Vacancies

Join an Outstanding Academy

We’re always looking for outstanding individuals to aid the delivery of an outstanding education. Ripley St Thomas is unique in so many ways, boasting academic success,, a deeply embedded Christian ethos,  a tradition of nurture and service within a strong school community, and we have beautiful grounds including school farm and stables.

Our young people are hardworking, very well behaved, eager to learn and make a positive difference in society.

If you wish to make your mark as a professional and develop yourself in a thriving learning community, we hope you will make an application for one of the posts below.  As a National Teaching School we can promise you outstanding professional support and development, whatever your stage of career.

Please read the welcome letter and job description included in the relevant application pack before completing the downloadable application form. You should also write a letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 - font Tahoma 11) outlining how your skills and experience fit you for the relevant post.

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the school prior to interview. Please ring Mrs Rees, the Principal’s Executive Assistant to make an appointment.


We can offer:
  • A school with a distinctive Christian mission, ethos and strong traditions, dating back to 1864
  • The opportunity to work in a school graded as outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS (Church school inspection)
  • A highly achieving 11-18 school with consistently excellent results at GCSE and A Level
  • Fantastic pupils who are hardworking, enthusiastic and impeccably behaved
  • Supportive and aspirational parents
  • A dedicated, enthusiastic and highly professional staff team
  • A professional working environment in which all staff are valued, listened to and able to fully use their gifts and talents.
  • Extra-curricular sporting facilities for staff including fully equipped gym, swimming pool and running track


Safeguarding Recruitment Statement 

Ripley St Thomas CE Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Current Vacancies 

Principal

The Governors are seeking to appoint a Principal with the vision, dedication and skill to build on our considerable achievements and to sustain our "Outstanding" designation from Ofsted and SIAMS.

The successful candidate will be a practising Christian with a strong personal faith and a deep commitment to church school education.

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy is a large 11-18 academy with over 1700 pupils on roll, over 380 of whom are in the sixth form. The academy is a member of the Bay Learning Trust and is a National Teaching School and National Support School with its own SCITT. The Principal will work closely with the other schools within the Bay Learning Trust.

The academy is situated in the historic city of Lancaster within easy distance of the wonderful scenery of Morecambe Bay, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Ripley has a deeply embedded Christian ethos and a tradition of nurture and service within a strong school community. Our young people are delightful, eager to learn and make a positive difference in society.

The Principal is the prime mover in creating, inspiring and embodying the Christian ethos and culture of this academy, securing its Mission Statement with all members of the academy community and ensuring an environment for teaching and learning that empowers both staff and students to achieve their highest potential.

The core purpose of the Principal is to provide professional leadership and management for the academy within the wider context of the Bay Learning Trust. The Principal should establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all students within a strong Christian ethos.

The Principal is the leading professional in the academy. Accountable to the Local Governing Body and the Trust Board, the Principal provides vision, leadership and direction for the academy and ensures that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets. The Principal, working with others, is responsible for evaluating the academy’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 academy’s aims and objectives and for the day-to-day management, organisation and administration of the academy.

The Principal, working with and through others, secures the commitment of the wider community to the academy by developing and maintaining effective partnerships with, for example, academies, schools, other services and agencies for children, the Local Authority, the Diocese, local churches, higher education institutions and employers. Through such partnerships and other activities, the Principal plays a key role in contributing to the development of the education system as a whole and collaborates with others to raise standards locally.

Drawing on the support provided by members of the academy community, the Principal is responsible for creating a productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for all students.

Please read the Applicant Information Pack for full details of the job description and person specification.

This position is required for September 2019
Closing date: midday on Wednesday 27 February 2019.
Interview dates: Tuesday 12 March and Wednesday 13 March 2019.


Applicant Information Application Form 

Ofsted Report 2011 SIAMS Report 2017 

Blackburn Diocese 

Along with your application form, please also submit a letter (of no more than 2 sides, using Tahoma font pt 11) outlining your experience relative to the job description and person specification and explaining how a Principal can motivate and work with others to create and sustain a school vision and positive ethos.


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Subject Leader, Mathematics

We are looking to appoint an inspirational, innovative and strong leader to lead our highly successful and dynamic Mathematics department.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join an outstanding school and lead an enthusiastic and talented department that achieves excellent results across all areas at both GCSE and A level, benefits from excellent facilities and offers a wide range of co-curricular opportunities.

The Mathematics department at Ripley St Thomas comprises fourteen members of staff with a range of skills, experience and interests but all sharing a common purpose. Maths is very popular at A Level, with large numbers of students building on their GCSE successes and pursuing courses in either Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Within the department there is a strong and supportive team dynamic; we extend a friendly welcome to all professionals who share our belief in hard work and our aspiration to excellence.


This position is required for April 2019.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 February 2019.

Interview date (provisional): Wednesday 27 February 2019

Applicant Information Pack Application Form 


Along with your application form, please also provide a letter (of no more than 2 sides, using Tahoma 11 font) outlining your experience and skills relative to the job description and person specification.


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Teacher of Science (Biology)

We are looking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Teacher of Science (Biology) from September 2019 to teach across the curriculum, including GCSE, with the potential to teach A Level.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join an outstanding school and a dynamic department that achieves excellent results across all areas at both GCSE and A level, benefits from excellent facilities and offers a wide range of co-curricular opportunities.

The science department at Ripley St Thomas comprises 14 full-time Science teachers, supported by 3 laboratory technicians, with a range of skills, experience and interests but all sharing a common purpose. All sciences are very popular at A Level, with large numbers of students building on their GCSE successes. Within the department there is a strong and supportive team dynamic; we extend a friendly welcome to all professionals who share our belief in hard work and our aspiration to excellence.

This position is required for September 2019

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 February 2019

Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 4 March 2019


Applicant Information Pack Application Form 


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