Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

The Core Purpose of the Principal in a Church school

The Principal is the prime mover in creating, inspiring and embodying the Christian character and culture of this Church school, securing its vision statement with all members of the school community and ensuring an environment for teaching and learning that empowers both staff and students to achieve their highest potential and live life in all its fullness.
Thus, the core purpose of the Principal is to provide professional leadership and management for the school as part of the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) and within the context of the Trust Deed and the Church of England’s vision for education. This will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work. To gain this success the Principal must establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all pupils. The Principal must establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils within a strong Christian ethos to enable them to ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). In leading this church school, the Principal will ensure that it is educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills; for hope and aspiration; for community and living well together; and for dignity and respect (Church of England’s vision for education).
The Principal is the leading education professional in the school. Accountable to the Chief Executive (CEO) of CDAT and the Local Governing Body, the Principal provides leadership and direction for the school and ensures that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets. The Principal, working with others, is responsible for evaluating the school’s performance to identify the priorities for continuous improvement and raising standards; ensuring equality of opportunity for all; developing policies and practices; ensuring that resources are efficiently and effectively used to achieve the school’s aims in accordance with its mission statement, and for the day-to-day management, organisation and administration of the school.
The Principal, working with and through others, secures the commitment of the wider community to the school by developing and maintaining effective partnerships within the CDAT family of schools and with, amongst others, local churches, local and wider diocesan schools, other services and agencies for children, the Local Authority, Diocesan officers, higher education institutions and employers. Through such partnerships and other activities including developing strong relationships with parents as the first educators of their children, Principals play a key role in contributing to the development of the education system as a whole and collaborate with others to raise standards locally.

St Matthew's Church of England Primary School
Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT)


Full Job Description

Chair of Governors Letter

Chief Executive's Letter

Person Specification

Principal Application Form

Closing date: 5th July 2019


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