Head of Learning

Thank you for expressing an interest in the Head of Learning position advertised recently. We see this appointment as hugely important to the future of the school as we continue on our very exciting journey as a Federation between The Cathedral School of St Mary and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School as well as CAST – a Multi-Academy Trust with 36 other schools from across the Plymouth diocese. Whilst the Executive Head will be responsible for the strategic development across the two schools, the Head of Learning is crucial to the school's day-to-day management.


The Cathedral School of St Mary is a special place. We consider ourselves to be this way because of our wonderful community - staff, pupils, parents and governors all working so well together . This is a fantastic opportunity for either an aspiring Headteacher to work alongside our Executive Headteacher or to someone who just wants to make a difference to the leadership and management of this school and to continue to sustain its high reputation.


Whilst this is a non-teaching appointment initially, as a small school there are opportunities to teach, so we are looking for an outstanding practitioner. We are proud of the progress children make here. That is due to high quality teaching and a very dedicated team who really use their experience to ensure that all pupils work to the best of their ability. The Head of Learning will be responsible for continuing to work at making our learning the best it can be. This will include up to two days a week teaching commitment as well as working across the federation.


As a Catholic school, we are delighted that both schools are so closely associated with the city’s Cathedral as our joint parish and the home of our Bishop. We will be looking for someone who can support our distinctive character.


As The Cathedral School of St Mary is situated so close to the city centre, we are very fortunate to be within walking distance of such wonderful resources as the Museum, Central Library, the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University and Theatre Royal.


The Cathedral School had their last Ofsted Inspection in January 2017 and was again considered ‘good.’ From this, we continue to build, as we strive for excellence and enjoyment.


The Cathedral School has a roll of 102. We are very proud of our children – the way they behave, their happiness and willingness to learn.


Half of our children are from a minority ethnic group, and for 54% their first language is not English. We are always impressed by how quickly newly arrived pupils learn and make such rapid progress.  


We see this appointment as a very important one as the school has so much to offer the successful applicant in terms of experiences and responsibility.


For any applicant not familiar with Plymouth and the surrounding area, the southwest has a lot to offer you. At our doorstep, we have the history of a remarkable city, the splendour of a spectacular coastline and the stark beauty of the moors.


You are very welcome to make an appointment to come and see the school. I wish you all the very best in your application.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Cotter

Executive Headteacher