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Information and application form for candidates.

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  • St. Katherines School


    Candidate Application Pack

    January 2012

  • Headteacher

    Application Pack

    Contents List:

    Letter from Mr Barry Toogood, Chair of Governors.

    Copy of Advertisement

    Information on St Katherines for candidates with links to website

    Senior Leadership Team and Management Structure

    Timeline for candidates

    Person Specification

    Job Description

    How to apply

    St. Katherines is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young

    people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Enhanced CRB check

    will be required for the successful candidate.

  • Letter from Barry Toogood, Chair of Governors

    January 2012

    Dear Potential Applicant

    Appointment of Headteacher of St Katherines School

    Thank you for your interest in the post of Headteacher of St Katherines School. This vacancy

    arises because our Headteacher, Stephanie Quayle, is moving to Qatar with her husband who

    has been appointed Headmaster of Al Khor International School. This is a wonderful

    opportunity for them and we wish them every happiness and great success for the future.

    The Governors are seeking a successor who will build on the achievements of Stephanie and

    her team and who has the vision and skills to lead our school into the next phase of its


    St Katherines is a medium sized 11-19 mixed comprehensive school. We are situated on the

    edge of Bristol in a beautiful rural environment and we enjoy excellent transport links, being

    just off one of the main routes to Bristol and close to the M5. Although we are a North

    Somerset Local Authority School, the vast majority of our students live in the neighbouring

    authority of Bristol and travel out of the city each day to enjoy an excellent standard of

    education and the vast wealth of opportunities that St Katherines has to offer. We have a

    very well developed outreach programme in place with the primary schools in North Somerset

    and in Bristol.

    The students, staff, parents and governors are very proud of our school and its

    achievements. We have been a Science College since 2003 and were delighted to graduate

    as a High Performing Specialist School with a focus on Applied Learning in 2009. Standards

    at St Katherines are consistently high and for the past four consecutive years our Year 11

    students have been ranked first in North Somerset for pupil progress from Key Stage 2 to Key

    Stage 4. We routinely meet or exceed our FFTD targets at both school and individual student


    As well as being a High Performing Specialist School and Science College, some of our other

    notable achievements include being a national lead school for Gifted and Talented, being the

    first secondary school in the country to receive the Food for Life Gold Award and most

    recently achieving the School Gold Travel Plan award. We have a beautiful school site and a

    well maintained learning environment which has been developed significantly in the last few

    years. Our specialist accommodation is excellent and some of our recent developments

    include a new 2.8M world class Hospitality facility (which won LABC West of England best

    education facility), refurbished English facilities including a new purpose built Apple Mac suite,

    well maintained and looked after general teaching facilities and extensive beautiful school

    grounds. Our 5M annual school budget is extremely well managed and we expect to carry

    forward 200K in to the new financial year. Our greatest assets however are the students

    and staff of St Katherines. Ofsted in May 2011 described St Katherines as a good school

  • that provides a good quality of education with outstanding provision for students care,

    guidance and support. The school community is extremely harmonious and students were

    keen to let inspectors know how they enjoy school as well as saying they feel safe and well

    cared for. Links with parents and carers are fostered extremely well and they are highly


    This is an exciting time for an applicant with a passion for making St Katherines School the

    best place for young people to learn and grow up.

    To support you, we can offer you a strong Senior Leadership Team, hardworking, talented

    and enthusiastic staff, a dedicated, effective governing body, confident, articulate, thoughtful,

    creative and aspirational students with supportive parents.

    We hope you will find the information pack for candidates useful. There is plenty of additional

    information on our school website. Applicants should complete the enclosed application form

    (there is an electronic version online) and send a supporting letter (no more than two sides of

    A4 please) highlighting the skills and qualities you feel you would bring to the post. Please

    address the key points in our person specification in your letter of application.

    We look forward to receiving your application, and should you wish to visit the school prior to

    submitting your application, please contact Mrs Moller, the Headteachers PA, for an


    Yours sincerely

    B Toogood

    Barry Toogood

    Chair of Board of Governors

    Closing date: Monday, 20 February 2012, 12 noon

    Short listing:Short listing will take place during the week commencing 20 February 2012.

    Candidates will be invited to interview by telephone and e-mail.

    Confirmation of the interview programme will be sent on 28/29 February 2012

    Interviews: Monday 12 March, Tuesday 13 March, Wednesday 14 March

  • Copy of Advertisement

  • Information for candidates with links to the website

    We would encourage all candidates to visit our school website at where there are over 200 pages of information. We have selected a few

    key pages under each heading which we hope will be of interest to you.


    There is an electronic version of our Prospectus on this page, as well as all the latest news

    and updates, our school blog and ParentPay can also be accessed from this page

    About Us

    This section gives you a broad overview of our school including Our Aims and Values,

    Whos Who, details about our Ofsted Report from May 2011, last summers excellent GCSE

    and A Level Results and some of our accreditations such as Lead School for Gifted and

    Talented and Food for Life Gold Award. Parents also use this page to access School Events

    and Newsletters.


    The Parents section gives all the information parents need in relation to their childs

    learning and well-being whilst at school including SEN. There is also practical information

    about making payments, attendance and specific Year Group information.


    The Students section is well visited and is full of information, videos, and podcasts created

    by the students, as well as other information providing details about health, homework

    extracurricular activities and examinations. Students also use this section to access the

    VLE and student emails.


    The Curriculum section gives details of all our KS3 and KS4 curriculum opportunities by


    Sixth Form

    The Sixth Form section is the largest section with all the information required about

    joining, studying and life in the Sixth Form. There is a separate Sixth Form Prospectus.

    There are full details of all the courses and opportunities available detailed in the online


    Contact Us and Community

    These sections have details about directions, lettings and our Outreach Programme.

  • Senior Leadership Team/Management Structure

    Stephanie Quayle, Headteacher

    Deputy Headteacher

    Assistant Headteachers

    Business Manager

    Headteachers PA/Operations Manager

    Steve Welsh, Deputy Headteacher Head of English Head of Humanities

    Head of Maths Head of Science

    Justin Humphreys, Assistant Headteacher Head of Year 11 and Sixth Form

    Head of Design, Art and Technology Head of ICT and Business

    Systems Manager

    Mark Kennedy, Assistant Headteacher Head of Years 7 and 8 Human Resources Manager (jointly with Business Manager)

    Head of Performing Arts Librarian

    Joseph Mulligan, Assistant Headteacher AST for G+T

    Head of International Communications Faculty Head of PSHE/Work Related Learning and Enterprise Education

    Head of Year 9

    Hayden Southon, Assistant Headteacher

    Head of Year 10 Head of PE

    SEN Teacher Inclusion & Achievement Team Student & Family Support Team

    Connexions Parent Support Advisors

    Nigel Cutland, Business Manager Support Staff

  • Appointment of Headteacher

    Timeline for Candidates



    30 January 2012 20

    February 2012

    Advertisement appears in press and Vacancy


    13 17 February 2012

    School Break

    20 February 2012

    Closing date for advertisement

    21 24 February 2012

    Short listing takes place.

    28/29 February 2012

    Shortlisted candidates invited for interview

    12, 13 and 14 March


    Interviews take place

    14 March 2012

    Decision ratified by FGB and post offered

    1 September 2012

    New Headteacher starts