Federation of Goldsborough CE & Sicklinghall CP Schools

Head Teacher


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher of the Goldsborough CE Primary and Sicklinghall Community Primary Schools Federation. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our school and we look forward to receiving your formal application.

Our two rural primary schools are at the heart of the villages of Goldsborough and Sicklinghall and currently have a combined roll of 157 pupils. Their distinctive ethos, caring culture and welcoming nature draw pupils and their parents from our local communities and beyond.

The schools came together in a Federation at the start of 2017, seeking to build on and share each other’s strengths and create a sustainable resource base for the future. Staff, pupils and parents have all embraced the move and we have already seen significant sharing of experience, ideas and resources across the schools.

We wish to appoint a leader who will build on the many strengths of our Federation and continue to move us forward

To work with our current Learning Partnership schools to further build a model of collaboration across the four schools, including exploration of further federation and the opportunities for all involved that this may bring.

We welcome applications from senior leaders with experience and also from serving Headteachers looking for a new opportunity. Although the vacancy is for a September 2019 start, for the right candidate who is currently in a Headship role, we would offer a January 2020 start.

Goldsborough is a church school and so we are seeking a candidate who can maintain and develop the Christian vision and values of the school, links to the local parish and promote an understanding of other faiths and cultures.

In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. The Federation has the benefit of a highly committed, experienced and loyal team of staff, pupils and parents and a supportive single governing body. We look forward to a healthy relationship of mutual support and constructive challenge with the new headteacher.

We are looking for an astute education professional with strong leadership and team development skills, ambition, drive and purpose, to make a difference. This is a unique opportunity for a leading professional to lead our schools, developing their potential and building on our successes and achievements.

We would welcome you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils have for their education and teaching staff have for their welfare and development. Such a visit is not a requirement of the selection process and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.

If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Rachel Wales, HR Advisor at North Yorkshire County Council, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk). For an informal conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597.

If this sounds like the challenge and opportunity you are looking for, I hope you will consider applying for the post.

Yours faithfully,

Guy Cooper
Chair of Governors

How to Apply

To apply, click on the button below which will take you to the NYCC website. You should complete and submit the application form available on this site. Please note your application must be made on the supplied application form. CVs will not be accepted and should not be submitted with your application. 

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 2 employment references. A faith reference is not required.

Key Dates:

School Visits: Anytime by arrangement with Rachel Wales

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 12 May 2019

Shortlisting: Wednesday 15 May 2019

Interviews: Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 May 2019

Federation of Goldsborough CE and Sicklinghall CP Schools