Executive Headteacher - Mowbray School



Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Executive Headteacher at Mowbray School. We have gathered together lots of useful information to help you understand Mowbray, 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 and staff.

Situated in the beautiful rural North Yorkshire, our co-educational special school has two sites, one in Bedale for pupils aged three years to sixteen years and another in Ripon, for pupils aged three years to eleven years. Both school sites work together with the same SLT and follow the same ethos, procedures, curriculum, opportunities and performance ideals.

We are incredibly proud of our school. We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere at both sites, and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, young people, governors, and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our pupils can enjoy their learning and social experiences.

All our pupils have EHCPs and therefore have an individualised curriculum taking advantage of the environment at school and the learning approach that we take through our different learning pathways, depending on their needs. Personalised learning is at the heart of the journey the children at Mowbray take. The learning during Early Years is through play, once children move into Year 1 and beyond they will begin their journey on a personalised pathway depending on their needs.  Please read more on our distinct learning approach below:

We are looking for a new leader to continue the outstanding journey our school is on. Someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will ensure the achievements of our pupils and students continue to improve. Someone who is passionate about special needs education and will champion the needs of young people who cannot do that for themselves. Someone with drive, enthusiasm and determination to enable the school to continue to progress its vision.

We want your skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils achieve their potential.

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

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. 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. To get a feel for our schools, we would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and take a virtual tour round our school sites Ripon, Bedale and our school farm.

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

Yours faithfully,

Robert Dunning

Chair of Governors



Mowbray School, North Yorkshire (Two Sites – Bedale and Ripon)

Post:  Executive Headteacher

Number on Roll: 289 (152 Primary Pupils, 137 Secondary)

Commencing:  September 2022

Contract Type:  Full Time  Salary:  L34 – L39 - Relocation Package of up to £5,000 (T&C's apply)

Contract Term: Permanent

Mowbray School is based over two sites in beautiful parts of North Yorkshire, both sites are set in lovely grounds and our main site has its own 5.5 acre on site farm. The main school is situated in Bedale and caters for children aged 3 to 16. The Satellite School is in Ripon and provides an education for children aged 3 to 11, this was opened to pupils in January 2020. We currently have over 290 pupils on role across both sites and are the largest special school in North Yorkshire.

Mowbray School is thriving, caring and extremely popular, educating both primary and secondary pupils with a variety of learning difficulties and specialist needs. The school is an exciting, busy, high achieving, enjoyable and challenging school in which to work.  Our young people are wonderfully interesting, caring and capable; engaging to work with and accepting of each other.

Our school educates and cares for pupils aged three to sixteen years who have an Education Health Care Plan, with a wide range of learning difficulties including:

  • Moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties
  • Speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Physical and sensory impairments
  • Dyspraxia
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions including High functioning autism
  • Pupils are grouped into pathways of learning

We are looking for a new leader who is passionate and committed to preparing pupils for adulthood to become independent, autonomous adults who can make a positive contribution to society. We need someone who can lead and inspire teachers to be aspirational for themselves and their pupils; someone who is able to communicate commitment and passion to staff, parents, pupils, partners, outside agencies and stakeholders, someone who leads the way to possibilities.

Our Opportunity

There are few schools in the country which offer the variety of opportunity as this one. Through this appointment you will be able to lead this unique and highly regarded school on to the next stage of its remarkable journey, working closely with North Yorkshire County Council SEND officers to develop and expand provision. You must exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on building a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of the staff and pupils.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher to develop and implement effective strategies to raise standards and continually improve pupil attainment and progress. With a meticulous eye for detail, you will must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils with SEND, their progress and attainment and the provision that each individual requires, whilst being able lead us on the journey set out in the vision.

About You

To be successful, you must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of working with children and young people.

  • You will have an established understanding of the foundation for working with pupils with SEND
  • You will be a passionate champion of equality and diversity in relation to accessing personalised and relevant curriculum for our pupils
  • You will be a proactive leader to enable the school to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves thereby increasing the options available to pupils and improving their outcomes
  • You will be an enabler, someone able to delegate, ensure staff are accountable without them feeling over worked, capable of demonstrating how they would manage staff wellbeing whilst everyone’s role is growing, and numbers and complexity of students needs is increasing, whilst budgets continue to shrink
  • You will need the tools and strength to adapt and cope positively in order to create improved mental health outcomes for all in the face of significant challenges. You will excel in supporting both staff and pupil resilience, by promoting a sense of belonging, encouraging and modelling help-seeking, ongoing reflections and learning
  • You will need a solid understanding of the SEND code of practice and the underpinning legislation in the Children and Families Act to ensure that statutory duties are delivered
  • You will need to understand the broader context around Disability and have awareness of the types of support available
  • You will need to gather and respond to the voices of all pupils in the school including those who communicate through behaviour, symbols, signs or alternative and augmentative communication
  • You will need to have a commitment to enabling each pupil to become a self-advocating, independent adult who uses their full potential to contribute to their community

 We can offer you:

  • Headteacher induction, strong partnership and support from the SEND hub and access to a variety of support from School Improvement, Inclusion and Special Headteacher meetings.
  • A healthy budget, which has been for many years well managed and one which will allow the school further opportunities to continue its development.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists and the time to make Mowbray School a beacon of excellence in SEND education.
  • Support from the Local Authority, Governing Body and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
  • A Governing Body committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues and which include the wellbeing of all staff members.
  • A curriculum that aims to give every child a love for learning and enrichment opportunities.
  • Project opportunities for continued expansion of the school

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

To arrange a school visit and for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Mowbray School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581 143421 or julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates:

  • School Visit: To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or @julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk
  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 21st November
  • Shortlisting: Thursday, 25th November
  • Interviews: Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December

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.


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.