APPOINTED: Headteacher - St James the Great RC Primary and Nursery School
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APPOINTED: Headteacher - St James the Great RC Primary and Nursery School - Central London

Group 3 (Outer London) with salary uplift and relocation assistance available for a suitably experienced applicant - Catholic - Human Resources
Ref: 31 Date Posted: Friday 16 Aug 2019
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Location: Thornton Heath, Croydon CR7 8HJ
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2016

We are a thriving, over-subscribed two form entry Catholic Primary and Nursery School (NOR 507) offering the right applicant an exciting opportunity to lead us into a bright future.

Our school is fortunate in many ways being situated in extensive grounds with enthusiastic and dedicated staff and an active supporting Governing Body.  We are offering our new Headteacher an exciting opportunity to partner with parents and the wider community to secure the best possible outcomes for all the children in our school.

Following the decision of the existing post-holder to retire at the end of this academic year, we are seeking a new Headteacher with vision and ability to lead, manage and inspire our school community as a centre of excellence with a distinctive Catholic ethos.

The school was judged ‘outstanding’ in its last inspection in October 2012.  Under the current Ofsted framework, the school would be likely to achieve ‘good with outstanding elements’ and governors appreciate this, however, the school continues to aspire towards retaining its outstanding judgement.

As our new Headteacher you will have the joy of working with happy, friendly children from many different backgrounds who are eager to learn.  Staff are well motivated, compassionate and work hard alongside dedicated governors committed to ensuring the school continues to progress.

Alongside all these benefits, you will also enjoy the strong support of parents as well as the school’s parishes of St Andrew’s Thornton Heath and St Bartholomew’s Norbury who will jointly support you in maintaining the school’s Catholic ethos.

If you think this person is you, then we would love to hear from you.

We strongly recommend that you visit the school in order to feel for yourself the wonderful ethos that exists – please contact Liam Dowds to make arrangements.

Closing date: Sunday 31 January 2016 at Midnight
Shortlisting: Tuesday 2 February 2016
Interviews: Wednesday 10 February 2016

Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant, is assisting us with this assignment. Please contact him for more information (including an Application Pack) in complete confidence on 07961 375 759 or

Your early application is appreciated and strongly recommended.

The appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance for the successful applicant.
We are committed to equality and diversity.


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

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Clive Purser, Chair of Governors, St Andrew's CE High School for Boys, Worthing

"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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