Lay Chaplain

Birmingham City Council
Bishop Challoner Catholic College Institute Road Birmingham B14 7EG
£25,119 to £31,364 (Grade 3) Actual Salary: £23,156 to £28,914
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Hours per week: 36.5 hours plus two weeks (negotiable part-time for the right candidate)

Start date: 8 April 2024

Bishop Challoner Catholic College
Institute Road
B14 7EG
Telephone number: 0121 444 4161

NOR 1,235 including 245 in Sixth Form

The Governors are seeking to appoint a practising Catholic who is, or has potential to be, a dynamic and inspirational Lay Chaplain.

For the person that is called to serve our school, this role presents a unique opportunity to ensure our joyful and vibrant community of faith continues to flourish. Christ is at the centre of our school and the students, staff and governors are united in living out our Catholic mission. The school is blessed to have the support of a school Chaplain who has a strong background in youth ministry. We have highly experienced and gifted leaders within the school who bear witness to their faith and provide strong, unwavering, support for chaplaincy. We are privileged to be directly linked to St Dunstan’s church which we regularly use for the celebration of Mass and we have excellent links with our local family of Catholic primary schools.

Our Lay Chaplain is crucial in fulfilling our mission statement of giving glory to God by developing our full potential and in our service to others. The successful candidate will play a central role in bearing witness to this mission and maintaining the distinctive Catholic nature of the College.

The successful candidate will:

  • be a practising Catholic, as defined by “Catholic Schools and the Definition of a ‘Practising Catholic’” Archdiocese of Birmingham guidance, and a confident witness to the faith and formation of others
  • have a sound understanding of the Catholic faith and how to share it with others
  • enjoy working with young people and adults
  • know how to organise and plan liturgy and events such as the celebration of Mass, student led activities and retreats

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is a highly successful, heavily over-subscribed mixed 11-19 Catholic comprehensive school in the South of Birmingham. We were designated one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in the country and we are also a lead school for the Central Maths Hub, the Central Midland Science Learning Partnership, the Schools Sports Partnership and the Birmingham and Central Midlands Computing Hub. The school has recently been designated as a Microsoft Showcase School in recognition of its excellence in innovation and the effective use of technology. From September 2024 we will be launching our SCITT which will recruit and train the next generation of inspirational teachers. This is a measure of the high achievements of the school and its excellence in training and developing staff.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College provide a clear and structured professional growth model for all staff. Our Performance Management process is characterised by a focus on Professional Growth, using the process to identify and map out a career plan over many years duration, so you can be confident that you are getting the support to develop your career in a way that supports your personal goals.

Bishop Challoner is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It has policies and procedures to ensure that this occurs. 

  This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016).   Therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.  

For an application pack, please visit our website or contact Louise Furlong, Safeguarding and Recruitment Administrator on 0121 444 4161. Please note that we do not accept CV’s and that all applications must be on the CES support application form.

Please email completed applications to Louise Furlong at: 

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. 

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:

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Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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