Why Join Us?
Thank you for your interest in joining St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, a high performing Ofsted Outstanding school where talent is nurtured and aspirations realised – not just for our pupils but our staff too.
Whether you’re a trainee teacher, experienced educator, administrative professional or support staff member, we provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, the chance to make a positive impact in the community, and the potential for a fulfilling career.
As well as joining a team of highly skilled, enthusiastic and passionate individuals at St Mary’s, you will be joining a family of schools in the South East London Catholic Academy Trust (SELCAT), benefiting from the opportunities that are possible because of the networking and collaboration that takes place across schools that work together with a single purpose: to provide the highest quality of Catholic education for every young person we collectively serve.
WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU?
We ensure that every member of staff is provided with the chance to develop and progress their careers by offering extensive CPD opportunities based on expertise, experience and personal needs. These include:
- A dedicated member of staff as a personal mentor
- A thorough induction programme
- Well-planned and regular inset days
- Work placements
- School business leadership training and coaching
- SENCO qualification support
- Apprenticeship training for support staff
- Opportunities to undertake specific leadership programmes e.g. NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML
- Accredited training with recognised qualifications e.g. Outstanding Teachers Programme.
As a proud member of SELCAT, the school and our staff benefit from a number of Trust-wide incentives, including:
- Increased training and development opportunities for all staff, including leadership development at all levels
- Collaborative projects and cross phase co-operation with primary and secondary schools across the Trust, offering the chance to share knowledge, skills and expertise
- Shared staffing and resources
- Trust conferences and inset days
- Sharing of partnerships to provide positive experiences for pupils and staff
- Access to theHUB, a one-stop shop of resources including employee toolkits, policyHUB (a policy writing service for schools), risk management system, and data dashboards.
To find out more about the benefits of belonging to SELCAT, please visit the Trust website: www.selcat.org.uk/165/why-join-selcat
Incentives and benefits
Creating a positive work environment is important to us as it leads to increased motivation and engagement amongst staff, higher job satisfaction and retention, and a healthy work life balance. The range of incentives and benefits on offer include:
- Free onsite parking
- Flexible and part-time opportunities
- Family friendly leave scheme
- Generous special leave allowances, including dependency leave, carer leave and compassionate leave
- Two-week October Half Term
- Enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity pay and leave
- Childcare vouchers
- Shopping discounts
- Discounted cinema tickets
- Staff concessions at onsite nursery
- Your own iPad and/or laptop
- Your own workspace/classroom
- Separate staff training room with a large bank of resources
- A range of computer suites and IT facilities in every classroom.
We pride ourselves on ensuring our staff are supported to meet the demands of managing both their work and personal life by providing the following:
- Wellbeing team and programme
- Free, confidential staff advice and counselling service
- Trained Mental Health Ambassadors for staff
- An open-door policy where you will feel listened to and valued
- Regular staff feedback surveys to identify where we can improve things further
- 30% off Nuffield Health Gym Membership
- Staff enrichment workshops and specialist sessions aimed at enhancing wellbeing including Time to Talk sessions, wellbeing meetins and mental health first aider training.
A prized location
Situated to the south of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, St Mary’s commands a prized location in the leafy, suburban area of Eltham. Here’s why:
- Transport links: Eltham’s four train stations – Eltham, New Eltham, Mottingham and Falconwood – sit within Zone 4 and have services to Charing Cross, Lewisham, London Bridge and London Victoria in 30-45 minutes. Alternatively, head in the opposite direction and arrive in Dartford in 20 minutes. Numerous bus services serve Eltham and its surrounding areas and with direct links to the A2 and A20, you can be on the M25 in 10 minutes. Interested in more? London City Airport is around half an hour away connecting you to over 30 exciting destinations in Europe.
- Luscious green spaces: Eltham is spoilt for choice with outdoor space: the ancient woodlands of Oxleas Wood cover an impressive 190 acres; Eltham Park is home to the Green Chain Walk, a café, children’s play area, outdoor gym and tennis courts amongst other amenities; Avery Hill Park offers play areas, sports facilities and Greenwich University’s impressive, tropical Winter Garden; and the award-winning Well Hall Pleasaunce is home to the last remaining Tudor Barn in London, now a restaurant and bar, as well as a park complete with a number of inspiring themed gardens, a bowling green, play area and several water features.
- Excellent entertainment: Eltham High Street has undergone an extensive £6.6 million improvement scheme with the town now benefiting from a six screen cinema, leisure complex and a range of shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and microbreweries. The Bob Hope Theatre showcases local talent in theatre, drama and music for those interested in the arts whilst the impressive, and supposedly oldest in England, Royal Blackheath Golf Club welcomes those interested in the sport. Year-round events include Parks Fest, Eltham Park Festival and Eltham Musical Festival.
- A long history: Eltham was home to royalty in the 14th and 15th centuries, with Eltham Palace being a favourite residence for the likes of Henry VIII. Part medieval part art deco, the Palace is open to the public and hosts exhibitions and events such as the well-known Christmas lights and annual jousting competition. Renowned children’s author Edith Nesbit resided in Eltham and found her inspiration in the walls of Well Hall Pleasaunce, and the area was also home to Bob Hope and Boy George.
- Properties: Eltham’s growing popularity is bringing new buyers and renters from outside of the area as well as a those looking to move within the area. The properties here are diverse with charming cottages, both Victorian and Edwardian houses, modern apartments and the recently built Kidbrooke Village complete with gyms, a cinema room and 24 hour concierge service.
St Mary's is proud to be part of the South East London Catholic Academy Trust. Sponsored by the Archbishop of Southwark, the development of SELCAT is key to the Archbishop's education strategy for the future.
We are a vibrant and inclusive school that offers a rewarding and fulfilling workplace for our staff.
You will find at St Mary's:
- A strong ethos inspired by Gospel values where everyone is welcomed and staff feel proud to be part of our family
- Students that have exemplary behaviour and respond to high expectations with a strong work ethic.
- Staff that feel valued and supported with their workload.
- Practice that is research-based and teachers are encouraged to complete their own research to further improve
- Inner-London borough with excellent transport facilities. We are a walking distance away from Eltham Station
If you truly would like to make a difference to our children's lives and believe that you can help, please complete the expression of interest below and contact the school on 0208 850 7835.