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Headteacher - Nun Monkton Primary School 

Dear Headteacher Applicant

Thank you very much for taking an interest in our Headteacher position. I hope that you find the information provided useful and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

Nun Monkton School is a unique, small and secure place, which inspires a love of learning through the environment and a passion to aim high. Through inspirational teaching and working, we strive to provide an education that develops resilient and creative learners who flourish and feel special. We prepare our children for life, helping them become confident and grounded members of society rather than simply equipping them with the skills they will need for work.

Our Governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths. The children, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where children are happy, well behaved and enjoy learning.

We wish to appoint a Headteacher who will continue to take our school forward. In the changing educational environment there will be many exciting challenges ahead.

The school has the benefit of a highly committed, experienced and loyal team of staff, supportive parents and Governing Body.

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,

Mark Davies
Chair of Governors


Nun Monkton Primary School, The Green, Nun Monkton, York, YO26 8ER

Start date: September 2021

Contract type: Full Time

Salary: L6-L11

Contract term: Permanent

Teaching Commitment: 0.5 fte

Rated as Good by Ofsted, we are a successful, friendly, rural school located centrally within a conservation village between York and Harrogate, with easy access to the A1. The village is approached from the A59 along a 2 mile no through road and lies at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Nidd.

We believe our school is a unique, small and secure place, which inspires a love of learning through the environment, and a passion to aim high. Through inspirational teaching, we develop confident, resilient and creative learners who flourish and feel special. Known in our community for being well behaved, respectful and polite, all our KS1 and KS2 children achieve expected levels or above.

Though small, we have excellent facilities including a Forest School on our doorstep, unlimited access to the village green, a small playground with covered area for outdoor play and wrap around care.

We are seeking to appoint a committed and experienced professional to further shape our improvement plan. The successful candidate will continue to raise standards whilst ensuring our vibrant and happy environment is maintained.

Able to effectively motivate inspire and influence children, staff and stakeholders, you will assume responsibility for all aspects of school life. This will include directing the school’s strategic planning, leading the development of the curriculum and delivering an outstanding provision which meets the needs of all our children. You will also have a 0.5 teaching commitment.

To succeed, you must be a proven leader and manager with outstanding teaching skills and the ability to develop our small, dedicated team while maximising achievement. An excellent communicator, you must also possess the skills needed to maintain and develop our positive relationships with parents while building ever stronger ties with the wider school community. You’ll also need a good understanding of the needs and requirements of a small, rural school.

In return, you will be supported by a strong Governing Body, dedicated staff, the Local Authority, the Boroughbridge and Rural Cluster and North Star Teaching Alliance, which provides us with student teacher placements, NQT, and RQT training, general training, moderation opportunities, networking and collaboration opportunities, the sharing of guest speakers and head teacher breakfast networking meetings.

If you would like to arrange a visit our school (outside of normal hours) or would like an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact Steve Cooper from NYCC Resourcing Solutions, on 07976 653898. As you will understand, given the current situation with Covid–19, it may not be possible to visit our school in advance of your application and it is highly likely that the assessment event will take place remotely.

Key Dates
Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 March 2021
Shortlisting: Thursday 11 March 2021
Interviews: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 March 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 two employment references.

Job Description
Person Specification