Headteacher, Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School

Salary Range: Group 3 L18-24 £67,496-£77,643 (Outer London)

The core purpose of the Headteacher is to provide professional leadership and management for Our Lady Immaculate RC Primary School. The Headteacher is an employee of the Governing Body and is required to carry out all duties professionally as detailed in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (2019) and for achieving the requirements set out in the DfE National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (2015) at an appropriate level based on previous experience, induction and ongoing professional development. The Headteacher will work in partnership with the staff, Governing Body, Diocese of Southwark, Local Authority, and any other stakeholders invested in the school and its pupils. The school has been designated by the Secretary of State as a school with a religious character. Its Instrument of Governance states that it is part of the Catholic Church and is to be conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with Canon Law, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Southwark. At all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. The post therefore requires a practising Catholic who can show by example and from experience that he / she will ensure that the school is distinctively Catholic in all its aspects.

Key Responsibilities:

STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT
• Lead the Catholic ethos and culture of this Catholic School, securing its Mission Statement with all members of the school community
• Deliver the Governors’ Vision for the school with passion and enthusiasm
• Provide ambitious and strategic leadership; be able to identify, lead and develop the strategic priorities for the school in partnership with key stakeholders
• Apply rigour and objectivity to regular analysis of data and other information that is relevant to achieving strategic priorities and fulfilment of statutory objectives by the Governing Body
• Be up to date with current inspection frameworks and use rigorous self-evaluation
• Provide research-informed educational leadership; keep fully appraised of emerging best practices and pursue continuous professional development
• Take responsibility for the allocation and effective management of the school budget

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
• Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are appropriate, efficient, legally compliant and fit for purpose
• Organise and deploy resources effectively within the school
• Ensure a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, whilst also ensuring effective safeguarding practice is embedded at all levels throughout the school
• Develop and manage teaching and learning throughout the school, using a full range of information, data and resources to support informed decision making
• Ensure our educational offering enables all pupils to access a broad and balanced curriculum
• Lead and manage the staff with a proper regard for their well-being and legitimate expectations, including the expectation of a healthy balance between work and other commitments
• Inspire, develop and empower staff to achieve performance objectives as agreed in their annual performance appraisals, instilling a strong sense of accountability
• Promote engagement of staff with relevant continuing professional development; identify and nurture emerging talent, taking a proactive approach to succession management planning
• Develop clear arrangements for linking appraisal to pay progression and advise the relevant body on pay recommendations for teachers
• Actively employ personal reflection and a formal appraisal of own performance for positive self-improvement and whole school benefit, proactively seeking additional support as appropriate

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• Build effective professional relationships and strong communications with all stakeholders
• Actively engage with the school’s two feeder parish communities, strengthening links to encourage more Catholic families to choose our school for their children’s education
• Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school and Diocese, including relevant external agencies and bodies

The following attributes are essential for this role:

FAITH COMMITMENT
• Is a baptised, practising Catholic
• Is committed to Catholic education and fulfilling the Catholic mission of our school
• Is able to articulate a sound understanding of the distinctive nature of a Catholic school
• Has an understanding of the leadership role in the spiritual development of pupils and staff
• Understands the role of the Governing Board in a Catholic school in preserving and promoting the school’s Catholic character
• Is committed to actively engaging with the local Catholic communities
• Has a clear understanding and experience of leading school worship

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
• Qualified to teach in the UK
• Relevant, recent, professional development

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
• Passion for teaching
• Proven track record of strong and effective leadership and school improvement as a Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher, preferably in a Catholic school
• Extensive experience of teaching and leadership across the Primary age range and an able and versatile classroom practitioner
• Up to date statutory Safeguarding and Child Protection training in compliance with KCSIE 2020

Additional postgraduate qualifications, including NPQH would be an advantage.

Our ideal candidate will also be able to evidence the following attributes, however we welcome applications from candidates able to demonstrate potential and willingness to developing these.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
• Able to inspire others and lead by example and with integrity, passion and creativity
• Able to develop, articulate and share their vision
• Is able to make professional, managerial and organisational decisions based on informed judgements
• Has experience of financial management within education
• Has experience and a sound understanding of the effective deployment of school resources
• Can prioritise, plan and organise themselves and others
• Experience building and developing an effective team
• Able to present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the school’s performance to all stakeholders
• Can think strategically, able to innovate and enact change effectively
• Has strong analytical skills, collecting and using relevant data to understand the strengths and areas of development of the school
• Demonstrate political insight and be conversant with current educational developments and debate
• Has experience of working effectively alongside a Governing Body to enable the school to realise its vision and the Governing Body to meet its statutory requirements
• Has strong and effective interpersonal skills to foster an open and equitable culture. Is able to collaborate and network successfully within and beyond the school and Diocese
• Involvement in staff recruitment, appointment and induction

LEARNING AND TEACHING
• Understands the principles and practice of effective learning and teaching and keeps abreast of latest thinking to drive best practice.
• Has experience of developing a curriculum which gives pupils the knowledge and skills to succeed in life
• Has a proven track record of evaluating and improving the quality of learning and teaching, with high standards and clear expectations
• Is committed to, and has a vision for promoting inclusion, diversity and access for all
• Is able to challenge with insight, influence and motivate others to seek continual improvement to achieve academic excellence for all
• Able to model excellent teaching and be a role model for all staff
• Experience of individual pupil tracking, monitoring and intervention to raise achievement and ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential
• Manage and hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice
• Able to manage conflict effectively

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING
• Self-motivated with good organisational skills, able to prioritise, delegate effectively and empower others
• Is committed to self-improvement and the professional development of others
• Can reflect on personal performance and ask for and accept support from others including colleagues, Governors, the Diocese and the Local Authority
• Can prioritise and manage own workload and that of others to ensure a healthy work-life balance
• Understands the value of developing and sustaining a safe, secure and healthy school environment

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
School visits are strongly encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the school office via email admin@oli.rbksch.org or telephone on (020) 8399 9854.

We appreciate that things are more challenging given the current pandemic, however, we would still encourage you to get in touch so that we can work out how we can arrange for you to get a better understanding of the school prior to application/interview.

Applicants should complete the following forms:

  1. The CES application form (for all Catholic Schools in England) must be completed in full, addressing the person specification for the position advertised.
  2. The recruitment monitoring form
  3. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Disclosure form

These can be found on our website www.oli.kingston.sch.uk/vacancies/
The forms, together with a covering letter, should be returned so that it is received no later than noon on Wednesday 3 March.

Please email to governors@oli.rbksch.org
Or send by post to:
Clerk to the Governing Body
Our Lady Immaculate RC Primary School
399 Ewell Road
Tolworth
Surrey KT6 7DG

Applicants who are selected for interview will be notified by Friday 5 March.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 March – please ensure you are available for both days although short-listing will take place at the end of the first day. It is our intention to hold day one remotely, and day two in person. Full details will be provided for the short-listed candidates.