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Applegarth primary school

Thank you for your interest in Applegarth's Headteacher opportunity

Dear Applicant,

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our exciting Headteacher opportunity at Applegarth School. I am proud to be Chair of Governors of our flourishing community, where our purpose upon establishment in 1909 is unchanged in 115 years: being a model school in North Yorkshire.

Situated in the market town of Northallerton, in the heart of North Yorkshire, Applegarth is a family in which children are confident and take pride in themselves and their peers. Parents/carers, governors, local residents and the whole community are active participants in our school’s development. We aspire to aim high, be happy and celebrate, together.

This is a wonderful opportunity from September 2024 to lead our thriving school through the next phase of its growth and development. Building on the strong progress firmly established over the last few years, we are now looking for a leader to help us improve on these solid foundations and move our school forwards.

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 applicants have visited will not influence the outcome. We would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and online blog to get a feel for our school.

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 our wonderful school and Headteacher opportunity.

Yours faithfully,

The Reverend Claire L Soderman
Chair of Governors


Learn more about our Headteacher opportunity

Post: Headteacher
Number on Roll: 268
Commencing: September 2024
Salary: L13 – L18 (£63,430 - £ 71,729)
Contract Term: Permanent

If you are a leader who is ambitious, inspirational and committed to excellence, then this appointment will present you with a unique opportunity to lead our wonderful school.

About You:

We are looking for an inspirational and experienced Headteacher or an ambitious Head of School/Deputy Headteacher with a proven track record of driving outcomes for all pupils. The ideal candidate will possess unwavering and principled expectations and a commitment to building upon the school's current trajectory: strengthening further our successes yet reflecting and adapting to the diverse needs of our community and responding positively to challenges. The successful candidate will inspire staff and pupils, support parents and strategically ensure Applegarth continues to benefit our local community as a Heritage school.

We can Offer You:

  • A well-resourced school, with a dedicated outdoor learning area within the school grounds and access to an offsite facility.
  • A school which has stable staffing, 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.
  • Ambitious and highly supportive staff and governors who are driven to provide excellent education for pupils.
  • Freedom to utilise your expertise to shape the future of the school as a model North Yorkshire school.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah on 07816 251271  or email Sarah has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this exciting opportunity.

Key dates

Visits - we strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of Applegarth, allowing you the opportunity to see what we have to offer. If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email Sarah.

Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed below - if these are not possible for you please contact Sarah, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

Tuesday 9th April   4.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10th April 10.00 - 11.00am
Thursday 11th April 10.00am - 11.00am

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 14th April
Shortlisting: Friday 19th April
Interviews: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We have a robust child protection policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please note this post is in regulated activity and exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS criminal records and barred list check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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