Diocese of Brentwood

THE CHRISTUS CATHOLIC TRUST

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Grays, Essex

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HEADTEACHER

Required for April 2021

Group 4 School salary £57,714 - £78,170

P.A.N 630 maximum 630  N.O.R 611


St Thomas of Canterbury was founded in 1886 and we are pleased to have served our community of Grays for so long. We hope to deliver our mission statement by enabling our pupils and the wider community to learn to love God, learn to love one another, learn to love our world and develop a love of learning in the process.

St Thomas’ is a vibrant, popular and large school with hard working, happy children, who enjoy coming to school, achieve well and are proud to be a part of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Parish community. Our children are always expected to do their best and aim for excellence in everything they do. Our teachers and teaching assistants are always there to help and support in all aspects of learning and development.

The Christus Catholic Trust and the Governors of St Thomas of Canterbury invite applications from experienced, enthusiastic and suitably- qualified, practising Catholic leaders to join our Trust and lead St Thomas’ in the day to day leadership and management of the school to build on our successes. 

We want our Headteacher to:

  • Have a clear vision and strong commitment to Catholic education
  • Have a passion for education and making a difference to children’s lives
  • Be an excellent communicator with a strong commitment to working in partnership with the parishes and the community
  • Have an ability to support, challenge and inspire the children, encouraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Use resources, intellect, creativity and innovation to be successful
  • Have a positive and optimistic approach; be proactive and confident
  • Be passionately committed to safeguarding and the welfare and wellbeing of children and staff

We can offer you:

  • A supportive, welcoming and caring ethos based on the values of the Catholic faith
  • A team of talented and conscientious staff who work together to provide the best education and support for our pupils
  • The opportunity to work with enthusiastic and friendly children, committed staff and supportive parents
  • An enthusiastic and supportive Local Governing Committee and Trust
  • The benefits of extensive support and collaboration across our Trust schools and the wider Diocese of Brentwood and can provide the successful applicant with opportunities for further professional development
  • All the support needed in the form of individual mentoring from an experienced Christus Catholic Trust Headteacher
  • the provision of some of the central functions so that you can focus on the quality of teaching and learning and school improvement


Due to the current Covid situation, prospective applicants can access virtual viewings of the school on their website. Candidates that are shortlisted will have a ‘physical’ tour of the school facilitated immediately prior to or on the day of the interview.

For an Application Pack, please contact the Trust HR Manager, Miss Paloma Grande-Imbernon at the Christus Catholic Trust Registered email palomaGI@Christus.org.uk

Completed applications should be sent to the Trust HR Manager on PalomaGI@Christus.org.uk


The Christus Catholic Trust and ST Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to pre-employment checks. References will be sought and the successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure + Barring Service Check


Closing Date: 01st October 2020 by midday       

Shortlisting: 02nd October 2020              

Formal Interviews: 15th and 16th October 2020 (Interview process will be confirmed to the successful candidates)


Please note that we do not accept CVs or applications from agencies. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.