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Thomas Becket Catholic SchoolNorthamptonshire

Thomas Becket Catholic School is a wonderful, vibrant community with staff committed to improve the life chances of all pupils and to develop a school that embraces the teachings of the Church. Staff have high aspirations for pupils and are passionate about establishing a sustainable and successful place of learning. It is an improving school and is well on the way to the next stages of success. 

We are looking for a Headteacher who understands the power of strong, ethical leadership and can work alongside a group of outstanding leaders both within the school and across the Trust. Outstanding practitioners supporting leadership, learning, reading, wellbeing and Catholic life already work alongside school leaders to support their journey. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to lead and develop the CPD offer not only within our MAT but also nationally through our support for providers to deliver on programmes such as the new suite of NPQ qualifications and as a strategic partner for our local Teaching School Hub.

As a Catholic Trust our ethos is founded in the values of the Church. We work in partnership with the Diocese of Northampton and our sister trust in the south of the diocese. We support and nurture the Catholic faith of our pupils and staff and are forging strong links with our parishes and the wider community. We work hard to ensure that all of our pupils live their lives to the fullest as well educated, thoughtful and caring citizens. We care deeply for all of the schools in our MAT and support each other wherever we can but also embrace positive relationships with schools and organisations in our localities to ensure that we can all do the best for the children in our care.

We are a living, joyous community of schools working together for the good of the whole Trust community. At our best, the energy of our Headteachers working together and supporting each other is tangible. We are a Trust that believes that the needs of pupils are best met by ensuring that Headteachers and school staff can focus on teaching, learning and the spiritual and emotional needs of pupils. There are a number of processes that are part of our structure but our philosophy is, autonomy within a supportive framework.

We are a new Trust– still exploring ways forward. The successful candidate will be part of a team not only building strengths within the school but also working together with leaders across the Trust to shape the future of Catholic education in the area.  As our Trust develops, the opportunities to support and nurture education across our family of schools will also grow.

Our new trust was formed in February 2020 with the merger of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust, St Luke’s Academy Trust and the Bedford Catholic Schools. The new group of schools consists of Primary and Secondary Schools across Northamptonshire and Bedford.

Our OLICAT family brings together Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools within the northern part of the Diocese of Northampton. Our community of schools, consists of 10 Primary Schools and 2 Secondary Schools.

If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information or you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact our recruitment consultant Caroline Olsen at Academicis by email: or call on 01223 907979 or 07500 889504.

Closing date: Monday 20th September 2021

Shortlisting:  Wednesday 22nd September 2021 

Interviews:  Tuesday 28th September and Wednesday 29th September 2021

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