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Headteacher - Craven PRS 

Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to the Craven Pupil Referral Service.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher.
We are a secondary Pupil Referral Service that provides full and part-time education and support for children and young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access mainstream education.

An inclusive service, we pride ourselves on providing pupils with clear aspirations for the future. With high expectations and motivational teaching, this gives pupils opportunities to succeed. Relationships between staff, pupils and families is at the centre of what we do. Providing this holistic approach to individuals is important in the development and resilience to succeed in the future.

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and supportive thus enabling pupils to develop spiritually, socially, morally, emotionally and intellectually. Staff work extremely hard to ensure all needs are met.

This is a unique opportunity for you to lead our school, developing its potential and building on our strengths, successes and achievements.
If you are a leader ready to meet these challenges, I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Bellfield
Chair of Governor



Post: Headteacher
School: Craven Pupil Referral Service, The Snaygill Centre, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QS
Start date: September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
Salary: L17-L21 £62,570 - £69,031 
Contract term: Permanent

This is an excellent opportunity for a truly creative and forward thinking professional to make a mark at a school with outstanding potential. Given that Alternative Provision needs to deliver a bigger and broader range of services, while strengthening partnerships and collaborations and seeking new opportunities, your role will be key to ensuring we deliver and commission provision that meets the needs of all our stakeholders.

A warm and friendly school, we are committed to delivering a safe and supportive environment where all pupils learn, progress and have aspirations for the future. As well as benefitting from significant, on-going local authority support, we also have excellent facilities, and committed, pupil centred staff recognised for their outstanding teaching and learning practice.

We are looking for a leader with vision, able to motivate pupils, stakeholders and staff. This will include directing the school’s strategic planning, leading the development of the curriculum and delivering an outstanding provision that meets the needs of our pupils as well as those we serve in the wider and extended education community. You will also lead through a restructuring of our provision.

To apply, you will need a thorough knowledge of national education strategy and the wider context for Alternative Provision, and have the creativity to identify and maximise the potential of the service onsite, across the region and beyond. We believe that the opportunities are boundless, and aspire to be a centre of excellence that delivers innovative solutions that meet a regional need.

You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to network, develop partnerships and collaborations and creatively formulate provision in an environment of constant change.

In return, we will offer you support, the opportunity to develop a truly unique and dynamic provision and access to continued professional development.

Skipton is a picturesque market town, serving a large surrounding rural area including the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north. It is an appealing place to live, offering excellent primary and secondary schools and a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities.

It is ideally situated with easy access not only to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Lake District, the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors but also larger towns such as Harrogate, York, Leeds, Bradford and Manchester. Rail and road links are excellent; Leeds Bradford Airport is only forty minutes away, Manchester Airport an hour.

For a confidential conversation, or to arrange a visit, please contact Steve Cooper on 07976 653898. Steve is supporting the Governors in this recruitment process.

It is envisaged that day one of the assessment event will be held remotely, with day two being held at Craven PRS.

Key Dates

  • School visits: Thursday 15 April, Friday 16 April, Monday 19 April and Wednesday 21 April 2021
  • Closing date for applications: Sunday 25 April 2021
  • Shortlisting: Wednesday 28 April 2021
  • Interviews: Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 May 2021

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.

Job Description
Person Specification