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Welcome Letter From The Co-chairs Of Governors

Dear Applicant,

I would like to extend a warm welcome from all Governors, staff and students of Bedale High School. I am delighted you have shown interest in becoming the Interim Headteacher of our small but progressive and outward-looking school. We hope the information provided captures the breadth of opportunity and encourages you to apply for this excellent opportunity as our next Headteacher. You can also talk confidentially with Sarah Hunter who is our Recruitment Partner supporting the recruitment process.

Over recent years, our community of students, staff, parents and governors have worked tirelessly to transform Bedale High School into a place which all of us are proud to be part of. Now that we are once again a ‘Good’ school (Ofsted Jan 2019) we are committed to ensuring that this positive journey continues.

What really matters to us? We want our students to have hope. We want them to aim high, to have the courage to fail, and the resilience to learn from failure. We want them to appreciate the advantages of growing up in a beautiful rural setting, while making them aware of the opportunities that exist beyond it. We want them to be compassionate individuals who understand the importance of belonging to a community, of respecting and appreciating each other’s differences as they learn about other cultures and traditions. Ultimately, we want them to be able to thrive and lead by example, in whichever corner of the world they finally live.

To make all this a reality, we are continuing our work to safeguard the future of the school: developing mutually beneficial partnerships, securing high quality training for staff, maximising our opportunities for providing different experiences through local and national business-friends and post-16 providers.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please email Sarah Hunter, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role, or call on 07816 251271. We would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and collection of newsletters to get a feel for our school.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply. On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Bedale High School.

Yours faithfully,

About Bedale High School

‘Courage, Commitment, Compassion’

Bedale High is a co-educational 11-16 school set in the picturesque town of Bedale, in North Yorkshire. Despite our size, we are one of the most inclusive schools in North Yorkshire. We pride ourselves on being outward-looking and fostering a culture of self-improvement. Over the last seven years we have successfully re-established our school as the automatic choice for most local families and have invested a great deal of time into securing positive relationships with local primary schools, businesses, and other partners. Our values have led to our strong and loyal community of staff, students, parents and carers, governors, and alumni.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of ‘courage, commitment and compassion’ and is designed to develop knowledge and skills in a wide breadth of subjects as well as allowing students to forge relationships.

We are conscious, at Bedale High School, that our curriculum extends further than the subjects taught in classrooms, than the exams taken and the grades achieved. It encompasses our extra-curricular opportunities, our pastoral programme and our focus on personal development. We provide a space where each child can learn and flourish, achieving their very best and developing the qualities and skills that will allow them to make a positive contribution to the world around them.

We want our students to be brave enough to try their best, no matter how challenging a problem they face (academic or otherwise). We constantly ask them to make the link between being committed and achieving positive outcomes. But perhaps most importantly of all, we encourage them to be compassionate individuals, taking notice of others and their needs, and supporting each other to the best of their ability.

Our Year 7 welcome video gives you a further flavour of our community:

Application Process

The closing date for all applications is 23:59, Sunday 2nd June 2024. Please note applications will be considered upon receipt and should we receive a large number of applications, we may choose to close the role early.

Interviews will be held on Friday 7th June 2024

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