Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects – because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on. (Pope Francis)
Not only are our leaders called to be excellent practitioners but through their own faith the whole school community should witness the presence of God. The school is at the heart of the local community and an integral part of the spiritual, pastoral and community life of the Catholic Church. Providing the best education for every child is a very real illustration of a teacher’s faith in practice – every child is a child of God with a God-given potential. In wishing to become a leader in our schools, you share your personal faith with the whole school community.
The diocese offers a programme of development for those who have gained experience in school and now wish to move to deputy or full headship. You do not need to have taught in a Catholic schools before but must be a practising Catholic living life in accordance with the precepts and tenets of the Church. Separate courses are offered each year for primary and secondary colleagues aspiring to leadership. If you are interested, please contact us to discuss the next steps of attend one of our events for governors or staff interested in working in a Catholic school. Details of the next event will be on the events page.