Headteacher, Upton Hall School FCJ

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Upton Hall School FCJUpton Hall School FCJ

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Start date: 1 September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L31-37
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Upton Hall School FCJ is seeking to appoint a school leader with exceptional potential to lead the school when the current Head retires in August 2018 after 21 years. This is an exciting and challenging post which will provide immense job satisfaction.

Who are we?

A Roman Catholic Grammar School for girls 11-18 with academy status, situated within the Diocese of Shrewsbury and Wirral Local Authority and a member of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) Academy Trust. Founded by the FCJ Sisters in 1849, it has been on this site since 1864. OFSTED judged it to be outstanding. The progress of our pupils in all aspects is at the heart of all we do. The Progress 8 measure for 2017 is 0.93 reflecting the strong academic success of the school. We want our young people to become confident, independent individuals, capable of becoming their best selves by developing all aspects of their being for their own sake but also to enable them to improve the world in which they live. Music, art and drama, a wide range of sports and a thriving Duke of Edinburgh scheme provide challenges outside the curriculum. All our pupils are talented and keen to learn. 

Who are we hoping to appoint?

We require a school leader able to provide evidence of making a beneficial impact on the experience of pupils in their current school and who has a passion for inspiring young people. A practising Roman Catholic committed to supporting and developing our strong ethos and able to provide an insight into pedagogy and promoting outstanding learning. Experience of promoting pupil wellbeing, positive behaviour and a commitment to enabling the school to benefit the wider community are essential. We also expect a commitment to staff CPD. Other qualities include: a sense of humour, creative approach to problem solving and a keen eye for future developments. Energy and the ability to turn powerful ideas into action will be needed. We want someone who is eager to build on our current success, finding ways of creating even more opportunities for all our pupils.   

Where are we?

Upton Hall is situated on the Wirral peninsula, between the rivers Dee and Mersey extending into Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea. Wirral is known for its rich heritage and natural beauty and its coastline provides at least two iconic views: across the Mersey to Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site waterfront and across the Dee to Snowdon and the Welsh Hills. It is rich in opportunities for leisure with golf courses, sailing clubs, and the Wirral Country Park offers an abundance of space for walking and cycling. There is a wide choice of housing, excellent schools and easy access to Liverpool and Chester via a network of roads and public transport. The school has beautiful buildings and grounds and is minutes away from the M53. 

What can we offer?

We have a talented, hard working staff who provide outstanding teaching and a rich array of opportunities for our pupils. The staff are highly professional offering excellent support to student teachers and NQTs as well as pupils. Our parents are supportive and the Governing Body is committed to the school’s success acting as a critical friend. Founded in 1849, the school is able to draw on its history while looking ahead to future opportunities and challenges, with the security of financial stability. As a school with International School status, Upton looks outwards and enables its pupils to co-operate with their global neighbours. We have close relationships with the three other FCJ schools and work together for the benefit of all our pupils. This gives a rare opportunity to build on success working in a happy and thriving community. The greatest attraction has to be our pupils who provide us all with challenge, inspiration and hope for the future.

What motivates us?

Since 1864 the school has seen educational structures come and go. Our core purpose however has stood the test of time:

Upton Hall School strives to provide educational experiences which will enable individuals to achieve their full potential in every aspect of their development.

Inspired by the vision of the Foundress of the FCJ society, we aim to promote a Christian ethos that encourages students to value the pursuit of excellence, and allows them to attain personal fulfilment by making a purposeful contribution to society.

‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done’.

Come and see for yourself. To book a visit, obtain further information or an applicant’s pack please contact Cath Morrison, the Head’s PA, at cmorrison@uptonhall.org

Visit our website www.uptonhallschool.co.uk and follow us on Twitter. 

Closing date: noon on Monday 29 January 2018 Interview dates: Wednesday and Thursday 14 and 15 February 2018

Upton Hall School FCJ is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced criminal record check with the DBS.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Upton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH49 6LJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 151 6777696
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Upton Hall School is a Catholic Grammar School for girls aged 11-18.  It is situated in the Diocese of Shrewsbury and is under the Trusteeship of the Society of the Faithful Companions of Jesus.  It is an academy, which means it is an indep...