APPOINTED: Principal - St Michael's Catholic College

APPOINTED: Principal - St Michael's Catholic College - South London

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 50 Date Posted: Wednesday 01 Jul 2020
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Principal

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Bermondsey, London SE16
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2017

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St Michael’s is an outstanding, vibrant, oversubscribed coeducational 11-19 College that seeks excellence in all areas of the school. As an authentic catholic community, relationships with students and their families are integral to the success of every individual, as well as the belief that there are no limits to a child’s potential. Indeed, we aim to foster academic and personal success in a rigorous learning community and in a culture which is based on faith, reason and intellect.

We are therefore seeking to appoint a practising Catholic Principal who is highly ambitious for students, a strategic thinker with proven senior leadership credentials. Indeed, we seek a leader with the energy, passion and resilience to transform student’s lives through education.

This post is an opportunity for an ambitious leader looking to extend their experience of Headship or start their first ‘Principalship’ in a highly serving Christian environment, where students and teachers matter.

This is an exciting time for St Michael’s. The College converted to Academy status in 2011, opened a sixth form in the same year and now has a composite and comprehensive post sixteen provision. As the Principal, you will be starting the school on a new journey; the recent and final physical build of the school will be complete, while from September 2017 the College will begin its expansion to 1050 students. In shaping the future of the school, you would be supported by a very forward thinking governing body and imaginative and creative staff. Both make St Michael’s truly unique.

Closing date: Sunday 26 Feb at Midnight

Shortlisting: Thursday 2 March

Interviews: Thursday 9 (evening) & Friday 10 March (All Day)

For further details and to arrange a visit or to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in absolute confidence, on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me.

We very much look forward to welcoming you.

Our academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children.  This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. The successful candidate will be required to sign a Catholic Education Service contract.



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"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."

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

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

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The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

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