Executive Headteacher - Birstwith C.E and Admiral Long C.E Primary Schools

Executive Headteacher

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity for an Executive Headteacher at Birstwith C.E and Admiral Long C.E Primary Schools. We have gathered together a great deal of useful information to help you understand our schools, their cultures and children. We believe that this position is one in which you can make a lasting difference to the lives of our children, their families and our staff while developing your own career.

Our schools are located in lovely rural settings serving a number of small North Yorkshire villages in an area near Harrogate. They each have close contacts with their communities and, of course, their local churches. We are well supported by both our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and the Diocese of Leeds.

The children, staff, parents, our governing boards and our communities are proud of our schools where children are well-behaved and benefit from the opportunity to build their confidence and independence in the caring and nurturing environment offered by small village schools.

As Executive Headteacher, you will be at the forefront of maintaining and developing relationships and collaborations with our staff and wider communities, developing our provision and, above all, ensuring that we meet the needs of all our children.

In an ever changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. Our schools need to develop ever stronger links with stakeholders. Both governing boards, parents and staff actively support them.

It is important to all at Birstwith and Admiral Long that our new Executive Headteacher has a cheerful, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, respects difference and is dedicated to enabling all learners to aim high and achieve their potential.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

At this time, unfortunately, we are not able to offer school visits, we would therefore encourage applicants to have a look at the schools websites, Admiral Long and Birstwith and our Twitter  Birstwith and Facebook Admiral Long to get a feel for our schools.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Birstwith C.E and Admiral Long C.E Primary Schools and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,                                   Yours faithfully,

Matthew Walker                                   Caroline Smith

Chair of Governors, Birstwith             Chair of Governors, Admiral Long


Birstwith C.E and Admiral Long C.E Primary Schools, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Post:  Executive Headteacher
Number on Roll: Birstwith 93, Admiral Long 41
Commencing:  September 2021
Salary:  L12 – L18
Contract Term: Permanent

Birstwith C.E and Admiral Long C.E are happy, caring and supportive primary schools with an incredible warmth and a welcoming family atmosphere.  We provide nurturing environments, based on Christian values, where all individuals are treated with fairness, respect and equality and where the interests of our pupils are paramount. Our pupils are well behaved, respectful and accepting of each other.

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred, Church of England collaboration of two primary schools located near the spa town of Harrogate in the stunning North Yorkshire Countryside. The schools work closely with their communities and each is promoted to ensure it remains visibly high and attractive to parents.

Our schools are focused on the development of the whole child, enabling each pupil to feel cherished and challenged to fulfil their potential in relation to academic and personal development within a supportive, Christian, family orientated environments where everyone cares for the well-being of each individual in their community.

Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the collaboration and partnership across our schools and with their wider communities.  You will also ensure our schools continue to challenge themselves in all aspects of school life, ensuring that pupil outcomes are maximised.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Executive Headship; you will be able to lead our rural schools on to the next stages of their journeys to progress towards achieving Ofsted ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’, and understand what their journeys might look like. You must exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of staff and pupils.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Executive Headteacher to develop and implement effective strategies, raise standards and continually improve pupil attainment and progress.

In particular, we are looking for an Executive Headteacher who;

  • Possesses the experience, motivation and resilience to move us forwards and embrace any further challenges.
  • Understands the challenges and opportunities that working within a collaboration can bring to the schools.
  • Is aware of their responsibility as Executive Headteacher of Church of England schools, to maintain their faith commitment and their caring and nurturing environments while continuing to improve our drive to achieve excellent results above the national average while nurturing well-rounded happy children.
  • Has the ability to keenly observe progress across all age groups and abilities and intervene as soon as gaps or anomalies appear.
  • Possesses the experience to improve data management and to restore the numbers on role to an optimum level.
  • Understands the significance that thriving schools can be the beating heart of a rural community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community.
  • Is an inspirational leader who is committed to delivering the Schools’ vision for the children, staff and communities we serve.
  • Has the expertise to build a senior leadership team across the collaboration to secure leadership capacity for the future.
  • Leads by example, actively modelling and embedding into all areas of school life, the Christian vision and core Christian values of the schools to ensure school life, in all its fullness, is offered to for all.
  • Promotes and enhances the wellbeing of the team, developing a distributed leadership, nurturing opportunities for all staff to learn and grow to their full potential.

We can offer you:

  • An excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction while building upon the high standards already in place.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists and the time to make our Schools outstanding in primary education.
  • Happy, caring and supportive schools, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • Governing Bodies that are committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues - this includes the wellbeing of all staff members – and who are experienced, committed and passionate about our schools and ensuring our children reach their potential.
  • Support from the Local Authority, Diocese of Leeds, and a dedicated staff team.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.

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

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 075811 43421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 21st March
  • Shortlisting: Thursday, 25th March
  • Interviews: Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd April

Supporting Documents

Person Specification

Job Description

When applying please take into account the following:

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 (see campaign site). 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.

PLEASE NOTE, due to necessary site maintenance, our online application site will not be available from 5PM ON THURSDAY 11 MARCH TO 10AM ON MONDAY 15 MARCH.  We apologise for any inconvenience. You can still view this campaign site, person spec and job description.