Principal, St. Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

September 2021
Salary in the region of £88k depending on experience, academic qualifications and performance record.

Governors of St. Bede’s Catholic College are seeking to appoint an outstanding and inspirational Principal to lead our college.

St. Bede’s, a Catholic Academy with 1177 pupils aged 11-18, has a superb reputation locally, within the Diocese and nationally. Our specialist subjects are those of Science and Sports. We are recognised by the Diocese as an Outstanding Catholic school and work closely with SSAT supporting the Leadership Legacy project. In addition, we hold Beacon status for Holocaust Education, the Geography Quality Mark and an award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians in recognition of excellence in Music. More recently we have been recognised for ‘Leadership through moral purpose’, ‘engaging with evidence and research’ and for our outstanding results by SSAT. The College has also recently been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership award in recognition of our work with parents and Investor in People accreditation.

The ideal person for this post must be a practising Catholic and will have:

  • A track record as an outstanding teacher and leader
  • Vision, creativity, energy and ambition
  • A deep knowledge about teaching and learning
  • A determination to ensure no student is left behind
  • A good understanding of data, timetabling and the curriculum
  • Experience and success within a leadership team
  • An ability to lead in all academic, pastoral care and financial matters
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Total commitment to securing high standards from and through others
  • The ability to lead and inspire colleagues

If you are an existing Head teacher or a member of a successful leadership team with a proven track record of success, a strategic thinker with the skills, ability and passion to help young people flourish within a great college, we would be delighted to hear from you.

To arrange a discussion with the Chair or Vice Chair of Governors, please email the Clerk to Governors,

A relocation package may be available and salary negotiable for an appropriately experienced candidate.

Closing date is noon on Monday, 8th March 2021
Short listing: Thursday, 11th March 2021
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th March 2021

St Bede’s is currently a Group 7 school as outlined in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions document.

Please click here to view and download the application pack.

Offers of employment are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks, excellent references without reservation and medical clearance.

Further information and application details are available from our website:, by emailing

St Bede’s is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Company Number 07798550.