Headteacher

Location: St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Esh 

Grade: L12 – L18 (£58,105 – £67,351) 

Hours: Full Time, Permanent 

Required from September 2023. 

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 Michael’s Catholic Primary School, to lead the school in the next exciting phase in its development. We are looking for an individual who has superb interpersonal skills, the ability to bring people together to work as a cohesive team and drive to build upon the existing success of the school.   

At St Michael’s, we are focussed on living out our mission, ‘Finding Christ in each other.’ We strive to give all children the opportunity to develop their intellectual, physical, social and spiritual attributes to ensure they receive a broad education and achieve their best. 

Since 2021, we have been part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, a family of 5 secondary schools and 42 primary schools from across Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham and Northumberland, in the west of the Diocese. The Headteacher in post at St Michael’s Catholic Primary School will be an important part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust Primary 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 high expectations for all our pupils, driving forward academic excellence, and expertise to ensure that St Michael’s Catholic Primary School continues to thrive. Above all, we wish to appoint as Headteacher, a leader who: 

  • Is a committed, practising Catholic with a clear vision and strong commitment to Catholic education; 
  • Brings strong, forward thinking leadership, has a clear strategic vision and drive to build upon the existing success of our school; 
  • Will have high expectations of all our pupils, driving forward academic excellence and nurturing the special gifts which make each child unique; 
  • Will develop strong relationships with St Michael’s Parish and the wider school community; 
  • Is an exemplary primary practitioner with a proven track record in raising standards in teaching and learning; 
  • Has the necessary drive to pursue and achieve the highest expectation for pupils’ attainment, progress and personal development; 
  • Has the ability to lead, inspire, empower and motivate all members of the school community to find Christ in each other; 
  • Has the ability to set high expectations and targets for staff to improve outcomes for pupils; 
  • Will encourage and provide our children, a rich and inspiring curriculum; and 
  • Will seek to promote, to the utmost, the development of every child’s personal wholeness, integrity, gifts and creativity in a welcoming and loving school community. 

Our school is warm and welcoming to all who join us. We can offer: 

  • A caring, friendly and happy school with well-behaved, confident and high-achieving pupils who are proud of their school and feel safe within their school environment; 
  • Dedicated and caring staff, who are enthusiastic and deliver a vibrant curriculum;  
  • A commitment to CPD for all staff; 
  • Strong and active partnerships with the Parish Priest, the Parish, parents/carers, the local community, the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and the Trust; and 
  • A supportive, ambitious and active Local Governing Committee, which is committed to continuous improvement and excellence. 

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 date: Thursday 2nd February 2023 

Liturgy and School Based Activities: Wednesday 8th February 2023 

Interview date: Friday 10th February 2023 (pm) 

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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