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.


Catholic Diocese of Northampton

in partnership with St Luke Academies Trust

St Luke Academies Trust

Occupation Rd

Corby, Northants NN17 1EE


Tel: 01536 203251


School Improvement Director

Required for September 2019

Salary Band (L25-28)


The Board of Directors of St Luke Academies 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 Luke Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Kettering and Corby:       St Thomas More, St Edward’s, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Schools. The Trust has worked hard over its first four years to develop and embed effective systems, foster a shared vision, and establish effective collaboration between schools and leaders. Many successes have been achieved and The Trust is now poised to take its 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 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 will 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 

Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 or 07794919533 or email


Please return your completed application form by email to Eamonn McAuley, Chair of the 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 call the Trust office on 01536 203251.


Application close date:   Monday 11thFebruary 2019 at 12.00pm

Interview Date:  Week beginning 25thFebruary 2019


St Luke Academies Trust 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.



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



St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Slough or contact Clerk to the Board , Jacky Cope:   Telephone:  01753 524713

Headteacher required from September 2019

Closing date: 30th January 2019.

 Interview dates: 5th & 6th February 2019

Please contact the school directly as above.


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