Welcome, and thank you for your interest in The Danesgate Community's Deputy Headteacher opportunity

Dear applicant,

Welcome, and on behalf of the Governors and members of the school community, l would like to thank you for taking an interest in the position of Deputy Headteacher for learning and achievement at The Danesgate Community. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our unique school and that you will take the opportunity to apply for this enriching opportunity.

The Danesgate Community is a thriving community school located in York serving students aged 5 to 16 who have no mainstream school place within the City of York and the outlying area. All the students who attend here have additional needs of one kind or another. We aim to nurture and support every student to achieve their full potential. This includes their academic achievement, their life skills, social skills and emotional resilience. We endeavour to help students to return to mainstream education. Where this is not possible, we provide an education geared to helping them move on to further education and the world of work.

Following my promotion to Headteacher in April 2023, we are seeking to appoint a Deputy Head who will collaborate with me to build on the school’s many strengths and ensure we are a beacon school of excellence for students with SEND, ASC and PRU profiles. The students, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where we aspire for all children to ‘Strive, thrive, achieve’. In the changing educational environment, there are many exciting challenges ahead and the school has the benefit of a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, supportive parents, Headteacher and Governing Body to enable you, as the new Deputy Headteacher, to thrive.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself our vibrant community.  Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether applicants have visited will not influence the outcome.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role and to arrange to speak about the role with me, please call Sarah Hunter 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 school and governing body, thank you again for your interest in The Danesgate Community.

Yours Faithfully,

Chris Nichols,

The Danesgate Community's Deputy Headteacher Opportunity

The Danesgate Community, York, North Yorkshire
Post: Deputy Headteacher – Learning and Achievement
Number on Roll: 190
Commencing: September 2024
Salary: L12-L16 (£61,882 - £68,400)
Contract Term: Permanent

A special community, requiring an exceptional senior leader

Following the promotion of our Deputy Head, this is an exciting opportunity for a current Deputy or Assistant Headteacher or aspiring Deputy Headteacher who is committed to providing a first-class education for students, many of whom start their lives a long way behind the starting line.

We are looking for an outstanding educator and senior leader to lead on learning and achievement, to collaborating closely with our Headteacher to develop our successful school to Outstanding. We are a unique community with a diverse group of students with a range of SEND, and need someone who can combine compassion with resilience, and lead with integrity. With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to support our staff to deliver quality education to the diverse needs of students and the provision that each individual requires.

We are looking for a new Deputy Headteacher who will:

  • Hold excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for inclusive education
  • Lead with integrity, motivating and inspiring confidence in others, whilst also balancing the high demand of day-to-day operational duties
  • Be a strategic and principled thinker with the resilience, vision and ability to follow-through objectives to completion
  • Have a collaborative approach to leadership and management across a variety of stakeholders, with consideration of staff wellbeing and development

In return, we can offer you:

  • A thriving school community, with happy staff and students
  • A supportive Headteacher and Governing Body, dedicated and experienced staff and the freedom to shape the future of our school.
  • An enriching and accessible location with benefit from excellent connectivity with easy access to the A64 and A1(M) as well as excellent mainline rail connections from nearby York.

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

Key dates:

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 7th April 2024
Shortlisting: Thursday 11th April 2024
Interviews: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April 2024

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 have a robust child protection policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please note this post is in regulated activity and exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS criminal records and barred list 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. Our privacy policy can be found here.

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