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About the role

After 15 dedicated years of leadership, our current Headteacher is retiring. The Governing board of St Catherine’s are seeking to appoint a worthy successor to take up post in September 2023.

St Catherine’s is a popular, two-form entry, Voluntary Controlled, Church of England Primary School. It’s conveniently located in the heart of the developing market town of Hoddesdon, within easy reach of the A10, M25 and M11.

We serve the local community in being the first and only Church of England Primary School in Hoddesdon and are proud to be rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2021. We work closely with our parents, carers and families and have a strong bond with St Catherine’s and St Paul’s Parish Church.

We have a diverse school population, with children from a broad catchment, incorporating an area of high deprivation. In line with our values, we strive to provide a truly inclusive environment for all, and this is embodied within our newly adopted school motto ‘Let your light shine’, from Matthew 5.

Pupils’ personal development plays an important part of our school life. We have strong links with the community and our pupil’s take part in a range of local community events and school trips that connect to their learning. Through the curriculum, we address political issues that affect the local area and learn from different views and perspectives.

In recruiting a new Headteacher we are seeking someone who can shape and share our vision and ethos. We are seeking a Headteacher with the enthusiasm, drive, and energy to move our school forward to the next stage of its development. Ideally a practising Christian, or someone who is fully committed to the ethos of the Anglican Church.

For the successful candidate, we are able offer a warm and caring community, with sociable children and a committed staff team. Supportive parents who are invested in their children’s learning, and a Governing body who are proud to be part of the school and who are happy to invest in continued professional development.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a current Headteacher or a Deputy Headteacher with proven leadership experience.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you!

If you would like to arrange a visit please contact Mrs Catherall, Office Manager, at admin@stcaths.herts.sch.uk, or telephone - 01992 463214.

For further information about the role please contact Chair of Governors, Mr. Peter Falconbridge at admin@stcaths.herts.sch.uk,

To apply for this role, send your completed application form to leadership.recruitment@hfleducation.org

We look forward to receiving your application.

St Catherine’s (VC) Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) as well as other pre-appointment checks, including an online check, as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022).

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion.


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Contact details

HFL Recruitment Services
Herts for Learning Ltd, SROB201 Robertson House Six Hills Way Stevenage
Hertfordshire SG1 2FQ

Telephone: 01438 544476
Email: leadership.recruitment@hfleducation.org
Website: www.stcaths.herts.sch.uk
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