Deputy Headteacher: Pastoral

Diocese:Hexham and Newcastle
Location:St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Consett Road, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0RD
Grade:L22 – L26 (£70,745 – £78,025)
Hours:Full Time, Permanent
Numbers on roll:1433

Required for Easter 2023, or earlier start if possible.

St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College is a co-educational Catholic Academy which provides for the education needs of 11-18 year old pupils from North West Durham. Our school aims to provide a stimulating and encouraging environment within which students can attain the highest standards of which they are capable, and to assist them in taking their place in the world outside school in a useful and fulfilling career, with a firm sense of Christian commitment.  

We are proud to be part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, a family of secondary, middle, primary and first schools in Durham, Gateshead, Northumberland and Sunderland. Bishop Wilkinson is the largest Catholic Education Trust in the North East of England.  

St Bede’s is looking for an outstanding leader to join its successful leadership team at Deputy Head level.  This position will play a significant role in shaping the strategic direction of the school and working with the Trust to improve outcomes for all.  The successful candidate will lead the Pastoral and Safeguarding work of the school. 

We are looking for a leader who is dynamic, innovative and determined with a proven track record of successful leadership. The successful candidate will have the ambition, drive and expertise to ensure that St Bede’s continues to thrive as a Catholic Community which provides excellent learning opportunities, educates the “whole child” and helps to achieve social justice in the community it serves. 

Applicants should be committed and practising Catholics. 

Our approach to leadership is one of collective responsibility for our shared goals and key improvement priorities. We firmly believe that our relentless focus on developing a healthy organisation is key to building a cohesive team, creating clarity with regards to vision and creating a culture where excellence truly is a habit. 

The remit of the post is to lead the Pastoral and Safeguarding work of the school.  However, exact roles and responsibilities will be agreed with the successful candidate as part of a review of strengths and experience to date.  It is however desired that applicants have a range of experience across a number of school leadership roles with evidence of impact.  

How to Apply:

For an application form and further details about this vacancy please visit our website 

Applications are to be returned to by 9.00am on the closing date.

Closing date: 9am Friday 25th November 2022

Interview date: Thursday 15th December 2022

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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