St Mary’s College is a proud and special place. Outcomes have consistently improved year on year and we are one of just two Lead World Class schools in the UK. We are now looking for an exceptional individual to take up the role of Head of School.
The Head of School will be responsible to and work under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Principal of St Mary’s College to provide outstanding, inspiring leadership to staff, students and the community of St Mary’s College.
The Head of School will have responsibility for continuing to raise standards, both academically and pastorally, to ensure St Mary’s College retains its excellent reputation and achievements as an outstanding education provider. You will directly lead the smooth day-to-day running of the College under the general leadership of the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Principal of St Mary’s College and to deputise for him in his absence. You will lead a team with a core purpose to safeguard the welfare of children and young people.
As a leader you must demonstrate loyalty, professionalism and high standards of integrity and confidentiality within St Mary’s College, the Trust and the wider community.
You will ensure the long-term success and continuing improvement of St Mary’s College and will have responsibility for ensuring the continuation of an outstanding standard of education and achievements for its students, maintaining its excellent reputation for being a school of choice for parents and their children. In keeping with the College’s strong ethos, you must understand SEND students’ needs to facilitate an inclusive school approach. You will provide leadership that is compassionate yet sets high expectations, provides healthy challenge and promotes spiritual development within the ethos of our Roman Catholic Trust of schools.
We are seeking candidates with Department for Education recognised qualified teacher status, and who can demonstrate a proven track record of either raising attainment or sustaining good or outstanding achievement and progress in a whole school environment. This is a great opportunity to use your skills in strategic planning and to develop and implement initiatives to further improve standards of teaching and learning in our College.
In consultation with the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Principal, you will be expected to make and present strategic recommendations to the board. You will be expected to have high order analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to make informed judgements.
A key part of the role will be representing the College and promoting all the benefits and outreach programmes that we have to offer – you will be representing the school to all partners, stakeholders, prospective parents, the local community, press and the independent school sector. Therefore, you will be a natural and a compelling communicator who is able to present confidently and professionally to a range of audiences.
Candidates are required to be baptised, practising Roman Catholics committed to the aims, values, ethos and distinctiveness of Roman Catholic Education. Where necessary, St Mary’s College offers relocation assistance related to the individual circumstances of candidates.
Thank you for your interest in this position which we believe presents a very significant professional and personal opportunity.
St Mary’s College is a proud and special place. Judged outstanding by OFSTED, outcomes have remained well above national averages at KS4 and KS5 for many years. In fact outcomes have consistently improved year on year. We are one of just two Lead World Class schools in the UK.
We have just been awarded Teaching School Hub status which is a huge opportunity to work with a wide range of partners to help improve standards for children across the region.
With an unrivalled local and regional reputation, St Mary’s College is an 11-19 Academy serving over 2,400 students including almost 700 in the sixth form, making it the largest Catholic school in the country and the fifth largest in all. It is part of St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust within the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Alongside responsibility for St Mary’s College, the successful candidate will play a key role in the leadership of the trust working alongside several experienced colleagues including two NLEs.
The staff and students of the College are quite remarkable. Levels of collaboration and partnership working are profound and humbling. Welcoming and inclusive of all, the College is simply a great place to work and a great team to be part of.
We are looking for an exceptional, inspirational and courageous leader who has the intellect, imagination and experience to support and challenge all of us to even greater things in service of the young people.
Mr GM Fitzpatrick
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Principal
St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust
St Mary’s College, Hull
Chair of the Board of Directors
St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust
St Mary’s College converted as a Voluntary Catholic Academy in 2017, having been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2010.
The College is the biggest Catholic School in England, educating over 2,400 students aged 11 -19 including a sixth form with an intake of around 700. It is situated in north of the city, providing co-educational, non-selective education to students in Hull and East Riding with about 11% of the intake allocated the pupil premium.
St Mary’s College achieves high standards enjoying the status of being the top performing state school in area and is a recognised national leader of education running a successful Teaching School. Recently cited by the Department for Education as one of the top 100 schools in the country, it has been selected as one of only two lead schools for the World Class Schools network in the UK.
The College sits under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough which is home to 56 schools and academies providing Catholic education to almost 19,000 children and young people. The majority of the schools are members of the three Diocesan Catholic Academy Trusts, with St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust running St Mary’s College and seven primary schools in the south of the Diocese. It is the mission of all Diocesan schools to:
“Contribute to the creation of a society that is highly educated, skilled and cultured making a contribution to the common good of society and its culture.”
As well as developing children spiritually, the Diocese is committed to educating the whole child and ensuring that each child reaches their full academic potential. This is reflected by 85% of the schools having Ofsted ratings of Good or Outstanding in 2020/21 with the remaining schools making rapid progress.
Our Vision – We are convinced that people have an unbelievable capacity to do great things, we aim to provide rich and wide-ranging opportunities for people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Our Values – As a Trust, at the heart of our Christian service is to welcome and value each individual as equal, regardless of nationality, gender, race, colour, sexuality or creed. We pride ourselves on our exceptional standards of personal pastoral care, rooted in our Christian tradition and values of kindness, support, peace, justice, forgiveness and joy. Our outlook and ambition is international and inclusive
St Mary’s College is situated in the East Riding area of Hull. The city was celebrated as the UK’s City of Culture in 2017, which saw more than £1 billion invested in its infrastructure and over £110 million invested in hotels and venues.
It is a maritime city with a lively cosmopolitan feel, fuelled by popular restaurants around an impressive marina. In contrast its historic old town features fascinating museums and magnificent civic halls.
Outside the city centre, the picturesque towns, villages, historic houses combine with the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds and East Yorkshire heritage coast.
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Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 5th May 2021
Preliminary interview: Monday 10th May 2021
Final interview: Friday 14th May 2021
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