The school has been designated by the Secretary of State as a school with a religious
character. Its Instrument of Government states that it is part of the Catholic Church and is
to be conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with Canon Law, the teachings of the
Catholic Church and the diocesan trust deed. At all times the school is to serve as a witness
to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. The post is therefore reserved for a practising
Catholic who can show by example and from experience that he or she will ensure that the
school is distinctively Catholic in all its aspects.
This appointment is made by the governing body of the school and is subject to the terms of
the Catholic Education Service contract signed with the governors as employers; the current
conditions of service for headteachers contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions
document as well as all other current education and employment legislation and statutory
This job description is based on the key areas identified in the National Standards of
Excellence for Headteachers (2015). These standards are in turn built upon the Teaching
Standards (2011) which apply to all teachers, including headteachers.
The governing body and the diocese acknowledge the importance of the role of the Catholic
headteacher and will actively offer continuing support, encouragement, affirmation and
realistic challenge to the successful candidate.
The governing body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people. The Headteacher must ensure that the highest priority is given to
following the guidance and regulations relating to safeguarding and child protection.
Appointment is conditional upon receipt of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service
(DBS) checks in relation to criminal and child protection matters.
A. The Core Purpose of the Headteacher
The core purpose of the headteacher is to provide professional leadership and
management of the school. This will promote a secure foundation from which to
achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work. To gain this success, a
headteacher must establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching
and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all pupils.
Headteachers must establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high
expectations of all pupils. This will include ensuring that religious education is in
accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms
of the Catholic Church.
The ‘preferred future’, expressed in the strategic vision and development of a Catholic
school, stems from the educational mission of the Church, which is reflected in the
school’s mission statement and school improvement plan.
The headteacher, working with the governing body and others, is expected to draw on
the person, life and teachings of Jesus Christ to create a shared vision and strategic plan,
which inspires and motivates pupils, staff and all other members of the community. The
vision should explore Gospel values, core educational values and moral purpose and be
inclusive of stakeholders’ values and beliefs.
The headteacher is the leading professional in the school. Accountable to the governing
body, the headteacher provides vision, leadership and direction for the school and
ensures that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets. The
headteacher, working with others, is responsible for evaluating the school’s
performance to identify the priorities for continuous improvement and raising
standards; ensuring equality of opportunity for all; developing policies and practices;
ensuring that resources are efficiently and effectively used to achieve the school’s aims
and objectives and for the day-to-day management, organisation and administration of
The headteacher, working with and through others, secures the commitment of the
wider community to the school by developing and maintaining effective partnerships
with, for example, schools, other services and agencies for children, parishes, the
diocese, the local authority, higher education institutions and employers. Through such
partnerships and other activities, headteachers play a key role in contributing to the
development of the education system as a whole and collaborating with others to raise
Drawing on the support provided by members of the school community, the
headteacher is responsible for creating a productive learning environment which is
engaging and fulfilling for all pupils.
Essential educational requirements
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Essential skills and experience
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About St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
- Rainford Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6BX
- LA Maintained School
- St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School website (opens in a new window)