SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Executive Headteacher - St Winefride's & St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary Schools

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Executive Headteacher - St Winefride's & St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary Schools - West Yorkshire

£Competitive to attract the right applicant - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 89 Date Posted: Monday 15 Feb 2021
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Executive Headteacher

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

Two inspirational and welcoming Catholic primary schools working together for the first time in partnership, offering a tremendous opportunity to become their inaugural Executive Headteacher.

Could it be you?

Following the imminent retirement of their respective Headteachers at the end of 2018, the role of Executive Headteacher arises at St Winefride’s and St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary Schools (roll: 444 & 208 respectively) – representing a unique and exciting opportunity to lead and develop two strong schools which are situated in, and with strong links to, the Mary Mother of God Parish in the Diocese of Leeds.

This is a rare opportunity to become a senior Catholic primary school leader within the Bradford area. The role is likely to appeal to an existing Headteacher or Head of School looking for their next challenge or indeed a strong Deputy Head looking for their first step into Headship. 

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

You will be ably supported by a committed school community and diocesan team as well as the practical and strategic support which comes from both schools forming an integral part of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust and the Bradford Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching Schools Alliance.

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 26th November at Noon

Shortlisting: Wednesday 28th November

Interviews: Wednesday 5th December

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

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The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

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

"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

"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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Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

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Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

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The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

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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

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