SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form)

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form) - South London

£Competitive to attract the right candidate - Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 90 Date Posted: Tuesday 03 May 2022
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Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: April 2019 or sooner/later by negotiation

Saint Cecilia’s is a thriving, heavily oversubscribed 11-18 Church of England academy (NOR 930 including 190 in Sixth Form) with an overtly Christian ethos, serving the local community of Southfields in Wandsworth. The school is at an exciting stage as it looks to appoint a substantive Headteacher following the previous post holder’s appointment as an HMI Inspector.

Saint Cecilia’s was judged ‘Good’ in its recent Ofsted inspection (Jan 2018). A flourishing partnership with the nearby St Michael’s CE Primary School, a key feeder school, has recently been formalised. The school is also looking to increase its PAN from 150 to 200, with a £4m expansion of the site planned. In addition, Multi-academy trust status continues to be something that Governors are keen to explore.

Governors are looking for:

  • a leader with a strong Christian faith who will uphold and sustain the spiritual and caring ethos of our school
  • passion and commitment to the education of the ‘whole person’.
  • a Head whose motivations at heart are derived from helping students and staff achieve their full potential
  • can take our school forward from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’
  • will communicate effectively with parents, governors, the Diocese and the wider local community

If you believe you can provide the outstanding leadership that inspires and motivates others towards excellence and ensures the very best education for all our young people, then we would like to hear from you.

We encourage prospective candidates to visit us and see us at work.

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 19th November at Noon

Shortlisting: Interviews: Wednesday 21st November

Interviews: Thursday 29th November

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

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Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

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

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

"I’m delighted with the way it went and the successful outcome (third SLT placement now!) helps confirm to Governors that your approach is right for these levels of appointment. It’s difficult to quantify the costs of recruiting and failing to get the right candidate ourselves - we’d only find out the true cost and also lost opportunities if we tried and failed. Altogether better to invest in getting it right first time, so thank you for all your hard work on this. The other side is the perception we leave with all candidates and I think we’ve worked together to do an excellent job (using your Assessment support). The communication, logistics and the care given I think is really important and Emmaus are a big part of that - you work as an extension of the school. I am fairly sure that all of the candidates will go away having had a great experience and that will help our reputation spread in a positive way."

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

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Using Emmaus Leadership to manage the recruitment to the post was much debated and was the subject of intense scrutiny by our Governing Body who were somewhat reluctant to use a leadership recruitment specialist. However, their confidence was reinstated as a result of your professional approach, your insightful knowledge and the resulting candidate pool produced for both appointments. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

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

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