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Assistant Headteacher

St Mary's Catholic SchoolHertfordshire

This post has no requirement for you to be Catholic or Christian; the appointed person will simply need to be supportive of our values and ethos.

St. Mary’s is looking to complete its senior team  with the appointment additional post of Assistant Headteacher.  This new post will provide additional capacity as we look to create a Multi-Academy Trust with 7 local Catholic Primary schools, hopefully opening on 1st September 2021.  We are also in the final stages of expanding our school from 5FE to 6FE, and for both reasons we are looking for an Assistant Head applicant who can demonstrate a proven ability to lead on either Curriculum, Data or Pastoral matters.  The precise portfolio will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Working at St. Mary’s is an extraordinary opportunity. Our Surveys show that 96% of staff enjoy their work at St Mary's, 97% agree that leaders do all they can to ensure a motivated and respected staff, 100% of students enjoy their learning and believe that behaviour around the school is good, and 97% of parents would recommend St. Mary’s to other parents. We are passionately committed to developing staff and managing workload to ensure that colleagues enjoy their work and recognise St. Mary’s as an almost-uniquely positive place to teach and enjoy their careers.

Added to this, the school is also at an extremely exciting juncture in its future. Demand is high, and owing to intense oversubscription, we will have 6FE in all years on September 2021, plus an exceptional additional form of entry in Year 7. We have also won over £7m in capital bids in the last 3 years and are enjoying brand new cutting edge facilities as a result. The school faces an extremely strong and positive financial future.

Our previous OFSTED inspection judged us as Outstanding in every category, and our most recent S48 Inspection (2018) also judged us as Outstanding in every area. Over the last 4 years, exam results have risen at both GCSE & A Level. The ‘Progress 8’ score for 2018 was +0.61, which puts the school in the top 10% in the country, and this trend continued in 2019 with the results being significantly positive. At A Level the proportion of A*-B Grades as well as students enrolling at elite Russell Group Universities has risen significantly over each of the last 4 years with 2018 breaking all school records.

The precise nature of the job description will be negotiated to suit the successful candidate’s interests and abilities, but will certainly include a range of academic and pastoral responsibilities, as well as deputising for the Headteacher. This can be discussed with the Head in advance of or during the interview process.

Tours of School Site:

We have arranged for two opportunities for tours of the school on Tuesday 23rd March and on Tuesday 13th April, both at 2.05pm. To book into a tour, please contact Claire Boylan (HR) at

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS disclosure is required for all successful applicants. St Mary’s is committed to the equality of opportunity for all applicants, and we reserve the right to interview on a rolling basis, therefore an early application is advisable.

Closing date: Friday 16th April 2021 10 a.m.

Apply in writing using the forms available on our website Senior Leadership Application Form, Consent to Obtain References Form, Rehabilitation of Offenders Form & Recruitment Monitoring Form. Applicants are reminded that they should read the Notes to Applicants before completing an application. Please note only applications on St Mary’s forms will be accepted. Please contact Tom Johnston, Deputy Head or to submit an application or for more information.

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