Headteacher - Beverley School 


Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Headteacher recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about our school 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 school.

Beverley School is situated in the large town of Middlesbrough and is a specialist school for pupils aged 3 – 19 who have an autistic spectrum condition.  Consistently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, our ambition is that Beverley School becomes a centre of excellence for both the provision of autism and for inclusion and we hope that this matches with your values and vision as you work with us to make this a reality.

You will enjoy the full autonomy of Headship with support from the Governing Body, Local Authority and staff as you develop an exciting and vibrant curriculum, continue to raise aspirations and improve outcomes, while being mindful of the diverse complexity of the needs of our pupils and communities.

Our governors are seeking to appoint a leader who is passionate about special education and are keen to have a Headteacher who will maintain the breadth of the life of the school.  You would 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 would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application 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.  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 Beverley School.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Murphy
Chair of Governors

Welcome Message from Joanne Smith, Headteacher of Beverley School

Beverley School is a family where the rights of each person are recognised and respected. We all place great value on respectful relationships and the result is a very calm and happy school.

I have had the pleasure of working at Beverley School since 2012 and have been Head Teacher since 2013. I am immensely proud of the achievements of our pupils and the efforts that they make right through from Nursery to Post 16.

I never fail to be impressed by the commitment and dedication of the staff that I work with. Their determination to ensure that every pupil succeeds is a privilege to be part of. We also have an amazing partnership with parents/carers, which is a key part of our success.

Beverley School is a very special place to work. It deserves a leader who can celebrate the everyday success stories, see the opportunities to take the school forward and hold on to the ethos and values that are so firmly established and embedded. Change is inevitable and all who are part of the school need to be nurtured through the change so that they can continue to be the brilliant practitioners that they are.

Beverley School is an all age, thriving, specialist school for pupils who have an autistic spectrum condition.  With 143 pupils on roll, we provide a happy, nurturing and stimulating environment where children and young people will recognise and achieve their full potential.  Our ethos and values of showing respect for everyone and caring about our school environment are lived out by school leaders and staff on a daily basis, which are fundamental to its success.

Sharing a site with Hollis Academy, we are a modern, purpose built school with excellent facilities. Our catchment area is broad, with pupils attending from all surrounding Local Authorities.  Pupils predominately attend from the Middlesbrough area, however, others travel from further afield including Darlington, Stockton, Redcar, Hartlepool and North Yorkshire.  As a result, many of the children are transported to and from school, with only a small cohort of parents collecting their children.

Rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we provide opportunities for all pupils to have a wide range of experiences and become independent learners, so that they can make a valuable contribution to society.  All our pupils follow the National Curriculum and the majority will achieve external accreditation, including GCSE where possible.  We admit pupils from our nursery and some pupils join us at other points throughout the key stages.  Pupils also have the option to stay with us post 16 if it is felt to be appropriate, with many choosing to follow this option.

Beverley School Sixth Form aims to help all students develop the skills that they need to increase their independence and to move on to future provision.  We do this through a mixture of lessons and activities that address core curriculum subjects, vocational learning and social development, using a range of accreditations depending on their abilities.

The extra-curricular programme that exists within the School is outstanding.  All primary school pupils attend swimming lessons, and an after school club offers a variety of activities including, theatre group, cinema club, design and technology club, sports club, ICT club and boasts a whole school choir that actively performs to the local community.  In addition, there are a variety of trips to national and European destinations that take place each year, supporting pupils in their learning.  The trips offered consist of a diverse range of activities including; a residential trip to Denmark and Portugal; city breaks including Liverpool, Edinburgh, York and Newcastle; outward bound trip and overnight activities for our pupils with severe complex needs.  Furthermore, experiential learning is available through enterprise projects such as, the Princes Trust, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and other activities, which enable our students to become valued members of society.  Staff enthusiasm and commitment to extra-curricular activities is exceptional, and is an important part of school life.

We have good links with Priory Woods School and other local special schools, offering a culture of shared practice and support to share knowledge and expertise on similar challenges faced.  We also work collaboratively with Teesside University.  These visits strengthen our partnership with the University and continues to raise our students’ aspirations and their knowledge of future opportunities.

We have a strong and positive relationship with the Local Authority, SEN Inclusion/SEN Redcar & Cleveland Careers Advisors and a very supportive Governing Body, who are fully engaged with the strategic leadership of our school.

Our staff are our greatest resource and are incredibly committed, loyal and dedicated and always have the best interest of the pupils at heart.

Our dedicated team of staff endeavour to provide the very best in education as well as managing the social and emotional needs of pupils.  Our staff are all trained to meet the needs of children and young adults who have autism.

Our teachers and instructors lead their class support team through shared goals, working in close partnership with parents/carers, therapists, governors and the local community to provide an excellent educational experience for all.

Head Teacher
Deputy Head Teacher/SENCO
Assessment & Achievement lead
Business Manager

Extended Leadership
Head of Phase 3 (Sixth Form/Careers Lead)
Head of phase 2 (y7-Y10)
Head of phase 1 Y3-Y6
Head of Phase 1 (Early Years)

Our school comprises 18 Classrooms
18 x Class Teachers (FTE)
3 x STA Level 4
18 x Lead Teaching Assistants (STA Level 3) (FTE)
34 x Teaching Assistants (STA Level 2)(FTE)
21 x Lunch Time Supervisors

Administrative Team
2 x Admin Assistants
1 x Admin Assistant / Exam Officer
1 x Office Assistant

Family Liaison Officer
Providing parenting support, advice and guidance on many things including housing, benefits, welfare, education and employment.

Extended Support
Social workers
Occupational Health
Occupational Therapists
Speech and language Therapists

The way in which our school is organised and run, as well as the relationship between the pupils themselves and their teachers is based on the ethos that pervades every aspect of school life.

Our Vision
Our vision is to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment where children and young people will recognise and achieve their full potential.  We provide opportunities for all pupils to have a wide range of experiences and become independent learners so that they can make a valuable contribution to society.  Beverley School is a community where everybody is welcomed and no one should feel alone.  We show respect for everyone and care about our school environment.  We set high standards of learning and celebrate the achievements of every pupil.  We value the partnership which exists between our school, our parents, our community and the part we all play in realising our vision.

This ethos and culture has not come about by accident; it is largely due to the example provided by our former leader and is something we are determined to see continue and flourish.

Current Attainment & Progress
All our pupils follow the National Curriculum and most will achieve external accreditation, including GCSE where possible.  Due to the nature of our pupils, we do not always have a cohort that can access the Standard Assessment Tests (KS2 SAT).  As our pupils generally stay with us until 19, they develop their skills and access accreditations at a time suitable for them and not always at the end of KS4 (year 11), but across the whole of Phase 3 and on occasions in Phase 2.  Success at Beverley School is achieved at the correct stage and is not dependent on age.

Please click here to access DfE information.

Ofsted Inspection
Beverley School was judged 'Good' at its last Ofsted Inspection – June 2017.

School Strengths

  • Incredibly committed, loyal, dedicated and experienced staff team who have experience working with children with autism.
  • Non-teaching/administrative team have the pupil’s best interests at heart.
  • Strong culture of shared practice.
  • Every achievement is celebrated, no matter how big or small.
  • Parents/carers engagement is a real strength. They are our biggest source of information, therefore, we include them whenever we can.
  • Our staff are extremely empathetic with parents/carers and never sit in judgement. They show understanding to the challenges they face daily and work with them to minimise the impact.
  • Parents/carers/families feel their children are safe and happy.
  • Operate an open door policy, providing a calm environment for all pupils.
  • Very proactive PTA ‘FOBS’ (Friends of Beverley School).

School Improvements

  • Continue to acknowledge changes in education by staying in touch with the national agenda and changing climate of education impacts on our school.
  • Working with the wider community to access appropriate work placements and working with local companies to break down the stigma and support their understanding of our pupil’s needs.
  • Be empowered to challenge conventional education methods with the Local Authority to ensure best outcomes for our pupils, while continuing to meet the expectations of measurements.
  • Work hard to continue to engage with our parents/carers to ensure educational and emotional needs are being met.

To review the School Improvement Development Plan 2019/2020 please click here.

Budgetary Position
As with all schools, budgets are constrained, however, Beverley School is not currently in deficit.  The governors work closely with the Headteacher and Business Manager to ensure costs are controlled but also enable agility of spending when necessary to maximise use of the resources that become available.  As a result, the Headteacher has been able to effect change at a good pace through well-argued business cases that the governing body have been able to consider responsively.

Governors have a good understanding of the finances of the school and would take the necessary steps to address any future budget issues.

Future Priorities, Considerations & Challenges

  • Maintain pupil numbers, growing to a maximum capacity of 145.  This ensures that pupils currently attending Beverley School receive the correct level of support needed, while achieving the best outcomes for their own individual capabilities.
  • The site is somewhat restricted as it was purpose built in 2011 specifically for children with autism, with the aim of maintaining a low arousal setting, therefore, it is important that it isn’t over populated.

Beverley School is a large special school which caters for pupils who have an autistic spectrum condition.  All pupils have a statement of special educational needs and attend the school from a number of Local Authorities in the area.  Almost all pupils are predominately male, from a broad ethnic background, including a number of pupils from non-English language.  The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average.

Due to the dynamics of our school our parent/carer relationships are strong.  The school prides itself in building strong relationships with all involved with the child as this impacts directly on outcomes.  We have an ‘open door policy’ where parents/carers are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child’s schooling or emotional needs.  We maintain communication via a weekly newsletter, dedicated Facebook page, SMS service, home/school books, regular home contact, information evenings, special assemblies and parent/carer termly coffee mornings.

Our school is very pupil and parent/carer centred and we provide unique support to cater for the parent/carer and individual child’s needs.  All families have access to a Family Liaison officer, who is there to support all families to bridge the gap between home and school.  Courses are also available to all parents/carers, including English courses for our non-speaking English families, First aid Courses and Health & Safety Courses.

We have an active PTA (FOBS) which raise funds for facilities and equipment.  Friends of Beverley School (FOBS) is a registered charity supporting the education of children with Autism who attend Beverley School.  Previously FOBS has raised money for a whole host of brilliant causes including supporting horse riding and swimming, purchasing play equipment and enhancing opportunities for pupils.  Very recently they have organised a Carnival and British Values Music Festival where all children were encouraged to participate.

As well as a successful partnership between the school, the parents/carers and the pupils; our partnership also extends to working closely with other special schools, including Priory Woods School, where we take a number of pupils from them to participate in work experience.  Additionally, we provide a lot of outreach services to local schools.  We also work in partnership with Teesside University.   Our work with Teesside University is aimed at raising aspirations and providing learning opportunities that we could not access within school.  The partnership also allows our students to gain an insight in to University life.  This is done through a mixture of workshops and visits.

With have strong links with the local community participating in a number of activities including; bag packing in local supermarkets, volunteering at Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and James Cook Hospital.  Our school has a minibus service which takes pupils to these events.  We work closely with Daisy Chain, a local charity that provides a haven for families affected by autism in Tees Valley and High Tide charity to offer work experience.

Our school has good links with the Local Authority, however, our relationship with School Improvement Colleagues could be stronger if they had a better understanding of the unique nature of Beverley School.  We also have good links with NYCC (North Yorkshire County Council) with whom we have a service level agreement for HR support.

Beverley School are members of The Federation of Leaders in Special Education (FLSE).  This is a national organisation and the school is a member of the regional North East group.  We meet termly and support colleagues with a range of speakers and discuss current issues in special education.  We are also members of Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT); an organisation which keeps us updated with current education issues, articles and information, supporting to improve learning outcomes for pupils and continued professional development (CPD) of teachers and potential teachers.

Teesside is a region around Middlesbrough on the River Tees in North East England which also includes the towns of Billingham, Redcar, Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby.  It is a centre for heavy industry, primarily steelmaking (British Steel) and chemical manufacture (Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI)).  In recent years they have been replaced to a large extent by high technology activities, science development and service sector roles.

Teesport is based on the River Tees and is currently the third largest port in the United Kingdom, and amongst the ten biggest in Western Europe.  This port handles over 56 million tonnes of goods per annum which are mainly associated with the local petrochemical, chemical and steel processing industries.

Teesside continues to be used locally to refer to the entire urban area.  It boasts a successful University (Teesside University), which is a public university, with its main campus in Middlesbrough.  A large retail and leisure park, known as ‘Teesside Park’ is a popular choice for local residents, offering a wide range of shops and leisure facilities including a cinema, bowling venue and numerous restaurants to cater for all tastes.

Teesside also has a serving airport known as Teesside International Airport and offers good connectivity for business and commercial destinations.

Middlesbrough is a large post-industrial town in Teesside and is the perfect base for exploring - there really is something for everyone!

Middlesbrough offers a supreme lifestyle, with a vibrant centre teeming with coffee shops, bustling bars, and lively restaurants.  There is a wide range of activities to enjoy throughout the year, including the regionally significant Orange Pip street market, and music, art, and drama at numerous museums and cultural venues.

If the great outdoors is more your thing, there is plenty of outdoor adventures to consider, with the natural beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and the rugged north east coastline only a stone’s throw away.  Just a short drive from Middlesbrough’s centre is the iconic landmark Roseberry Topping, which was recently included in the 25 best walks in Britain.

Middlesbrough is ideally positioned with excellent transport links to many other major UK cities.

North Yorkshire
Within the county of North Yorkshire are the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby.  The area hosted the opening stages of the Tour de France in 2014, and due to its success has created the Tour de Yorkshire with global recognition.  There are ruined castles and abbeys, serene gardens, unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage.  Something for everyone!

For outdoor enthusiasts North Yorkshire has plenty to offer.  From the hard gritstone of Almscliff and Brimham Rocks to the limestone of Malham, Gordale and Kilnsey, climbing venues are in abundance.  Within 2 hours’ drive, the Yorkshire Dales is a premier area for caving, while for mountain biking there are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest.  Further afield, the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland are all easily accessible for days and weekends away.

There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic, if chilly, surf sport venues, outdoor swimming and sea kayaking on the east coast.

While the county is rightly known for its wide open spaces, it also incorporates attractive market towns including Knaresborough, Ripon, Malton, Helmsley, Northallerton and Skipton, the traditional seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, as well as the ancient city of York, the most visited city outside of London.  With a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities including the Northern Ballet and Helmsley Art Centre, as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy.

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with close proximity to metropolitan cities of Leeds and Newcastle and a journey time of under two hours by rail from York to London.  We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire and Humber regions with all they have to offer.

The Role

Beverley School, Middlesbrough

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 143

Commencing: September 2020

Salary: L25 – L31 (£74,103 - £85,826)

Would you like to join a team who are really proud of our happy school environment and all work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes and achievement for all our pupils?

Beverley School is situated in the large post-industrial town of Middlesbrough in Teesside and is an all age specialist school for pupils who have an autistic spectrum condition. We offer a happy, caring and stimulating environment, where everybody is welcomed and respected. Our ethos and core values support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the school.

Currently rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, we set high standards of learning, placing a high premium on creating a learning environment in which children thrive to the best of their abilities and where we celebrate the achievements of every pupil. We are proud of our school community, providing opportunities for all pupils to have a wide range of experiences and become independent learners.

Our ambition, and yours, will be that Beverley School becomes a centre of excellence for both the provision of autism and for promoting the latest inclusive practices within education. Our pupils deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their full 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 an experienced Leader to support the staff, pupils and families so we make sure all our children and young people continue to thrive and reach their full potential. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and inspirational leader within specialist education to lead the way in transforming the lives of young people on the autistic spectrum and develop a true community school which is linked with community groups, parents/carers, local authorities, and other schools in the region.

Our purpose built site boasts an enviable full size hall, outdoor areas and significant space inside of the building. These all lend themselves to a creative and innovative leader’s ambition to develop an exciting and vibrant curriculum. Aspiration, resilience and the ability to build positive and trusting relationships will be in your character as a leader, as you create a culture of learning and ambition that will see our children and young people develop, grow and contribute an active part in today’s society.

In many ways this is a unique professional opportunity that will allow you to continue to develop and build an outstanding provision for our children and young people who require something a little different. Our children possess all the right pieces to complete their own personal jigsaw, but they require additional support to make them see how their pieces fit together to complete their own picture.

We can offer you:

  • Significant levels of support from both the Local Authority, Governing Body and a staff team who is experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
  • A staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
  • Children and young people who will make you proud to be their new Headteacher.

Beverley School has an incredibly bright outlook and presents a unique professional development opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Beverley 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 rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates

  • School Visits: Tuesday 26th November at 11am, Wednesday 27th November at 11.15am or Wednesday 27th November at 2pm
  • Application Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 8 December
  • Shortlisting: Tuesday 10 December
  • Interviews: Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 December

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.