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Headteacher - Grove Road Primary School 


Dear Applicant, 

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity as Headteacher at Grove Road Primary School. We have gathered together lots of useful information to help you understand our school, it’s culture and our students. We hope the position will be one in which you can develop your career whilst making a difference to the lives of our children and young people, families and staff.

Situated in beautiful North Yorkshire, our school is located in the lovely town of Harrogate. Grove Road Primary School is a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos.

We are incredibly proud of our school and our children and staff at Grove Road. Our School is a lively, caring and enthusiastic place to be. We believe our school plays a vital role in our local community. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our pupils can talk about their learning experiences as part of Team GR and are proud of their achievements. We are an inclusive school with an excellent reputation for supporting and championing children with SEND in both mainstream classes and as part of our targeted mainstream provision.

We are looking for a new leader to continue the excellent journey our school is on. Someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will ensure the achievements of our pupils and students continue to improve. Someone, who is passionate about education, who will embrace and develop our inclusive ethos and who will champion the needs of young people.

We want your skills as a leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and students - promote the vision for our school.

It is important to all at Grove Road that our new Headteacher has a friendly, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, someone who is kind, has a great respect for difference, whilst committed and able to balance strong leadership with support and compassion, enabling learners to aim high.

Our School is supported by a Governing Board that is willing and enthusiastic about the development of our school and the aspiration of our school and children. The Board has a wide range of skills and knowledge and will both support and challenge the new Head in driving forward our vision.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email 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 our Twitter Account to get a feel for our school.

There is currently a statutory proposal underway regarding a proposed amalgamation between Grove Road Primary School and Woodfield Primary School to technically close Woodfield Primary School on the 31st August 2022, and for Grove Road to operate across a split site from the 1st September 2022.  The timeline expects a decision to be made by the County Council’s Executive, following the current 4 week representation period) by the 19th April 2022.

Detail about the proposed amalgamation can be found at Grove Road Community Primary School and Woodfield Community Primary School in Harrogate consultation | North Yorkshire County Council.

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

Yours faithfully,

Margaret Beagle

Chair of Governors


Grove Road Primary School, Harrogate

Post:  Headteacher

Number on Roll: 325

Commencing:  September 2022

Contract Type:  Full Time 

Salary:  L16 - £61,479 – L22 - £74,090

Contract Term: Permanent

Grove Road Primary School is located in the beautiful Victorian spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Our school is a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos.  We aim to create a secure, stimulating environment where the needs of each child can be met and where learning is seen as both an enjoyable and a rewarding experience. We are well supported by our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor.

The children, staff, parents, our governing body and our community are proud of our school. The children are engaged in their learning and, despite the recent pandemic, are enthusiastic learners with the potential to make rapid progress. We are looking for a new Headteacher who will allow the school to build on its many strengths and achievements.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Headship; where you will be able to lead our school on to the next stage of its journey shaping and developing what this will look like. You must exhibit confidence, resilience, fairness and be an engaging communicator who displays empathy, inclusivity 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 democratic leader with a clear vision, who has the ability to communicate that vision to others and to make an instant impact on driving the school towards excellence.

In particular, we are looking for a Headteacher who;

  • Recognises the importance of maintaining the schools existing values and aims while instilling their own leadership style and identity
  • Has the skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young children and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils - achieve their potential, whilst raising aspirations in the community
  • Understands all SEND needs and the difficulties around the financial implications that come with some needs. Willing to challenge if provision if it is not correct for certain pupils
  • Has strong leadership and the ability to develop the school team, to be their best and to work together as one team for the benefit of the children and whilst still keeping a strong bond as a staff team within the school and having the ability to challenge robustly and constructively
  • Possesses a good understanding of school financial planning, being able to look and recognise the strengths of staff across the school and make strategic decisions to safeguard the future of the school. Have the experience, motivation and resilience to move the school forwards and embrace any further challenges
  • Is committed to creating a safe, caring environment where pupils can thrive socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively, morally and
  • Is a committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills, who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Understands that a thriving school can be the beating heart of a community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community
  • Forms effective relationships and communications with parents, carers, individuals and organisations with significant responsibility for pupils’ welfare and well-being to achieve a common goal of ensuring all pupils have the opportunity to reach their full potential
  • Is able to further develop and foster the excellent home/school relationships in place and explore new ways of engaging and supporting the school’s more vulnerable parents

About you:

  • You will be inspirational with an impressive record of accomplishment of school improvement
  • Demonstratively be a positive role model for pupils, staff, and the wider community
  • You will be committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues; this includes the wellbeing of all staff members
  • You will have an understanding or be a member of the new DFE Education staff Health and Well-Being charter as an addition to the Healthy Schools award
  • Be visible and approachable around the school
  • Be an effective and confident communicator with all stakeholders
  • A leader who will lead by example and can inspire others
  • A hard worker who will set the highest standards
  • Enable relationships to be positive and constructive with all members of the school community

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 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 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 and a dedicated staff team.


If you feel ready to be our next aspirational Headteacher and you can bring your experience, approachable nature, enthusiasm, commitment and passionate energy to deliver our vision to our children and motivated staff, along with driving the school towards excellence, we would love to hear from you.

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, to view the job description & person spec and how to apply please visit our dedicated campaign site –

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 Grove Road and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581143421 or

Key dates:

  • School Visit: To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Debbie Pitt on
  • Application closing date: Sunday 3rd April
  • Shortlisting: Thursday 7th April
  • Interviews: Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April

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 referees.


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.