Headteacher – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Morecambe

‘Called to make a difference’
The governors are seeking to appoint an inspirational and dedicated person to lead our school community with drive, compassion, and humility. We would like to appoint a leader who will foster an environment of love and forgiveness and encourage our children to know that they are called to make a difference.
We are looking for a strong, dynamic and inspirational leader who:

  • Is a committed and practising Catholic who can further develop the strong Catholic identity and ethos of our school
  • Be able to drive teaching, learning and curriculum development forward demonstrating passion and enthusiasm
  • Is passionate about making a positive difference to children’s lives
  • Is an excellent communicator and active listener who works with integrity for the benefit of all within the school community
  • Has vision, motivation and dedication to take on the challenge of leading the school during this adventurous and transformational time, and beyond
  • Has a proven track record in school improvement coupled with the drive and ambition to move the school forward
  • Has a clear strategic direction and sense of purpose
  • Will challenge and empower staff and pupils to be the best they can be
  • Will develop and sustain a learning culture for all across our school
  • Will foster children’s enjoyment of learning whilst ensuring high levels of achievement
  • Will recognise and respect the character, personality, dignity and value of every pupil
  • Recognises the value of working collaboratively with others; parents and carers, the parish/diocese, other schools and practitioners to enhance practice and outcomes
    We can offer:
  • Wonderful, enthusiastic children who are eager to learn
  • A friendly, welcoming community, underpinned by our strong Catholic ethos, where all are valued
  • An opportunity to make a real difference
  • Strong support from the Governing Body, Parents and Carers, the Parish/ Lancaster Diocese and Lancaster Local Authority
  • A firm commitment to your ongoing professional development

    Shortlisting date: Thursday 9th November 2023
    Interview date: Friday 1st December 2023

    The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and operates a strict safeguarding policy, with procedures (including reference checks and enhanced disclosures) being rigorously and consistently applied.
    Applicants are advised that schools and colleges designated with a religious character in England and Wales are permitted by law to require certain posts to be filled by practising Catholics.
    Please note that in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 an online search will be carried out as part of our due diligence on shortlisted candidates.
    Please note that there is a word limit of 1300 for your supporting statement.
    It is essential that all applications are forwarded in word format.
    The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a ‘disclosure’. Information provided by you or the Disclosure and Barring Service will be dealt with in a confidential manner in accordance with the DBS’s Code of Practice. You may view the Code of Practice on the DBS website at www.gov.uk/dbs or alternatively a copy is available on request. Lancashire County Council has a Handling of DBS Certificate Information Policy this is available from the recruiting manager to applicants who are asked to complete a DBS application.
    More Information can be found at www.st-marys-morecambe.lancs.sch.uk

Proposed Interview Date:

For an informal discussion please contact:

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the school office on 01524 489020.

Application forms and further details are available from/returnable to

Application forms attached
Please return completed application forms to [email protected]

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.