Thank you for taking an interest in our Leadership Positions at the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT).

We currently have the below Leadership Vacancies:


Head of School - St Marys New Mills

Senior Director of Performance & Standards

Speculative Applications:

We would be very pleased to hear from Leaders , Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers interested in working for us both now and in the future.

If there are notcurrent vacancies in your current location or area of specialism; please call our HR team on 0300 369 0553 about registering your interest for future vacancies that may become available.


Please ensure you review the application pack and notes to applicants before applying. 

You will need to complete the a Leadership Application Form, recruitment monitoring and rehabilitation of offenders forms which can be found here and return to


Senior Director of Performance & Standards

SRS Central Office, Derby City Centre

Hours: Full Time

Grade/SCP: Leadership Pay Scale Scale Points 39 – 43

Salary: £101,574 – £111,007 per annum 

Contract: Permanent

Location: Based close to Derby City Centre, Chester Green, Derby with travel involved across the Trust.

Education across all our Catholic schools is changing, these exciting and challenging times call for an exceptional practitioner to support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and take a leading role in the efficient and effective delivery of the Trust’s strategic plan which is to drive high standards by ensuring outstanding education performance in all our academies across the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust (CMAT), part of the Diocese of Nottingham. This newly created role is based in Chester Green, close to Derby City Centre with travel across our Trust.

Reporting to the CEO, you will provide inspirational and effective leadership, vision and strategic focus to achieve the highest levels of performance and ensure a culture of continuous improvement and professional development within all academies in the Trust. Providing strategic direction for all headteachers on school improvement plans within the Trust, working cross phase, you will lead a team of Directors of Performance and Standards to monitor schools’ post-Ofsted action plans and provide support and challenge to headteachers to bring about rapid and sustained school improvement. 

In order to be successful in this role, you will need to have a proven track record of successful senior leadership in schools, experience of working cross-educational phase, as well as significant HMI or leadership in Ofsted experience. Whilst being a Catholic is not a requirement, you must be willing to support the Catholic life and ethos in our academies. 

The St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust is one of four CMATs in the Diocese of Nottingham, which covers most of the East Midlands and has a strong tradition of providing an excellent Catholic education to around 30,000 children and students in 84 schools across the Diocese. The four CMATs will enable consistent, proactive and high-quality support services to be provided to all our headteachers, leaders, local school Governors and Trust Board. On 1st September, the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust brought all the 25 Catholic schools located in Derby City, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Stockport together in partnership, to ensure the very best spiritual, social and academic experiences and outcomes for the young people in our schools. 

In return, in addition to a competitive salary, there is a pension scheme, generous holiday (30 days, plus bank holidays), agile working and an expectation that you will be actively committed to your own professional development and that of your team. 

How to apply

For more information regarding the role and details of how to apply please review the application pack below.  To apply, please complete the Senior Director of Performance and Standards Application Form and associated forms and return to by the closing date.


Closing date: Monday, 4th March 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews: 14th and 15th March 2019

Informal enquires 

If you would like to meet with our CEO and/or Chair of our Trust to find out more, or would like to have an informal discussion by telephone, please contact our Executive Team PA Jackie Bell ( to arrange a time. For general enquires regarding your application, please email or call the central HR team on 0300 369 0553.


Head of School, ST MARY’S, High Peak

St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Position: Head of school, includes a partial teaching commitment

L04 – 10

Salary: £43,034 - £49,937


‘Let the light of Jesus shine through in all we think and say and do.’ 


The Executive Headteacher, Trust Directors and Governors of St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, part of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust wish to appoint an inspirational Head of School who can build on the many strengths of the school, and work in partnership with staff, parents and governors to progress the school’s journey to become Outstanding. 

Reporting to the Executive Headteacher, the Head of School is an integral role to our Trust.  The successful candidate will provide professional leadership of the school on a day to day basis, promoting a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas. The Head of School will be will be responsible for the day to day Catholic Life of the school; s/he will be expected to draw on the person, life and teachings of Jesus Christ to create a shared vision and strategic plan, to inspire and motivate pupils, staff and all other members of the community.   

The successful candidate will be expected to lead in a core subject or either Maths or RE, and the position also includes a partial teaching commitment of a maximum of 0.4; this will be in an area of the school suited to the expertise of the individual appointed. 


At St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, we live and learn by following the teachings of Jesus and pray together as a school and parish community. The welfare and education of the children are at the heart of everything we do. We expect children and staff to work hard and be extremely purposeful so that together we can achieve the best for everyone. All children are given every opportunity to succeed. They are encouraged to become lifelong learners, switched onto Numeracy and Literacy.  


The school is part of the Peak Edge Group of Schools (PEGS) which is a formal collaboration that brings together twelve schools with the aim of improving educational opportunities for the young people of the area.  


St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy is blessed to be in the rural surroundings of the High Peak and we take an active role in local community events. The school has excellent commuter links to Stockport, Glossop, Manchester and surrounding areas.  


We would like someone who; 

• is a practising Catholic with strong, lived faith and deep commitment to Catholic education, who fully supports the Catholic identity and has a desire to live out and share the faith through work

 • values all children as individuals and ensures that all children are confident and able to achieve their full potential

• can fully embed the principles of safeguarding

• is an outstanding classroom practitioner, enjoys teaching and is keen to teach

• knows about the principles of developing outstanding learning, teaching and assessment for all pupils

 • takes positive action to embed concepts of health and safety, welcome and inclusion within the school and wider community and can maintain a culture of excellence among staff and pupils alike

• is a leader who encourages, enthuses and motivates the school community through excellent communication and interpersonal skills 

Our children would like someone who; 

• cares for teachers and children equally

• is a strong leader but fair, kind, loving, fun and helpful

• makes everyone feel happy, safe and comfortable

• is ambitious and passionate about learning outdoors

• is able to fulfil our aspirations. 

We can offer 

• a strong caring school community, having active relationships both within the local community of primary schools, and within the new St Ralph Sherwin Catholic MAT

• friendly, happy, enthusiastic and inspiring children who are always eager to learn and willing to please;

• dedicated, supportive and hardworking staff who are fully committed to further raise standards

• strong support from a highly effective and supportive CMAT and local governing body

• good opportunities for CPD. 

Our Head of School position is a reserved post and is open to practising Catholics only. Please review the document produced by the Diocese of Nottingham “Catholic Schools and the Definition of a Practising Catholic” for further information.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service. 


For more information regarding the role, please click on the link to the application pack, job description and person specification below. 

To apply, please complete a leadership application form and return to by the closing date. 

Closing date:        Tuesday, 5th March 2019 at 9.00am 

Interviews:           Thursday, 21 March and Friday, 22 March 2019 


Additional information

The St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, medical check, evidence of qualifications plus verification of the right to work in the UK.

The Trust will endeavor to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition. 

You do not need to be a Catholic to work in our Trust. There are certain reserved positions, which require someone to be Catholic, i.e. CEO, Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Subject Leader/Head of RE and Lay Chaplain but other than that a respect for our ethos and a willingness to participate in what we do is all that is required. 

You will be required to sign a Catholic Education Service contract of employment.

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