Headteacher - Gillamoor CofE VC Primary School 


Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Headteacher recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about our school and current vacancy. Thank you for taking the time to visit, we hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application to our warm and welcoming school.

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is situated in the rural, picturesque village of Gillamoor, located approximately 2 miles north of the bustling market town of Kirkbymoorside; nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. A smaller than average primary school (NOR 45), we are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths, with a clear plan for school improvement, regular engagement and consultation with parents and carers, instilling continuity and further developing our links with the community, partner collaborations and our strong pastoral provision.

We are focused on creating an outstanding provision that values personal development, wellbeing and wider curriculum opportunities as highly as academic progress. We asked the pupils what they would be looking for in a new Headteacher. They, like us, are keen to have a Headteacher who will maintain the breadth of the life of the school, including music, sport and forest school activities, in a spirit of fairness, respect, participation and enjoyment.

We believe that Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School has capacity for further improvement and that this is an exciting time for an ambitious leader to make a real difference; increasing our pupil numbers, improving teaching outcomes and continuing our efforts to maintain a positive and robust standing in the local community.

We are supported by a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, receptive parents/carers, a strong governing body and local community that is proud of our School, where pupils are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils 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 would like the opportunity to visit, please email Rachel Wales, Resourcing Business Partner, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk). For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

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 Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Harper
Chair of Governors

The Role

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School, North Yorkshire

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 45

Commencing: April 2020

Salary: L6 – L12 (£45,213 – £52,414)

Creativity, inspiration and achievement is what Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School are all about. Are you ready to come and join us and inspire our children to learn?

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is a small, forward thinking village school, nestled on the edge of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. We are well-respected and known for our high standards, exemplary pupil behaviour and a fully inclusive model of education; enabling all children to fulfil their full potential whatever their starting points. Our Christian ethos and core values of Loving and Caring, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Thankfulness, Generosity, Respect and Forgiveness support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the school.

Currently rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted and SIAMS, as a school we have made steady improvements in raising expectations, the quality of teaching and learning on offer and professional development opportunities for our staff. We are proud of our warm and welcoming school, where we value our community and have an ethos of kindness and support for each other, placing a high premium on creating a learning environment in which children thrive in a vibrant, exciting and happy school with a family feel.

Our ambition, and yours, will be that Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School plays a pivotal role within primary education in the area, for promoting the latest developments in teaching, learning and inclusion practices. Our children, who are taken from a broad catchment area, deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and in turn you and your staff will enjoy a fulfilling career, releasing your potential and maximising your impact.

Currently, the role has a 0.4FTE teaching commitment which may vary dependent on changing needs.

Our opportunity
We are looking for a Senior Leader who has strong leadership skills, who can galvanise our staff, parents/carers, children and community to achieve their very best, through shaping and delivering an inspiring vision, which will then lead to significant impact across outcomes, curriculum delivery and teaching and learning.

You will inherit a school which has a strong community ethos and colleagues who are proud to work for a school which puts the whole child and parental engagement at its very heart.

Aspiration, resilience and the ability to build positive and trusting relationships will be in your character as a leader, as you build on a culture of learning and ambition that will see our children develop, grow and contribute an active part in today’s society.

We can offer you:
• A happy and friendly village school, fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment in which to inspire and motivate our children.
• Significant levels of support from the Local Authority, Governing Board, Diocese and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
• Delightful children who respect each other, have a thirst for learning new things and a staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
• An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and the time to make Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School a beacon of excellence in primary education.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

We strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our school, allowing you the opportunity to see what we have to offer. If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates:

  • Application Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 1 December
  • Shortlisting: Wednesday 4 December
  • Interviews: Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 December

Supporting Documents

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. 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.