The Joseph Rowntree School


Deputy Head Teacher - The Joseph Rowntree School


Dear Applicant,

Thank you very much for taking an interest in the position of Deputy Head Teacher (pastoral) at The Joseph Rowntree School. We hope that you will find the information provided to be a useful introduction to our School and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

The Joseph Rowntree School (JRS) was founded in 1942 and is a successful 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive school of over 1,200 students including approximately 175 in the sixth form. JRS is at a pivotal stage in its evolution, with decisions to make about its future strategic vision and direction. These include how best to thrive in a competitive environment (four of York’s nine secondary schools are rated “outstanding”); the best way to drive results whilst maintaining and developing the values associated with the national Joseph Rowntree “brand”; the school’s status (JRS is at present content to be one of two maintained secondary schools in the city of York); and the development of its sixth form.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who will help our Head Teacher lead the School by building on its many strengths. The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our local community are proud of our School where students are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning.

We offer you the support of a committed group of governors, a newly appointed Head Teacher, an enthusiastic staff team who want to perform, a new build school less than ten years old, and the school’s finances are in a strong and sustainable position. This microsite contains full details of how to apply, along with additional information about our school, and a link to the JRS website.

What this information cannot do, however, is fully convey the positive atmosphere you will experience, and the dedicated staff you will meet at JRS who have a genuine commitment and desire to develop our huge potential and become an outstanding school. For this you’ll need to visit in person, so please contact by email our Head Teacher’s PA, Tracy Bussey ( to arrange a tour of the school on week commencing 8 April. Please note, such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Rachel Wales, HR Advisor who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role ( / 01609 532597).

The Joseph Rowntree School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As such, the successful applicant will need to undertake the usual checks in this regard.

We look forward very much to hearing from you!

Dianne Gomery (Ms)
Chair of Governors

How to apply

We strongly recommend that you contact and visit us so that we can talk with you about this unique opportunity and you will have a chance to see and hear what we have to offer.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please contact Rachel Wales at North Yorkshire County Council (Resourcing Solutions).

Tel: 01609 532597

Key dates

The Joseph Rowntree School’s Easter break:  Close of day Friday 12 April until Monday 29 April 2019

Application closing date: Midnight, Tuesday 23 April 2019

Visits to The Joseph Rowntree School: Visits will take place w/c 8 April 2019.

Shortlisting: Friday 26 April 2019

Assessment event: Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May 2019

The Joseph Rowntree School