Headteacher, Southwark

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Saint Joseph's Catholic Primary SchoolSouthwark

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership scale 15 – 21 (£63,041 – £71,865)
Contract term: Permanent

Saint Joseph’s school is situated in one of the most vibrant and rapidly developing areas of London just off Borough High Street close to London Bridge. The famous Borough Market is a five-minute walk away and the area has in recent years become a major social and tourist centre. While all of this activity surrounds us, the school itself is situated in a quiet enclave where the pupils and teachers can focus on learning and teaching without disturbance.

The children in the school represent the full range of the diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the area. The area is also very mixed in terms of housing and wealth. Multi-million pound apartments sit next to social housing and the challenge for both the school and the parishes is to serve everyone in this diverse community.

As reflected in our Mission Statement the school has strong historic links with the Parish of the Most Precious Blood in which the school is situated. There are also links with the neighbouring Parish of Our Lady of La Salette and the Parish Priests of both Parishes are regular visitors to the school.

Our Mission Statement reflects the distinctive and complementary contributions that these Parishes continue to make to the spiritual and Catholic life of all members of the School community.

Internationally renowned cultural centres such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are within easy walking distance of the school and add to the exceptional range of opportunities that we seek to provide for our pupils.

The school enjoys excellent transport links and many bus routes converge on Borough High Street. The school is a short walk from both Borough (Northern line) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines and national rail) stations. Blackfriars station is just a 15 minute walk away.

The Governing Body seeks to appoint someone who is:

  • A practicing Catholic who fully supports the Catholic ethos of the school and has a desire to live out and share their faith through their work with our school community;
  • An inspirational leader with high expectations and a proven track record of raising standards in a primary context;
  • A creative leader who will ensure the continuing development of the school, within a safe, inclusive, diverse and nurturing environment;
  • Committed to building on the partnership with our parents and the two Parishes as well as the Diocese, Local Authority and the local community. 


Visits to our school community are warmly welcome. Please contact the School Office Manager (Karen Coggins) to arrange an appointment on 020 7407 2642 or kcoggins@st-josephs-borough.southwark.sch.uk.

Closing date for applications: 26th January 2018 Noon

Shortlisting 31st January 2018

Interviews: 6th and 7th February 2018

All Southwark schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to pre-employment checks, references will be sought prior to interview and successful candidates will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Little Dorrit Court, Redcross Way, Borough, London, SE1 1NJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7407 2642