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Applying for a job in a catholic school and not being catholic....

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by h_yates, May 22, 2019.

  1. h_yates

    h_yates New commenter

    Seen a part time job ( which are like hens teeth ) in a school more local to home. I’m thinking of applying but it’s a catholic school and I am not catholic- am I wasting my time ? Thanks in advance x
  2. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Apply. Many staff at a catholic school near us are non catholics. Unless you’re after the headteacher’s job, they have to be Catholic.
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  3. dts

    dts Occasional commenter

    Generally on these roles, the only essential criterion related to religion will be something like "willingness to support the school's Catholic ethos". Otherwise, as @Sundaytrekker says, only the Head, Deputy and Head of RE roles are likely to be reserved for practising Catholics.
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  4. snowfairy

    snowfairy New commenter

    I applied for 2 catholic independent schools as a non catholic and got offered jobs in both. They will ask you at the interview whether you are supportive of the catholic ethos of the school. As a science teacher in one school I got asked how science fits with the catholic faith........ I've also worked in a state catholic school with no problems. Although they are catholic a lot of schools now actually have a minority of catholic students and will make it very clear that they accept students of all faiths to the school. Go for it!
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  5. h_yates

    h_yates New commenter

    Thanks everyone x
  6. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I've worked in a Quaker school, and it is really a matter of being happy to support the ethos. I suppose if you were violently anti-catholic there'd be an issue, but then you wouldn't be applying there in the first place.
    Go for it - and good luck.

    SUPER.SUPPLY Occasional commenter

    Yes don't worry unless you want an ass head, d head or just head position. It states on the catholic form that you would need to be a catholic to apply for a leadership role. Some heads would use it as an excuse not to employ you but if they really want or need you they'd have you regardless.

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