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Headteacher-Alverton Community Primary School

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Headteacher role

Dear Applicant

 Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the role of Headteacher at Alverton Community Primary School.   At Alverton, we recognise the significance of the role of the Headteacher in shaping the future of our school. We understand the impact that the Headteacher has on the quality of teaching, the achievements of the pupils and the role of the school in our community. The outgoing Headteacher and the team around him have created a purposeful and fun learning environment where everyone is valued, expectations are high and the children are provided with quality teaching within a broad and engaging curriculum.

The school has made tremendous progress towards our vision of excellence over the years and we are seeking the right person to continue that journey. We are looking for someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will build on their achievements and those of our pupils to ensure they continue to improve. We want someone who is passionate about education and who will champion the needs of our young people and their families.

We want a leader who is dedicated to making a difference, who will continue enhancing our teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people, and ensuring everyone - staff, governors, and students - promotes and enables the vision for our school. It is important to all at Alverton Primary School that our new Headteacher has a friendly, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, has respect for difference and is passionate and committed to enabling learners to aim high.

Alverton Community Primary School sits within a mixed catchment area of owner- occupied, social and privately rented housing in the market town of Northallerton with easy access to the good road links of the A1 and A19.  We are a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and positive ethos. Our school community includes a significant proportion of pupil premium children and a small cohort of children with English as a second language, including refugees. In October 2021 we opened a hub for children with communication and interaction difficulties (The Hive). At Alverton we see the diversity in our community as a strength of the school and we aim to ensure that every pupil is challenged and supported to achieve their full potential.

Our school is extremely well supported by our Governing Board and fantastic FOAS (Friends of Alverton School) both are passionate about the development of our school and the aspirations of our school and children. The Governing Board has a wide range of skills and knowledge and will both support and challenge the new Head in driving forward our vision. This really is a tremendous opportunity for whoever is successful in becoming our new Headteacher.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Helen Poole on 07890055186 or email Helen Poole has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

To arrange a school visit by appointment please see the advert for more details of who to contact, we would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website to get a feel for our school.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Alverton Primary School and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully

Sue Porteus

Chair of Governors

Learn more about the Headteacher Alverton Community Primary School opportunity

Alverton Community Primary School, North Yorkshire 

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 270 (including Nursery 26)

Commencing: January 2023

Salary: L13 – L19

Contract Term: Permanent

Alverton is a friendly, welcoming, child-centred primary school in the beautiful market town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire. The school works closely with the community and our core values are demonstrated on a daily basis. We provide a safe and purposeful environment, within which each pupil is valued and motivated to strive for excellence. At Alverton we see the diversity in our community as a strength of the school and we aim to ensure that every pupil is challenged and supported to achieve.

Alverton is close to the Yorkshire Dales and coastal resorts. Situated 60 miles from Newcastle, 50 miles from Leeds and 30 miles from York, it benefits from excellent rail links on Trans Pennine and East Coast main line as well as being very close to both the A1M and A19 making it an easy commute from Teesside, Darlington, York, Harrogate, Newcastle and Leeds.

Our Opportunity 

This is a rewarding Headship in which you will be able to lead our school on the next stage of our journey and by incorporating a clear vision for the future development of our school, plan what that journey might look like.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher who, as a dynamic, innovative, and experienced professional, will lead the school to become outstanding and to fully meet the needs of the community it serves in an ever-changing educational landscape. Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the school, with an ability to effect change at pace and to work collaboratively with colleagues, in the school, across the school, and with the wider community.

About You

  • To be successful, you must be able to demonstrate a proven record of accomplishment of working with children, have recent school leadership experience and be committed to providing the children with a high-quality education. Someone who will actively model and promote the school’s values and Alverton’s collective determination that no child should be ‘left behind’.

You will: 

  • Be a committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Be an inspirational and dynamic leader who actively encourages and respects the views of others
  • Have a continuing drive to reflect, learn and strive for positive development, for themselves, their staff team, the children and our school as a whole.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of young people, social, physical and emotional alongside educational needs, and ensure that the school provides a rounded provision to nurture them.
  • Be collaborative and outward looking, developing partnerships for the benefit of the school and the wider educational community
  • Demonstrate superb leadership skills with ability to challenge robustly and constructively.
  • Be someone who recognises the importance of maintaining the school’s existing values while instilling their own leadership and identity.
  • Be an outstanding teaching practitioner able to set and achieve ambitious goals and continually seek to raise standards and promote our vision, values and aims in a way that is relevant and inspiring to all.
  • Consider and shape how we can adapt our practices innovatively to promote and enhance the wellbeing of our staff team.
  • Be someone who is capable of and confident in making difficult decisions and asking challenging questions in order to seek the best possible outcome for our school as a whole.
  • Be a strategic thinker able to plan long, medium and short term.
  • Be able to review our financial resources and look at how we invest in our school.

We can offer you:

  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a passion for learning.
  • School Support from a Non-Teaching Deputy Headteacher
  • The opportunity to work in partnership with parents, governors, local community and our dedicated staff
  • A Local Governing Body that is committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues including the wellbeing of all staff members. They are experienced, committed and passionate about our school and wish to ensure our children reach their full potential.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • An opportunity to further develop staff who deliver a high quality of teaching that increases knowledge and understanding and fosters an enjoyment of learning.

If you feel ready to be our next Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, drive, commitment, and energy to deliver our vision for our wonderful children and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Helen Poole on 07890055186 or email Helen has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

School Visits (from Monday 4th - Thursday 21st July and Thursday 8th – Friday 9th September): School visits are invited, to arrange a visit by appointment only please contact Bernadette Ward on

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 21st August 2022

Shortlisting:  Thursday 25th August 2022

Interviews: Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September 2022

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Documents

Alverton Headteacher Job Description

Alverton Headteacher Person Specification

Supporting Information

The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.


When completing your application, please provide two employment references.


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to undertaking an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.