Executive Headteacher 
The Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth
CofE Primary Schools

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Executive Headteacher at The Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CofE Primary Schools.

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Executive Headteacher at the Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CofE Primary Schools. We have gathered together a great deal of useful information to help you understand the schools, their culture and our children. We believe that the position is one in which you can make a lasting difference to the lives of our children, their families and our staff alongside developing your own career.

We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, children, stakeholders and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality first education in a safe and caring environment, where our pupils enjoy their learning and social experience.

We are incredibly proud of the uniqueness of each school and the rich and varied curriculum on offer to children.

We are now an established federation, retaining the benefits of village schools whilst working effectively together ensuring children’s personal development, wellbeing and wider curriculum opportunities are valued as highly as academic progress. We have one governing body across both schools and subject leaders who co-ordinate teaching and learning across both schools. We want to continue to work as a Federation to bring the greatest benefits to the children of both communities. We have a single Early Years class serving both schools at Spofforth where we have also just seen the completion of a building project which has provided new classrooms.

Situated in the beautiful countryside to the south east of Harrogate, the schools have close contacts with their communities as well as the local churches. We are well supported by both our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and the Diocese of Leeds.

We are always looking for ways to improve. We want your skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum, to enrich the personal and social development of our children and to join with everyone - staff, governors and pupils – to promote and further develop the vision for our schools.

It is important to all at Follifoot and Spofforth that our new Executive Headteacher has a cheerful, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, respects difference and is passionately committed to enabling all learners to aim high and achieve their potential.  We want our children to leave Year 6 well equipped for the next stage of their learning and life.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Grant Hopkins on 07971837589 or email grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk. Grant has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role. Visits to the Schools are invited, please contact Grant Hopkins to make arrangements.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in The Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CE Primary Schools and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

David Harrington

Chair of Governors


‘As I have loved you, so you must love one another’ John 13.34 NIV

Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Post:  Executive Headteacher
Number on Roll:  Follifoot – 56, Spofforth -110.
Commencing: September 2022
Salary:  L8-L14
Contract Term: Permanent

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred, Church of England federation of two primary schools located near Harrogate, our schools are found within picturesque villages of Follifoot and Spofforth, set in rolling farmland just to the south-east of Harrogate. Our schools have close contacts with their community and have a thriving PTA who support the schools.  We are well supported by our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and additionally we are part of the HART Alliance: Schools are part of the Alliance which come with a range of valuable CPD, school to school networks and joint projects for the Headteacher and leaders as well as staff at all levels.

The children, staff, parents, our governing body and our community are proud of our schools where children are engaged in their learning and despite the recent pandemic are enthusiastic learners with the potential to make increased progress. Our schools share a Foundation Stage at Spofforth School and we bus the children from the drop off site at Follifoot to make it easier for the parents with siblings at that school. Excising relationships between the schools are strong

In an ever-changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. Our school needs to continue to develop ever-stronger links with the governing body, parents and staff who actively support the school and you will need to maintain and develop the relationships which the school has built with the wider communities.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding headship; you will be able to lead our two rural schools on to the next stage of their journeys, to understand what that journey will look like. You must exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on building a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of the staff and pupils.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher to develop and implement effective strategies to raise standards and continually improve pupil attainment and progress. With a meticulous eye for detail, you will must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils, their progress and attainment and the provision that each individual requires, whilst maintaining the ability to balance budgetary constraints.

While we have many strengths, we know that we need to continue to build a love of reading across school,  but we’ve seen improved outcomes in phonics across the schools. Maintain and build on the quality of teaching and our expectations on what our children are capable of and further develop our staff team to reach their full potential.

In particular, we are looking for a Headteacher who will;

  • Resilience
  • Clarity of vision
  • Strategic thinking
  • Accepts accountability and holding others to account

        We can offer you:

  • Strength in our Christian Vision and ethos
  • An excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction working with the Governing Body to achieve this.
  • Progress towards SIAMS schedule
  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with children who respect and care for each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • A Governing Body who are committed and passionate about our schools and ensuring our children reach their potential and are committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues, this includes the wellbeing of all staff members.
  • Support from the Local Authority and a dedicated staff team.

If you feel ready to be our next Executive Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, commitment and energy to deliver our vision to our children and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Grant Hopkins on 07971837589 or email grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk. Grant has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

  • School visits by appointment only – Please telephone Grant Hopkins to make arrangements
  • Application closing date: Sunday 13th March
  • Shortlisting: Thursday 17th March
  • Interviews: Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th

When applying please take into account the following:

Job Description

 Person Specification

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. This 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.
Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to undertaking an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.