School Lay Chaplain

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

3 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    4 July 2022 at 5:00pm

  • Date listed

    20 June 2022

Job details

Contract type

Permanent

Salary

£25,927 - £30,984

School Lay Chaplain job summary

The role of Lay Chaplain at the Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School is a highly valued role in a school which holds its mission to be “A Living Christian Experience” at its heart. Governors are therefore looking to recruit a committed and inspiring Lay Chaplain to support the faith lives of its students and staff. The person appointed will be faith-filled and enthusiastic in their commitment to inspire the whole school community to live out its Catholic mission and to ensure this mission permeates all aspects of school life.

The successful candidate will be a practising Catholic with a deep sense of faith commitment and have an approachable and friendly way of relating to young people, as well as having a strong commitment to Catholic education. The post demands personal qualities of self-motivation, empathy, enthusiasm and emotional resilience as the successful candidate will be supporting the planning of key liturgical celebrations, leading/supporting the school’s fundraising and charity work, working with the student Chaplaincy Teams and other student leadership groups who lead our diverse student body in the Catholic life of the school, as well as providing spiritual and pastoral support to the pupils and staff of the school.

The successful applicant will become part of a supportive and caring community where staff look after one another at all levels and in all posts. They will benefit from a comprehensive induction process, have a designated senior line manager and have access to staff well-being support. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to establish links across the many parishes, feeder primary schools and local charity groups connected to our school community as well as take an integral role in developing and leading on retreat and reflection opportunities.

Information giving more details about our school and the post is provided in the information pack attached. Our School Prospectus can be accessed through our website: www.jhn.herts.sch.uk
Closing date for applications is Monday 4 July 2022.

We fully embrace the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all sections of society and will consider flexible working.

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 send a completed application form to foyleh@jhn.herts.sch.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
1601 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01438 314643

‘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.

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