APPOINTED! : Headteacher - St Francis Catholic Primary School

APPOINTED! : Headteacher - St Francis Catholic Primary School - Kent

Competitive for the right candidate + Relocation support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 137 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024

Headteacher vacancy - St Francis Catholic Primary, Maidstone

Location: Maidstone, Kent
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2024

St Francis Catholic Primary School, a highly regarded 2FE VA (Group 3) Catholic primary, rated Good (Ofsted 2018) and Outstanding (S48 2016), is a truly remarkable school with extraordinary potential to build upon and further advance its well-earned reputation as a child-centred catholic school community where all are welcomed, loved and nurtured irrespective of background and faith (55% of our children are baptised Catholics with 50% on our role speaking English as an additional language).

The school is well known for its strong links with the parish of St Francis and the catholic community it serves, and as a result is oversubscribed across many year groups. The school is a truly authentic and vibrant community - with happy, well cared for children enjoying the support of committed staff, knowledgeable and supportive Governors and a dynamic School Association. 

Pupils exceed national averages for attainment and progress. The school also has an excellent provision for sports, music and arts therapy, offering more than 12 different extra-curricular activities each week; all located within a spacious site with excellent facilities.

The school looks with confidence to another successful chapter in its story, including charting a course for a future in which academisation plays its part.

If, as a first-time or existing Head, you believe you can offer the outstanding pastoral and leadership qualities which inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our learners, then we would love to hear from you.

A requirement of the post is that applicants must be practising Catholics.

Closing date: Wed 3 April at 12 Noon

Interviews: Wed 17 April (one day)

We would encourage you to come and visit us and see us at work.

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at in the first instance for an Application pack.

Our school is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

"Having previously struggled to recruit two Headteachers - for both a Primary and a Secondary school - Emmaus came to the rescue. Their expert advice and deep understanding of recruiting Headship positions in Catholic schools is invaluable, and I have no hesitation in recommending their knowhow and their values."

Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

"I approached Emmaus following our unsuccessful attempts to recruit Deputy DDEs for both Dioceses. They went on to source a far greater number of candidates of high calibre. I highly recommend Emmaus!"

Canon Carolyn Lewis, Director of Education - Diocese of Leicester and Diocese of Derby

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. We needed strong school leaders to be drawn to apply. Our success was down to using Emmaus and definitely money well spent."

Carry Lynott - Chair of Governors, Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Bradford

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"I’m delighted with the way it went and the successful outcome (third SLT placement now!) helps confirm to Governors that your approach is right for these levels of appointment. It’s difficult to quantify the costs of recruiting and failing to get the right candidate ourselves - we’d only find out the true cost and also lost opportunities if we tried and failed. Altogether better to invest in getting it right first time, so thank you for all your hard work on this. The other side is the perception we leave with all candidates and I think we’ve worked together to do an excellent job (using your Assessment support). The communication, logistics and the care given I think is really important and Emmaus are a big part of that - you work as an extension of the school. I am fairly sure that all of the candidates will go away having had a great experience and that will help our reputation spread in a positive way."

Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

"I have personal experience of the quality of service Emmaus provides, when I successfully applied for a Headship position through them. I always felt I could call up, get the ‘inside take’ on the school and ask any questions in complete confidence. The support and expert advice I received made the application process far less daunting and I would thoroughly recommend Emmaus to any Church School looking to appoint a key Leadership position."

Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

"We came across Emmaus by accident after our own attempts to recruit a Headteacher failed. We would not hesitate to engage them again to find a suitable candidate for a leadership position."

Michael Tennant - Chairman of the Board, St Edward's School

"Emmaus were instrumental in persuading me to apply for the post of Headteacher. I had seen the school advertising in the past but nothing inspired me to get in touch. Once Emmaus advertised I felt intrigued and keen to learn more about the school. I was supported throughout the whole process, which was a very personal and positive experience. I would highly recommend Emmaus to any school thinking of recruiting, and candidates considering registering. If my new school had not used Emmaus I probably wouldn’t have applied."

Hannah Walters, Headteacher, Platt CE Primary School - Kent



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