Headteacher - St Thomas' Primary School
St Thomas CE School

Job Reference: DOES-012107

Closing Date: 18/04/2021

Salary: £49,019 - £56,721 per annum

Department: Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Hours Per week: Full Time

About the role and our team

Are you looking for your next career move to become a Headteacher of a creative and nurturing Primary School? 

Join our team in the Department for Education, Sport and Culture as the Headteacher of St. Thomas’ C of E Primary School.

If you’re an existing Headteacher or a highly experienced Deputy Headteacher with a proven record in school improvement and strong leadership skills, this could be the perfect role for you.

About the School

St Thomas C of E school offers a holistic education centred around the Christian Values and Vision for Education issued by the Church of England Education Office. The children are encouraged to feel part of a community which places great emphasis on the Christian values of respect and tolerance. Our vision is that Jesus at the heart of a learning community where every child and adult feels valued, and where every person is committed to achieving shared and personal goals.

Our primary school serves the whole island, with around 65 pupils on roll, located on the Meadow Campus in the Saddlestone area of Douglas, which it shares with Scoill Vallajeelt. Children from 4 to 11 are taught the importance of Christian faith whilst recognising and celebrating cultural diversity. 

What can this role offer me?

You’ll be able to utilize your strategic planning skills to create and implement a long term vision for our school. You’ll also be able to expand on your leadership skills, empowering and inspiring our dedicated team here at St. Thomas’ Primary School.

We’re passionate about making a difference to pupils’ lives with our inclusive environment, so if this is something you value too, you can work with us in DESC to collaboratively make this happen. 

To find out more about what life is like teaching on the Isle of Man, watch our video starring our wonderful employees talking about their teaching careers on the island.

What we’re looking for in the successful candidate

We are seeking someone who can:

  • Is able to plan strategically and create a longer-term vision for our school
  • Has the leadership qualities to inspire and innovate
  • Is passionate about making a positive difference to pupils’ lives within an inclusive environment; someone who is ambitious for all our pupils
  • Can build positive relationships with the pupil, staff, parents, the governing body and wider community
  • Can secure and sustain outstanding teaching and learning embracing new developments and changes in the educational landscape
  • Is collaborative and can work positively with and develop a motivated leadership team
  • Can promote a holistic education centred around the Christian values and vision for education of the Church of England
  • Is empathetic, yet empowering; someone who works well in collaboration with other schools and with other relevant service providers
  • Is resilient, adaptable and able to deal with complexity, challenge and change
  • Is outward looking and strong on innovation and able to keep up with cutting edge developments in pedagogy and leadership techniques

How to find out more and apply

For more information please see the attached job description and person specification, or alternatively contact Karen Riordan on 01624 686086 or email karen.riordan@sch.im

A provisional interview date of 4 May 2021 has been set for shortlisted applicants, however this is subject to change.​​​​​​​

Applications for this post will be accepted up to midnight of the closing date specified. You’ll need to upload your latest CV to your application, and we recommend that you also include a cover letter that explains your motivations for applying, and that demonstrates your suitability for this post. If you have difficulties applying online please contact the Recruitment Team on 01624 686300 or by email at helpmeapply@gov.im

Additional information

Please note an enhanced with barring police check is required for this post, which the Department will cover the cost of for you.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a psychometric (Personal Profile Analysis) before interview.

A relocation package and interview expenses are not available for this role.

Flexible Working

The Isle of Man Public Service is an equal opportunities employer which supports and promotes flexible working. We understand its benefits in improving work-life balance and supporting health and wellbeing and, in its different forms; it is widespread throughout the Public Service. We are happy to discuss part-time or flexible working arrangements, including job share partnerships, for our roles (where possible) and if interested you should discuss this with the Hiring Manager.

Find out more about where a career in the Isle of Man Public Service could take you at hr.gov.im/careers.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.