SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - St Catherine's Catholic Primary School

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - St Catherine's Catholic Primary School - Wiltshire

£Competitive to attract the right applicant + Relocation support - Catholic - Head/Principal
Ref: 120 Date Posted: Wednesday 20 Jul 2022
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Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant + Relocation support
Location: Swindon
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2022

St Catherine’s is one form entry primary serving an urban area of Swindon with 210 pupils on roll across the school and nursery, and one of two Catholic primary schools serving the same parish. The proportion of children from ethnic minorities is above average and the school serves a significant number of Polish families. Staff and Governors have a deep dedication to the St Catherine’s, evidenced by the numbers of staff with long associations with the school but also by how proud they are of the school’s history of faithful service to Catholic education in Swindon.

The Christian values which have been carefully articulated within the school community are palpable. There is a strong atmosphere of authentic pastoral care and professional devotion towards achieving everything that is best for each child.

Governors and staff have worked tirelessly to maintain high levels of care and purpose, having successfully led the school community to overcome the twin challenges of COVID and the sudden death of their Executive Headteacher.  Now, with a new leadership structure in place, Governors are looking forward to a bright future, with the appointment of a substantive Headteacher to lead St Catherine’s as it enters a new chapter in the rich life of the school.

If you are ambitious and enthusiastic, with previous leadership experience as a Head, Deputy or Assistant Head, then we would love to hear from you. 

Closing:  Wed 11 May at 9am

Shortlisting: Wed 11 May

Interviews: Wed 18 May (one day)

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

We would encourage you to come and visit us and see us at work.

For further details or to have an informal discussion, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, in complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or

St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.  References will be sought prior to interview and a reference will always be taken up from the most senior person in your place of most recent employment.

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