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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our Headteacher opportunity

Dear Headteacher Applicant,

We are delighted to welcome you to our dedicated recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about our wonderful PRS and our fabulous opportunity, which has arisen due to the retirement of the substantive headteacher following an extended period of secondment.  We hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application to our thriving and nurturing school.

Situated in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Scarborough, we are a well-trained and dedicated group of staff who are committed to supporting pupils who are not in mainstream school for a variety of reasons. Our aim is to remove barriers to learning and to build those employability skills required for post-16 pathways and future careers. As a very small school (NOR, 37, with provision for 40), we provide a safe, cohesive environment in which our pupils can develop and flourish in accordance with their very individual and specific needs. We actively promote and encourage good emotional health and wellbeing, which enables our pupils to gain the skills and confidence that will allow them to become more successful within education and maximise their potential to contribute to society as independent and responsible citizens. Here at Scarborough Pupil Referral Service (SPRS), we have high expectations of our pupils and provide them with the very best tools for their future, and are seeking an inspiring Headteacher to lead our wonderful team of staff in achieving these expectations.

If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email Sarah Hunter who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role. Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah on 07816 251271.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply.  On behalf of the Management Committee, thank you again for your interest in Scarborough Pupil Referral Service.

Yours faithfully,

Rosemary Rayne

Chair of Management Committee

Our Headteacher Opportunity

Scarborough Pupil Referral Service
Post: Headteacher
Number on Roll: 37
Commencing: ASAP
Salary: L8-14 (£52, 659-£61, 042) with up to £2,000 relocation
Contract Term: Permanent, Full Time

Following the retirement of the previous permanent headteacher and a period of interim leadership, this is an exciting opportunity for an aspirational Headteacher who has a holistic approach to developing individuals, many of whom start their lives a long way behind the starting line.

We are looking for a resilient and driven leader who can lead ‘from the front’ with calmness, fairness, and balance compassion with firmness in a challenging, yet extremely rewarding environment. With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils and the provision, whilst maintaining the ability to balance budgetary constraints.

The pupils, parents, staff and governors are looking for a new headteacher who will:

  • Hold excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for inclusive education
  • Lead, motivate and inspire confidence in others
  • Be a strategic and principled thinker with the vision and ability to follow-through objectives to completion
  • Have a collaborative approach to leadership and management across a variety of stakeholders

You may be an experienced Assistant or Deputy Head, SENCO with SLT responsibilities ready to embark on your first Headship. Alternatively, you may be an experienced middle leader with responsibility for a SEND unit within mainstream ready to step up to this exciting challenge.

In return, we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to lead a thriving school community, with happy staff and pupils
  • A supportive Governing Body, dedicated and experienced staff and the freedom to shape the future of our school
  • An enriching and accessible seaside location, with strong partnership links with the local community

 For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah Hunter on 07816 251271 or email Sarah has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

 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 (see campaign site). This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.

Scarborough PRS Job Description and Person Specification


When completing your application, please provide two employment referees.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

​This post is subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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