Head of School - Caedmon College - The Whitby Secondary Partnership 



Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the opportunity to be our Head of School for Caedmon College. This micro-site has a lot of useful information which we hope, in addition to our website, will help you to understand our school, our culture and our students. We hope that this post will be one in which you can develop your career whilst making a difference to the lives of our children, staff and community.

As this is a first-time post, we are looking for a leader who will work with staff and the Executive Head to implement the federation strategy and develop the strengths of the school.

We are also looking for someone who is passionate about secondary education and will work, as part of an executive team, to support all our pupils to reach their potential. We want your skills as a clear-sighted, energetic leader to make a difference - enhancing teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring that everyone works together to provide the best possible education for all young people in the Whitby area.

We are very proud of our school. Caedmon College’s values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect have been in place for a number of years and school rules have been developed around Ready, Respect, Safe, which is part of the ‘Pivotal’ approach to managing behaviour.

It is very important that our new Head of School has great interpersonal skills, a positive outlook and a respect for difference, whilst being ambitious for our learners in encouraging them to achieve their best. This is a chance for a talented Secondary senior leader to join an established team, all of whom are committed to collaboration, in order to help transform young lives across Whitby.

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 interesting and important 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 to get a feel for our school.

On behalf of the Federation Governing Body, thank you for your interest in the Head of School post at Caedmon College - Whitby Secondary Partnership and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

Pen Cruz

Chair of Governors



Caedmon College - The Whitby Secondary Partnership, North Yorkshire

Post:  Head of School

Numbers on roll: 801 Caedmon College

Commencing: September 2022

Contract type: Full Time

Salary: L20 L25 Relocation Package of up to £8,000 (T&Cs apply)

Contract term: Permanent

Caedmon College has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced senior leader to join us from September 2022. This is also a great opportunity for someone who is looking to move to the next stage in their leadership career.

If you are an experienced deputy looking for your first Head of School post, you will get the support and direction from an Executive Headteacher to help give you the best start possible. And for experienced school leaders looking to extend their experience, we can offer you coaching and mentoring to help develop your skills as a successful Head within the Whitby Secondary Partnership.

We are interested to hear from inspirational senior leaders, who are motivated, share our vision, and who are committed to the ethos and continued success of the school and Federation. As a leader, you should have the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities to inspire not just staff, but our pupils and parents.

At the Whitby Secondary Partnership, we believe in nurturing teachers and developing the school leaders of tomorrow. This is a chance for a talented secondary senior leader to join an established team, all of whom are committed to collaboration, helping to transform young lives across Whitby.

About Us – The Head of School will be responsible for both college sites:

Caedmon College is situated on the west side of Whitby and has two sites: the Normanby site has the 11-16 students and the Scoresby site houses Whitby Sixth Form (under Caedmon College’s DfE no.). Both sites have extensive playing fields, with tennis courts, as well as an all-weather pitch on the Scorseby site.

Normanby site: The original building on Normanby site was built in 1912 and has some fine, ‘period’ architectural features. More buildings have been added over the years and the school is well-resourced and well-maintained.

Scoresby site: this was formerly a middle school, Caedmon School, built in the 1960s. Caedmon School merged with Whitby Community College in 2014 to become Caedmon College. In September 2019, after some refurbishments, the Caedmon Sixth Form moved to Scoresby site and became  Whitby Sixth Form.

The Whitby Secondary Partnership was formed in July 2019 when Eskdale School and Caedmon College were brought together to form a Federation, with a single Governing Body responsible for both schools. The Partnership was formed to ensure that the students of Whitby Whitby and its surrounding area would access the best possible education and opportunities.

Main Areas of Responsibility

  • To engage closely with the Executive Headteacher and colleagues in the Federation
  • To be responsible for the operational leadership and management of the school on a day-to-day basis, ensuring the needs and aspirations of all learners are met through your contribution to building and maintaining an effective learning environment.
  • To be the primary interface between the school, its pupils, staff, and parents.
  • To engage actively as a member of the Executive Leadership team in promoting and developing the Whitby Secondary Partnership against the backdrop of its stated values, ethos and strategic direction
  • To demonstrate commitment to your own reflective practice, continuing self-evaluation and personal/professional development as well as that of staff working within your remit.
  • This will require you to promote effective performance and continuous improvement to enhance students’ opportunities for academic progress and personal development

As Head of School, you will oversee a school where:

  • There is a positive ethos that reflects the schools’ commitment to high achievement, effective teaching and learning, and good relationships
  • A broad, balanced and high quality curriculum is offered to all
  • Staff, governors and parents have confidence in the leadership and management of the school
  • Staff and governors recognise their accountability for their tasks and contribute fully to the development and successful implementation of policies and practices
  • The life of the school and Federation and the curriculum effectively promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for adult life
  • Effectiveness is kept under rigorous review and links with the wider community contribute to students’ attainment and personal development
  • Efficient and effective use is made of staff, accommodation and resources
  • Delegated responsibilities to ensure that finance and administration are effective and the carefully costed development plan is focused on improving educational outcomes

Professional Development & Benefits

Our people are at the heart of our success. We are developing a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and appropriate training.


We are seeking a successful senior leader with a good track record of school improvement. We are looking for someone who is an outstanding communicator and who has proven strengths can engage with others, is inspirational and  motivates those within the school and the wider community.

If you are a highly motivated senior leader with the school improvement skills and experience needed to create an outstanding school and contribute to a successful federation where both staff and students thrive, then we want to hear from you.

To arrange a school visit and for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton, who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Caedmon College and The Whitby Secondary Partnership. Julie can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581 143421 or julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates:

  • School Visit: to arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Jo Robinson on j.robinson@ccwhitby.org
  • Application closing date: Midnight Wednesday 23rd March 2022
  • Shortlisting: Monday 28th March 2022
  • Interviews: Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April 2022. The intension will be to appointed the new Executive Headteacher before the Head of School interviews.

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Documents:

Job Description

Person Spec 

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.


Our schools are 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.