Coast and Vale Learning Trust
Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to you as we seek to recruit our new CEO following the retirement of the present incumbent, Brian Crosby in August 2023. I hope the information provided by the Trust will help you with your decision-making process.
Originally founded in 2018 as Scalby Learning Trust, we have grown rapidly over the last five years. The original two schools, Scalby School and Newby & Scalby Primary School have been joined by four other schools from the Yorkshire Coast and the Vale of Pickering. To reflect our vision for every child on the Yorkshire Coast to be in a good school, we changed the name to Coast and Vale Learning Trust, as we sponsored a school in Pickering. We have great ambition to further extend our family of schools and are actively having conversations with prospective schools looking to join. Our area of interest is from Whitby in the North, to Bridlington in the South and from Scarborough in the East to Pickering in the West.
We consider Coast and Vale Learning Trust to be a unique and special place to work. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and is our ambition that every school in our Trust becomes the local school of choice where both learners and staff can thrive. We believe that diversity and individuality are important to the success of our Trust.
In seeking to realise its mission statement and achieve its strategic objectives, the Coast and Vale Learning Trust Board are committed to:
- The principle of meaningful educational partnership between our primary and secondary schools
- Expanding the number of schools in the MAT, only where this enhances the education of learners already within the Trust and the quality of education for those joining
- Collaborative working with other stakeholders and institutions for the benefit of local learners whether or not they are in the Trust
To this end, we are looking for a visionary leader who will build upon the success of our outgoing CEO. They will need to be strategic thinkers who can inspire and collaborate with our staff to achieve our vision. As a Trust, we are committed to harnessing the qualities of leaders we appoint to provide outstanding education for every student in our care and expect our CEO to facilitate and drive this positively and visibly, reaching beyond Coast and Vale Learning Trust to do so.
For an informal and confidential conversation about this opportunity, please contact Helen Poole on 07890 055186.
We thank you for considering this exciting and challenging position and we look forward to reading your application and meeting you in person.
Chair of Trustees, Coast and Vale Learning Trust
Following the retirement of our current CEO, this is a unique and rewarding opportunity as CEO to further develop our emerging Trust on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast and Vale of Pickering.
We are looking for a visionary and committed leader who can inspire staff to continue the growth of the Trust and to serve the young people in our communities.
Our new CEO will be committed to:
- Continuing the evolution of Coast and Vale Learning Trust (CVLT), while recognising the journey travelled so far
- Ensuring that all the current schools continue their journey towards being at least Ofsted ‘Good’
- Leading the Trust’s SLT and working closely with the Trust Board and the Chair of the Trust in providing strategic direction for our emerging Trust
- Acting as the Chief Accounting Officer and ensuring the financial soundness of the Trust
- Working with External Agencies, such as, ESFA, DfE and the North Yorkshire Local Authority
- Having overall responsibility for standards of education across the Trust
The new CEO will be line managed by the Chair of Trustees, who along with Trust SLT, will help the CEO to ensure Coast and Vale Learning Trust is a Trust of choice and making a difference in the lives of thousands of young people and their families.
Coast and Vale Learning Trust is situated in North Yorkshire along the beautiful East Coast and Vale of Pickering of North Yorkshire. Despite being an area of stunning natural beauty, it is home to some of the most deprived communities within the county.
Our SchoolsScalby Learning Trust was founded by Newby and Scalby Primary School and Scalby Secondary School in 2018 to provide high quality education for these communities which, like many coastal areas, have often been neglected. As an emerging trust, we have expanded significantly over the last few years to include Lady Lumley’s Secondary School in Pickering; Friarage Community Primary School and Scarborough University Technical College (SUTC) in Scarborough; and most recently, Filey School in Filey.
To reflect our wider geographical reach and Trust vision, we became Coast and Vale Learning Trust in 2021.
Our ambition is to expand further along the coast from Whitby in the North to Bridlington in the South, and from Scarborough in the East to Pickering in the West. We welcome new schools into our Trust where we can add capacity, resources, drive improvement and make sure all our young people have access to the very best education, and we are in live discussions with more secondary and primary schools to join our family.
To find out more about our schools, please click here.
Features and Benefits of our Trust:
- We consider our ethos and vision to be a unique feature and benefit of Coast and Vale Learning Trust
- The Trust is collaborative, and colleagues willingly support one another; they do not look out for only their own interests but are genuinely outward looking and care for the most vulnerable schools
- We believe that individual identity is a key part to the success of our schools, and utilise our schools’ unique personalities in collaboration to enrich our learners across the Trust
- Coast and Vale Learning Trust has a local Teaching Alliance, which has been designated by the DfE as one of a select group of ITT providers, starting in September 2024. This exciting alliance ensures we can develop quality staff to provide outstanding teaching and learning, and provide much needed home-grown support for the Yorkshire Coast
- The Trust also contains Scarborough UTC, set up in 2018, in a purpose-built high-tech facility, allowing the Trust to deliver, Engineering, Health Care and Cyber Technology in industry standard accommodation. The most recent Ofsted report states that this is a “School of Opportunity” and “pupils and staff thrive together.” Scarborough UTC contributes to the local economy by providing young people with relevant skills for the growing workforce and drives social mobility
- Over the last two years the Trust has established a developing primary and secondary school improvement team, and a significant support services team who provide finance, building and premises, IT, HR, and compliance support. The Trust takes 5% of the school budgets to provide these services and offers school improvement expertise to schools outside of CVLT
- The North Yorkshire Coast has historically had a limited level of social mobility, with less than the national average of students going onto university Jobs; many families stay local to the Yorkshire Coast for the whole of their lives
- Overall, our 3239 learners in the six schools are well-behaved, happy, and keen to learn. As is the case with most schools in the Yorkshire coastal region, the overwhelming student population belongs to white English families. There are a small percentage of EAL students with one exception, that of Friarage Community Primary School, which has close to 50% EAL students with one of the highest levels of EAL in the whole of North Yorkshire
- The profile of each school is different due to the varying catchment areas. The percentage of students described as in receipt of pupil premium varies from school to school, with the largest percentage in Friarage Community Primary School which has a high level of deprivation funding with 50% of the pupils being in receipt of pupil premium. Friarage has below National Average for pupil premium but has a high percentage of SEND students. The lowest percentage of pupil premium students are found in Lady Lumley’s and Newby and Scalby Primary School
- Both Lady Lumley’s and Scalby Schools have mixed intakes, but in general, the pupil premium numbers are at, or below National Average. Both schools are desired by parents within the local community, with Scalby School having a large waiting list
- Filey School joined the Trust after the school had an unsuccessful Ofsted inspection in 2021; it serves a more disadvantaged community, but the students do want to learn, and they are overall compliant. There is a positive outlook about the future of the only secondary school serving Filey town
- Scarborough UTC is unique in that students request a transfer into the school in Year 9. The students are motivated to study technical education and the behaviour within the college is calm and respectful
The strapline of the Trust is “where learners and staff thrive” and it is the vision of the Trust Board to be a family of schools that mutually support one another and allow each school, in their unique context, to be a great school; either Ofsted ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. We are committed to this vision beyond our own Trust schools, whether they are part of Coast and Vale Learning Trust or not; The learners of our community deserve the best education regardless of their background or location.
Our Ethos is of ‘servant leadership’, where staff lead with a sense of purpose to enable the rest of the Trust to grow. Our educators are aspirational and enjoy taking challenges, but keep the children at the heart of everything we do, and these values are driven throughout the Trust from SLT.
It is our vision, ethos and values which underpins our key purpose: to lift the area of deprivation in our community by making sure every child can access quality education and has a wonderful school experience.
The Trust has an established Senior Leadership Team with a wide range of talent and experience in different contexts:
Director of Learning (DoL)
The DoL leads the team of school improvement officers, which include, a full time Director of Secondary School Improvement (DSSI) and six colleagues who are released a day per week to support the Trust in key areas including, a lead in SEND, DSL, PD, English, Maths and Science. The DSSI can also call upon subject specialists from a wide range of subjects to support schools as required. The DoL line manages the primary work via the Primary Executive Lead (PEL). Currently, the PEL works with the two primary schools for two days per week. The School Improvement Team also support local schools beyond the Trust, as part of their commitment to quality education along the North Yorkshire coast.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The COO leads a growing team of specialists supporting the Trust schools in key areas. There is a highly effective Finance Team led by the Trust Services Finance Manager (TSFM), who leads a team of Finance Officers and Purchase Ledger Assistants. This team provides support for the six schools and produces monthly management accounts for the Trust Board and the Local Governing Committees (LGC’s). In addition, the support services also work with facilities, HR, recruitment, compliance, and IT. There are a growing team of colleagues supporting all these areas.
Finally, the SLT is supported by the Executive Assistant who acts as a PA to the CEO and coordinates all the activity and meetings of the SLT and as a liaison with the Trustees and members of the LGCs.
Our wider central Trust team consists of 27 Trust staff, including 8 SLT, 4 teaching staff and 15 support staff.
The Trustees and Local Governing Committees’ Role and Support
The Trust has a very strong Board of Trustees which places improving education at the heart of all it does. Similarly, each of our six schools have a Local Governing Committee (LGC) to provide individual support to each of our schools. There is a desire for a greater alignment between the Trust and LCGs to further establish their role of governance within the Trust.
- Scalby School – Good - 2019
- Lady Lumley’s - No designation since joining the Trust
- Scarborough UTC – Good – December 2022
- Filey School - No designation since joining the Trust
- Newby and Scalby Primary – Requiring Improvement – September 2022
- Friarage Community Primary - No designation since joining the Trust
We have a successful track record of raising standards within our secondary schools, as demonstrated by our most recent Ofsted at Scarborough UTC having previously been delegated RI in 2019 before it joined the Trust.
Ofsted recognised SUTC as a “School of Opportunity” and “pupils and staff thrive together.”
Scalby school is our flagship secondary school within Coast and Vale Learning Trust and despite our two other secondary schools not having been inspected since conversion, we are making rapid improvements; both are on a journey to ‘Good’.
As such, Coast and Vale Learning Trust are committed to supporting our new CEO in delivering the following strategic plan:
The whole Trust Board
- Develop and implement a sustainable strategy for the growth of the Trust to support schools on the North Yorkshire Coast, the Vale of Pickering, and the Yorkshire Wolds. The growth must ensure rapid school improvement of the schools taken into the Trust to ensure they are thriving communities supporting their local area
- Begin conversations with other Trusts with a similar vision to see if there are grounds for working together for the benefit of all our learners. This may include partnership working or even mergers to create an effective environment for schools, learners, and staff to thrive
- Ensure that the Local Governing Committees are strengthened and trained to fulfil their roles of ensuring the highest quality of education, and that they engage with the local community
- Support a new CEO for September 2023 to take the Trust forward in its next phase of development
School Effectiveness Committee
- To ensure that all schools make rapid progress towards being a “Great School” (Ofsted Good or Outstanding) and that no school settles on its laurels or becomes complacent
- To ensure all Coast and Vale schools are well led and have highly effective leadership teams. We are currently seeking to strengthen our primary expertise by the creation and appointment of a Primary Executive Headteacher to support our Trust Primary Executive Lead. We also hope to establish and grow a school improvement arm to drive rapid improvement within our two primary schools
- To ensure all the schools collect and provide the Board and LGCs with relevant and up-to-date data to monitor how the learners are progressing. This data will be shared with the LGCs and will be transparent and easy to understand to allow the LGCs and Board to intervene as appropriate
Finance and Resources Committee
- To develop a plan for the maintenance and development of the Trust’s estate, and to implement the first phase of that plan as the Trust receives direct formulae capital
- To ensure the Trust has a sustainability and an energy efficiency plan for the protection of the environment and the best use of Trust resources
- To roll out the Trust IT infrastructure plan for all the schools within the Trust, a plan which will be integrated into the educational use of IT plan
Scarborough Teaching Alliance
- Following the accreditation as a Teacher Training Institute for the Yorkshire Coast, to recruit the first cohort for training during 23/24 in collaboration with York St John University
Current levels of pupil achievement, attainment and progress:
Both Scalby and Lady Lumley’s are schools where the students achieve above National Average with both the A8 and P8 scores being above average over the last three years. Students make great progress in both these contexts. Scarborough UTC does not publish P8 data, as the UTC measure progress differently, due to students only starting in Years 9 and10. The attainment data for the SUTC (Scarborough University Technical) shows students to be slightly below National Average. However, the SUTC’s key indicator is how many young people gain meaningful employment. Filey school, which has just joined the Trust in June 2022 has attainment and progress data below National Average.
The two primary schools have different pupil outcomes with Newby and Scalby having pupil outcomes and progress in line with the National Average, while Friarage is below for both progress and attainment. The Trust is working with both schools to see a significant increase in key indicators at KS1 and KS2.
Detailed analysis can be found on the DfE website and our annual accounts can be accessed via the Trust’s website
The Trust has sound finances, with a good reserve approximating £2m, made up from the individual reserves of the six schools plus the Scarborough Teaching Alliance and the Central Team. Within this reserve, it has the capacity to use its finances to support its two most vulnerable schools (Filey and Scarborough UTC).
It is expected that the overall Trust reserves will dip this year due to higher-than-expected energy costs, and the Teacher’s pay settlement. This is the case for all Local Authority Schools and Academies. The Trustees have decided to maintain a reserve position for each school of 5% of GAG funding.
Further information about our finances can be found on the DFE website.
Parents and Carers
The relationship throughout the Trust with parents and carers is very positive and generally feedback from surveys is good. Engagement does vary from school to school, but the Trust takes time to communicate with all parents and carers.
Local Community Collaborations
- The Trust has a positive relationship with the wider Scarborough Business Community who have gone out of their way to support local schools, most significantly their support for the Scarborough UTC. The Scarborough District Council, soon to be integrated into the North Yorkshire County Council values the Trusts efforts at school transformation
- As part of our commitment to provide all our community with good education, the CEO meets with the fellow CEOs of three other educational trusts which serve the Scarborough district. The Trust is also currently working with Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust to support the primary schools within CVLT
- CVLT had until 2022, two teaching schools serving the North Yorkshire Coast. In September 2022, when the DfE dissolved the teaching school network, the decision was taken to continue the work of the two teaching schools via the Scarborough Teaching Alliance. The alliance works closely with the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub in York and provides bespoke programmes for teachers on the Yorkshire Coast.
- We also benefit from receiving Priority Area Programme funding from the DfE, with all schools receiving a ‘Connecting Classroom’ grant to install world-class IT
Local Authority and School Improvement
North Yorkshire is a very large Local Authority, the largest in the country. Due to the geographical distances involved for visits, North Yorkshire is somewhat removed from the work of the Trust and the Trust is keen to strengthen relationships. The LA does have five regional groups, each with a pot of funding to support educational improvements in the area, with the Director of Learning for the Trust acting as chair for this group.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CEO OPPORTUNITY
Coast and Vale Learning Trust
Number on Roll: 3239
Commencing: September 2023
Salary: DIR 69 – 75 £111,584 - £129, 727 depending upon experience
Contract: Full time, Permanent
Our new CEO will have:
- The passion to build great schools that put the needs of the learners of our region at the heart of them
- A successful, significant and demonstrable track record of strategic leadership experience within an education setting, which includes achieving rapid and sustained improvement
- The ability to put together and inspire a highly effective team to support both educational improvement and provide support services, as well as experience of successful working with Local Governing Committees and Trustees
- A successful track record of strategic planning and human and financial resource management
- The ability to work with a variety of external stakeholders, at the local, regional, and national level
- Experience across a range of school types and sizes
- Successfully led significant organisational change
- Experience managing and promoting the reputation of the Trust to networks and external stakeholders
We can offer you:
- A Trust with social responsibility at its heart, with ambition to enrich the community through quality education
- Staff, Trustees and Governing Bodies that are committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues including the wellbeing of all staff members
- Happy, caring schools, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a passion for learning
- The opportunity to work in partnership with our dedicated staff, parents, trustees, governors and local community
- An excellent location in a beautiful coastal area
- Learning and Enrichment opportunities, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching experiences
- An opportunity to further develop staff who deliver a high quality of teaching that increases knowledge and understanding and fosters an enjoyment of learning
- Mentoring from an experienced colleague to provide valuable peer support
- Ongoing CPD including professional qualifications. The Trust has membership of both the CST (Confederation of School Trusts) and the NGA (National Governance Association), both of which offer regular webinars and other training events
- A competitive remuneration package
If you are looking for an exciting challenge and can bring your experience, commitment, drive 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 on 07890 055186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Helen has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.
Visits are invited; to arrange a visit by appointment only please contact Helen.
Application closing date: Midnight, Wednesday 8th March 2023
Shortlisting: Tuesday 14th March
Interviews: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March
When applying please consider the following:
|Job Description and Person Specification|
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.
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We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people we work with and expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including an enhanced DBS check. An online search will 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. We have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our Schools.
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