Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form)

Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form) - South London

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 90 Date Posted: Thursday 11 Oct 2018
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Headteacher

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: April 2019 or sooner/later by negotiation

Saint Cecilia’s is a thriving, heavily oversubscribed 11-18 Church of England academy (NOR 930 including 190 in Sixth Form) with an overtly Christian ethos, serving the local community of Southfields in Wandsworth. The school is at an exciting stage as it looks to appoint a substantive Headteacher following the previous post holder’s appointment as an HMI Inspector.

Saint Cecilia’s was judged ‘Good’ in its recent Ofsted inspection (Jan 2018). A flourishing partnership with the nearby St Michael’s CE Primary School, a key feeder school, has recently been formalised. The school is also looking to increase its PAN from 150 to 200, with a £4m expansion of the site planned. In addition, Multi-academy trust status continues to be something that Governors are keen to explore.

Governors are looking for:

  • a leader with a strong Christian faith who will uphold and sustain the spiritual and caring ethos of our school
  • passion and commitment to the education of the ‘whole person’.
  • a Head whose motivations at heart are derived from helping students and staff achieve their full potential
  • can take our school forward from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’
  • will communicate effectively with parents, governors, the Diocese and the wider local community

If you believe you can provide the outstanding leadership that inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our young people, then we would like to hear from you.

We encourage prospective candidates to visit us and see us at work.

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 complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me.

Closing date: Monday 19th November at Noon

Shortlisting: Interviews: Wednesday 21st November

Interviews: Thursday 29th November

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

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Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

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

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Bishop Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher for our Roman Catholic Non-Maintained Special School. 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, the very high standard of advertising of the post and the resulting candidate pool. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

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

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

Bishop Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

"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

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

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

"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

"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

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