Executive Headteacher


Dear Applicant,

Thank you very much for taking an interest in our position of Executive Headteacher. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our schools and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

The Federation of North and South Cowton Community Primary and Melsonby Methodist Primary Schools became active on 20 May 2019, formalising a longstanding relationship between the two schools.

Our schools are located in lovely rural settings serving a number of small North Yorkshire villages in an area around Darlington, Richmond and Northallerton. Both are successful in their own right with Ofsted rating them as Good, while Melsonby is also rated Good by SIAMS.

A newly formed, consolidated governing body is in place and will build on the existing close working relationship between the schools.

The children, staff, parents, governors and our community 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 the wider community, developing our provision and, above all, ensuring that we meet the needs of all our children.

In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. The schools need to work more closely together and develop ever stronger links with all our stakeholders. They are well supported by the new governing body, parents and staff.

Most likely it will not be possible to visit our schools in advance of your application and we will seek other ways of demonstrating how we work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children. In any case, such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.

If you have any specific enquiries relating to the schools' buildings, layouts, etc., please email Steve Cooper - Steve Cooper - who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Priestley
Chair of Governors

Federation of North and South Cowton Community Primary and Melsonby Methodist Primary Schools



How to apply

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please contact Steve Cooper, our Recruitment Adviser, at North Yorkshire County Council.

Email: steve.cooper2@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 07976 653898

Key Dates

  • Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 27 September 2020
  • Shortlisting: Friday 2 October 2020
  • Assessment event: Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 October 2020