Headteacher - St Francis Catholic Primary School

Headteacher - St Francis Catholic Primary School - Kent

Competitive for the right candidate + Relocation support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 137 Date Posted: Wednesday 28 Feb 2024

Headteacher vacancy - St Francis Catholic Primary, Maidstone

Location: Maidstone, Kent
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2024

St Francis Catholic Primary School, a highly regarded 2FE VA (Group 3) Catholic primary, rated Good (Ofsted 2018) and Outstanding (S48 2016), is a truly remarkable school with extraordinary potential to build upon and further advance its well-earned reputation as a child-centred catholic school community where all are welcomed, loved and nurtured irrespective of background and faith (55% of our children are baptised Catholics with 50% on our role speaking English as an additional language).

The school is well known for its strong links with the parish of St Francis and the catholic community it serves, and as a result is oversubscribed across many year groups. The school is a truly authentic and vibrant community - with happy, well cared for children enjoying the support of committed staff, knowledgeable and supportive Governors and a dynamic School Association. 

Pupils exceed national averages for attainment and progress. The school also has an excellent provision for sports, music and arts therapy, offering more than 12 different extra-curricular activities each week; all located within a spacious site with excellent facilities.

The school looks with confidence to another successful chapter in its story, including charting a course for a future in which academisation plays its part.

If, as a first-time or existing Head, you believe you can offer the outstanding pastoral and leadership qualities which inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our learners, then we would love to hear from you.

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

Closing date: Wed 3 April at 12 Noon

Interviews: Wed 17 April (one day)

We would encourage you to come and visit us and see us at work.

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at ldowds@emmausleadership.me in the first instance for an Application pack.

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

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