Lead Practitioner - Humanities, Bolton

Closing date:

Bolton St Catherine’s AcademyBolton

Date posted:
Start date: Easter 2019 or September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership pay range P4 - P8 £43,246 - £47,735
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Are you passionate about helping every child succeed and improve their life chances?

Are you prepared to work collaboratively for the benefit of young people?

Will you offer children the opportunity to experience “life in all its fullness” by doing what it takes, no matter what their starting point or social challenges?

If so, Bolton St Catherine’s Academy would love to hear from you!

We are a 3-19 all age fully inclusive Academy on an exciting journey to become an outstanding organisation and are delighted to be able to offer state-of-the-art facilities in a new £36 million building providing staff with the opportunity to teach in a cutting edge and vibrant environment.

It is an exciting time to be joining us as, alongside our new headteacher, we work hard to improve and bring in line our KS4 outcomes with those in our primary and 6th form phases which are already considered to be good. We recently joined the newly formed Bishop Fraser Trust, a C of E multi academy trust, providing a great opportunity to work closely with the two outstanding schools in the MAT - St James’s C of E High School and Canon Slade School, sharing good practice and building on the much needed improvement work and progress that has been taking place over this past year.


The schools of The Bishop Fraser Trust aim to offer:

  • A high quality, inclusive and distinctive education
  • A caring and nurturing environment based on our Christian values, recognising the uniqueness of each child.


Modelling the very highest standards of classroom practice and innovation, you will play a lead role in the continued improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in the Humanities’ faculty which will be the initial focus of your role; through sharing your expertise and providing appropriate support to others. Also being a member of the Teaching & Learning Team leading on raising achievement and spreading excellence across the whole school, the successful candidate will: 

  • be an acknowledged outstanding Humanities practitioner (ideally history and RE)  with  a clear understanding of the characteristics of high quality teaching and proven experience of teaching across the whole age and ability range
  • work closely with the Humanities Curriculum Learning Lead to agree strategies for improvements
  • be able to demonstrate experience and impact of working with colleagues to improve teaching and learning standards
  • be approachable and of empathetic character in order to engage and support colleagues in improving their practice but at the same time being fair and consistent in expectations
  • ensure all students make at least expected progress irrespective of their starting point and individual needs 
  • motivate both colleagues and students to work hard and try their best through passing on to them their infectious enthusiasm and passion for teaching!
  • actively share good practice and seek to explore ways to improve their own and others’ teaching 
  • understand that behaviour management starts with the quality of teaching in the classroom
  • demonstrate leadership qualities including personal resilience, drive and initiative and role model those personal qualities we wish to see in all our staff and instil in our young people


In return we can offer:

  • fantastic facilities
  • a supportive and encouraging staff team
  • a rigorous and motivational programme of continuous professional development and a pathway to senior leadership opportunities across the schools in the MAT 
  • opportunities to work with KS1 & KS2 pupils
  • a laptop to use whilst in employment
  • a paid premium to a Healthcare Cash Plan to claim back contributions towards dental, optical  and other medical costs
  • 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to a Cycle to Work Scheme
  • A lunch allowance for those colleagues volunteering to assist in lunchtime duties or activities


For more information visit our website www.boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or contact the Humanities'  Curriculum & Learning Lead Rachael Robinson     rrobinson@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk

Visits to the school prior to application are warmly welcomed. Please contact Mrs L Knibb to arrange on 01204 332533.

To apply please complete the TES online application form  ensuring in your letter of application that you show how you meet items on the person specification and explaining why you are applying for this post and why our school. Please pre-empt any obvious questions your application may pose by addressing these in your application. 

The Bishop Fraser Trust  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to child protection screening including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and also past employment checks. We are an equal opportunities employer. References will be sought prior to interview.

Closing date: 9am Thursday 14th February 2019. Interviews will be held week commencing 25th February.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Stitch-Mi-Lane, Harwood, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL2 4HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1204 332533
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