Headteacher - Otley Street Nursery School 


Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Headteacher recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about our nursery and current vacancy. Thank you for taking the time to visit, we hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application to our warm and welcoming nursery school.

Otley Street Nursery is nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, in the charming market town of Skipton. As one of only two maintained nursery schools in Skipton and one of only three such schools within the Local Education Authority, we are looking to appoint a leader who has extensive knowledge of EYFS. You will build on the nursery school’s many strengths, possessing financial clarity and strategic vision, to ensure our long term viability, regular engagement and consultation with parents and carers, instilling continuity and further developing our links with the community, partner collaborations and our strong pastoral provision.

Our governors are seeking to appoint a leader who is passionate about Early Years education and are keen to have a Headteacher who will maintain the breadth of the life of the school. You will be supported by a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff and a strong governing body that welcomes innovation and change, providing you with the scope to lead, shape and influence our future.

This is a unique opportunity for you to lead our school, developing its potential and building on our strengths, successes and achievements.

We strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our nursery, 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, please email Rachel Wales, Resourcing Business Partner, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk). For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply. On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Otley Street Community Nursery School.

Yours faithfully,

Janet Booth
Chair of Governors

Welcome Message from Patricia Lord, Headteacher - Otley Street Nursery School

Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to Otley Street! Otley Street is a stand-alone, maintained nursery school which was established in 1942. We serve the local community of Skipton but are also the nursery of choice for many families from surrounding villages - on leaving us the children may transfer to up to 17 primary schools.

Otley Street has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and excellent relationships with the families who use it. Our relationships with parents and their involvement in learning are a particular strength of the school. The staff team is well established, enthusiastic and experienced and always willing to review practice and adapt to changing scenarios. As in all schools the constant pressures of the budget and statutory change have proved challenging for both staff and governors, but we have worked together as a team to develop and adapt provision so that we have maximised income whilst still maintaining the quality and standards. Holding fast to our vision and values and what is right for the children is at the centre of all that we do. We aim to take the best of the new whilst maintaining the things that work or have already proven their importance. This philosophy has served us well in recent years and we were delighted to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED for the second consecutive time in March 2019.

Otley Street is part of the local CASTLE Alliance of Craven schools. This is a collaborative association, not based around a Teaching School. The Board meets half-termly and also offers a variety of networks to support particular subject areas or roles e.g. SENCo network; Authentic Leadership for Headteachers. This has created a support system for staff at all levels, but also for Headteachers, and I am sure that they will offer a friendly welcome for the next Headteacher of Otley Street! I am currently part of the Strategic Board and also take a lead in the Early Years network.

I have loved my time here at Otley Street! Many challenges remain for my successor, but also many exciting opportunities to take this very special small school on into the future and the next stage of its journey. As a Headteacher I believe that we are custodians of all the history of a school, but also pioneers of all the future possibilities. I am sure that the successful candidate will find Otley Street a very happy and rewarding place to be!

The Role

Otley Street Nursery School, Skipton, North Yorkshire 

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll:  70

Teaching Commitment:  0.4 FTE 

Commencing: September 2020

Salary:  L6 - L12 

Are you a creative and collaborative leader who is passionate about Early Years Education and securing excellent outcomes for children? If so, this role offers a wonderful opportunity to lead an interesting and fantastically resourced nursery school through the next phase of its growth and development.

Nestled on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, in the charming market town of Skipton, Otley Street is a successful and thriving Community Nursery School and is one of only two maintained nursery schools in Skipton, and one of only three such schools within the Local Education Authority.

We are an open, happy and friendly nursery, where we value our community and have an ethos of kindness and support for each other. We are well-respected and known for our high standards and a fully inclusive model of education; enabling all children the best possible start to their learning. Our core values and school moto of “Nurture, Blossom and Grow” support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the nursery.

Consistently rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, this is a unique opportunity to further develop Otley Street Nursery as a centre of excellence for Early Years, in an environment that exudes infectious enthusiasm and enjoyment of learning. Our children, who are taken from the immediate catchment area and surrounding villages, deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and in turn you and your staff will enjoy a fulfilling career, releasing your potential and maximising your impact.

Our opportunity
We are seeking to appoint a Senior Leader with extensive knowledge of EYFS and early childhood development and the ability to effectively lead SEND throughout the nursery. To succeed you must have drive and ambition to further develop collaborative working, financial clarity and strategic vision to ensure our long term viability.

You must be a proven leader and manager with the ability to build on our success, maximise pupil numbers and deliver outstanding progress across the school community. An excellent communicator, you must have a good understanding of the needs and demands of a nursery school such as Otley Street, together with the skills needed to effectively influence stakeholders.

You will inherit a nursery school which has a strong community ethos and colleagues who are proud to work for a school which puts the whole child and parental engagement at its very heart and a supportive and caring Governing body.

We can offer you:
• A happy and friendly nursery, fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment in which to inspire and motivate our children.
• Significant levels of support from the Local Authority, Governing Board, and a loyal staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our nursery.
• Delightful children who respect each other, have a thirst for learning new things and a staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
• An opportunity to work with highly committed, experienced professionals across the nursery and in collaboration with other maintained Nursery Schools within North Yorkshire and the local CASTLE Alliance of Craven schools.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Otley Street Nursery School, and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

We strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our nursery, allowing you the opportunity to see what we have to offer. If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk 

Key dates:
Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 19 April
Shortlisting: TBC
Interviews: TBC

Supporting Documents
Person Specification
Job Description

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Supporting Information
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