Diocese of Canterbury

To all potential applicants

I very much hope that you will apply for a senior leadership position within our diocesan family of church schools.  From my own experience, I know that leadership is an absorbing and rewarding vocation that requires vision, determination and the courage to make complex decisions.  In Church of England schools and academies, there is also a deep commitment to undertake further responsibilities related to values and distinctiveness; fostering a Christian ethos that permeates school life, enriching relationships and providing spiritual nourishment for the whole community. 

Our team seeks to serve children, schools and young people across the diocese and is based in Canterbury at Diocesan House.  We provide advice and expertise to church schools on many issues, ranging from collective worship to religious education, from school organisation to buildings, from governance to leadership and succession planning.  We run training sessions for senior leaders, governors, RE co-ordinators and other staff.  We also organise 24 hour retreats for headteachers; these are structured around reflection and teaching in the context of Christian leadership and provide time for re-engaging, relaxing and being refreshed.

Were you to be appointed we would provide a bespoke induction programme and make every effort to provide information, guidance and support; all of this is designed to better equip you to meet on-going challenges and opportunities.

Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education works closely with Kent County Council, both formally and informally.  Our team engages with the Directorate of Education and Young People’s Services and attends a number of Kent wide committees covering RE, governorship, admissions and finance.  We do all in our power practically and politically to support the 103 church schools in the Diocese and to work co-operatively with the neighbouring Diocese of Rochester, as well as the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, in ensuring that church schools remain at the forefront of educational good practice, underpinned by a distinctive Christian ethos.

I am also delighted to introduce Emmaus Leadership, our church schools’ leadership recruitment partner who are available to provide you, in complete confidence, with the candidate advice and support you may require. In addition, Emmaus provides the diocese with the technology platform to list all of our current SLT vacancies as well as managing our online application process.

We will be meeting all the short-listed candidates as we advise the governing body throughout the selection process, and look forward to welcoming the successful candidate to the family of Church of England schools within our diocese.

With all good wishes,

Mr Quentin L. Roper
Director of Education

 

 

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"We tried going it alone to find a CEO for our MAT but had only 2 applicants who didn't meet our requirements. We approached Emmaus and from the start their professionalism was reassuring. They explained the different options and detailed processes behind their service and we felt the best option for us was their full service with Interview Support. We weren’t disappointed. From their creation of a professional candidate pack, through to their expert interview support, we were thoroughly impressed. I am convinced that their proactive approach, combined with their extensive and varied marketing initiatives, is the reason we attracted such a wide level of interest and inquiries about the position, not only from people in the local area and the UK, but also from those looking to return from overseas. If you are having problems filling senior posts in your school, or you are embarking on leadership recruitment for the first time, I strongly recommend you talk to Liam and his team."

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Canon Bob Baker, Chair of Governors,The Bishop’s CE School - Thetford

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