APPOINTED!:Headteacher - St Mary's Hare Park Primary and Nursery School

APPOINTED!:Headteacher - St Mary's Hare Park Primary and Nursery School - East London

£Competitive to attract the right candidate + Relocation Support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 98 Date Posted: Thursday 30 Jul 2020
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Headteacher - St Mary's Hare Park RC Primary School & Nursery

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right candidate + Relocation Support
Location: Gidea Park, Romford, Essex
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2020

St Mary’s Hare Park is a one-form entry independent Catholic primary school and nursery. We are ambitious for our pupils both in terms of educational achievement, but just as importantly, in helping them develop into compassionate, responsible young people who use their talents for the good of others.

Our recent Ofsted Inspection in June 2018, under the new framework, achieved a solidly Good judgement - offering our next Headteacher a strong platform for the future.

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.

You will be joining a vibrant and welcoming school - an exciting place to work with happy, friendly children from a culturally diverse range of backgrounds who are eager to learn; and well-motivated, compassionate staff who work hard to deliver a first-class education. The school is ably supported by dedicated Trustees who are committed to bringing positivity and support to the new Headteacher as the school embarks on a new chapter on its journey.

If, as an existing Head, or indeed a Deputy/exceptional Assistant Head looking for their first step into Headship (and with a background in either the Voluntary Aided and/or Independent sector), you believe you offer the leadership which inspires and motivates others towards excellence, then we would love to hear from you.

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

Closing date: Monday 20 January at 12 Noon
Shortlisting: Tuesday 21 January
Interviews: Tuesday 28 January (One Day)

We warmly encourage you to visit the school to see the children and staff at work. We are confident that you will quickly sense the palpable warmth, welcome and friendliness of the whole school community, for we believe it is this that makes St Mary’s Hare Park School such an exciting place to lead.

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) and Application Pack please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at

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

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Using Emmaus Leadership to manage the recruitment to the post was much debated and was the subject of intense scrutiny by our Governing Body who were somewhat reluctant to use a leadership recruitment specialist. However, their confidence was reinstated as a result of your professional approach, your insightful knowledge and the resulting candidate pool produced for both appointments. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

Annie Sutton - Executive Principal, St Joseph's RC Specialist School and College

"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 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

"We had been cold called by a few other companies but chose Emmaus as it specialised in Church schools. We were impressed by Liam and his team coming to the school and burrowing in to what the school wanted and needed. He asked searching questions and we were satisfied this was the way forward. I had not been a fan of head hunters before, but I have to say this process and its result was a hugely better experience than going out on our own and was totally professional throughout."

Bridget Prentice, Chair of Governors - Trinity School, Lewisham

"Thank you for all your support, advice and professionalism through out the long and complex process of our Head’s appointment. Having helped us appoint first time round it was unfortunate, due to personal circumstances, that our new Head had to subsequently withdraw post appointment. We were truly grateful for your service guarantee, which meant we incurred no further costs in appointing her replacement. Your unfailing support and advice at all times was greatly appreciated."

Nicholas van As, Chair of Personnel Committee - Coulsdon CE Primary School

"Emmaus brings a level of professionalism, seen in other industry sectors, to church schools’ recruitment."

The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. Our pupils deserved and needed strong school leaders to be found and 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 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



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