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Headteacher-Filey School

Filey, North Yorkshire

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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our Headteacher opportunity

Dear Applicant, 

I am delighted you have shown interest in becoming the next Headteacher of Filey School. I hope the information provided helps you in your decision-making process.  

Filey School is the only secondary school in the town of Filey on the Yorkshire Coast and serves a wide catchment area from Filey and the surrounding rural villages.  

The school recently joined Coast and Vale Learning Trust and is now one of four secondary providers in the Trust, including Scalby School, Lady Lumley’s School and Scarborough UTC. The Trust also has two primaries, Newby and Scalby Primary and Friarage Community Primary, both of which are in Scarborough. As our name suggests we see our sphere of influence being the Yorkshire Coast and the Ryedale area and our mission is to build strong collaborative relationships with all schools in this area. 

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Our Trust vision is to create schools where learners and staff thrive. All of our strategies have the aim to bring rapid improvement of each of our schools to ensure that they are excellent learning communities that support their local area. Filey School is now ready to embrace this vision of improvement and to become the school of choice for its local community. 

The new Headteacher will have support from an experienced Trust leadership team and our Central School Improvement Team. We are highly experienced school leaders who have affected change in complex situations and our Central Improvement Team are driving the school improvement agenda across many schools in our area. 

I see this role is an exciting opportunity for a new Headteacher to join an ambitious and outward looking multi academy trust. We expect our Headteachers to be effective strategic thinkers who  prioritise the improvement of teaching and learning in everything they do and you will be given the support and development to do this. 

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please contact Helen Poole on 07890 055186. Helen has been engaged by the Trust to support the appointment.  

On behalf of the Coast and Vale Learning Trust and the Local Governing Committee we thank you for considering this exciting and challenging position. 

Yours sincerely,

Brian Crosby. MBE.                     

CEO of Coast and Vale Learning Trust

Peter Noble 

Chair of the LGC 

Learn more about our Headteacher Filey School opportunity

Filey School, Filey, North Yorkshire 
Post: Headteacher 
Number on Roll: 420
Commencing: January 2023
Salary: L26 – L30 (Relocation package of up to £8,000 available) 
Contract Term: Permanent 

Are you an innovative and ambitious senior leader?

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work with a team of exceptional educational professionals, and lead the newest addition to our Trust family?

Filey School is a friendly secondary school situated in the beautiful seaside resort of Filey on the Yorkshire coast. The school works closely with their community and their core values are demonstrated on a daily basis. Filey School is the latest addition to the Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough in June 2022.

Having faced some challenges in our recent history, our school has great ambition to provide outstanding learning outcomes, where each student is valued and motivated to strive for excellence. Coast and Vale Learning Trust has an excellent track record of raising educational standards across their schools and are excited to support the successful applicant in implementing their vision and strategies for improvement.

Our Opportunity 

This is a rewarding Headship; you will lead our coastal school onto the next stage of our journey within our new Trust, and by incorporating a clear vision for the future development of our school, plan what that journey might look like. This is an excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction in a school with a supportive team of staff and a Trust history of robust leadership. We want our dynamic, energetic and driven Headteacher working towards all students achieving the best possible outcomes whilst maintaining the highest levels of staff and student wellbeing. You will not be joining a single school, rather a family of schools that can thrive together, share resources and help each other through difficult times.  We believe in ‘servant leadership’ where the principles of service underpin all we do.

We can offer you:

  • Significant levels of support from Coast and Vale Learning Trust, through our Central Improvement Team, who are relentless in their work to improve and transform our schools.
  • A school improvement partnership model which will allow you to thrive within our Trust as Headteacher.
  • As well as being committed to your ongoing development and training we also offer a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, access to the Teachers Pension scheme, an employee assistance programme as well as a variety of retail discounts.
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package of up to £8,000.

About You

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate a proven record of success working with secondary age children, have recent school leadership experience, either as an existing Headteacher or Deputy Head and be committed to providing the children with a high-quality education and environment. Experience working with challenging behaviour is advantageous.

You will: 

  • Be a committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Demonstrate superb leadership skills with ability to challenge robustly and constructively.
  • Be someone who recognises the importance of maintaining the school’s existing values while instilling their own leadership and identity.
  • Be an outstanding teaching practitioner able to set and achieve ambitious goals and continually seek to raise standards and promote our vision, values and aims in a way that is relevant and inspiring to all.
  • Be able to provide excellent and robust staff management.
  • Have progressive IT skills and a deep understanding of the significance and importance of consistent data monitoring.
  • Consider and shape how we can adapt our practices innovatively to promote and enhance the wellbeing of our staff team.
  • 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.
  • Show practical knowledge and experience in raising standards.
  • Be a strategic thinker able to plan long, medium and short term.
  • Be able to review our financial resources and look at how we invest in our school.
  • Have a continuing drive to reflect, learn and strive for positive development, for themselves, their staff team, the children and our school as a whole.
  • Be someone who is capable of and confident in making difficult decisions and ask challenging questions in order to seek the best possible outcome for our school as a whole.

For an informal confidential conversation about the role please contact Helen Poole on 07890 055186.

Visits to the school are invited and encouraged; to arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Helen Poole.

Please contact us if you need an application form in a different format.

Key dates:

Closing Date: Midday, Friday 9th September 2022

Shortlisting: Monday 12th September 2022

Interviews: Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September 2022

Supporting Documents:

CVLT Application Form

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.

Coast and Vale Learning Trust wish to place a special emphasis on the importance of the following Key Competencies:

  • Passionate commitment to education 
  • Demonstration of resilience 
  • Clarity of vision and strategic thinking 
  • Accepts accountability and holding others to account 
  • Skilful communication according to audience 
  • Ability to influence as necessary 
  • Ability to build effective teams 
  • Is a reflective practitioner who seeks organisational reflection 

Please demonstrate how you meet these key competencies in your application.


When completing your application, please provide two employment references, one of which must be your most recent employer.

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.  We have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our Schools.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief.  We want to recruit the right people for the Trust, from the widest possible backgrounds, to make the most of each individual’s different knowledge and experience.

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