Headteacher, Cheshire East

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St Benedict's Catholic Primary SchoolCheshire East

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Start date: 1 January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Group 2 (L8- L21) £46,799 – £64,417 - Commensurate with experience
Contract term: Permanent

The Governing Body of St. Benedict’s RC Primary School in Handforth, Cheshire is seeking to appoint an inspirational Headteacher from January 2020, or before, for our happy, hardworking school, who will empower and nurture our children and staff to be their very best selves.

“The community of St. Benedict’s provides a warm, caring and supportive ethos where children feel valued, secure and supported.” Diocesan Section 48 Report, Nov 2016

St. Benedict’s has a capacity of 210 children in our one-form entry school. Our children are kind, well-behaved, highly motivated learners. They feel safe, supported by a dedicated staff team. The family-centered school enjoys strong parental and community support and active engagement. St Benedict’s was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2016.

We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious Catholic Headteacher with strong leadership qualities. The right candidate will show natural communication skills and a real passion for continuing to develop our children, staff and learning standards; they will have the ability to lead our school into its next exciting stage of development.

We are looking for a practising Catholic to:

  • inspire staff to commit to self-improvement and maintain consistently high standards of teaching and learning
  • Is passionate and innovative about the school delivering a rich, broad and inclusive curriculum;
  • motivate and nurture our children, and celebrate and encourage their achievements
  • engage constructively with parents, and lead the school’s relationship with the local community
  • work collegiately and strategically with the Governing Body


We will offer you:

  • a committed and well-established staff who strive for the best for children, colleagues and themselves
  • pupil attainment above that of the national average, and an improving trend of increased pupil progress
  • a dedicated community of parents, PTA fundraisers and parishioners who support the school and Headteacher
  • a Catholic school recognised as providing outstanding faith education
  • active governors providing a supportive structure and positive attitude to staff development and welfare
  • a well situated, equipped and maintained school


“As unique individuals, we do our best in work and play, for the love of God and others.”

Visits to the school from prospective candidates are warmly welcomed and encouraged in early September or before the end of the summer term. Please contact us to arrange a convenient time and speak with our helpful admin team. 01625 520 207


We are particularly interested to see in your application how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the person specification and could be of benefit to our staff and children at St. Benedict’s.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION PACK HERE http://www.stbenedicts.cheshire.sch.uk/htvacancy

Applications or queries are to be sent to the Diocese of Shrewsbury. Applications must be completed on the CES application form provided and submitted electronically to: sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Closing date for applications: Thursday 12th September, 12:00 Noon
Interview and recruitment tasks date: Tuesday 24th September 2019

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. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to complete a Disqualification Declaration. The successful applicant's appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and pre-clearance including an enhanced DBS check.

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More about St Benedict's Catholic Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 11 years
Address: Hall Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 3AE, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1625 520207