St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Grays, Essex  

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Required for September 2021


Group 4 School – Salary: £75,466 - £89,357

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

We encourage you to visit the school and you can do so during the week of 22nd March. To arrange the visit please contact Mrs Nuala Cashell, Christus Catholic Trust Accounting Officer, on ncashell@

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

Completed applications should be sent to the Trust HR Manager on by the closing date

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: Tuesday, 6th April 2021 by 9am

Shortlisting Date: Monday, 12th April 2021

Formal Interviews: 19th and 20th April 2021

(Interview process will be confirmed to the successful candidates)

Please note that Parish Priest’s reference will be taken up prior to shortlisting

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