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Executive Principal

Vacancy: Executive Principal (Full-time role)

Salary: Competitive and TBD in light of experience and qualifications


St Gregory’s and St Simon Stock form a Catholic secondary academy cluster as part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP), a multi-academy trust (MAT) established by the Archdiocese of Southwark for Catholic education across Kent.  Currently comprised of 24 academies (5 secondary and 19 primary), the Trust is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dedicated Executive Principal from August 2020 for this cluster due to the retirement of the current post-holder.  In time, the cluster could include at least one other academy, so the successful candidate will be at the helm of a flagship enterprise for Catholic education. 


Reporting to the Chief Executive of the Trust and Executive Governing Body for the cluster, the Executive Principal will provide the strategic Catholic leadership and inspiration for the cluster, motivating staff and maximizing all available resources for the cluster’s ‘common good’ . This includes the strategic planning and management of cluster finances, staff, buildings and other resources, with a special focus on professional development and training, cultivating collegiate responses and the sharing of specialist skills and resources across the cluster. The postholder will represent the academies to the Executive Governing Body, CEO and Trust Board, the Diocesan Education Commission, and to local and central government, and their agencies as necessary.


The successful applicant will be highly motivated and innovative, accountable for ensuring, maintaining and sustaining the Catholic identity of the academies they are assigned to lead, and for ensuring that this identity is reflected in every aspect of the academies’ Catholic life, so that the learning and faith outcomes of all pupils improve continuously. This fundamental duty, rooted in our shared Gospel values, provides the context for the proper discharge of all other duties and responsibilities, and consequently we are seeking to appoint a practising Catholic, with the necessary desire, experience, expertise and qualification, to this role.


St Gregory’s and St Simon Stock are inclusive secondary academies. Their dedicated staff, helpers and Governors work hard to ensure every student is supported and challenged to be their best. In an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and care, the academy teams work together in the spirit of the Gospel to serve their immediate community, wider parish, the Trust and the Diocese as a whole. In this inclusive and emotionally literate context, everyone is encouraged to grow spiritually and intellectually so that unique and positive contributions are made to communities, society and to the world.


St Gregory’s and St Simon Stock are located to the west of Kent and are easily accessible via both road & rail. Both enjoy spacious classrooms, large grounds, excellent student facilities and benefit from recent and substantial investment.


St Gregory’s were judged ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent denominational inspection in 2018 and were also judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas at their last Ofsted inspection in 2013. St Simon Stock were judged ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent denominational inspection in 2015 and were also judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas at their last Ofsted inspection in 2016.


KCSP, as the largest, single Catholic MAT in the south of England, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and requires all staff, helpers and Governors to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check and section 128 check.


You can find the full job description and person specification, together with the application form and all of the related documents for this role at the bottom of this page.


Please send your letter of application together with a completed Catholic Education Service (CES) Application Form, completed CES Recruitment Monitoring Form, CES Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Disclosure Form and CES Consent to Obtain References Form to the Chief Executive at: office@kcsp.org.uk


Your letter of application should outline why you feel you are suited to this role, what you believe you can bring to the academies and also detail your experience to date, skill set and qualifications.


Closing date for applications: Monday, 10th February 2020

Shortlisted candidates to be notified: no later than Friday, 14th February 2020

Interviews will be held during the week commencing: 9th March 2020


St Gregory’s Catholic Secondary        St Simon Stock Catholic Secondary      

Reynolds Lane                                        Oakwood Park                                                

Tunbridge Wells                                     Maidstone                                                       

TN4 9XL                                                    ME16 0JP                                            

Contact: 01892 527 444                         Contact: 01622 754 551                      

office@sgschool.org.uk                     reception@ssscs.co.uk                        

          St Gregory’s website                       St Simon Stock’s website            



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Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership

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