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Head of Science

Head of Science

Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College


L9 (£47,967) - L13 (£52,930)
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
May half term or September 2018
Apply by:
15 January 2018

Job overview

Our passion is to see students achieve the best that is possible, inspired by great teaching and great leaders. Cardinal Newman School has an exciting opportunity for a new Curriculum Leader of Science who shares this passion. 

This post is central to the leadership and management of the whole school and will therefore be offered on the leadership scale. The successful candidate will contribute to the whole school vision for curriculum, teaching and learning and be a member of the school strategy groups, contributing to setting the direction and vision for the school.

Cardinal Newman School is an 11-19 comprehensive school with Specialist Science Status, serving the Roman Catholic community in Luton and Dunstable, We are one of the most successful schools in Luton and have a thriving 6th form with 300 students. We have been consistently described by Ofsted as a ‘good’ school and under Section 48 as an ‘outstanding Catholic school’. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the whole school vision for curriculum, teaching and learning and be a member of the school strategy groups (Curriculum, Progress and Intervention or Teaching, Learning and Assessment), contributing to setting the direction and vision for the school.

We are looking for a highly motivated and inspiring Curriculum Leader to enthuse and engage a team of excellent teachers, build upon the high standards already achieved and continue the growth and development of the faculty. Whether you are currently in a leadership role or looking to take the next step-up in your career, this post is an excellent opportunity for you to really make a difference on your journey to senior leadership.

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding classroom practitioner, able to display leadership skills that encourage staff to be creative and develop rich and exciting lessons. The person appointed will be an ambitious leader with a clear vision of what an outstanding Science department will look like and will have the talent to deliver on this vision.

To register an interest in this vacancy, organise an informal visit to the school and the candidate information pack please contact Brett Coventry on 020 3818 7041, 07879 692 409 or email 

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, prohibition order check and the Disclosing & Barring Service.

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‘Together towards our Lord through learning, love and faith’

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About Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College

Cardinal Newman Catholic School is a specialist science school for girls and boys aged between 11 and 18. It was founded in September 1968 and is a Roman Catholic school. It used to be a voluntary aided school but gained academy status in September 2015. It is located in the town of Luton, in Bedfordshire. There are around 1,435 pupils enrolled at the school. There are also 200 on the roll in sixth form. 


Andrew Bull

Values and Vision

Cardinal Newman Catholic School follows the values of Jesus Christ. The children must work hard to achieve outstanding results. Students should use their faith to help others in the community. Every person who attends the school is nurtured and their needs are fulfilled. Parents and people in the local society are valued. Pupils are taught to be respectful of others and behave well, with the aim of developing into strong, independent adults.

Ofsted report

“The school provides a good education for its students. This good provision includes their personal development as well as academic achievement. Students who need extra help are given good support. As a result, they are making at least as good progress as others and the gaps between different groups are closing. Teaching is good. Some is outstanding and no teaching is inadequate. Teachers have high expectations of their students. They plan challenging and interesting lessons, as a result, students achieve well. Students behave well in lessons. Around the school they are very polite, friendly and helpful. Students’ results are above average in English and mathematics.”

View Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College’s latest Ofsted report 

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