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Headteacher - Ralph Butterfield Primary School 


Dear Headteacher Applicant,

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

Ralph Butterfield Primary School is a good school with outstanding provision, situated in Haxby, four miles North of the City of York.  It is a mixed primary school with 319 children.  The school was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in December 2011 and, with an experienced and highly successful teaching and learning team, has continued to develop strong and successful early years provision and a rich, relevant and engaging Key Stage 2 curriculum which gives all the children access to the core subjects supplemented by a rich arts and sports offer.  We recognise the importance of strong partnerships with parents and carers, the community and the City of York Council and our ambition is that Ralph Butterfield Primary continues to develop as a centre of excellence for the provision of primary education learning from ‘what works’ and building on strong relationships with the other two primary schools in Haxby and Wigginton.

The Governing Body want to appoint a Headteacher who will take the school further as a learning organisation and build upon the outstanding practice and high standards already established in our school.  Working closely with all our team, our parents and carers and our community, we need an inspirational leader who will motivate all our staff to feel valued and trusted as professionals, whilst being supported and held accountable in their work as teachers and classroom assistants, lunchtime and office staff, cleaners and caretaker…all focused on high expectations and raising standards.

This is a unique opportunity for someone to lead our school into the next stage of its development, building on our strengths, successes and achievements, learning from ’what works’ and providing our children with access to the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be happy, healthy, safe and successful.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application.  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 or require additional information, please contact Rachel Wales, Resourcing Business Partner, who is supporting us with this key appointment ( For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Ralph Butterfield Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte Kindesjo
Co-Chair of Governors

The Role

Ralph Butterfield Primary School, York

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 319

Commencing: September 2020

Salary: L16 – L22

If you are a leader who is ambitious, inspirational and committed to excellence then this appointment will present you with a unique opportunity.

Ralph Butterfield Primary School is a happy, welcoming and highly successful school situated 4 miles to the north of the City of York, in the attractive town of Haxby.  A popular school, we are well-respected and known for our high academic standards and exemplary pupil behaviour.  We are proud of our fully inclusive model of education, enabling all children to fulfil their full potential whatever their starting points.  Our distinctive ethos and core values of imagine, believe, strive and achieve support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the school.

Currently rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2011), we are proud of our school, where we value our community and have a clear vision for the future, placing a high premium on creating a learning environment in which children thrive in a vibrant, exciting and happy school.

Our ambition, and yours, will be that Ralph Butterfield Primary School plays a pivotal role within primary education in the area, for promoting the latest developments in teaching, learning and inclusion practices.  Our children, who are drawn from the north and east of Haxby, 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 looking for a Headteacher who has strong leadership skills, who can motivate our staff, parents and carers, children and community to achieve their very best, through shaping and delivering an inspiring vision, which will then lead to significant impact across outcomes, curriculum delivery and teaching and learning.

You will have a real desire to achieve and the presence, ambition and expertise to deliver strong, clear leadership and vision.  Financially astute, you will also build partnerships, while delivering an outstanding educational provision that is sustainable for the long term.

You will inherit a school which has stable staffing, 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.

We can offer you:
• A happy and welcoming school, fostering an inclusive and friendly environment in which to inspire and motivate our children.
• Significant levels of support from the Local Authority, Governing Board and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
• 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 see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and the time to make Ralph Butterfield Primary School a beacon of excellence in primary education.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Ralph Butterfield Primary 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 school, allowing you the opportunity to see what we have to offer.  If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email

Key dates:

  • Application closing date:  Midnight, Sunday 2 February
  • Shortlisting:  Tuesday 4 February
  • Interviews:  Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 February

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. 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.