Deputy Headteacher - North Huddersfield Trust School 

Welcome

Dear Deputy Headteacher Applicant,

Thank you very much for your interest in the position of Deputy Headteacher at North Huddersfield Trust School (NHTS). We hope that you find the information provided a useful introduction to our school, offering you an accurate and honest overview. After reading the information, our successes and the challenges we still face, we hope you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

We are seeking to appoint a confident and highly capable school leader who can support the Headteacher in delivering an excellent education as part of the drive to raise the aspirations of the whole community. There is a strong team that are committed to doing this – all stakeholders, including a very strong Governing Body, a loyal staff, Trust partners, the local authority, the wider community, parents and carers, and our fantastic pupils are all committed to the success of NHTS. This is a tremendous opportunity for a school leader to play a key part in the further development of NHTS in pursuit of excellence. At the same time, the experience you gain will enhance your career, putting you in a strong position to gain your own headship.

Following the closure of the underperforming predecessor school (Fartown High School) and a tender process run by Kirklees Council, North Huddersfield Trust School was established in 2011. I chaired the IEB (Interim Executive Board) of Fartown High School prior to closure and have chaired the Governing Body since the new school opened. The set-up at NHTS is unique; it is not a Multi-Academy Trust arrangement, but a Local Authority maintained Trust School. Building strong community relationships has been at the core of our improvement and we are supported by a passionate and committed Trust Board comprising of educational establishments, community organisations, representatives from the local authority, and local and international businesses.

NHTS faced some significant challenges in its early years. The existing staff largely transferred from the failing school, where pupil numbers continued to fall. The former school suffered with very poor pupil behaviour, a lack of engagement of staff and pupils and a budget position that was not sustainable. Through strong leadership, hard work and the outstanding dedication of staff and pupils, school finances are now stable and strong, intake numbers have more than doubled and staffing is increasing year-on-year. Behaviour is a real strength of the school – pupils and staff alike understand the high expectations we have of them.

Ofsted recognised, in March 2013, March 2015 and April 2017, NHTS’s improvement journey. Leadership and Management were deemed ‘good’ at each inspection, however, a legacy of underachievement meant that the overall outcomes weren’t awarded ‘good’ until the most recent inspection. The first cohort of pupils to be entirely educated at NHTS achieved startling examination results in summer 2016 and some good results have been maintained, but strong academic achievement remains a challenge to us and further improvement in results is required. Pupils’ personal development and welfare were awarded ‘outstanding’ at the latest inspection.

We seek a professional who has experience of working in schools that have maintained continuous improvement and knows what an outstanding school looks like. We have gone through some difficult times; our challenge is to maintain the progress we’ve made and continue the improvement in pupil outcomes and progress in particular. Our Headteacher, appointed at the end of April 2019, is developing a new strategy to achieve the level of excellence to which we aspire. This strategy will be set against a backdrop of increasing pupil numbers and managing the infrastructure and resources of an expanding school.

We are very optimistic about the future for NHTS. We hope you share that optimism and can see the great potential for our school and your own career.

I would encourage you to visit the school in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils have for their education. 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 to visit the school, please email Rachel Wales, Resourcing Business Partner at North Yorkshire County Council, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk).

For an informal conversation about the role, please call Rachel on 01609 532597.

On behalf of the Governing Body, thank you again for your interest in North Huddersfield Trust School.

Yours sincerely

Phil Weston

Chair of North Huddersfield Trust School’s Governing Body

The Role

North Huddersfield Trust School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Post: Deputy Headteacher

Number on Roll: 756

Commencing: April 2020

Salary: LPS20 – LPS24 £65,561 - £72,306

Do you have the vision, drive and ambition to lead our school through a time of dynamic change and development?

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious and strategic senior leader to shape and further develop our school.  You will be working alongside the new Headteacher, a newly formed senior leadership team, an exceptionally committed staff and a governing body with high aspirations for all pupils and members of its community.  Since opening as a new Trust School eight years ago, we have gone through a period of significant, positive change.

Set in the large town of Huddersfield, North Huddersfield Trust School (NHTS) is a mixed secondary school with 756 pupils on roll, 57 teaching staff and 68 support staff.  Situated in a socially deprived area, most of our pupils live within walking distance to school.  We have excellent links with our wider community and are the founding member of the local Community Hub.

Currently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (April 2017), our school is warm and welcoming, offering a calm and happy place to learn.  We offer all our pupils the opportunity to excel in their academic achievement, vocational opportunities and personal fulfilment, through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Our school has been through enormous and very successful transformation in recent years; our values and ethos have supported us in successfully managing these changes.  They are at the core of everything we do and we strive to ensure that everyone respects themselves and others, working towards our ‘PRIDE’ agenda together.

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational, resilient and experienced professional, who is able to effectively motivate, inspire and influence our pupils, staff and stakeholders.  This position represents a genuine opportunity to make significant impact in a school which has clearly identified objectives, centred on raising standards as pupil numbers increase.  If you have the knowledge, the skills and the ambition to deliver strong, clear, principled leadership in pursuit of our mission, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Financially astute, you will build partnerships, while delivering an outstanding, distinctive secondary education provision that is sustainable for the long term.  In addition, you will promote equality and high expectations, whilst engaging positively and respectfully with our parent/carer/family community, ensuring we meet the needs of our pupils and promoting excellence.

For an informal conversation about the role and/or to gain details of how to apply please call Rachel Wales at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597.

We very much welcome school visits.  If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk  Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed below: if these are not possible for you please contact Rachel, we may be able to offer alternatives.

Supporting Documents

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Supporting Information
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References
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