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Fairoak Avenue, Newport, South Wales, NP19 8FW

Tel: 01633 258801


Headteacher for September 2023

Salary: L13 – L19      NOR: 211 (Reception to Year 6)

Are you a committed practising Catholic who has the Gospel values at the heart of everything you do and who will lead by the example of your own faith?

Are you committed to working with our children and families and do you have high aspirations for the children in your care?

 Are you highly motivated, with proven leadership skills and successful experiences of school improvement and change?

The Governing Body of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint a Headteacher who will answer yes to all these questions and lead our ambitious and committed staff.

St. Joseph’s is a thriving, friendly school dedicated to the success of its children. We provide full-time education, currently for 211 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11 years. We are a Roman Catholic, Voluntary Aided school in the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

Estyn in February 2019 recognised:

“St Joseph’s voluntary aided Roman Catholic Primary school is a highly inclusive and nurturing learning community for its pupils. It has an outstanding caring ethos, and celebrates the cultural diversity of the local area very successfully.”

“Teachers and support staff work together creatively to develop innovative planning methods that challenge pupils consistently to make strong progress and become confident and able learners.” 

“The school parliament is an outstanding feature through which the pupils learn to work collaboratively and make decisions about many aspects of their school.”

Our Headteacher will:

  • Be a committed, practising Catholic, with a clear vision of Catholic Education
  • Be joyful and positive with a good sense of humour who will cherish and support the ethos of our school
  • Be a strategic thinker who can articulate a vision to promote and inspire the highest standards of teaching, learning and wellbeing
  • Be an experienced and excellent classroom practitioner with high expectations of children’s achievement, attainment and behaviour.
  • Inspire and motivate our staff and children whilst making them feel valued and supported
  • Be an effective communicator who leads by example
  • Have high expectations and aspirations and will promote and celebrate the achievements of all our children.
  • Be committed to build on existing relationships with parents, the Parish, the Diocese, Local Authority and wider community whilst fostering new relationships

Our children are looking for someone who:

  • Is kind, fair and fun
  • Helps us to be the best we can
  • Listens to our ideas

We can offer:

  • A warm, welcoming school community with a strong Catholic ethos
  • An exciting opportunity to make a real difference
  • Professional, passionate and dedicated teaching and support staff, who are willing and eager to undertake continuous professional development and thrive under your leadership
  • Talented, stimulating and enthusiastic children with a desire to learn
  • A dedicated, experienced, supportive Governing Body who will work in partnership with you
  • A strong working relationship with parents, the Parish, cluster schools and local community

Key dates:

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Sunday 14th May 2023

Shortlisting: Wednesday 17th May 2023

Interviews: Monday and Tuesday, 22nd and 23rd, May 2023

Please take the opportunity to visit our school on Wednesday 3rd May at 2 p.m. when The Chair of Governors will give a tour of the school. If you wish to attend please email The Chair of Governors at

Please see below the link to the Senior Leadership application form

Completed CES application forms should be returned directly to Chair of Governors, Mrs Andi O’Brien via

We are obliged to ask you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to provide appropriate documents such as your full birth certificate/passport/work permit in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on all applicants. This will include an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. This post also requires you to be registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC). Newport City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and