Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy – St Brigid’s Catholic
Principal Job Description
to: The Board of Directors
All staff within the school
This appointment is with the Board of Directors of the Multi
Academy under the terms of the Catholic Education Service contract signed with
the Board of Directors as employers. The Board of Directors will appoint a
practising Catholic who, by personal example and professional leadership, will
ensure that the Catholic ethos, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the
Catholic Church, permeates all aspects of the life of the school.
The appointment is subject to the current conditions of service
for headteachers contained in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document
and other current education and employment legislation. In carrying out his/her
duties the principal shall consult, where appropriate, the Board of Directors,
the diocese, the staff of the school, the parents of its pupils and the
parish/es served by the school.
This job description may be amended at any time, following
consultation between the principal and the Board of Directors and will be
Core Purpose of the Principal
The core purpose of the principal is to provide professional
leadership and management for a 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 principal must establish high quality education
by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning
to realise the potential of all pupils.
Principals must establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality
and high expectations of all pupils.
This will include ensuring that:
school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the teachings of
the Catholic Church and Canon Law, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the
Archdiocese of Birmingham;
§ religious education is in
accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
§ religious worship is in accordance with the rites, practices,
discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;
§ the school provides
high quality teaching and learning that leads to successful outcomes for pupils
in terms of spiritual and moral growth, achievement, attitudes to learning,
behaviour and personal development;
§ the school will promote and safeguard the welfare of all
children, enabling every child, whatever their background or their
circumstances, to have the support they need to develop fully as persons and to
recognise their own dignity and the dignity of others as children of God;
§ all statutory requirements are met and the work of the school
is effectively monitored, evaluated and reviewed.
The principal is the leading professional in the
school. Accountable to the Board of
Directors and the local School Standards Committee, the principal provides
vision, leadership and direction for the school and ensures it is managed and
organised to meet the aims and targets.
The principal working with others is responsible for evaluating the
school’s performance to identify the priorities for continuous improvement;
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 school.
As one of the principals in a multi academy, the
principal will support the board of directors in ensuring that they and their
school collaborate with the other schools in the multi academy for their mutual
benefit in enhancing the Catholic life of the multi academy and improving
The principal, 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, the local authority, higher education institutions
and employers. Through such partnerships
and other activities, principals play a key role in contributing the
development of the education system as a whole and collaborate with others to
raise standards locally.
Drawing on the support provided by members of the
school community, the principal is responsible for creating a productive
learning environment, which is engaging and fulfilling for all pupils.
Duties and Responsibilities
To carry out the duties of a headteacher as set
out in the current School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Creating the Vision
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 principal, working with the board of
directors the school standards committee 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, moral
purpose and be inclusive of stakeholders’ values and beliefs. The strategic
planning process is critical to sustaining school improvement and ensuring that
the school moves forward for the benefit of its pupils.
the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted
upon effectively by all.
vision must reflect its distinctive Catholic character, in accordance with the
provisions of the Diocesan Trust Deed, based on what it means to be fully human
as revealed in the person, life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
within the school community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and
operational plans, which will promote a self-improving school system.
a commitment amongst pupils, staff and parents to the school’s mission in
partnership with the board of directors, the school
standards committee and through personal conviction.
the vision and values in everyday work and practice. Motivate and work with others to create a
shared culture and positive climate.
a distinctively Catholic ethos that is inclusive and applies Catholic values,
attitudes and practices in all aspects of school life, and that life is lived
explicitly and consciously in the presence of God.
there is planned worship, and appropriate liturgy in accordance with the rites,
practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.
creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve
that the strategic planning takes account of the diversity, values and
experience of the school and community at large.
Leading Teaching and Learning
In a Catholic school the search for excellence is expressed in
learning and teaching, which responds to the needs and aspirations of all its
pupils and acknowledges their individual worth as children of God.
Principals have a central responsibility for raising the quality
of teaching and learning and for pupils’ achievement. This implies enabling pupils to achieve their
God-given potential, setting high expectations and monitoring and evaluating
the effectiveness of learning outcomes.
A successful learning culture will enable pupils to become effective,
enthusiastic, independent learners, committed to life-long learning.
a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on pupils’ achievement, using
data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every child’s learning.
that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management.
high quality religious education for all pupils in accordance with the
teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
high quality Personal, Social, Cultural, Moral and Values Education in
accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
quality provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education
in line with the distinctive Catholic nature, purposes and aims of the school.
creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching.
and maintain an effective partnership with parents to support and improve
pupils' achievement and personal development and further the distinctive
Catholic nature, purposes and aims of the school.
effective links with the parish and wider Catholic community, including local
partnership arrangements, to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and
a culture and ethos of challenge and support where all pupils can achieve
success and become engaged in their own learning.
and articulate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole
strategies that secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
organise and implement a diverse, flexible curriculum and implement effective
a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance
and extend the learning experience of pupils.
evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
underperformance at all levels and ensure effective corrective action and
The Self Improving School System and Working
In a Catholic school the role of principal is one of leadership of
a learning community rooted in faith. The principal’s leadership should take
Christ as its inspiration. The principal’s management of staff should
demonstrate an awareness of their unique contribution as individuals, valued
and loved by God.
The principal must manage themselves and their relationships
well. Being a principal is about
building a professional learning community, which enables others to achieve
their potential as a child of God. Through performance management and effective
continuing professional development practice, the principal should support all
staff to achieve high standards. To equip themselves with the capacity to deal
with the complexity of the role and range of leadership skills and actions
required of them, principals should be committed to their own continuing
people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and
maintain a positive school culture consistent with the Catholic ethos of
the school and its mission.
a collaborative learning culture within the school and actively engage with
other schools to build effective learning communities.
and maintain effective strategies and procedures for staff induction (including
understanding the nature of the school as a Catholic community), professional
development and performance review.
effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work undertaken by
teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of
the responsibilities and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams.
and maintain a culture of high expectations for self and for others and take
appropriate action when performance is unsatisfactory.
review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own
own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance.
Creating Systems and Processes to Manage the
In a Catholic school all deployment of staff, finance, material
resources, time and energy should promote the common good of the community in
accordance with the school's mission.
The principal needs to provide effective systems and processes
which are fit for purpose and which uphold the principles of transparency,
integrity and probity. The principal should also seek to build a successful
organisation through effective collaboration with others.
an organisational structure which reflects the school’s values, and enables the
management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with
and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the
development of the school and its facilities.
that, within the Catholic ethos, policies and practices take account of
national and local circumstances, policies and initiatives.
the school’s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to
achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities.
retain and deploy staff appropriately and manage their workload to achieve the
vision and goals of the school, implement rigorous and fair systems for
managing the performance of all staff, addressing any underperformance,
supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice.
and organise the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that
it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
that the range, quality and use of all available resources is monitored,
evaluated and reviewed to improve the quality of education for all pupils and
provide value for money.
and integrate a range of technologies effectively and efficiently to
manage the school.
In a Catholic school the principal fulfils his/her
responsibilities in accordance with the mission of the school. The principal
supports the board of directors in fulfilling its responsibilities under Canon
Law to the Diocesan Trustees and in accordance with national legislation.
With Gospel values at the heart of his/her leadership, the
principal has a responsibility to the whole school community. In carrying out
this responsibility, the principal is accountable to a wide range of groups,
particularly pupils, parents, carers, governors, the DFE and the DES. He/she is
accountable for ensuring that pupils enjoy and benefit from a high quality
education, for promoting collective responsibility within the whole school
community and for contributing to the education service more widely. The
principal is legally and contractually accountable to the board of directors
for the school, its environment and all its work.
commitments arising from contractual accountability to the board of
the Catholic ethos so that everyone understands the mission of the school,
which enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and
understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.
individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and
agreed and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation.
with the board of directors and the school standards committee (providing
information, objective advice and support) to enable it to meet its
responsibilities, including securing the distinctive Catholic character of
and present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the
school’s performance to a range of audiences including governors, parents
on personal contribution to school achievements and take account of
feedback from others.
In a Catholic school there is a special relationship with the
parish and the church, as well as the local community with its distinctive
The principal needs to commit to engage with the internal and
external school community to secure equity and entitlement. The principal
should collaborate with other schools in order to share expertise and bring
positive benefits to their own and other schools. The principal should work
collaboratively at both strategic and operational levels with parents, carers
and across multiple agencies for the well-being of all pupils. The principal
shares responsibility for leadership of the wider educational system and should
be supportive of a self-improving school system.
a school culture and curriculum, based on Gospel values and the teachings
of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, which takes account of the
richness and diversity of the school’s communities.
a relationship with the local church and parish communities, seeing
participation in the celebration of the Eucharist as a crucial point of
reference and stability.
and promote positive strategies for challenging racial and other prejudice
and dealing with racial harassment.
learning experiences for pupils are linked into and integrated with the
wider community and promote commitment to serving the common good and
communion with the wider-world.
a range of community-based learning experiences.
with other agencies in providing for the academic, religious, spiritual,
moral, social, emotional and cultural well-being of pupils and their
and maintain an effective partnership with parents and carers, as the
prime educators, to support and improve pupils’ growth in the knowledge
and love of God and neighbour, their achievement and personal development.
opportunities to invite parents and carers, the parish, community figures,
businesses or other organisations into the school to enhance and enrich
the school as a faith community and its value to the wider community.
to the development of the education system by, for example, sharing
effective practice, working in partnership with other schools and
promoting innovative initiatives.
and work with relevant agencies to protect children
Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare
of children and young people as required under the Education Act 2002 and
expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
principal should ensure that:
policies and procedures adopted by the board of directors are fully
implemented and followed by all staff.
resources and time are allocated to enable the designated person and other
staff to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in
strategy discussions and other inter-agency meetings, and contributing in
the assessment of children.
All staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or
unsafe practice in regard to children, and such concerns are addressed
sensitively and effectively in a timely manner in accordance with agreed
The term school is used throughout this document rather than academy, to
indicate the individual institution to which the principal is appointed and to
avoid confusion with the Multi-Academy as a whole.
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