Executive Headteacher - The Federation of Saltergate schools, nursery and Gateways 


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to read the information about the exciting position which has become available due to the retirement of our longstanding and dedicated headteacher. I hope you enjoy finding out more about Saltergate and the position on offer.

Our school reputation is built on secure relationships with our families and the local community. Nothing is more important to us than working in partnership to provide a welcoming environment offering  the best opportunities and outcomes for every child.

The governors are now in a position where we need to secure an outstanding leader; someone who will  care deeply about our schools and take our school forward to new and exciting times.

As Executive Headteacher, you will be surrounded by a dedicated team and a focused governing body. Everyone here is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that Saltergate children have the best, in every aspect.

We have much to offer you. Please take time to look at our website where you can  get a feel of the commitment to the families whom we serve. I hope you are able to visit us to see our work in action.

Kind regards

Mr Mark Walker

Chair of Governors


Executive Headteacher

The Federation of the Saltergate Schools, Nursery and Gateways, Newby Crescent, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 2TT

Start date: September 2022

Contract type: Full Time

Salary: Group 3 L18 – L24

Contract term: Permanent

Number on roll: 356 plus Nursery and Gateways

The Saltergate Federation is made up of Saltergate infant and Saltergate junior schools along with 100 part-time nursery/pre-nursery places at Gateways and Nursery. The settings are on one site.

This Executive Headteacher role, which is offered due to the retirement of the current headteacher, offers an exciting challenge to build on the work of the federation, which has been in place for seven years.

The 3is guide the work of the schools. Inclusive, Imaginative, Innovative.

Curriculum is at the heart of our children’s education, including personal development and health and well being. We make sure children know how to keep safe in the modern world, particularly the ever-changing technological impact on social behaviour and work. We have a strong safeguarding culture that permeates all areas of school life.

We promote kindness, mutual respect, and tolerance throughout our school community.

We live by our commitment to being:

Inclusive – everybody counts – everyone is equal and this is our promise to each other

Imaginative – in a changing world, we work hard to bring new opportunities in the most creative ways to prepare our children for their future

Innovative – we lead the way with our trailblazing plans, offering children unique experiences to enhance their early and primary years – only the best is good enough for Saltergate children.

We are looking for an outstanding leader who will:

  • Be an inspirational leader who will support and develop our highly committed staff, encouraging inclusive, innovative and imaginative practice.
  • Know and care about each child, family and member of staff
  • Have enthusiasm, energy and resilience for the short and long term
  • Work well and build strong relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Be aspirational for all children to achieve well and be the best they can be
  • Promote the Golden Rules and 5Rs to enable our children to grow into respectful and kind young people
  • Ensure high standards of education in every aspect

In return we can offer:

  • Children who work hard and enjoy sharing their success
  • The best quality, highly motivated, talented staff
  • A strong governing body striving for improvement and driving new initiatives
  • A wonderful, caring school community with supportive families
  • A clear pathway for CPD
  • Funds to initiate new and exciting developments for the children

The Federation of the Saltergate Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils and young people. We have a robust Child Protection Policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the Federation. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children.

Harrogate and surrounding areas are one of the most sought-after areas to live in Yorkshire. The town is set close to the stunning countryside within easy access of Ripon, York and Leeds, as well as the nearby A1(M) connecting Ripon to the north and south.

We are offering two opportunities to visit our school (see below). If you would like to arrange a visit please email Jo Mallinson: jmallinson@saltergateschools.co.uk or call 01423 508552 and select option 2.

Key Dates

  • School visits: 9:30am, Tuesday 5 April and 4pm, Wednesday 6 April
  • Closing date for applications: Sunday 10th April (midnight)
  • Interviews will take place on: Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th April 2022

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. 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.

Supporting Documents:

Job Description

Person Specification