Executive Headteacher - The Federation of Middleham VA and
Spennithorne VC CE Primary Schools


Executive Headteacher

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Executive Headteacher at The Federation of Middleham VA and Spennithorne VC CE Primary Schools. We have gathered together a great deal of useful information to help you understand the schools, their culture and our children. We believe that the position is one in which you can make a lasting difference to the lives of our children, their families and our staff, alongside developing your own career.

We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, children, stakeholders and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our pupils enjoy their learning and social experience.

Our two schools federated in September 2018 and from September 2019, children from both schools are taught in three classes across the two sites; EYFS/Y1 and Y5/6 at Middleham and Y2/3/4 at Spennithorne. We provide transport from the child's registered school to their teaching school at the beginning and end of each day.

We have one governing body across both schools and we have seen many benefits of firstly, collaboration and more recently, federation. We want to continue to work as a Federation to bring the greatest benefits to the children of both communities.

Situated in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, the schools have close contacts with their communities as well as the local churches. We are well supported by both our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and the Diocese of Leeds.

We are always looking for ways to improve. We want your skills as an impassioned leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum, to enrich the personal and social development of our children and to join with everyone - staff, governors and pupils - to promote our Christian ethos  and further develop the vision for our schools.

It is important to all at Middleham and Spennithorne that our new Executive Headteacher has a cheerful, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, respects difference and is dedicated to enabling all learners to aim high and achieve their potential.  We want our children to leave Year 6 well equipped for the next stage of their learning and life.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

At this time, unfortunately, we are not able to offer school visits, we would therefore encourage applicants to have a look at the schools websites , Spennithorne and Middleham to get a feel for our schools.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in The Federation of Middleham VA and Spennithorne VC CE Primary Schools and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

Lesley Sweeting

Chair of Governors


The Federation of Middleham VA and Spennithorne VC CE Primary Schools, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Post:  Executive Headteacher

Number on Roll: 75

Commencing:  September 2021

Contract Type:  Full Time 

Salary: L10 - L16

Contract Term: Permanent

The Middleham & Spennithorne Federation are happy, caring and supportive schools with an incredible warmth and a welcoming family atmosphere.  Our pupils are wonderful, respectful and accepting of each other.  We place a great emphasis on working in partnership with pupils, parents/carers, governors and the communities that we serve.

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred, Church of England federation of two primary schools located near Leyburn, in the stunning North Yorkshire Countryside. We provide a nurturing environment, based on Christian values, where all individuals are treated with fairness, respect and equality and where the interests of our fantastic pupils are paramount.

Our schools are focussed on the development of the individual child, enabling each pupil to achieve their potential in relation to academic and personal development within a supportive, Christian, family orientated environment where everyone cares for the well-being of each individual in the community.

We are looking for a new leader who is passionate and committed to inspiring teachers to be aspirational for themselves and their pupils; someone who is able to communicate their vision, commitment and enthusiasm to staff, parents, pupils, partners, stakeholders and someone who leads the way to new possibilities.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Executive headship; you will be able to lead our rural schools on to the next stage of their journeys to achieve Ofsted ‘good or outstanding’, and to understand what that journey might look like. You must exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of both staff and pupils.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Executive Headteacher to develop and implement effective strategies to raise standards and continually improve pupil attainment and progress. With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils, their progress and attainment and the provision that each individual requires, whilst maintaining the ability to balance budgetary constraints.

While we have many strengths, we know that we must improve too. We need to continue to build a school wide love of reading, improve outcomes in writing and mathematics across the school. Further to this we need maintain and build on the quality of teaching and our expectations of the capabilities of our children as well as further developing our staff team towards reaching their full potential.

In particular, we are looking for an Executive Headteacher who will;

  • Be an inspirational leader who is committed to delivering the Schools vision for the children, staff and community we serve.
  • Lead by example, actively modelling and embedding into all areas of school life, the Christian vision and core Christian values of the school ensuring school life, in all its fullness for all.
  • Promote and enhance the wellbeing of the team, developing a distributed leadership, nurturing opportunities for all staff to learn and grow to their full potential.
  • Further develop relationships with our families and the wider community to enhance the contribution to school life and outcomes and opportunities for children.
  • Deliver and ensure an enriched and high-quality curriculum which delivers high standards, expectations and outcomes for all pupils.
  • Understand the significance that a thriving school can be the beating heart of a rural community and its success or otherwise affects the wider community.

We can offer you:

  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with delightful children who respect each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • A Governing Body committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues - this includes the wellbeing of all staff members. A Governing Body who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school and ensuring our children reach their potential.
  • A culture which allows all staff to thrive and develop.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists and the time to make our School a beacon of excellence in primary education.
  • Support from the Local Authority, Governing Body and a dedicated staff team.
  • An ambitious curriculum which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.

If you feel ready to be our next Executive Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, commitment and energy to deliver our vision for our delightful children and young people and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 21st March
  • Shortlisting: Thursday, 25th March
  • Interviews: Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April

Supporting Documents

Person Specification

Job Description

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 (see campaign site). 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.