confident children who demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning
• a well-established, highly motivated team of teaching and support staff who are fully committed to the continued success of the school
• extensive outdoor grounds including play areas, gardens and outdoor learning environments
• a supportive and pro-active Governing Body
• established local headteacher cluster support
• well established links with the Diocese of Lancaster
• strong links with the Local Authority and a wide variety of external agencies
• support with your continued professional development

Applying for the job

Further details and a candidate pack are available on our website or by contacting the Clerk to the Governing Body.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, Roman Catholic
Education phase
School size
35 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01900 829859

About St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a small school with family feel, situated in the town of Cockermouth on edge Lake District National Park. The happy, caring place and plays an important part local parish community.

The most recent Section 48 Diocesan inspection (March 2020) stated, ‘St Joseph’s is a small Catholic school with a very big heart. It is very welcoming and has inclusion for all as a central goal and a shared vision: pupils enjoy attending and they have positive attitudes to learning.’

The most recent Section 5 inspection conducted by Ofsted (July 2019) recognised the many strengths of the school. The report stated that, ‘Pupils have good attitudes towards their learning because of the excellent relationships that they have with staff. Staff act as effective role models for pupils.’

Arranging a visit to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

We advise potential applicants to look at our website to find out more about our school. We welcome visits the school. These will be conducted in line with current guidelines. Please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Anne Heaney: aheaney@st-josephs-cockermouth.cumbria.sch.uk to arrange a tour of the school.

School location

Mountain View, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0DG

Similar jobs


Flimby Primary School

Rye Hill Road, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 8PJ

Get a job alert for when similar jobs are listed