Headteacher

Location: St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester 

Grade: L33-L39 (£97,256 – £112,601) Relocation package on request 

Hours: Full Time, Permanent 

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 and will have a total of 48 schools. This is an exciting time to join our supportive, and growing team. 

Applications are invited from practising and committed Catholics for the post of Headteacher at St. Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College to lead the school in the next exciting phase in its development. St. Bede’s is an extremely popular, high-achieving, successful and happy school, and enjoys an excellent reputation in North West Durham and beyond.  

At St. Bede’s, our distinct Catholic ethos, high standards of behaviour and commitment to every member of our school community makes this a very special place to learn. We are also responsible for the spiritual, moral and character formation of the young people in our care. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously in our mission to form well-rounded citizens who are ready for the wider, 21st century world. 

We became an academy in 2012, and since 2020, we have been part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, a family of 5 secondary schools and 32 primary schools from across Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham and Northumberland, in the west of the Diocese.  

There is currently an Executive Headteacher in post at St. Bede’s. The appointment of a Headteacher will be an important part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust Secondary Headteachers Group and will benefit from the support of the Trust and Chief Executive Officer.  

This is an exciting time to lead our school. The successful candidate will have the ambition, determination, and expertise to ensure that the school continues to build on many considerable achievements made over recent years. Above all, we wish to appoint as Headteacher, a leader with: 

  • A clear commitment to nurturing and promoting the school’s   distinctive Catholic ethos 
  • Outstanding strategic ability to   anticipate and lead change to   ensure St. Bede’s  continues   to build on its success 
  • A passion for providing the   best possible holistic education   for all students 
  • A commitment to maximising achievement through excellence   in teaching and learning 
  • A shared commitment to   continuing professional   development for all staff 
  • An excellent, proven track   record as a classroom teacher   and school leader 

How to Apply: 

To complete an application form please download the application pack below and return your completed application pack to recruitment@bwcet.com prior to the closing date. 

Visits to the school are welcome and arranged on request. 

Closing date: Wednesday 1st February 2023 
Shortlisting: Thursday 2nd February 2023 
Liturgy and School Based Activities: Tuesday 7th February 2023 
Formal Interview: Wednesday 8th February 2023 (am) 
 

The Board, the Local Governing Committee and the Diocese are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect 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.  

The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect 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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