Recruitment in Schools

The preservation and development of the quality and distinctive nature of Catholic schools depends on the faith, practice and commitment of the teachers in the schools, working with their Governing Body. 

The Catholic Church understands the vocation of a teacher as a form of ministry within the Church. 1 All teachers in Catholic schools are employed to participate in the Church’s teaching office, exercising this ministry in accordance with the Church’s teachings. This requires teachers to be witnesses in word and deed to the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ.2

To find Catholic teachers who combine personal conviction and practice of the faith with the required professional qualifications and experience, especially in specialist subjects, is always a high priority.

1 Gravissimum Educationis, 8      2 Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 32

Governing Bodies, as the employers of staff, have a duty to ensure that the Catholic character of the school is maintained and developed. The Bishops’ expect that Governing Bodies will employ Catholic teachers who combine personal conviction and practice of the faith with the required professional qualifications and experience, in order to ensure this.

Reserved Posts: Senior leadership posts (Headteacher or equivalent and Deputy Head) and Head of RE (or equivalent) within schools and academies must be filled by practising Catholics who can show, by example and from experience, that they will ensure that the school or academy is distinctively Catholic in all aspects.

Guidance must be sought from NORES before reserved posts are advertised and a member of NORES staff must be part of any interview process. The full procedure for recruitment can be founf in the NORES Guidane - Staffing document below.   If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please contact Mgr Kevin McGinnell on 01582 723312 or


Recruitment Guidance & Documentation 

The Catholic Education Service (CES) provide both guidance and model documentation to ensure fair and effective recruitment.  Guidance can be found on their website. 

Teachers Pay & Conditions 2015

Recruitment Guidance for Governors - 2016 (pdf)

Memorandum on the Appointment of Teachers (pdf)

NORES Guidance - Staffing (pdf)

School Vacancies

 School Vacancies from across England and Wales  can be found here.



Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Luton are looking to recruit a new Headteacher from September 2019.  For a confidential conversation or to arrange a school visit please contact Syvonne Wilson at Academicis on (Direct) 01223 907976, (Switchboard) 01233 907979, (Mobile) 07500 889504 or by email


Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton, NN3 6HT

We are always looking for people on our team who are professional, dedicated and committed to the goal of transforming lives.  Our staff embrace our core values to create a supportive and welcoming environment for all students, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.

The range of vacancies we offer is highly varied but every role has one thing in common – they are all designed to support the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning.   If you feel that you have the right qualities to join our team, we are very interested in hearing from you. 

Please contact Jan Jayes , the HR Manager 01604 493211



Class teachers at St Anthony's

You are warlmly invited to visit the school.

Please contact Mrs Sam MacKenzie, the School Business Manager on  The application form and further details can be found on our website under News/Vacancies. 

Telephone: 01753 645828


St Joseph's Primary, Luton

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School are currently advertising positions for teachers starting  in September 2019. For further details please contact Mrs. Board school Bursar on 01582 572964. Alternatively visit to see the adverts in full. 


St Martin de PorresPrimary, Luton are seeking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher for September 2019.

Visits to the school are encouraged. For further information please visit our website or contact Cheryl Harris, PA to the Leadership Team on 01582 617600 to arrange a visit.

Closing date for applications:     23rd April 2019 at 12.00 noon.


Interview Date:                              29th April 2019




Catholic Diocese of Northampton –Duns Scotus Trust for Academies

in partnership with St Luke Academies Trust

St Edward’s Catholic Primary School



Required for September 2019

Salary Band (2-6)


The Governors of St Edward’s Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint an outstanding practitioner who will be a dynamic and ambitious Catholic leader, working with the headteacher, staff and governors to continue to develop this happy and nurturing primary school. 


The school is part of St Luke Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust consisting of four Catholic Primary schools in Kettering and Corby: St Edward’s, St Thomas More, St Brendan’s and Our Lady of Walsingham. The position, therefore, offers the exciting opportunity to work within a supportive and dynamic group of senior leaders, striving to develop excellence across their schools, with good opportunities for professional development. 


We are looking for a deputy headteacher who:

·       Is a practising Catholic and fully committed to the Catholic ethos of the school.

·       Is an outstanding classroom practitioner, providing the best possible role model for all staff and pupils.

·       Has high expectations and will inspire, challenge and encourage staff to achieve the best outcomes for pupils, enabling every child to reach their highest potential.

·       Has experience of working with staff to improve teaching and learning.

·       Is an experienced practitioner.

·       Has excellent communication, inter-personal and organisational skills.


In return we will offer:

  • Happy, kind, hardworking and appreciative children with positive attitudes to learning.
  • A welcoming, friendly school with committed and supportive staff, parents and governing body.
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Trust’s schools.
  • Opportunities to engage in CPD
  • Good links with the parish, North Northants Catholic Schools Partnership, Northampton diocese and the local community.


St Edward’s Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.


We strongly recommend that you call to arrange to visit the school prior to the interview day and we welcome the opportunity to meet you. The closing date for applications is the 18thMay at 5.00pm.


For details contact the school business manager or telephone 01536 481430



St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School

Headteacher September 2019

For a successful and suitably experienced candidate, there is the opportunity to appoint an Executive Head as an alternative with headship over 2 primary schools in the Trust including St Gregory’s.

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School is a two form entry primary school with nearly 400 pupils and islocated towards the North of Northampton. St Gregory’s joined the St Thomas of Canterbury CatholicAcademies Trust in April 2016 and is one of three Catholic primary schools with strong links to the only Catholic Secondary School in Northamptonshire; all 4 schools work closely together within the Trust.

The school is seeking a practising and dedicated Roman Catholic Headteacher who is really inspired by the journey so far, someone who embraces the potential that this charming school has to offer and recognises that this role may well be the defining moment of their career.

With the support of the Trust, St Gregory’s is on an incredible journey of school improvement.Through a relentless focus on end of Key Stage outcomes, a strong emphasis on staff development and additional day-to-day support with financial and operational management, we have built the foundations for a bright and exciting future for this school.

What the school needs now is an inspirational leader who has the energy, drive and ambition,committed to continuing the journey through to ‘good’ and beyond; someone that really takes on theschool as their own, embodying the values and really committing to the community for at least the next five years.

This would be the ideal opportunity for an experienced deputy who is seeking their first headship, or someone looking for their next exciting leadership challenge in a growing and expanding Trust.

Application packs can be downloaded from either the Trust website: or the school website: .

All completed applications to be sent to Jo Brake-Oakes, Trust HR Manager, email:


no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Shortlisting: Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Interviews will be held: Friday 26th April 2019

If you would like more information and/or arrange a school visit please contact Jo Brake-Oakes, Trust HR Manager on (Direct) 01604 497309 or email:

“Walking Together in the Light of the Lord”



St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic AcademiesTrust

 (Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust)

Becket Way

Northampton NN3 6HT


School Improvement Director (Primary)

Required for September 2019

Salary Band (L25-28)


The Board of Directors of St Thomas of Canterbury and St Francis Assisi Trust are seeking to appoint a School Improvement Director with a proven record of accomplishment in leadership and school improvementand a commitment to the Catholic ethos of the Trust.


St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Northampton:  St Gregory’s, St Mary’s, The Good Shepherd are all primary schools and Thomas Becket a Secondary school. St Francis of Assisi Academy Trust consists of two primary schools; John Rigby and St Joseph’s and St Gregory’s, a secondary school St Thomas More and a teaching school.  St Francis of Assisi is a well established Trust with effective systems, embedded across the financial management of schools in the Trust and a shared vision.  St Thomas of Canterbury are working hard to develop these systems, and establish effective collaboration between schools and leaders. Many successes have been achieved and The Trusts are now poised to take their next step forward.  Our new School Improvement Director will need to work collaboratively with our Board, the diocese and schools to continue our journey of improvement and the next phase of our development. 


Our School Improvement Director(primary) must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, sound judgement and problem solving skills, be able to lead from the front and also to motivate and develop effective teams. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear vision for education and be passionate and knowledgeable about teaching and learning. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the capacity to lead and maintain positive relationships with a range of stakeholders in a growing organisation.  There may be interim responsibility for financial oversight and the Accounting Officer role, so knowledge of effective financial leadership and management would also be desirable.


This role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader, backed by a supportive Board and an enthusiastic team, to make a real difference to the lives of young people. 


For an informal discussion about the role and any queries you may have, please telephone 

Tony Bishop, Executive Principal St Francis Trust on 01234 334635 or email


Please return your completed application form by email to Chris Atkin, Chair of the St Thomas of Canterbury Trust Board, at

The directors welcome any candidates who would like to visit the Trust and meet the staff.  Should you wish to arrange an appointment, please contact the Trust office in Bedford,  or 01234 334635


Application close date:   Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 12.00pm

Interview Date:  Monday 29thApril 2019



St Thomas of Canterbury and St Francis of Assisi Trusts are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.