Head of School, Southwark

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English Martyrs RC Primary SchoolSouthwark

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L18-24 (negotiable for an exceptional candidate)
Contract term: Fixed Term

Worship Together, Achieve Together, Excel together.

Rated “Good” Ofsted July 2016, and Outstanding Catholic Life, Section 48 report November 2019, English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary is highly committed to enhancing pupils learning, well-being and social skills with a dedicated hard working team. The Governoring Body wish to appoint a Head of School to be part of something special from April 2020.

English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School is an inner city school in Walworth, South East London in the Archdiocese of Southwark, with good transport links across the capital.

We are looking for an inspirational leader who will nurture our pupils and lead staff and pupils to excel.  We are keen to appoint a leader who will ensure that English Martyrs’ School will continue to provide a broad curriculum, rooted in gospel values.

As a practising Catholic, your drive and vision will help us to continue to maximise the development and achievements of all our children, as well as contributing to our local communities.  You will be warmly welcomed by our enthusiastic children who are proud of their school and their achievements, our committed and motivated staff, engaged parents and a supportive Governing Body.

Head of School
Fixed Term -2 Years from April 2020
Number on Roll: 333
Salary Pay Range: L18-24 (negotiable for an exceptional candidate)

The Governing Body wishes to recruit a Head of School who:

  • Is a committed practising Catholic, with a distinct vision of Catholic education in the 21st Century, who will cherish and support the Catholic ethos of our school
  • Displays excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead, motivate and inspire our children and colleagues
  • Continue to raise aspirations, standards and achievements for all our children
  • Secure high quality teaching and learning and work towards an outstanding judgment at the next full Ofsted inspection.
  • Proven leadership skills and a strategic thinker, with a vision to introduce and implement new ideas along with the ability to identify and sustain long term improvement.
  • Is committed to the further development of the partnership with the parish, parents, and the wider community
  • To respond to the changing demography of the local area.

In return we offer the successful candidate:

  • Well behaved, positive and enthusiastic children who are keen to learn 
  • Professional dedicated teaching and support staff who are willing to undertake continuous professional development 
  • A supportive Governing Body that possesses a clear vision for the future of the school 
  • A close working relationship with parents, the parish and partner schools 
  • An exciting opportunity to make a real difference


  • Co-operates and works with relevant agencies to establish and maintain systems to protect children
  • Responsible for ensuring the welfare, health and well-being of all children and young people. Creates a vigilant organisational culture which monitors and prioritises the safeguarding of children and young people above all considerations.

Promoting equality and diversity

To accept everyone has a right to his or her distinct identity.  To treat everyone with dignity and respect and to ensure that what our parents/carers tell us is valued by responding appropriately and as soon as possible.  To promote and participate in the council’s work to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and faster good relations between our diverse communities.

Safer Recruitment

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.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Mrs N Johnstone - 0207 703 4726 or emailing: njohnstone@englishmartyrs.southwark.sch.uk

Applications to be sent to: 
Mr Patrick Gillespie
Chair of Governors
English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School
Flint Street
Walworth, London SE17 1QD

Completed applications accepted by email njohnstone@englishmartyrs.southwark.sch.uk 

Closing date: Noon on Friday 24th January 2010
Short listing: Wednesday 29th January 2020

Formal Interviews: Week commencing Monday 3rd February 2020

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of all our pupils and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safer recruitment practice and all appointments are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references and verification of identity and qualifications.

More about English Martyrs RC Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Flint Street, London, SE17 1QD, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 7703 4726
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