SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School - West Yorkshire

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 88 Date Posted: Monday 15 Feb 2021
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Headteacher

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Bank, Bradford,
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2019 or 

We are a one-form entry catholic primary school with a big heart and lots of promise.

Our Lady and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School is looking for a substantive Headteacher following the retirement of our previous Executive Headteacher at the end of the Autumn Term.

OLSB was graded RI by Ofsted in June 2017 but in the latest follow up section 8 inspection we were judged to be “taking effective action” to be good. This combined with a steady, upward trend in pupil progress offers our next Headteacher a wonderful opportunity to lead a school community already determined to be judged good at its next inspection.

You will be joining a vibrant and welcoming school - an exciting place to work with happy, friendly children from a range of backgrounds who are eager to learn; and well-motivated, compassionate staff.

If, as an existing Headteacher looking for their next challenge (or indeed a Deputy Head/exceptional Assistant Head looking for their first step into Headship) you believe you can offer the leadership which inspires others towards excellence and which will ensure the very best education for our children, then we would love to hear from you.

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

You will be fully supported by committed and experienced Governors as well as an LA and diocesan team offering a bespoke package of coaching and mentoring to support your particular needs, as well as the practical and strategic support as an established member of the Bradford Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching Schools Alliance.

Closing date: Monday 1 April 2019 at 12 Noon

Shortlisting: Tuesday 2 April 2019

Interviews: Thursday 11 April 2019

How to Apply

In the first instance please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in absolute confidence, on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me.

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

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

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

"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

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The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"…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

"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."

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

"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."

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"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

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