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.





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. 

Part-Time Food Technician  - Job Reference 1369 - required from 1 September 2019

for 19.5 hours for three days a week.  Previous experience desirable but not essentail. Closing date 28 June 2019.

SENCO to manage Special Educational Needs - full time from 1 September 2019

Closing date 28 June 2019


- NQTs will be considered

Closing date  - 5 July 2019

For all vacancies 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. 



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



Development Officer South East Catholic Partnership

(0.3FTE, 2-year Fixed term contract)


The Catholic Education Service (CES) has an opportunity for an individual able to demonstrate an outstanding leadership track record in education to work with diocesan directors, academia and Catholic teaching schools in the region to develop and deliver effective programmes of leadership development and ongoing formation. 


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales recognises that an effective Leadership and Governance strategy sits at the heart of Catholic education and has commissioned CES to deliver an effective framework, under the Formatioidentity, to achieve this in partnership with diocesan education teams, Catholic universities and teaching schools across England and Wales. 


Formatio willform, nourish and sustain leaders of Catholic education by providing opportunities for professional development and Catholic formation and strengthen working relationships between Catholic dioceses in the spirit of the common good.


Key deliverables 

·       To develop and implement ongoing formation programmes for governors 

·       To provide support for aspiring head teachers and those in leadership roles 

·       To establish and implement a framework for leadership development 

·      To prioritise areas of greatest need due to lack of system capacity, economic disadvantage or poor educational performance 


This role presents a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to future leadership within Catholic education in England and Wales. The role will work in partnership with dioceses to build on the strong foundations of existing provision in the four regions to ensure that development matches today’s needs.


The role will require outstanding relationship building capabilities to collaborate with colleagues within the South-East diocesan education teams, across the four regions and with the Catholic Education Service. 


The South East Catholic Partnership comprises: Archdioceses of Southwark and Westminster, Dioceses of Arundel & Brighton, Brentwood, East Anglia, Northampton and Portsmouth along with Catholic teaching schools and St Mary’s University.


How to apply 

Please complete an application form (available from ) and return to


Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 9 Mayand interviews will take place on Friday 17 May 2019.


The post is open to individuals either as an employment opportunity or as part of a secondment. This person will act as a catalyst to help form and sustain leaders of Catholic education


For further information please contact Catherine Bryan: 020 7901 1918 



(Permanent - Full-time)

St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School, Hazell Avenue, Aylesbury.HP21 7JF


The children, staff and Governors are looking for a dedicated and inspirational Deputy Headteacher to join our vibrant and successful school and work in partnership with the Headteacher.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our welcoming and caring school and work with a talented and motivated team of staff who help, support and challenge each other.

St Joseph’s is a two-form entry Catholic school with a Governor run preschool set in attractive groundson the edge of Aylesbury town centre. We recognise each person as ‘special’ and place a strongvalue on the education of the whole child. We provide a welcoming and nurturing environment to help our pupils become confident individuals and lifelong learners who make progress and achieve. We want children to leave our school as individuals who have achieved to the best of their ability, have a strong respect for others and who have a love of learning.

The role:

Under the overall direction of the Headteacher play a lead role:

  • In formulating the aims and objectives of the schools and establishing the policies, practices and timetables through which they are to be achieved

  • Developing and maintaining the ethos and distinctive nature of our Catholic school

  • Be responsible for the standards and curriculum of all pupils including monitoring of progress

    towards achievement and assessment

  • In proactively managing staff, resources and the enhancement of the wider learning

    environment including displays and outdoor learning environments

  • Take full responsibility for the school in the absence of the Headteacher

  • Carry out the professional duties of a teacher as required

  • Take responsibility for child protection issues as appropriate taking responsibility for

    promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

  • In overseeing lunchtime organisation, including the lunchtime supervisors. Sharing lunchtime

    duties with the Headteacher as needed

  • In developing and maintaining relationships and communications with stakeholders including

    the website

    The role of Deputy Headteacher will involve teaching for two days per week. At this point in time it could be in either EYFS or KS1. We will be flexible for the right candidate.

    We are looking for:

  • An exciting, imaginative teacher with an excellent record of classroom practice and high expectations of behaviour and achievement who is passionate about children’s learning

  • Be a practising Catholic with a commitment to excellence in Catholic education with an ability to promote and develop a vision for high quality education.

  • Someone who leads by example, setting high standards in all aspects of school life with good inter-personal skills and the ability to lead, motivate and inspire staff

  • Ability to form excellent relationships with others.

  • Qualified Teacher Status with Degree level qualification.

  • Ability to teach across the age range with a clear understanding of Early Years education.

  • Experience of curriculum leadership to promote pupil’s enjoyment and engagement inlearning, analysing and using the data to progress learning across the whole school and co-

    ordinating and developing staff

  • A willingness to provide extracurricular activities in line with the school's commitment to an

    extended and enriched curriculum

  • Enthusiasm and a sense of humour. Flexibility, adaptability and creativity with the ability to

    think critically

  • Fully supportive of the school's ethos and values

    In return, we will offer you:

  • Supportive and engaged Governors

  • A welcoming community with a strong Catholic ethos where every child is known and valued

  • Enthusiastic, happy and respectful children

  • A commitment to continued professional development

  • The prospect to make a significant impact on our school

  • Designated leadership time and working space

  • Good home, local schools, and parish partnerships

    Visits to the school are welcome. Please contact the school office on 01296 484618 and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

    Please visit our website an application pack.

    Please note that we cannot accept CVs without a completed form.