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Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristol, City of

Cathedral Schools Trust is seeking to appoint a Headteacher for Bristol Cathedral Choir School, from September 2021.  The Headteacher will work closely with the Executive Principal, Governors and other Headteachers within the Trust to provide outstanding provision for children and families. 

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is a vibrant and hugely successful Church of England school enriched by its music specialism serving a diverse community across Bristol.  It is an academy, based in the city centre of Bristol. Music is central to the life of the school and BCCS has an outstanding national musical reputation across genres.

The School offers and inspires pupils with both a leading-edge music education and the opportunity to participate in outstanding choirs, orchestras, ensembles and provides the choristers for Bristol Cathedral Choir.  Following an outstanding Ofsted report in 2016 and an “Excellent” SIAMS inspection in 2019 the school is driven to build upon this supported by a well-established leadership culture and from Cathedral Schools Trust (CST).  The school has a large sixth form with over 400 students and outcomes have been very strong over time with significantly positive progress at both key stages.  The school has approximately 1150 students and the PAN has recently increased to 150.

CST is a Mixed MAT and is currently made up of three secondary schools (Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Trinity Academy and St Katherine’s School) and four primary schools (Headley Park Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School, Stoke Park Primary School and Cathedral Primary School). The trust has had an affiliated Teaching School Alliance providing support for primary and secondary schools across the region, a comprehensive ITT route and offering CPD opportunities for staff including NPQ and MA accredited courses. There are also opportunities for staff to become accredited SLEs, LLEs and NLEs. 

We are looking for a candidate with significant leadership experience and a love of music coupled with the resilience, innovation and initiative  to further strengthen the school and to work collaboratively between schools.

You will be an inspiration to pupils in the school, an excellent communicator, a team player who is able to work under pressure and to effectively manage change.


You will need to provide outstanding education leadership, ensuring the highest expectations and standards in teaching, learning, behaviour, community engagement and resource management.

If you can demonstrate that you possess the necessary experience, knowledge and qualifications and aspire to our vision and values then we would like to hear from you.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check upon appointment.


If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Neil Blundell at to make an appointment.

More information about the school can be found at the website:

Please see the attached application pack for further details about the role including job description and person specification. 

Closing date: Friday 22nd January 2021

Interview: 8th, 9th and 10th February 2021

Please note that we will only consider applications through TES and will not consider CVs so please ensure that your supporting statement on the application meets the requirements of the person specification. We encourage you to be succinct and to restrict your supporting statement to no more than four pages in length.

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