Assistant Headteacher

Responsible for the Catholic Life and Mission of the school

Required from September 2024

St Mary’s Catholic High School is a popular 11-18 mixed Academy with excellent student behaviour and judged to be ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted October 2012).   This is a wonderful opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team at one of the top 20% performing schools for attainment in the country. 

The Governors are seeking to appoint a talented and inspirational Assistant Headteacher to take responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Catholic life and mission of the school and the line management of Religious Studies and Chaplaincy.   

If you have a proven track record of successfully delivering and leading whole school initiatives, this could be the exciting next step to enhance your flourishing career.  The successful candidate will be a highly visible, collaborative and aspirational leader who will model the highest levels of professionalism and inspire, motivate and develop staff and pupils.

Applicants should have:

  • A passion for providing the best possible education for all pupils
  • Substantial and successful middle leadership experience in a secondary setting
  • A proven track record of raising standards, delivering whole school improvements and developing a culture of accountability
  • A high degree of personal integrity, strong personal drive and resilience
  • The ability to inspire confidence in making management and organisational decisions 

We are able to offer you a welcoming and supportive environment led by a leadership team committed to staff wellbeing.   A programme of weekly induction sessions provides the opportunity to meet key members of staff and be introduced to school policies and procedures.  Bespoke ongoing professional development is a priority, and all staff are able to access high quality, carefully tailored training and development opportunities, including the observation of teaching and the sharing of practice. 

We are particularly keen to reflect the diverse nature of our student community in our staff; we welcome applications from all qualified applicants and strongly believe that diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact to our whole school community.

Potential candidates would be most welcome to visit the school prior to applying or have an informal conversation with the Headteacher, Mrs M Dengate, and if you would like to do so, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Rachel Gilding on 01246 201191 or e-mail     Please note that the school will be closed for Easter holiday from Friday 29 March until Monday 15 April 2024.

To request the application pack please contact Mrs R Gilding, Headteacher’s PA as above.

Applications must be made using the school’s CES application form – CVs are not accepted.

Please note: applications will be considered as they are received and we therefore urge candidates to submit an application as soon as possible.

Closing date for applications: 10.00 am on Monday 15 April 2024

Interviews to be held: week commencing 22 April 2024

St Mary's Catholic High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.