Deputy Headteacher - Norton College
Dear Deputy Headteacher Applicant
Thank you very much for your interest in the position of Deputy Headteacher at Norton College. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our College and that you will proceed to apply for the post.
This is a really exciting time to join Norton College. Although I have only been in post as Headteacher since the start of the academic year, we have already established a strong culture of self-evaluation and there is a real energy and structure to school improvement work that is underway. The ASPIRE values run through every aspect of Norton College life and we have ambitious plans to build upon a the very strong foundations which are already in place. The successful applicant will be a key player in realising these aspirations.
The College prides itself upon its ‘family feel’ and there is a true sense of community here. Students are friendly and engaged with their learning. We have a highly committed, experienced, and talented team of staff, as well as strong support from parents and the Governing Body.
As you will understand, given the current situation with Covid-19, it may not be possible to visit our school in advance of your application and it is highly likely that the assessment event will take place remotely. However, for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact our recruiting consultant, Steve Cooper from NYCC Resourcing Solutions, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07976 653898.
We hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply. On behalf of the Trust and governing body, thank you again for your interest in Norton College.
Tim Johnson - Headteacher
Karron Young - Chair of the Local Governing Board
Virtual Events include a virtual tour - see Year 6 Transition
Norton College is a successful and friendly 11-19 school located in the town of Norton. Set in rural North Yorkshire, around 15 miles north east of York, Norton is a small town which borders the market town of Malton and is only separated by the River Derwent. Road and rail links from Norton are excellent, putting York and Leeds well within commuting distance and delivering excellent connections to national road and rail networks.
Our location has far too many benefits to list in full. However, beautiful countryside, easy access to North Yorkshire Moors, Coast, National Park, the Howardian Hills and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty make Norton an excellent base within “God’s own county”.
The local area also benefits from high employment though, as many locally based jobs are low skilled and low income, a large number of our residents commute. As with many rural settings, there are pockets of deprivation and some historical lower educational aspirations amongst the community. That said, a significant number of families from outside our official catchment area choose to send their children to us because of our Ethos and Values.
House prices are reasonable compared to larger cities and there are plans to build 800 houses in the area in the next 5-10 years.
All in all, for quality of life, there can’t be many better places to live and work.
The College has a family feel. Staff/student relationships are very good. Indeed, students report that staff ‘go the extra mile’ and really care about them and their learning. The vast majority of students are well behaved, polite, confident and engaged and the vast majority of parents support the College ASPIRE values of high aspirations for every learner to succeed. However, as with all colleges, we have some students who struggle to regulate their behaviour and Pivotal strategies have been implemented to address this.
Our Pupils benefit from:
- Breakfast provision from 8am
- Educational trips, visits and experiences
- Good sporting facilities – including gym, fitness suite and playing fields
Pupils take part in:
- Christmas concert in the local Church
- Annual production involving all ages
- Charitable activities
And they move on to:
- Russell Group Universities and other Higher Education establishments
Norton College is currently a member of Evolution Schools Learning Trust. We are looking to join a larger MAT in the near future to benefit from all the associated infrastructure that will bring i.e. HR, Finance, PR, policy, teaching and learning collaboration etc. Trustees and Governors are exploring options in this regard.
Our College community believes each one of us can be truly brilliant. We work hard so that students have the opportunity to climb the mountain to university or a relevant alternative.
In order to achieve our mission, we focus on our core values of ASPIRE. ASPIRE runs through all aspects of college life:
Achievement: I work hard to achieve my full potential.
Self-Belief: I am resilient and believe that anything is possible with effort.
Pride: I take pride in myself, my College and my community.
Independence: I am confident, self-motivated and ambitious to achieve.
Respect: I am known and respected as an individual.
Engagement: I engage in all aspects of college life with enthusiasm
We aim to be the college of choice for the local community
The Senior Leadership Team is as follows:
- Deputy Headteacher;
- 3 Assistant Headteachers;
- Pastoral Director/Designated Safeguarding Lead;
- Business Manager
We have 47 Teachers (41.8 FTE) including 5 SLT staff (5 FTE). All teachers teach within their specialist field. Maths, English, Science, Expressive Arts and Humanities all have a Curriculum Leader and a Deputy Curriculum Leader. Our SENDCo has 0.5 teaching contact ratio.
We have 49 support staff totalling 33.45 FTE split as follows:
- Pastoral - 8.29;
- Teaching Assistants - 8.01;
- Catering (inc. MDS) - 3.64;
- Admin and Finance - 7.25;
- Catering and Driving - 2.58;
- Technicians (inc. lettings staff) - 3.68
All expressed as FTE. Includes 2 SLT members
Classes are as follows:
- Year 7 - 6
- Year 8 - 5
- Year 9 - 5
- Year 10 - 5
- Year 11 - 5
- Year 12 & 13 - 3
Staff morale is high, and relationships are good across all areas.
The budget is currently in deficit but with a clear debt recovery plan to eradicate this by 2021/2022. The budget prediction is for a cumulative deficit of approximately £86k by the end of August 2021.
We expect the budget will return to a balanced position during the Summer Term 2022 and by the end of that financial year will have cumulative surplus of approximately £40k. In 2022/23 and 2023/24 we will create further in-year surpluses and look to head towards a cumulative revenue surplus balance of circa 3 to 4% of GAG by 31/8/2024.
We were graded “Good” in all categories in October 2013. Since then, there has been a trajectory of continued improvement as evidenced by a range of indicators. High expectations and a focus on high quality teaching in a broad curriculum offer has meant that Norton College routinely performs beyond expectations.
Governors receive regular external performance reviews and in 2015 and 2017 an external Challenge Partners Review team, led by an Ofsted trained reviewer, graded the College as securely “Good”. In both years they identified key elements of leadership and teaching as “Outstanding”.
In September 2017 we were graded as “Good” by Ofsted. A theme running through the report is Ofsted's recognition of the culture of high expectations that we have built on since 2013. They said that leaders had firmly established a culture of ‘ASPIRE’, where pupils are clear about our expectations for them to achieve, develop as an individual and achieve their full potential.
Although external performance tables were not produced for 2020 centre-assessed grades, outcomes were significantly improved upon the Progress 8 score of -0.14 in 2019 and the L3VA score of -0.04 (Academic) and -0.02 (Vocational) in 2019. Our current Year 11 and Year 13 cohorts are on track to continue this trend of improvement in 2021.
The provision and outcomes for students who have high prior achievement, SEND students and disadvantaged students are the priority groups within the whole school Raising Achievement Plan and we are already seeing the impact of improvement strategies. Progress is stronger in Mathematics than in English.
A wide range of strategic work is underway in developing the curriculum offer and curricular cohesion in order to establish a solid platform upon which to build future success across the College.
Current College Strengths
- A rapidly developing culture of self-evaluation and strategic, impact-led improvement planning
- Self-improving systems, including resourcing and financial planning
- A popular College with a friendly ‘family feel’
- Calm and stable environment with dedicated and loyal staff team
- Potential and capacity for further improvement across all areas of provision
Current Areas Identified for Improvement
- Parental engagement
- Outcomes for high prior attaining, SEND and disadvantaged students
- Questioning in lessons
Overall, the relationship is generally good. The new Headteacher has established a system of regular communication with parents through weekly letters and virtual parent information evenings which have been implemented across all year groups. These have been very well received. However, this remains an area for development and the Deputy Headteacher will need to build upon this and develop stronger relationships. Currently, there is no PTFA.
We have a dedicated and growing team of skilled Governors acting as a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team. They are responsive, challenging, experienced and visible.
We let out our Sports facilities including a Community Gym. We also host events and arrange friendship afternoons and other events for our feeder schools.
We are part of the Ryedale Collaborative – ROOSE (Ryedale Out of School Education) for support with alternative provision.
Deputy Headteacher (Ethos and Engagement)
Norton College, Langton Road, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 9PT
Salary: L15-L19 £59,581- £65,735
Commencing: September 2021
Number on Roll: 801 (with 115 in the 6th form)
Located 12 miles north east of York, Norton College is an exciting place to study and teach. We believe our students can be truly brilliant. A set of core values called ASPIRE shape all our work. These values are coupled with a belief in developing students’ self-belief and helping them work hard in all that we do together. Families choose us because of our culture of high expectations, coupled with a “family feel” where students are known and respected as individuals. A strong sixth form enables all our students to stay with us for seven years.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to high quality teaching and learning, ensuring our students are stimulated, confident and engaged. Our curriculum is planned to offer all our students the opportunity for high academic achievement and personal fulfilment through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. We also provide strong pastoral and careers support.
Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (September 2017) this is a real opportunity to make a significant difference in a college, which has clearly identified objectives and a real desire to achieve. There is a clear upward trajectory and your remit is to improve pupil outcomes and make us outstanding.
Your primary focus will be strategic leadership of behaviour, attitudes and personal development. This includes upholding our positive ethos, leading on all aspects of behavioural management while maintaining an operational overview of systems. You’ll also develop a ‘whole college’ overview, enabling you to manage and resolve issues and deputise for the Headteacher when required.
To apply, you must have experience of working within a behaviour management system. A good communicator and decision maker, you must possess significant change and people management skills, a proven ability to both build positive relationships across the college community and effectively use data to raise standards.
If you aspire to become a Headteacher, this is an ideal opportunity to gain the professional development and experience needed.
If you believe you can help us deliver ‘beyond expectations’, we very much look forward to receiving your application.
As you will understand, given the current situation with Covid – 19, it may not be possible to visit our school in advance of your application and it is highly likely that the assessment event will take place remotely. However, for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact our recruiting consultant, Steve Cooper from NYCC Resourcing Solutions, on email@example.com or 07976 653898.
Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 7 March 2021
Shortlisting: Thursday 11 March 2021
Assessment Event: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 March 2021
When applying please take into account the following:
The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. The information in Supporting Information 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 references.