SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Holy Cross Catholic Primary

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Holy Cross Catholic Primary - Wiltshire

£Competitive to attract the right candidate + Relocation support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 118 Date Posted: Wednesday 20 Jul 2022
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Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant + Relocation support
Location: Swindon
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2022

Learn, Grow, Love, Live

Holy Cross Catholic Primary (2 FE) began an expansion in 2015 to meet the needs of the growing Catholic community in Swindon, made up of people from all over the world, including families from Ireland, Italy, Poland and more recently Goa in India. Whilst the school is a relatively new establishment in terms of its present site and facilities, it has an illustrious history, evolving from its predecessors - a separate junior and infant school. September 2021 was an important milestone, seeing the first full intake of reception pupils now in Year 6.

The current leadership and management of the school have recently experienced some tough trials, not least two “RI” Ofsted inspections and the impact of the sudden death of the Executive Headteacher whose positive influence was only just beginning to take effect on school improvement.

Nevertheless, the dedication, commitment and real love for the children and school’s potential is clearly to be seen, as they eagerly await the successful appointment of a substantive Headteacher who will lead and shepherd the whole school community with both vigour and a patient realism.

For a Head or Deputy Head within a small or similar school environment, this could be your next challenge… equally, for a capable and experienced middle leader with still yet untapped potential, this might be the right opportunity for you.

If you believe you can provide outstanding pastoral and team leadership, 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.

Closing: Mon 11 April at 12 Noon

Shortlisting: Tue 12 April

Interviews: Mon 25 and/or Tue 26 April

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

For further details and to have an informal discussion, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or

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

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

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