SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - St Michael's Church of England High School

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Headteacher - St Michael's Church of England High School - Merseyside

Anglican - Head/Principal
Ref: 111 Date Posted: Tuesday 03 May 2022
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Headteacher - St Michael's Church of England High School

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Crosby, Liverpool
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: April 2022

St Michael’s is an oversubscribed 11-18 non-selective Church of England voluntary academy (NOR 687 including 90 in Sixth Form) located in Crosby, serving the local and neighbouring communities and only a short distance from Liverpool city centre.

St Michael’s is part of Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust (LDST), comprising 17 schools and growing. LDST schools are recognised for their strong Christian commitment towards each other to ensure mutual growth and improvement within a strong school to school network.

St Michael’s was judged good in its most recent Ofsted inspection (Nov 2017). There is much to celebrate at St Michael’s, and both Governors and the Trust are keen to move forward to realise the school’s full potential and become the pre-eminent school of choice within the community.

Governors are looking for:

  • a Head whose motivations at heart are derived from helping all students and staff achieve their full potential
  • an educationalist who knows what an excellent quality of education looks like and ensures that all learners, regardless of ability, have access to this
  • a Leader with a strong Christian faith who will uphold and sustain the spiritual and caring ethos of our school
  • an ambitious Leader who has the vision, drive and commitment to take our good school forward to outstanding
  • a leader who embraces their pivotal role within the St Michael’s community and is astutely attuned to the needs, views and thoughts of all within it

For an existing Headteacher this could be the next big challenge you seek …or equally the role may appeal to an experienced Deputy Head and still yet untapped potential. Either way, you will be ably supported by a capable SLT and MAT team.

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

We want you to be sure that this would be the right thing for you as well as us. You are therefore welcome to talk informally with us and to visit the school. Liam Dowds at Emmaus Leadership can discreetly and confidentially make arrangements and also tell you more about us.

Closing date: Monday 29th November 2021 at 12 Noon

Shortlisting: December 1st

Interviews: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December

Please contact Liam, in complete confidence, on 01737 652 043 or

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


"We tried going it alone to find a CEO for our MAT but had only 2 applicants who didn't meet our requirements. We approached Emmaus and from the start their professionalism was reassuring."

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

"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 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

"I approached Emmaus following our unsuccessful attempts to recruit Deputy DDEs for both Dioceses. They went on to source a far greater number of candidates of high calibre. I highly recommend Emmaus!"

Canon Carolyn Lewis, Director of Education - Diocese of Leicester and Diocese of Derby

"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

"…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 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’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

"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

"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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