Archdiocese of Cardiff in partnership with
St Francis R.C. Primary School
HEADTEACHER – Salary Scale L16 – 22
Post Number ED50052582
Required for September 2021 or sooner
Come and join us on an exciting journey!
On behalf of our children, the Governing Body of St Francis RC Primary School is seeking to appoint an inspirational leader to further the achievements of this happy, caring and multicultural school. Based in the vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff, St Francis provides education to around 260 pupils, aged 5 to 11 as well as having a 48 place Nursery. The school serves the parish of St Clare and St Francis and is located in the Ely / Caerau district on the western outskirts of the city.
The school has been through a period of considerable change over the last 2 years and is still undergoing continued developments, including the planned refurbishment and redevelopment of the Foundation Stage building. Consequently this is an exciting opportunity for a practising Roman Catholic headteacher to guide and support the school on its continued journey of school improvement in a time of change with the Welsh education system. As well as someone who really takes on the school as their own, embodying its values, inspires the teachers and pupils and is committed to the whole community.
We are looking for a candidate who:
• Is a committed, practising Catholic, with a clear vision of Catholic Education, who will cherish and support the Catholic ethos of our school
• Is a current headteacher or deputy headteacher with proven leadership skills, and can articulate a vision to promote and inspire the highest standards of teaching, learning and behaviour
• Is a strategic thinker, with the vision to introduce new ideas, and has the ability to both identify areas for improvement and sustain long term improvement
• Will inspire and motivate our staff and children whilst making them feel valued and supported
• Is an effective communicator who leads by example
• Has high expectations and aspirations and will promote and celebrate the achievements of all our children.
• Will aspire to ensure all children reach their full potential
• Will continue to promote a strong sense of engagement with parents, Parish and the wider community
Our children are looking for a candidate who:
• Will challenge us to be the best we can be
• Is compassionate, calm, caring and kind
• Has many talents including being artistic and a good sports person
• Is enthusiastic about learning and attentive to our needs
• Has a good sense of humour
In return, we can offer:
• An exciting opportunity to make a real difference and to lead an inner city, diverse and inclusive school
• Professional, passionate and dedicated teaching and support staff, who are willing and eager to undertake continuous professional development and thrive under your leadership
• Talented, stimulating and enthusiastic children with a desire to learn
• A dedicated, experienced Governing Body who will work in partnership with you
• A close working relationship with parents, the Parish and cluster schools
Closing date: 12 noon, 12th March 2021
Shortlisting: Wednesday 17th March 2021
Interviews: 13th -14th April 2021
Depending on whether it is allowed in the current circumstances, please do to take the opportunity to come and visit us so we can share all the exciting things we are doing. Prospective candidates who would like to visit the school, should in the first instance contact Duncan Heryett (School’s Improvement Partner)
The successful candidate will be expected to sign the Catholic Education Service Contract of Employment.
Appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and satisfactory references, which will be taken up for all shortlisted candidates prior to interview.
This vacancy is suitable for post share.
St Francis R.C. Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Safeguarding and Child Protection are key priorities for the Council. We aim to support children and vulnerable adults to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be. Our services and schools are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults, and will take action to safeguard their well-being, and acknowledge that children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection. This is supported in the general ethos of the Council and all schools.
As an equal opportunities employer, we value diversity. Therefore, although not a requirement for application, we welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented individuals including those:
• aged under 25;
• not in employment, education or training;
• from our local communities including in particular disabled individuals, carers and those from the Cardiff BAME and LGBT+ communities;
• ability to communicate fluently in Welsh.