Green Hammerton C.E Primary School


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity for a Headteacher at Green Hammerton C.E Primary School. We have gathered together a great deal of useful information to help you understand our school, the culture and children. We believe that this position is one in which you can make a lasting difference to the lives of our children, their families and our staff while developing your own career.

Our school is located in a lovely rural setting behind St Thomas’s Church in the village of Green Hammerton, which is situated on the A59 between York and Knaresborough. Our school has close contacts with their community and, of course, the local church. We are well supported by both our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and the Diocese of Leeds.

The children, staff, parents, our governing body and our community are proud of our school where children benefit from the opportunity to build their confidence and independence in the caring and nurturing environment offered by small village school with Christian Values.

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.

It is important to all at Green Hammerton C.E that our new Headteacher is a confident, engaging communicator with a positive outlook to support the community feel post-Covid to ensure continuation of the family atmosphere of the school, and who also respects difference and is dedicated to enabling all learners to aim high and achieve their potential.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

To arrange a school visit by appointment please see the advert for more details of who to contact, we would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and take a virtual tour to get a feel for our school.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Green Hammerton C.E Primary School and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,      

Martin Simpson
Chair of Governors


Green Hammerton C.E Primary School, York, North Yorkshire
Post:  Headteacher
Number on Roll: 108 (Including Nursery)
Commencing:  September 2021
Salary:  L6 – L10
Contract Term: Permanent

Green Hammerton C.E is a happy, caring and supportive primary school with an incredible warmth and a welcoming family atmosphere.  We provide a nurturing environment, based on Christian values, where all individuals are treated with fairness, respect and equality and where the interests of our pupils are paramount. Our pupils are respectful and accepting of each other.

We are a friendly, ambitious, child-centred, inclusive, Church of England primary school located in the stunning rural village of Green Hammerton, near the beautiful City of York. The school works closely with the community and is promoted to ensure it remains visibly high and attractive to parents.

Our school focuses on the development of the whole child, enabling each pupil to feel cherished and challenged to fulfil their potential in relation to academic and personal development. This all takes place within a supportive, Christian, family orientated environment, where everyone cares for the well-being of each individual in their community.

Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the collaboration and partnership with, the pupils, staff, parents, governors, school advisors and with the wider communities. You will also ensure our school continues to be challenged in all aspects of school life, ensuring that pupil outcomes are maximised.

Our Opportunity
This is a rewarding Headship; you will be able to lead our rural school on to the next stage of its journey and understand what our journey might look like. You must exhibit confidence, be an engaging communicator that displays empathy and has a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of staff and pupils.

This exciting opportunity gives a new Headteacher the scope to shape how our school moves forward. The future of our school requires a strong leader with a clear vision, who has the ability to communicate that vision to others and to make an instant impact.

The new Headteacher will be required to commit and concentrate on:

  • Building a strong rapport with both staff members and the children across all year groups
  • Building back the community feel post-Covid to ensure the continuation of the family atmosphere of the school
  • Developing non-teachers to be able to take the lead on the pastoral support of children and families. To create time and reduce workload for SLT and teachers to give children an outstanding learning experience.
  • Developing seniors leaders within school, allowing staff to be accountable and confident in their roles
  • Utilising your inclusive leadership style to be able to build an effective tea,
  • To modernise but maintain the ethos of our school

In particular, we are looking for an Headteacher who;

  • Is aware of their responsibility a Headteacher of a Church of England school, to maintain their faith commitment and their caring and nurturing environments, while continuing to improve our drive to achieve excellent results, above the national average, while nurturing well-rounded happy children.
  • Has the ability to keenly observe progress across all age groups and abilities and intervene as soon as gaps or anomalies appear.
  • Understands the significance that a thriving school can be the beating heart of a rural community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community.
  • Is an inspirational leader who is committed to delivering the School's vision for the children, staff and communities we serve.

We can offer you:

  • An excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction while building upon the high standards already in place.
  • A Leadership team that has a culture of high expectation and ambition for the school. The small staff team shares expertise and good practice and has a shared vision and responsibility for school improvement.
  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with children who respect and care for each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • A Governing Body who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school 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, Diocese of Leeds, and a dedicated staff team.
  • The possibility of the opportunity to teach

If you feel ready to be our next 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 Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

  • School visits by appointment only - Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th - (Currently after 3.30 to be Covid safe - this may change). Please contact the current Head teacher Jenny Langley admin@greenhammerton.n-yorks.sch.uk.
  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 16th May
  • Shortlisting: Thursday, 20th May
  • Interviews: Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th May

Supporting Documents
Person Specification
Job Description

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 (see campaign site). 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.