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Thank you for your interest in Carr Infant and Nursery School's Headteacher Opportunity

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the role of Headteacher at Carr Infant and Nursery School. At Carr, 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 her 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.

Effective leadership and focus on school improvement have enabled the school to make substantial progress. This has helped us develop an excellent staff team, creating a warm and supportive environment for teaching and learning, and we are consistently challenging ourselves to find further ways to improve.  The success of this was demonstrated by the school achieving a Good OFSTED report. We are proud of the standards we have set and the results we have achieved and wish to build on this momentum for improvement.

The school has an excellent reputation in the local community. To ensure that the school continues with this and its well-deserved success, the governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths and who will continue to take our school forward. The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where children are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07816251317 or email Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils have for their education. Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.

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.

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 Carr Infant and Nursery School.

Yours faithfully

Anthony Sinnott

Chair of Governors

Learn more about Carr Infant and Nursery School's Headteacher opportunity

Carr Infants and Nursery School, York

Post: Headteacher

The number on Roll: 204 (32 of which in Nursery, Nursery numbers rise through the year)

Commencing: April 2024

Salary: L12 £61,882 - L18 £71,729

Contract Term: Permanent

Carr Infants and Nursery School is a friendly, welcoming, child-centred, forward-thinking school. The school is located within the Acomb, a residential area in the North-western suburbs of York. It is right in the heart of the community, with good transport links into the centre of Acomb and York itself. It is a 10 -15-minute walk from Front Street, the location of shops, cafes, the local supermarket, and the Library within Acomb. The school has many bus stops within walking distance that provide access to regular routes for the 2.5 mile journey into York City Centre.

We provide a safe and purposeful environment, within which each pupil is valued and motivated to strive for excellence. At Carr Infants and Nursery School 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.

Our Opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced school leader who has compassion, adaptability, and a strong vision, including high educational standards to enable every pupil to achieve their full potential. You will consider and shape how we can adapt and enrich our practices innovatively to promote and enhance the wellbeing of our children and staff. You will be eager to make an impact but listen and observe first and bring calm and composure.

You will be an outstanding teaching practitioner able to set and achieve ambitious goals, continually seek to raise standards by developing staff and ensuring the quality of teaching and learning, and develop a clear vision to move the school towards excellence and continue its further improvement.

Our new leader will foster a supportive and inclusive atmosphere where pupils feel valued and encouraged to express themselves. They should prioritise the well-being of both pupils and staff, creating a positive school culture that promotes academic excellence but also social and emotional development.

About You

By combining a compassionate approach with adaptability and a visionary mindset, our new Headteacher will create an environment where both pupils and staff thrive. You will be someone who will actively model and promote the school’s values, to create a nurturing environment to help children achieve and fulfil their potential.

In particular, we are looking for a Headteacher who will; 

  • Be a committed leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan. Willing to roll their sleeves up, is resilient and able to deal with the complexity and challenges of school leadership.
  • Have a thorough understanding and experience of school self-evaluation and school improvement planning. Can translate a visionary concept into a practical implementation plan; experience of monitoring and improving the quality of teaching and learning.
  • With the ability to manage resources effectively and innovatively you will ensure investment is value for money and well planned. You will also be a dynamic communicator, confident and proactive in developing relationships with parents, the wider community, Local Authority, and other key stakeholders.
  • Strong budget management and change management to lead the school through the next period of adjusting to lower birth rate.
  • Be someone who is capable of and confident in making difficult decisions and asking challenging questions in order to seek the best possible outcomes for our school.
  • Have strong experience of managing collaborative approaches to lead and manage an exciting and relevant curriculum, building on recent improvements, including the development of cultural capital that respects the diversity of our children.
  • 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.
  • Have a strong understanding of removing the barriers for disadvantaged learners and ensure that the most vulnerable children make strong progress in their learning.
  • Be collaborative and outward looking, developing partnerships for the benefit of the school and the wider educational community.
  • Have a proven ability to analyse and communicate complex data and written information
  • Develop staff by offering guidance and support, modelling best practice and sharing up-to-date knowledge, theory and practice and by encouraging opportunities for continued professional development.

We can offer you:

  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with dedicated staff, supportive families, and support from the local authority.
  • An excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction, working collaboratively and constructively with the governing body to achieve this.
  • Delightful children who respect each other, have a thirst for learning new things and a staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and the time to make our School a beacon of excellence in primary education.
  • A school that is committed to continuous improvement through its ethos to maintain its high academic
  • A governing body that is 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 school and ensuring all children reach their potential.
  • There is an active Friends of Carr, that runs a variety of events through the year across the Infant and Junior Schools.

If you feel ready to be our next Headteacher and you can bring your experience, compassion, enthusiasm, drive, commitment, and energy to deliver our strong 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 Julie Crichton on 07816251317 or email Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

School Visits: School visits are invited, to arrange a visit by appointment only please contact Louise at alternatively you can call the school on 01904 565140.

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 14th January

Shortlisting: Thursday 18th January

Interviews: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th January

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Documents:
Person Specification
Job Description
Application guidance, including policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders 

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.

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 referees.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

This post is subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

North Yorkshire Council (NYC) advertise vacancies on behalf of schools and external organisations (third parties) in North Yorkshire. NYC are not responsible for the recruitment/employment practices of third parties and accept no liability in relation to the vacancy and any subsequent recruitment/employment processes.