SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form)
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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: Thursday 12 Jan 2023

Headteacher

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.

"We considered TES, 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

"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."

Annie Sutton - Executive Principal, St Joseph's RC Specialist School and College

"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

"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 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

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

"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 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

"We came across Emmaus by accident after our own attempts to recruit a Headteacher failed. We would not hesitate to engage them again to find a suitable candidate for a leadership position."

Michael Tennant - Chairman of the Board, St Edward's School

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