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Riccall Primary School



Dear Applicant

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Headteacher at Riccall Community Primary School. We have gathered together lots of useful information to help you understand our school, its 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, staff, and the community.

Situated in beautiful North Yorkshire, our school is located in a lovely town and civil parish in the Selby district, Historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is 9 miles south of the county town of York. Riccall Primary School is a thriving school with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos.

We are incredibly proud of our school, our children, and staff at Riccall. Our school is a lively, caring, and enthusiastic place to be. We believe our school plays a vital role in our local community. We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere, and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, young people, governors, and our community. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a high-quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our learners can enjoy their learning and social experiences.

We are looking for a new Headteacher to continue our journey towards excellence. The school has made tremendous progress towards our vision of excellence over the last five years. We are looking for someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will build on their achievements and those of our pupils to ensure they continue to improve. Someone who is passionate about education and who will champion the needs of our young people.

We want a leader who is dedicated to making a difference, who will continue enhancing our teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people, and ensuring everyone - staff, governors, and students - promotes and enables the vision for our school.

It is important to all at Riccall Primary School that our new Headteacher has a friendly, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, has respect for difference, whilst being passionate and committed to enabling learners to aim high.

Our school is extremely well supported by an award-winning Governing Board and fantastic FoRS (Friends of Riccall School) organization that are willing and passionate about the development of our school and the aspirations of our school and children. The Governing Board has a wide range of skills and knowledge and will both support and challenge the new Head in driving forward our vision. This really is a tremendous opportunity for whoever is successful in becoming our new Headteacher.

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 to get a feel for our school.

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

Yours faithfully

Mike Sheedy

Chair of Governors


Riccall Primary School, Riccall, York                                                      

Post:  Headteacher

Number on Roll: 197 Primary School – 40 Nursery

Commencing:  September 2022

Contract Type:  Full Time 

Salary:  L12– L18

Contract Term: Perm

Riccall School and Nursery works closely with our community and our core values, Riccall PETS are demonstrated on a daily basis. Riccall School is thriving with a warm, family atmosphere and ethos. We aim to create a secure, caring, stimulating environment where the needs of each child can be met and where learning is seen as both an enjoyable and a rewarding experience.

The children, staff, parents, our governing body and our community are very proud of our school. The children are enthusiastic learners with the potential to make rapid progress. Our school can build on its many strengths and achievements under a new Headteacher. Our school staff have an accurate understanding of the current levels of achievement and are committed to making sure the children make the necessary progress. Our Governors also have a good knowledge of the strengths and areas for development of the school and very much look forward to working with the new Headteacher to achieve the school vision. In an ever-changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Headship; you will be able to lead our school on to the next stage of its journey and understand what our journey will look like. You must exhibit confidence, resilience, and 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.

In particular, we are looking for an Headteacher who;

  • Recognises the importance of maintaining the schools existing values and aims while instilling their own leadership and identity
  • Will build on the schools existing strengths and the school’s clear vision
  • Has knowledge and experience of working within a mixed social economic school community
  • Is an effective communicator who can inspire staff, pupils and parents/carers and successfully work with all stakeholders in the community
  • Has the skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young children, ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils - achieves their potential, whilst raising aspirations in the community
  • Has strong leadership and the ability to develop the school team to be their best and to work together for the benefit of the children, whilst still keeping a strong bond as a staff team and having the ability to challenge robustly and constructively
  • Possess 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
  • Has 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 physically
  • 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

This exciting opportunity gives a new Headteacher the scope to shape how our school moves forward. The future of our school requires a strong leader to promote our vision, who has the ability to communicate that vision to others and to make an instant impact on driving the school towards excellence.

About you:

  • A leader who will lead by example and can inspire others
  • 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 be inspirational with an impressive record of achieving school improvement
  • Be visible and approachable around the school
  • Be an effective and confident communicator with all stakeholders
  • Have high expectations of self and others
  • A hard worker who will set the highest standards
  • 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
  • Enable relationships to be positive and constructive with all members of the school community
  • Essentially this is a non-teaching post but on occasion, you may take on a small teaching commitment, depending on the prevailing needs of the school at the time/as appropriate.

We can offer you:

  • 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 excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction while building upon the high standards already in place
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities
  • An award winning 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 a confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Riccall Primary School 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 Marie Duffy on 01757 248234 or
  • Application closing date: Sunday 27 March
  • Shortlisting: Thursday 31 March
  • Interviews: Wednesday 6 April and Thursday 7 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 references.


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.