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

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: Tuesday 19 Nov 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.


"We have been working with Emmaus Leadership on a number of hard to fill leadership vacancies across the Diocese. All of our dealings have been extremely professional and the feedback from schools has been very positive. It has been somewhat refreshing to deal with a recruitment company that have a good understanding of the Catholic sector, the workings of a Diocese and the requirements of Foundation Governors in appointing senior leaders to our schools. Our experience of Emmaus Leadership has been very positive and I fully recommend their services."

Stephen Bryan, Former Interim Director of Education - Archdiocese of Southwark

"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

"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 are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"I want to thank everyone at Emmaus for your support in recruiting our new Headteacher. You ensured that we were able to ‘cast a wide net’ and have a number of high quality applications to shortlist from. It was a great outcome for us and one I do not think we would have achieved on our own. We will be sure to be in contact again."

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

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school that is seeking to appoint a Christian Headteacher. In particular, Emmaus’ ability to promote the school, assess the ethos of the school and communicate this within the networks of those who might be considered as possible candidates was invaluable."

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

"…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

"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

"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

"We considered TES Prime, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

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



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