Recruitment Guidance

The preservation and development of the quality and distinctive nature of Catholic schools depends on the faith, practice and commitment of the teachers in the schools, working with their Governing Body. 

The Catholic Church understands the vocation of a teacher as a form of ministry within the Church. 1 All teachers in Catholic schools are employed to participate in the Church’s teaching office, exercising this ministry in accordance with the Church’s teachings. This requires teachers to be witnesses in word and deed to the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ.2

To find Catholic teachers who combine personal conviction and practice of the faith with the required professional qualifications and experience, especially in specialist subjects, is always a high priority.

1 Gravissimum Educationis, 8      2 Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 32


Governing Bodies, as the employers of staff, have a duty to ensure that the Catholic character of the school is maintained and developed. The Bishops’ expect that Governing Bodies will employ Catholic teachers who combine personal conviction and practice of the faith with the required professional qualifications and experience, in order to ensure this.

Reserved Posts: Senior leadership posts (Headteacher or equivalent and Deputy Head), Head of RE (or equivalent) and Chaplain (or equivalent) within schools and academies must be filled by practising Catholics who can show, by example and from experience, that they will ensure that the school or academy is distinctively Catholic in all aspects.

Guidance must be sought from NORES before reserved posts are advertised and a member of NORES staff must be part of any interview process. Please ensure the Chair of Governors informs NORES of any upcoming vacancies to Reserved Posts:

Headteacher: Mgr Kevin McGinnell, Episcopal Vicar for Education & Formation and Collette Curtis, Director of School Development.

Deputy Headteacher: Collette Curtis, Director of School Development and for Primary phase Anne-Marie McIntosh, Primary RE Adviser or for Secondary Paul McHugh, Secondary RE Adviser.

Head of RE/RE Subject Leader: Primary phase Anne-Marie McIntosh, Primary RE Adviser or for Secondary Paul McHugh, Secondary RE Adviser.

Chaplain: Alex Heath, Adult Formation and Evangelisation

The full procedure for recruitment can be found in the updated Recruitment Guidance for Reserved Posts document, below.

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*Updated* Recruitment Guidance for Reserved Posts

The Catholic Education Service (CES) provide both guidance and model documentation to ensure fair and effective recruitment. Guidance can be found on their website, including the model contracts, updated from April 2020.

Memorandum on the Appointment of Teachers

Catholic Education in England and Wales

Head Teacher Model Job Description

Head Teacher Model Person Specification