Executive Headteacher - The Federation of Saltergate schools, nursery and Gateways
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.
Mr Mark Walker
Chair of Governors
School Website: www.saltergateschools.co.uk
NYCC Local authority maintained schools with Gateways/ Nursery provision, ages 2 to 11. Currently we have 356 pupils enrolled with 60 Gateways/Nursery children.
We are situated in the north west of Harrogate on a large housing estate with a mix of privately owned homes and council/housing association homes.
After a period of turbulence at the juniors, the federation is now well set to serve their community well and this was particularly evident during lockdown when our schools ensured they provided children with the best and secure opportunities whether they were at home or in the classroom.
What makes us unique?
We like to make sure we are innovative in our practice to give the children the best opportunities and experiences.
Our work includes
- ‘Gateways’ for two year olds – North Yorkshire's first school to have two year olds in a school provision
- an innovative approach to learning through a creative curriculum including Reggio Emilia concepts in place
- a curriculum designed for Saltergate children – unique and bespoke
- French lessons from age 4 – 11 led by a specialist teacher encompassing outdoor provision with cross curricular links
- a specialist music teacher with inspiring weekly lessons for all children aged 4- 11 years
- an opportunity for all children from year 1 to learn a musical instrument
- free instrumental lessons to children who show talent
- Saltergate 500 challenge to give our children the best opportunities in a carefully planned way
- regular learning updates for families through the Knowledge Organisers and celebration through the weekly newsletters
- Extra-curricular activities with no charge to families making activities accessible to all
- Outside professionals to talent spot and identify gifted children so that skills can be promoted
….and much, much more.
Our catchment mainly covers the Jennyfields area. However, many families from further afield opt to send their children to us.
We welcome all children (inclusive, imaginative, innovative) and ensure that they have equal opportunities. Some of our families experience financial hardship and rely on support from the food bank and other local charities. Some families suffer extreme vulnerability and our schools support through working closely with other agencies.
Over the period of the pandemic police notifications regarding domestic violence have been on a significant rise.
Families are supportive of the work we do and welcome the support they receive.
Other families are well placed to support children and work confidently with school expectations. This mix of children brings about a harmonious and fairly unique community feel.
- Free extra curricular clubs
- Breakfast/after school care led by a separate owner
- School breakfast club for vulnerable pupils
- Exciting and meaningful educational visits
- Specialist music teaching for all children with all KS2 children learning an instrument
- Specialist French teacher for all pupils
- Support for vulnerable children – clothing allowance
- Full time family worker to support vulnerable families
The children know and follow school rules. However, some children have challenging behaviours due to their disabilities while others are experiencing either mild or significant trauma from the disruption to the routines of education, over the last two years.
- A genuinely, lovely mix of pupils from mixed socio-economic backgrounds
- Some significant vulnerabilities
- A number of families suffering financial hardship
- Challenges with emotional trauma following the pandemic
- Challenges with re-booting consistent attendance following the pandemic
These organisations provide us with many opportunities including:
- Supporting training needs and Early Career Teachers / Students
- Headteacher groups
Governors regularly consider the possibility of amalgamation/academisation. However, to date they have decided not to pursue these options.
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 the values of our logo.
- The image – the gate with children holding hands together that can also be seen as three ‘i’ letters.
- The words – linked to the three ‘i’ letters – inclusive – imaginative – innovative
We live by our commitment to being:
- Inclusive – everyone counts – everyone is equal and this is our promise is 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 foster children’s confidence, as learners, to engage with our curriculum through talk for learning, challenge, and positive mindsets to prepare our children to “meet the world” both local and global, as active participants.
Fluency and automaticity ensure children can “draw on” remembered knowledge and this is the key building block that broadens our children’s horizons.
It is only by providing a well-planned systematic curriculum that we ensure all our children receive a high-quality education.
The federation runs as one school with one headteacher, one set of finances, one governing body.
A deputy and an assistant headteacher assist the headteacher.
The school has 20 teachers and 26 support staff with specific specialisms.
One SENDCo works across both schools for consistency.
Strong budget. No immediate financial concerns. Funds to enhance provision.
- Gateways pre-nursery – outstanding
- Saltergate infant school – Good – March 2019
- Saltergate junior school – Requires Improvement - October 2018
Current areas identified for improvement:
- As a priority, the schools are focusing on the areas of music and physical education both bringing opportunities for mental health benefits in their own ways.
- Staff CPD in music and PE
- Links between subject leaders across both schools
- Adopting a new phonics scheme, Little Wandle, with CPD.
- Further subject leader monitoring of their subject across the year groups
Main Priorities of School improvement Plan:
- EYFS curriculum
- Mathematics progress
- English provision and new phonics scheme
- Music curriculum enhanced
- PE and skills curriculum enhanced
Relationship with parents/carers:
- Strong relationships
- Much support given through 1:1 communications/signposting
- Information shared regularly to help parents now and understand what their children are learning
- Supportive of parent contributions and ideas
- Governors make themselves known and parents know they can communicate with governors if they need to do so
Relationship with wider community:
- Nativity performances
- Performances to raise funds for charity
- Singing at local care homes/hospital
- All national charities recognised (CIN, Red Nose Day, world crises
- Parents supporting fundraising
Relationship with Local Authority:
Since September 2022, the LA has been much more involved on a strategic and face-to–face level:
- Regular meetings have supported development of school priorities
- Support is rigorous and beneficial
- Signposting where necessary is effective and timely
- Are interested in the schools’ progress and strategic vision
- Attend courses to support expectations in school
- Hold open meetings
- Write letters/notes of appreciation
- Meet regularly with the Headteacher
North Yorkshire is England's largest county and one of the most rural. The area comprises the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, three areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby. There are ruined castles and abbeys, serene gardens, unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. The area hosted the phenomenal Tour de France in 2014 and has since created the Tour de Yorkshire, an annual event with global recognition. Our success in supporting these events led to Harrogate hosting the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2019.
North Yorkshire has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast. From the hard gritstone of Almscliff and Brimham rocks to the limestone of Malham, Gordale and Kilnsey climbing venues are in abundance. The Yorkshire Dales is the premier area for caving and for mountain biking; there are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest. There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic surf sport venues and sea kayaking on the east coast.
While the county is rightly known for its wide-open spaces, it also incorporates attractive market towns including Pickering and Helmsley, traditional seaside towns, the Spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York - the most visited city outside of London. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy!
Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with close proximity to metropolitan cities of Leeds and Newcastle, with little over two hours commute on the main train line to London. We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01423 508552 and select option 2.
- 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:
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.