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Headteacher - Northstead Primary School 


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Headteacher position at Northstead School. It is an exceptionally exciting time in our ambitious journey. We have gathered lots of useful information to help you understand Northstead, its culture and our children. We hope the position will be one in which you can develop your career whilst making a difference to the lives of our children, families and staff.

Situated in the beautiful seaside resort of Scarborough, on the East Coast of Yorkshire, the school has close contacts with its local communities as well as other school throughout the county. We are well supported by our North Yorkshire County Council Senior Education Advisor and the SEND team.

We are incredibly proud of our school. Our children are delightful, kind, talented and best of all, eager learners. We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere, and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, children, governors, and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our children can enjoy their learning and social experiences.

We are looking for a new leader to continue the ambitious journey our school is on. We want someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will ensure the achievements of our children continue to improve. We are looking for someone who is passionate about education, with drive, enthusiasm and determination to enable the school to continue to progress its vision.

The children, staff, parents, the governing board and our community are proud of our school where children are engaged in their learning. Despite the recent pandemic they are enthusiastic learners with the potential to make rapid progress. Our school can build on its many strengths and achievements under a new Headteacher; our school staff have an accurate understanding of the current levels of achievement and are committed to making sure the children make the necessary progress. Our Governing Board has a good understanding of the strengths and areas for development of the school and very much look forward to working with the new Headteacher.

It is important to all at Northstead that our new leader has a cheerful, outgoing personality and is a confident, engaging communicator who has a positive outlook to support the community, ensuring a continuation of the family feel of the school. The appointed Head should respect difference and be dedicated to enabling all learners to aim high and achieve their potential.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email 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 school, we would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and view our Instagram.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jackie Laybourn

Chair of Governors  

The Role

Northstead Primary School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 

Post:  Headteacher 

Number on Roll: 624

Commencing:  September 2022

Salary:  L21 – L27 (Relocation package of up to £8,000 available) 

Contract Term: Permanent 

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred primary school, which is in the beautiful seaside resort of Scarborough, on the Yorkshire coast. The school works closely with their communities and their core values are demonstrated on a daily basis.

Our Opportunity 

This is a rewarding Headship; you will be able to lead our coastal school on the next stage of our journey and by incorporating a clear vision for the future development of our school, plan what that journey might look like.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher who, as a dynamic, innovative, and experienced professional, will lead the school to become outstanding and to fully meet the needs of the community it serves in an ever-changing educational landscape.

Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the school, with an ability to effect change at pace and to work collaboratively with colleagues, in the school, across the school, and with the wider communities.

Skills Required:

  • Inspirational with an impressive record of accomplishment of school improvement
  • Effective and confident communicator with all stakeholders
  • A visible and approachable presence who can engage and inspire
  • High expectations of self and others
  • Demonstratively be a positive role model for pupils, staff, and the wider community

About You

To be successful, you must be able to demonstrate a proven record of accomplishment of working with children, have recent school leadership experience and be committed to providing the children with a high-quality education and environment.

You will: 

  • Be someone who recognises the importance of maintaining the schools existing values and
  • aims while in stilling their own leadership and
  • Be committed to creating a safe, caring environment where pupils can thrive socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively, morally and
  • Bea committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills, who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Have the skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young children and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils achieve their potential.
  • Have strong leadership and the ability to develop the school team, to be their best and to work together as one team for the benefit of the children and whilst still keeping a strong bond as a staff team within the school and having the ability to challenge robustly and constructively.
  • Possess a good understanding of school financial planning, being able to look and recognise the strengths of staff across the school and make strategic decisions to safeguard the future of the school
  • Have the experience, motivation and resilience to move the school forwards and embrace any further challenges.
  • Understand that a thriving school can be the beating heart of a community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community.
  • Work with the subject leaders, supporting staff in planning a challenging and engaging curriculum.
  • Be a passionate and determined professional who shows commitment to the whole breadth of the curriculum, utilising, not only our local areas but further afield to enhance cultural capital as part of our children’s learning and development.
  • Exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of staff and pupils.
  • Understand the values of the school in welcoming children and families of all backgrounds and abilities and ensuring that they all have the best support in place to achieve.
  • Bean inspirational leader who is committed to delivering the school’s vision for the children, staff and communities we serve.
  • 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.

We can offer you:

  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a passion for learning.
  • An excellent school location in a beautiful area
  • A Governing Body that is committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues including the wellbeing of all staff members. They are experienced, committed and passionate about our school and wish to ensure our children reach their full potential.
  • Support from the parents, Local Authority and a dedicated staff team.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package through the Opportunity Area (OA)

If you feel ready to be our next Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, passion, commitment, and energy to deliver our vision for our wonderful children 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 Northstead School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581 143421 or

Key dates:

  • School Visit: To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or
  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 2nd January
  • Shortlisting:  Friday, 7th January
  • Interviews: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st January

When applying please take into account the following:

Job Description

Person Specification 

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.