SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School - Cheshire

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 99 Date Posted: Monday 15 Feb 2021
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Headteacher - Lowton Church of England High School

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right candidate
Location: Lowton, Nr Warrington, Cheshire
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2020 or sooner by negotiation

Lowton CE High School is a Church of England secondary school that serves young people aged 11 – 16 years old within the neighbouring communities of Lowton, Leigh and Atherton. Situated just off the A580 between Manchester and Liverpool, the school is easily accessible by road from surrounding areas.

At Lowton, the whole school community sees itself as one big family with Christian values and vision at its very heart, summed up by our mission statement: Caring, Learning and Succeeding.

Whilst there is much to celebrate at Lowton, nevertheless the school does face challenges. Indeed, June 2019 saw the school receive its fourth RI judgement - the latest of which highlighted the need for greater consistency across all areas.

Supported by a committed and capable Governing Body, this headship vacancy represents a great opportunity for the right person to bring clear-sighted realism to leadership in a Framework with a different emphasis.

As you can imagine, we are seeking a strong and empowering Headteacher with the desire and know-how to nurture a dynamic learning environment: a leader who will bring an unrelenting focus on developing high aspirations, a high quality and vibrant curriculum, and facilitate successful outcomes for all our students.

For an existing Head, this could be the next big challenge you seek…or, equally, for an experienced Deputy Head with still yet untapped potential, this could be the right opportunity for you.

Whilst applications are sought from practising Christians, equally, others committed to supporting the Christian ethos of the school are warmly invited to apply.

If you believe you can provide outstanding 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 24 February at 12 Noon

Shortlisting: Wed 26 February

Interview day: Wed 4 and Thurs 5 March

If you are an existing Headteacher or an Aspiring Head looking for a new challenge in 2020 then please contact Liam Dowds, our advising Emmaus consultant, for an exploratory conversation on 01737 652 043 or alternatively email him at ldowds@emmausleadership.me .

All conversations will be held in the strictest confidence.

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

ALL APPLICANTS ARE ASKED TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION PACK BY EMAILING ldowds@emmausleadership.me AND NOT APPLY ONLINE.



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"I want to thank everyone at Emmaus for your support in recruiting our new Headteacher. You ensured that we were able to ‘cast a wide net’ and have a number of high quality applications to shortlist from. It was a great outcome for us and one I do not think we would have achieved on our own. We will be sure to be in contact again."

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

"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

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

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

The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

"We are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"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

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school that is seeking to appoint a Christian Headteacher. In particular, Emmaus’ ability to promote the school, assess the ethos of the school and communicate this within the networks of those who might be considered as possible candidates was invaluable."

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

"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. They explained the different options and detailed processes behind their service and we felt the best option for us was their full service with Interview Support. We weren’t disappointed. From their creation of a professional candidate pack, through to their expert interview support, we were thoroughly impressed. I am convinced that their proactive approach, combined with their extensive and varied marketing initiatives, is the reason we attracted such a wide level of interest and inquiries about the position, not only from people in the local area and the UK, but also from those looking to return from overseas. If you are having problems filling senior posts in your school, or you are embarking on leadership recruitment for the first time, I strongly recommend you talk to Liam and his team."

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

"We considered TES Prime, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

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

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