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Sep, 2021
Opening For New Diocesan Director Of Schools

Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough
Attractive and competitive salary for the right candidate
Required April 2022

The Bishop of Middlesbrough the Rt Rev Bishop Terence Patrick Drainey is seeking to appoint a practising Catholic to the important leadership position of Diocesan Director of Schools.

Leading the Diocesan Schools Service Department, you will be an experienced high-quality leader with extensive knowledge and understanding of Catholic education and a proven track record of success.

The Director of Schools will work directly to the Bishop to ensure the Bishop’s vision for Catholic education is lived out in all diocesan schools where children and young people will know and love Christ, access excellent Catholic education and share their encounter with others.

Formed in 1878, the diocese comprises the local authority areas which historically formed the North Riding of Yorkshire namely Redcar and Cleveland, parts of Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, York, parts of North Yorkshire, parts of East Riding and Kingston upon Hull.

Across the diocese there are 45 primary and eight secondary schools. Fifty-two of the 53 schools are voluntary Catholic academies in one of three large regional Catholic academy trusts.

The Director of Schools will provide guidance and direction on diocesan policy to schools and trusts and lead on securing the Bishop’s oversight on the performance of all diocesan schools.

The Director will liaise with national bodies on behalf of the Bishop including the DfE, Ofsted, RSC and the CES.

The Director will also lead a team of diocesan inspectors to undertake the statutory Catholic Schools Inspectorates inspections of all diocesan schools.

Working with the Diocesan Deputy Director of Schools, the Director of Schools will develop and implement the Bishop’s religious education programme by providing direct training and support across all 53 diocesan schools.

With the Diocesan Director for Standards and Catholic Leadership Development, the Director will also support the formation and development of future Catholic leaders, providing guidance and formal CPD while fulfilling the role of diocesan adviser on the recruitment processes for reserved posts.

For further information and an ‘in confidence’ conversation about the role please contact Kevin Duffy, Diocesan Director of Schools, on 01642 850515.

A full Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be downloaded from the diocesan schools’ service website.


Closing Date: Noon, Friday October 1 2021.
Shortlisting: Wednesday October 6 2021.
Assessment and interviews: Wednesday October 20 2021.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An acceptable Enhanced DBS disclosure and references will be sought from the successful candidate prior to appointment.

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