SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer - St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer - St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust - Merseyside

£Competitive to attract right applicant - Catholic - CEO MAT
Ref: 109 Date Posted: Tuesday 03 May 2022
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Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Liverpool
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Fixed 2 year term in the first instance
Start Date: Negotiable

Emmaus Leadership are shortly commencing the recruitment process to support an exciting initiative - a MAT partnership between the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Diocese of Shrewsbury (in close collaboration with the DfE) to recruit a CEO for a newly established Catholic MAT.

St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust is being established as a Trust to enable schools identified as needing support for more rapid school improvement and/or schools that are unable to find a MAT ‘home’ due to lack of local capacity to join. Whilst in the Trust, schools will access high levels of external school improvement support (brokered by the Trust) with a view that they will leave the trust within a c2-3 year period to return to a secure local Catholic MAT as good schools.

It is envisaged that c10 (primary and secondary) schools will become member schools of the MAT.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right leader to help transform the surrounding educational landscape and lead a national pilot which has significant DfE support. This is a high-profile role which will involve working closely with the DfE for the life of the pilot.

Whilst this post is initially fixed term, due to the pilot nature, there are exit strategies planned for academies and for the central team to ensure that their next steps are secured.

You must be a practising Catholic with the ability to articulate a clear philosophy for Catholic Education. You will have substantial experience of successful system leadership/school improvement across more than one school (Primary and/or Secondary) achieved within the Ofsted framework, leading to rapid and sustained improvement.

Now is a moment of real opportunity within the educational and Catholic life of both Dioceses which makes this post an extremely attractive and rewarding career opportunity.

Closing Date: Monday 20 September at 12 Noon - please note the revised closing date.

Interviews: To Be Advised

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

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

"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

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Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"We tried going it alone to find a CEO for our MAT but had only 2 applicants who didn't meet our requirements. We approached Emmaus and from the start their professionalism was reassuring."

Barry Leyland, Chair - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

"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

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Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

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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. We needed strong school leaders to be 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

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The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead



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