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: Tuesday 11 Jan 2022
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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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Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

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

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. Our pupils deserved and needed strong school leaders to be found and 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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Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

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Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

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

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

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Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

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