Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership

Executive Principal
Full-time role
Salary: Highly competitive and TBD in light of experience and qualifications.


St Gregory’s, Margate; St Joseph’s, Broadstairs & St Mary’s, Whitstable form a Catholic primary 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 (19 primary and 5 secondary), the Trust is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dedicated Executive Principal from September 2020 for this three-primary cluster, due to the departure of the current post-holder. The successful candidate will be at the helm of a flagship primary enterprise for Catholic education.

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

The successful applicant will bring a track record showing them to be highly motivated and innovative, able to ensure, maintain and sustain Catholic education identity, and ensure this identity is reflected in every aspect of the Catholic education life, so that the learning and faith outcomes of all pupils improve continuously. This fundamental ability, rooted in our shared Gospel values, provides the context for the proper discharge of all other duties and responsibilities. Consequently, we are seeking to appoint a practicing Catholic, with the necessary desire, experience, expertise and qualification, to this role. 

St Gregory’s, Margate; St Joseph’s, Broadstairs & St Mary’s, Whitstable are inclusive primary academies. Their dedicated staff, helpers and Governors work hard to ensure every child 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 can be made to communities, society and to the world. 

St Gregory’s, Margate; St Joseph’s, Broadstairs & St Mary’s, Whitstable are located to the east of Kent and are easily accessible by both road & rail. Each academy enjoys spacious classrooms, large grounds, excellent student facilities, and benefits from recent and substantial investment. 

St Gregory’s, Margate was judged ‘Good’ at its most recent denominational inspection in 2016 and also judged ‘Good’ in all areas at its recent Ofsted inspection in September 2019. St Joseph’s, Broadstairs was judged ‘Outstanding’ in their last denominational inspection in 2016 and was also judged ‘Good’ in all areas at its last Ofsted inspection in February 2017. St Mary’s, Whitstable was judged ‘Good’ in their last denominational inspection in 2016 and was also judged ‘Good’ in all areas at their most recent Ofsted inspection in April 2018. 

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. 

Please click here to view the full job description and person specification, and to download an application form and all of the related documents.

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: 

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

Closing date for applications: Monday, 30th March 2020 @ 5pm 

Shortlisted candidates to be notified: no later than Friday, 3rd April 2020 

Interviews will be held during the week commencing: Monday, 20th April 2020


Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership
Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ
Telephone: 01622 232 662


St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
Nash Road, Margate, Kent
Telephone: 01843 221896


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
Broadstairs Kent
CT10 2BA
Telephone: 01843 861738


St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Northwood Road Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent
Telephone: 01227 272692