Apply online HEADTEACHER


Tel: 01995 603023
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Roll: 131
Do you aspire to excellence in education and have the desire to shape our children's lives?

St Mary and St Michael's Catholic Primary in Garstang, Lancashire was founded in 1858 and has been at the heart of our Parish Community ever since. We are in a delightful, historic market town situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty. Garstang is a thriving community which offers a great deal to families and people of all ages and boasts excellent transport links to Lancaster, Preston, the Fylde, the Lake District and further afield via the M6. We have strong, caring and dedicated staff, who together with supportive parents, strive to provide excellence for our children.

Our 2018 OFSTED judged the school as Requiring Improvement so, in addition to the qualities outlined on the attached Person Specification, our new Headteacher will:
  • Be able to recognise the journey the school has begun, identify and execute the changes that are needed to drive the school forward towards excellence in all areas of school life.
  • Be a committed, practising Catholic with a clear vision of Catholic Education in the 21st Century.
  • Ensure that the school continues to contribute to the Parish and stays at the heart of the community.
  • Be precise, providing education targets that ensure that each and every child reaches their full potential.
  • Be able to support, develop and encourage staff to be the best that they can be and ensure they deliver consistent, high quality teaching in all subjects across the curriculum.
  • Be able to balance and plan school finances to serve the needs of the pupils and the curriculum.
  • Be an exceptional communicator at all levels.
  • Be caring, supportive and charismatic.

    In return we offer you
  • A friendly and welcoming community of enthusiastic, well behaved children who want to learn.
  • A team of talented, caring and hardworking teachers and support staff who will respond positively to new ideas and strong, clear leadership.
  • Supportive, engaged parents who only want what is best for their children and the school.
  • A Governing Body that is responsive to change and will challenge and encourage positively.
  • The opportunity to develop yourself both professionally and personally.

    We are all unique and can reach our full potential in the loving family of SS Mary & Michael Catholic Primary School. Walking with Jesus, caring for each other, we learn together in the warmth of our school home.

    Visits to the school are warmly welcomed but subject to restrictions brought about by the current pandemic. Please contact Heather or Michele at the school office to arrange a convenient time on 01995 603023. Please also visit our new website for further information.

    The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Information provided by you or the Disclosure and Barring Service will be dealt with in a confidential manner in accordance with the DBS's Code of Practice. You may view the Code of Practice on the DBS website at or alternatively a copy is available on request. Lancashire County Council has a Handling of DBS Certificate Information Policy this is available from the recruiting manager to applicants who are asked to complete a DBS application.

    Lancashire County Council has a Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders this is available to all applicants upon request.
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    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.