St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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Vacancies within our school

Deputy Headteacher

Start date:  January 2023 or sooner if possible

Contract type: Full-time
Contract term: Permanent

Location: Thame, Oxfordshire
Salary: Leadership Scale L3 – L8

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a single form entry school situated in the market town of Thame.  We are a close knit family community where every child is known and loved, nurtured and challenged to be their best.  St. Joseph’s is part of The Pope Francis Catholic MAC which is a successful and growing Catholic Multi Academy Company situated in Oxfordshire.

Reporting to the Headteacher, the Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, seek to appoint a practising and committed Catholic Deputy Headteacher.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with the Headteacher in leading and inspiring the whole school community on its journey towards excellence - providing the highest standard of education for our children and ensuring that our school is the very best that it can be.  Having high expectations and aspirations for all pupils, along with a commitment to inclusive learning and reducing barriers are essential for this role.  This role will have a class teaching commitment two days per week.

St. Joseph’s is blessed with a beautiful school site with ample outdoor space, where there is potential for the further development of outdoor learning.  Our school building has bright, spacious classrooms and part of the site is shared with our parish church. 

As a MAC we believe fundamentally in the education of the whole child, each of whom is unique and made in the image and likeness of God. We are committed to working together as one family across all our schools and we recognise the importance that strong leadership plays in achieving this. Our approach to continual professional development and collaboration between the leaders in all our schools reflects this vision.


The successful candidate will:

  • Be a practising Catholic
  • Be able to deepen and strengthen the ethos and mission of Catholic education
  • Have a clear understanding of how to develop, improve and enrich opportunities for all pupils
  • Have experience of leading a key stage and / or a whole school initiative
  • Be a caring and inspiring leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills


We will offer: 

  • A community with a strong Catholic ethos where everyone is valued and cared for
  • A team committed to securing the best for all our pupils and staff
  • A supportive Governing Body with a wide skill set and a strong commitment to continual improvement
  • Pupils who want to learn and to succeed
  • Strong supportive links with the parish and other schools in the area and beyond
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development.


For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact our office manager Ginevra Sproat on or 01844 214278. To apply, please complete the CES application form and all other supplementary forms included in the application pack. In completing the CES application form, you will need to include a supporting statement detailing your relevant experience, skills and competencies.


Closing date: Friday 8th July 2022 (noon)

Shortlisting:   Friday 8th July 2022

Interviews:     Thursday 14th July 2022


Start date:  September 2022

Contract type: 08:30am – 3:30pm, Monday – Friday during term-time
Contract term: Permanent

Location: Thame, Oxfordshire
Salary: Grade 8 Point 18-23 (FTE £25,419-£28,226)

We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic HLTA who is flexible and organised and is passionate about supporting teaching and learning for children with additional needs.  This is an exciting opportunity as we develop our whole school approach to nurture and inclusion for children with SEN.  As our SEN HLTA you will be involved in developing our nurture room where you will be based, supporting groups of children as well as supporting their re-integration into the classroom.  You will also lead interventions across the school and will work closely with the SENCo, SLT, teachers and teaching assistants.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has experience of working with children with additional needs
  • has a good understanding of how children learn
  • is passionate about forming positive relationships with children and staff
  • has strong communication skills
  • has an understanding of barriers to learning and strategies to overcome these
  • can think ‘outside of the box’ in supporting children with additional needs
  • has strong behaviour management skills
  • is well organised, flexible and adaptable
  • can work well as part of a team and take a lead in supporting others

In return we can offer:

  • a supportive and friendly staff team
  • advice and support from external specialists with enhanced packages from OXSIT and the Educational Psychology team
  • a forward thinking approach to SEND
  • a close working relationship with the SENCo and SLT
  • the opportunity to play a key role in developing SEN provision in our school

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact our office manager Ginevra Sproat on or 01844 214278. To apply, please complete the CES application form and all other supplementary forms included in the application pack on our school website

Closing date: Midday on Friday 8th July

Shortlisting:   Friday 8th July

Interviews:     Tuesday 12th July

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All positions are subject to criminal record checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and require you to disclose details of unspent and unfiltered reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in any application.

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