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Deputy Headteacher - Applegarth Primary School


Dear Deputy Headteacher Applicant

Welcome to Applegarth Primary School.

Aim High….Be Happy….Celebrate....Together
On behalf of the governing body, thank you for taking an interest in the position of Deputy Headteacher. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our school and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

Our governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths. The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where the children thrive in a ‘vibrant, exciting and happy school’ with a ‘friendly feel’’.

Applegarth Primary School; a ‘Heritage School’, is a warm and friendly school located in the market town of Northallerton; serving a number of small villages in the surrounding area.

We wish to appoint a Deputy Headteacher who will ably support the Headteacher and, in doing so, continue to take our school forward. The school has the benefit of a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, supportive parents and governing body. In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead.

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 Applegarth Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Sharon Fyfe

Chair of Governors


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Deputy Headteacher position at Applegarth Primary School.

We are a highly ambitious, inclusive and oversubscribed local authority maintained school judged ‘Good’ by OFSTED (Short inspection April 2018). Our children come from a variety of backgrounds and the vast majority want to do well, demonstrate good behaviour and have excellent attendance.

When the school opened in 1909, it was intended to be the flagship school in North Yorkshire providing the highest standard of education in the county. I am seeking to appoint a deputy who strives to provide this for the 280 children we serve. It is my belief that leaders should have unwavering high standards and support staff to share this sense of efficacy. We can change everything if we truly believe that our actions can make a difference and we pursue our goals without faltering.

Following my appointment (September 2019), and in the transition time leading up to taking up post, I have learnt that Applegarth School has a supportive and committed governing body who work well together with the SLT on a strategic and day-to-day basis. In turn, the wider staff body are hardworking and open to change and the challenge of further improving what is a good school. This is a very exciting time in the development of the school and one of my first tasks is to appoint a Deputy Headteacher who is an excellent classroom practitioner and whose educational philosophy and practices are in accord with the ethos and vision we share at the school.

We know that our journey will require us to build on our existing strengths to sustain improvement. Under my leadership the school will continue to focus on developing outstanding classroom practice and improving outcomes for all. Applicants should have experience coaching and mentoring colleagues with demonstrable impact.

I hope that you find the prospect of joining Applegarth Primary School and working alongside me to be an exciting opportunity. If you have the experience, knowledge and qualifications we are looking for and can demonstrate that you are committed to inclusion and excellence for all, we would very much like to hear from you.

Finally, I would encourage you to visit our school in advance of your application. You will get a sense of the warm atmosphere and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our children 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. If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve Cooper at North Yorkshire County Council or call him on 01609 536578. Steve will also be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Yours faithfully,

Justin Peoples



For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Applegarth Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 536578.

We very much welcome school visits. If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve. Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed above - if these are not possible for you please contact Steve, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

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Last updated: March 2019