Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust


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Director of Catholic Education

Salary: Competitive

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Permanent

Date Posted: 22 February 2021

Closing date: 8 March 2021

Start date: September 2021

Suitable for NQTs: No


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding, mission driven leader as the Director of Catholic Education (DCE). The Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust consists of 17 primary schools and one secondary school, with a further secondary school soon to join us. All of our schools are located in Bradford and Keighley. 

The successful candidate will be an outstanding strategic leader able to develop and articulate the vision, values and ethos of the Trust and will empower others to do the same. Already an experienced leader with a track record of success, ideally across more than one school, you will bring a track record of successful change management and partnership working. You will be able to demonstrate extensive staff development experience and expertise. Most importantly you will have a passion for Catholic education and children’s learning, with the determination to make a positive difference and commitment to continuous improvement.

This is a new role, and the successful candidate will work closely with our recently appointed CEO in providing a strategic lead on Catholic Life and our school improvement strategy to maximise the performance of all of our schools. Experience of successfully implementing strategies to rapidly improve and sustain high outcomes and performance is absolutely essential for this role. The successful candidate will know how to maintain and deliver systemic rigour across the breadth of a Trust, achieved through collaborative working and the nurturing of a high-performance culture through all key strategic stakeholders.

This position represents an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional Catholic leader to make a positive impact on our schools and our communities.

For an informal and confidential conversation about this post please contact our recently appointed CEO Dr Andrew Morley on 07748740938.

Application forms and an information pack can be requested by emailing:

Closing date: Monday 8th March at 9am

Interviews: Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th March

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Criminal Records Bureau.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.