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Boroughbridge Primary School & Nursery


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Headteacher at Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery. We have gathered together lots of useful information to help you understand our school, it’s culture and our students. We hope the position will be one in which you can develop your career whilst making a difference to the lives of our children and young people, families and staff.

Situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire, our school is located in a lovely town and civil parish in the Harrogate district, Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is 16 miles north-west of the county town of York. Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery is a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos.

We are incredibly proud of our school and our children and staff at Boroughbridge.  Our School is a lively, caring and enthusiastic place to be. We believe our school plays a vital role in our local community. We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere, and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, young people, governors, and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our learners can enjoy their learning and social experiences.

We are looking for a new leader to continue the excellent journey our school is on. Someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will ensure the achievements of our pupils and students continue to improve. Someone, who is passionate about education and will champion the needs of young people.

We want your skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and students - promote the vision for our school.

It is important to all at Boroughbridge that our new Headteacher has a friendly, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, respect for difference, whilst passionate and committed to enabling learners to aim high.

Our School is supported by a Governing Board that is willing, passionate and enthusiastic about the development of our school and the aspiration of our school and children. The Board has a wide range of skills and knowledge and will both support and challenge the new Head in driving forward our vision.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email Julie 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 and our Facebook page to get a feel for our school.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jan Seymour

Chair of Governors


Boroughbridge Primary School & Nursery, York

Post:  Headteacher

Number on Roll: 188

Commencing:  September 2022

Contract Type:  Full Time 

Salary:  L14 - L20

Contract Term: Permanent

Our school is located in a lovely town and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire. Boroughbridge Primary School and Nursery is a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos.  We aim to create a secure, stimulating environment where the needs of each child can be met and where learning is seen as both an enjoyable and a rewarding experience. We are well supported by our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor.

The children, staff, parents, our governing body and our community are proud of our school. The children are engaged in their learning and, despite the recent pandemic, are enthusiastic learners with the potential to make rapid progress. Our school can build on its many strengths and achievements under a new Headteacher. Our School staff have an accurate understanding of the current levels of achievement and are committed to making sure the children make the necessary progress. Our Governing Body have a good understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the school and very much look forward to working with the new Headteacher. In an ever-changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. Our school needs to continue to develop ever-stronger links with the governing body, parents and staff who actively support the school and you will need to maintain and develop the relationships which the school has built with the wider communities.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Headship; you will be able to lead our school on to the next stage of its journey and understand what our journey will look like. You must exhibit confidence, resilience, fairness and be an engaging communicator who displays empathy, inclusivity and has a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of staff and pupils.

This exciting opportunity gives a new Headteacher the scope to shape how our school moves forward. The future of our school requires a strong leader with a clear vision, who has the ability to communicate that vision to others and to make an instant impact on driving the school towards excellence.

In particular, we are looking for an Headteacher who;

  • Be someone who recognises the importance of maintaining the schools existing values and aims while instilling their own leadership and identity.
  • Have the skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young children and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils - achieve their potential, whilst raising aspirations in the community.
  • Have strong leadership and the ability to develop the school team, to be their best and to work together as one team for the benefit of the children and whilst still keeping a strong bond as a staff team within the school and having the ability to challenge robustly and constructively.
  • Possess a good understanding of school financial planning, being able to look and recognise the strengths of staff across the school and make strategic decisions to safeguard the future of the school
  • Have the experience, motivation and resilience to move the school forwards and embrace any further challenges.
  • Be committed to creating a safe, caring environment where pupils can thrive socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively, morally and
  • Be a committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills, who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Understand that a thriving school can be the beating heart of a community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community.

About you:

  • Inspirational with an impressive record of accomplishment of school improvement
  • Demonstratively be a positive role model for pupils, staff, and the wider community
  • A visible and approachable presence who can engage and inspire
  • Effective and confident communicator with all stakeholders
  • High expectations of self and others

We can offer you:

  • An excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction while building upon the high standards already in place.
  • A Leadership Team that has a culture of high expectation and ambition for the school. The staff team shares expertise and good practice and has a shared vision and responsibility for school improvement.
  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with children who respect and care for each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • A Governing Body who are committed and passionate about our school and ensuring our children reach their potential and are committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues, this includes the wellbeing of all staff members.
  • Support from the Local Authority and a dedicated staff team.

If you feel ready to be our next aspirational Headteacher and you can bring your experience, approachable nature, enthusiasm, commitment and passionate energy to deliver our vision to our children and motivated staff, along with driving the school towards excellence, we would love to hear from you.

To arrange a school visit and for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Boroughbridge Primary School & Nursery and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581143421 or

Key dates:

  • School Visit: To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or
  • Application closing date: Sunday 6th March
  • Shortlisting: Thursday 10th March
  • Interviews: Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March

When applying please take into account the following:

Job Description

Person Spec

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 referees.


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.