Headteacher - Lady Lumley's School 


Dear Applicant,

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

Firstly, thank you for expressing interest in becoming the new Headteacher at Lady Lumley’s (11-18) School in Pickering, North Yorkshire. We hope the information provided helps your decision-making, and we encourage you to chat informally and confidentially with James Annetts at North Yorkshire County Council who can organise a safe visit to the school.

Over the years the school has, deservedly, built a reputation for its teaching and learning, sustained educational outcomes and its sixth form provision. Many parents, both locally and from as far away as Scarborough, choose Lady Lumley’s every year as the school to educate their children. As the only 11-18 school in the local area we are uniquely placed, and together we aim to ensure that Lady Lumley’s becomes a beacon of excellence in secondary education.

From reading our recent Ofsted inspection and our advertisement, you will see that we have been placed into the ‘serious weaknesses’ category, and our sponsor designate is Scalby Learning Trust. While this Ofsted judgement came as a shock to many associated with the school, the description of Lady Lumley’s as being a school of contrasts is accurate, and the appointment of our new Headteacher will mark a turning point.

While you will lead a school which has been judged ‘good’ for the quality of education and for its sixth form provision, we are clear that there is a significant journey for Lady Lumley’s to travel. As a leader you will bring the skills needed to raise expectations and create a culture of aspiration that ensures Lady Lumley’s drives for and achieves excellence in all aspects of provision.

Together with the support of the IEB, NYCC and Scalby Learning Trust, you will ensure our curriculum model is broad and balanced, and one that works for every student. A key focus for our new Headteacher is to develop relationships with the wider community, to rebuild the trust that has been undermined by the recent inspection.

We are excited about the new partnership with Scalby Learning Trust, and what this will bring to our school. Without question you will be given the tools, support and professional networks needed to thrive as our new Headteacher.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact James Annetts at North Yorkshire County Council, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role - email james.annetts@northyorks.gov.uk or telephone 07966 261249.

On behalf of the IEB, thank you for considering becoming the Headteacher at Lady Lumley’s and we look forward to meeting you and reading your application.

Yours faithfully,

Malcolm Dawson OBE               David Read
Chair of the IEB                            CEO Scalby Learning Trust

The Role

Lady Lumley’s School
Post:  Headteacher
Number on Roll:  921
Commencing: Easter or September 2021
Salary:  L27 - L33 (Access if needed to a relocation package of up to £8,000 available)

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

Lady Lumley’s School (11-18) in Pickering is at the start of a transformational journey. Despite recent challenges, the quality of education offered continues to be good, though there is significant scope to move the school further forward. The communities we serve around the Pickering, Ryedale and wider Coastal area deserve and need our school to play a leading role in terms of teaching, learning, progress and outcomes.

Ofsted visited us in October 2019 and placed the school in the ‘serious weaknesses’ category. This was based on ‘leadership & management’ and ‘behaviour and attitudes’ being graded as inadequate.

Ofsted accurately describes our school as one of contrasts and, when reading the report, you will see that the quality of education and sixth form provision at our school were judged as being good.

In many ways this is a career enhancing opportunity for a visionary and experienced school leader who is looking to build on our strengths and galvanise our talented staff and students so that Ofsted no longer see a school of contrasts. In partnership with the LA, we have already made improvements to the day to day running of the school and moved quickly to ensure our safeguarding processes are rigorous and robust.

The RSC has issued an Academy order, and it has been confirmed that our sponsor designate will be Scalby Learning Trust. Our leadership team have already been working closely with their new trust colleagues in order to prepare for the establishment of new leadership in the school.

Our Opportunity

We are looking for a morally driven Headteacher who will galvanise our staff, parents, children and the community to realise their full potential. You will shape and deliver an inspiring vision, which will impact across our outcomes, curriculum delivery and teaching and learning.

You will inherit a school, which has stable staffing, above average student progress and colleagues who are proud to work at this school. Despite recent challenges and impending change, there is a positive attitude to the future.

Aspiration, resilience and the ability to raise expectations and build positive and trusting relationships will be in your character as our new leader. You will also have the insight to recognise the many strengths of the school which can be built upon, as well as the critical gaps which need to be addressed. All stakeholders are firm in their view that Lady Lumley’s has an incredibly bright outlook. We recognise the challenges and opportunities our school community face serving a coastal area. The targeted and cohesive support provided by the Local Authority and Scalby Learning Trust, means that support is in place for this crucial and unique appointment of our next Headteacher.

We can offer you:

  • Significant levels of support from both the Local Authority, Scalby Learning Trust and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and time to make Lady Lumley’s a beacon of excellence in secondary education.
  • A school improvement partnership model which will allow you to have autonomy as Headteacher and, following conversion, reporting to the CEO of the Trust.
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package.
  • A commitment from the Trust Board to keep the pay range under review to ensure high performance can be fully rewarded.

Lead our school and make a real difference to our students, staff and your career in an area that offers so much! To arrange a visit and/or organise a call with Malcom Dawson (current Chair of the IEB) and David Read the current CEO of Scalby Learning Trust please contact James on the details below.

Closing date: Monday 11th January 2021 at 9am. The date of commencement for this post will be Easter/September 2021. Interviews will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th January 2021.

You are also welcomed to visit our website at http://www.nyresourcing.co.uk/ladylumleysschool

All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

For a confidential and informal conversation about the role and to arrange a visit please contact James Annetts at Resourcing Solutions (North Yorkshire County Council) at james.annetts@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 534939 / 07966 261249

North Yorkshire County Council and Scalby Learning Trust 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 expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Key dates:

  • School visits: We can provide safe and staggered visits to school. Please contact James to organise.
  • Closing date: Monday 11th January 2021 at 9am.
  • Shortlisting: Tuesday 12th January 2021.
  • Interviews: Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th January 2021.

**interview days may change depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

Supporting Documents

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. 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.