Head of Schools - Leeming & Londonderry and Pickhill Federation of Schools 

Welcome

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Head of School recruitment microsite, which aims to provide you with all the information about our schools and our exciting opportunity.  Thank you for taking the time to visit; we hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application.

Why fixed term rather than established?

We recognise that this is likely to be one of your first questions as a prospective candidate.  However, we want to reassure you, this is not your ‘usual’ fixed term post and would urge you to read on about what makes this job stand out and why we anticipate this being a long-term prospect!

The governors and I consider this to be a very exciting time for our federation!  In January, we are entering into a new phase in the history of both schools.  We are looking for someone to join us who is able to bring new ideas and dynamic leadership.  Our federation will be led by Mr. Mike White, the Executive Headteacher of the Synergy Schools Federation, another two-school federation of Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools situated close by.  The governing bodies of both federations have taken a unanimous decision to form a formal collaboration with a view to consulting on forming a single federation from September 2021.  In the first stage of this partnership, Mike will provide an executive leadership for our federation for two terms (January 2021 until August 2021) and the Head of school post will report to him.  Although both governing bodies are fully committed to a pursuing a permanent federation of all four schools, as you would expect, we are taking the opportunity to trial the partnership before consulting on a formal proposal to federate.

This is why this Head of School position has been initially advertised as a fixed term, two term post.  However, our unanimous support, the fact the both federations have successful track records and our clear proposal for this to be a long term partnership means that we are highly confident that the position will become established.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for someone looking to pursue a leadership career, with the support and direction of an Executive Headteacher, recognised as a National Leader of Education and having been commended by Ofsted and SIAMS and awarded several ‘outstanding’ outcomes for leadership and management.  You will also benefit from the peer support and the collaborative working alongside two other Heads of Schools who have recently been commended by Ofsted as being outstanding leaders.  The balance of support and autonomy means that, as an aspiring Leader, you have a quite unprecedented opportunity to lead and manage with peer and leadership support that is second to none!

Our schools 

Leeming & Londonderry Community Primary School & Pickhill Church of England Primary School formally federated in October 2018, with both schools seeking to build on and share each other’s strengths and create a sustainable resource base for the future.  Both schools are at the heart of their communities and are successful in their own right; both are judged “good” by Ofsted (February 2020 and September 2018 respectively) and Pickhill, as a Church of England school, has also received a “good” rating at its last SIAMS inspection (December 19).

The role

Although the Executive Headteacher will have overall strategic leadership of the federation, the Head of School will have operational oversight of both schools on a day to day basis.  You will teach for 1 day each week and then use the remaining 4 days to provide leadership and management to both schools.  With the opportunity to build on the Federation's many strengths, alongside the Executive Headteacher, you will help to shape a clear plan for both schools’ improvement, ensuring continuity and further developing our links with our communities and partner organisations

Our stand out candidate will possess strong leadership skills, with the ability to manage staff across two sites, whilst balancing conflicting priorities.  Ambition, drive and purpose will be in your nature, as you embrace the opportunity to lead from the front, while empowering staff to raise achievement through ensuring the delivery of a high-quality education at both schools, regardless of background or ability.

We believe that The Leeming & Londonderry and Pickhill Federation has capacity for further improvement and that this is an exciting time for an ambitious leader to make a real difference; developing our middle leaders in order to enhance our curriculum and teaching and learning, to enhance the personal development of pupils and ensure all children, staff and governors promote our vision.

Should the restrictions on Covid-19 be lifted in the coming weeks, we would encourage you to visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our schools, and you will have the opportunity to see what we have to offer.  Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.

If you would like the opportunity to visit, an informal and confidential conversation about the role or any further questions about the role, please email jobs@leeminglondonderry.n-yorks.sch.uk.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and trust that it will encourage you to apply.  On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in The Leeming & Londonderry and Pickhill Federation of Schools and our current vacancy.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Smith

Chair of Governor

The Leeming and Londonderry & Pickhill Federation of Schools, North Yorkshire

Post:  Head of Schools
Number on Roll: 75 (across two schools)
Commencing:  1st January 2021
Contract Type:  Full Time
Salary:  L5 – L9
Contract Term:  1st January 2021 until 31st August 2021 – to be reviewed in April 2021 with the intention of the post becoming an established.

We are looking for a motivated, inspirational and experienced leader to support our Executive Headteacher lead our Federation to turn our vision, ethos and values into two schools that inspire pupils, support parents and carers and deliver benefits to our local communities.

This is an excellent opportunity for a current and outstanding middle or senior leader to lead, shape and further develop our federation into the future.  You will be working in partnership with an experienced Executive Headteacher, two other Heads of Schools from the Synergy Schools Federation and alongside a committed team of staff and governors who are ambitious for the schools, with high aspirations for all stakeholders.

The Leeming and Londonderry & Pickhill Federation comprises two successful village primary schools.  Situated approximately 6 miles apart, they are nestled close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with good connectivity to the A1.  Both schools are at the heart of their communities, are well-respected and known for their high standards, exemplary pupil behaviour and a fully inclusive model of education; enabling all children to fulfil their potential whatever their starting points.  Our vision, ethos and core values are lived out in the daily work of the school.

The governing bodies of The Leeming and Londonderry & Pickhill Federation along with the Synergy Schools Federation have taken a unanimous decision to form a formal collaboration with a view to consulting on forming a single federation from September 2021.  In the first stage of this partnership, the Executive Headteacher of the Synergy Schools Federation will provide executive leadership for our federation for two terms (January 2021 until August 2021) and the Head of School post will report to him.  Although both governing bodies are fully committed to a pursuing a permanent federation of all four schools, as you would expect, we are taking the opportunity to trial the partnership before consulting on a formal proposal to federate. This is why this post has been initially advertised as a fixed term, two term post.  However, we fully expect that the position will become established.

We can offer you:

  • Happy and friendly schools, fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment in which to inspire and motivate our children.
  • The opportunity to develop your leadership skills by working alongside a team of other Heads of Schools, a very experienced Executive Headteacher and a large and very effective senior leadership team which includes two other Heads of Schools across 4 schools.
  • A highly supportive and dynamic governing body and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our schools.
  • Delightful children who respect each other and have a thirst for learning new things.

Applying for the Job

In order to apply for this job, please fully complete the application form (please see the link to the form below).  You will also need to write a letter of application - no more than 2 sides of A4 in length - which 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.

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to jobs@leeminglondonderry.n-yorks.sch.uk by MiddayMonday 14th September.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the above email address if you have any questions or queries.

Key dates:

  • School visits: By arrangement – if possible
  • Application closing date: Midday, Monday 14th September
  • Shortlisting: 1.00pm, Monday 14th September
  • Interviews: Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September**

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

Supporting Documents

When applying please consider 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.

References

When completing your application, please provide two employment references.