The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 4AE

6 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    5 December 2022 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    11 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Group 8 L28 – L43

What skills and experience we're looking for

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be a practising Catholic who will uphold our gospel values and who has a strong commitment to Catholic education
  • Have a clear vision for the future of the school, building on its current strengths
  • Have a proven track record in raising standards in teaching and learning resulting in measurable whole school improvement
  • Be able to motivate and inspire the whole school community
  • Be excited by the wider opportunities offered by DoWAT and system leadership

What the school offers its staff

We can offer you:

  • A supportive, welcoming and caring ethos based on the values of the Catholic faith
  • The benefits of extensive support and collaboration across the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development with a strong leadership group, including development for first time headteachers
  • The opportunity to work with enthusiastic and friendly children, committed staff and supportive parents
  • An enthusiastic and supportive Local Governing Body

Further details about the role

The Saint John Henry Newman School is looking for a new headteacher from September 2023. Applications are welcome from suitably experienced senior leaders and the role may also be suitable for a current headteacher looking for a new challenge.

The Saint John Henry Newman School is a successful, faithful, caring and prayerful community and is highly ambitious for its students and staff.

The school is in strong position with students achieving consistently strong results. Staff are dedicated, motivated, and determined to enable students to fulfil their potential. A major refurbishment of the school estate in currently being undertaken with the provision of two new bocks. The first of the new facilities opened in September 2022 with the final phase, including relandscaping the school site, to be completed in 2024.

The school is a member of the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust, a high performing, mixed phase Catholic Multi Academy Trust. DoWAT leaders work supportively and collaboratively for the common good and to ensure that Catholic excellence permeates all that we do.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Saint John Henry Newman School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers, the DBS and a ‘prohibition from teaching’ check.

Applying for the job

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to kogrady@dowat.co.uk

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About The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1626 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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‘We were immediately struck by the many smiling faces of pupils, who enjoy coming to school…. Pupils display a real pride in their school. They talk enthusiastically about their strong relationships with staff and the sense of community where everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and make you feel welcome.’ Ofsted May 2018. The John Henry Newman School is a popular 11-18 mixed Catholic comprehensive school in Stevenage, and is a member of the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust. The school serves the Catholic community across north Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and as far south as Hatfield, with pupils from more than 25 different parishes. It has an excellent reputation; it is heavily oversubscribed and there are continuing interest lists for all year groups. The roll is currently 1600, including 500 in the Sixth Form. The school has benefitted from considerable investment in its buildings, including a new £3.Smillion Sports and Performing block (The Pavilion) and a substantial new build programme to replace our main building and Art block planned for later this year. Since its foundation in 1987, the school has developed a reputation for excellent educational standards combined with unique opportunities to prepare students for a rapidly changing world. This academic success has been acknowledged by the Department for Education, who have written to the school and acknowledged its excellent performance, commenting that The John Henry Newman School is one of the top 90 schools in the country on one measure and in the top 100 schools in the country on another measure. In 2020/21 the students achieved: 89% GCSE English and Maths at 9-4 46% of all GCSE grades achieved were 9-7 73% A Level at A*, A and B The John Henry Newman Catholic School sees the quality of interpersonal relationships as the most significant factor in the provision of an outstanding education. The School strives to create the most conducive learning environment which results in our students fulfilling their potential and going out to change the world. Exam results, important though they are for opening doors for pupils in the future, do not determine success and happiness. Therefore we have a strong enrichment and wellbeing programme that encompasses every pupils and student and a comprehensive career curriculum. We have been awarded with the Kitemark for emotional health and wellbeing for our work supporting students, their families and staff.

Arranging a visit to The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email headspa@jhn.herts.ch.uk.

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