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Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School
In the Diocese of BRENTWOOD
School Chaplain Required for September 2021
Salary Scale LGPS Scale 9 Point 29
Actual Salary £ 28750.65 Based on Term Time plus Inset, 37 hours per week
Governors are seeking to appoint for September 2021 a suitably experienced and qualified School Chaplain in our thriving Catholic school. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to further their career in a school environment.
The Chaplain must be a practising Roman Catholic and should have relevant experience or qualification (e.g.Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) that suits a chaplaincy role in the Catholic Church with a mature and reassuring sense of self and vocation and a strong personal spirituality and emotional resilience.
The Chaplain will be expected to serve both staff and students. Students expect the Chaplain to be approachable and compassionate, whilst at the same time professional. The Chaplain will be someone skilled and experienced in dealing with a wide range of people, maintaining the utmost discretion and always working within the school's Code of Conduct.
The Chaplain will need to be an efficient organiser, both internally with respect to assemblies, charity fundraising, student groups; and externally, liaising with the Cathedral, the Diocesan Youth Service, the wider Ursuline Community and other stakeholders. The range of activities and demands on their time will require the Chaplain to be capable of independent, proactive work, using well-developed skills of personal organisation and time management. The postholder will also support the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead for safeguarding and child protection within the school.
Brentwood Ursuline is a high-achieving, oversubscribed Catholic school for girls (Years 7-11) with a co-educational Sixth Form of approximately 240. We have a strong academic profile and have been designated as a Good school (2017) where "pupils attain high standards". Our Section 48 Inspection graded us as "Outstanding".
BUCHS is committed to the protection and safety of its students and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Information about the School
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School is a Roman Catholic state secondary for girls aged 11-16 with a co-educational Sixth Form, situated in Brentwood, Essex. In 2012 it became an academy; the Bishop, the chair of governors and the Diocesan directors are the trustees.
The school was founded in 1900 by Mother Clare, the first Superior of the Brentwood Ursulines. It was established as two schools – St Philomena’s, for poorer children, and St Mary’s – which merged in 1918. As the school grew, new buildings were added. Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School now has nearly 1,200 pupils, of which 190 are sixth-form students.
Brentwood Ursuline is a successful, happy school which treasures its historic buildings and traditions, but which combines this with recent investment that has enabled us to continue providing an excellent educational environment to both staff and students.
Brentwood Ursuline is a high-achieving, well-regarded and oversubscribed secondary school. In 2019, Key Stage 4 students achieved exceptionally well with 90% of students securing a GCSE grade of 4 or above in both English and Maths and 87% achieving 5 or more GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, Additionally, our Progress 8 score was +1.0, making us the top performing comprehensive school in Essex. Students at KS5 continue to secure excellent outcomes at both A Level and in Level 3 vocational subjects. Students have access to an extensive extra-curricular programme which all staff are encouraged to participate in.
The motto of the school is "Duty" and its mission is to create a Christian environment in which each student can grow in personality, relationships and skill. The school aims to support pupils to reach their full potential, while ensuring that they are pleasing themselves and God.
“The pupils’ reading, writing and skills in speaking English are of a very high standard; their progress in the subject is outstanding. Standards in mathematics are also high, and the progress made by pupils is good. Leadership and management are outstanding because, since opening as an academy, the headteacher and the senior team have accurately identified the key areas for improvement and taken decisive action to tackle them. Governance has been equally strong; governors have successfully challenged and supported the school to improve.”
Further details of vacancies and the school are available from the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Freeman, either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org , telephone number 01277 238005 or via the school’s website www.brentwoodursuline.co.uk
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share their commitment.