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Brayton is located to the South of Selby in the county of North Yorkshire. Its proximity to the M62, for travel to Leeds and Hull, and being on the A19, for Doncaster and York, make Brayton an attractive place to live. Selby is an area of growth with a number of new housing developments, which should increase pupil numbers over time.  


Currently, we are rated as Good by Ofsted (2013) and Outstanding by SIAMS (2016).

Brayton C of E Infants School was the first school in Brayton and was opened on 28 May 1872 by the Archbishop of York. There is a great quote from the school records later that year:
“August 9th 1872 - Since the school opened, 111 pupils have been admitted. 73 could not write their names and many of those who could, could write nothing else. The reading is nearly as bad and arithmetic far worse than the writing”.


Things have definitely improved since then! Indeed, in 1964 there were as many as 142 juniors and infants attending, so a new building was constructed and the new Brayton Junior School opened in 1969. In 2013, the decision was made to amalgamate the Infants and Junior Schools and this heralded a new chapter for Brayton and the local community as Brayton C of E Primary School was created.


Today, our school is at the heart of the community and is a thriving and exciting place to learn. With over 380 pupils on roll, we are a two-form entry school with 14 classes plus a nursery. We currently have 20 teaching staff and 21 support staff, all of whom are committed to the school, its pupils and future success.


We offer our pupils a great deal of wider opportunities through extra-curricular clubs, residentials, visits and special curriculum enrichment days.


Our motto of “together we shine as one” is at the core of our school culture and ensures that staff, pupils, parents, governors and the wider community work in close partnership.


Our pupils and our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do. Learning walks have evidenced this impacting positively on pupils’ behaviour and visitors remark on how tangible this is.



Outstanding SIAMs.   
Ofsted “Good” rating (2013). 

Currently we are below the National average across the board in all subjects and in all year groups. However, a lot is being done to improve the picture; we know we need to improve outcomes across the school but there is a definite buzz about the school as we address these challenges.

KS2 data


Budgetary Position
The school is currently experiencing some financial challenges and both staff and governors are taking decisive action to ensure the budget situation is improved over the coming year. There are no immediate plans to become an academy though governors discuss the future direction of the school at regular intervals.


The school is part of the Selby Learning Alliance and has links with other primary schools in and around the Selby area. 


Staff profile
We have a mixed male and female team with a range of ages.
SLT currently consists of:

  • Headteacher (currently interim)
  • Non-teaching Deputy, who is:  EVC (Education Visits Co-ordinator); Data lead; Teaching & Learning lead; Designated Safeguarding lead
  • Literacy Lead, who leads Upper KS2
  • Maths Lead, who leads lower KS2
  • Inclusion lead, who is also SENCo and leads KS1
  • EYFS Lead
  • Home School Worker, who also leads on attendance and is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead
  • Business manager


Relationship with parents, staff and wider community 
We benefit from supportive parents, a stable staff team and good links to the church and sport in the community. The school also has an active PTA.


There are very strong links with the Church and the Diocese.  Rev Pete often comes into school to lead whole school worship; each year group leads a worship at St Wilfrid’s Church on a termly basis.  There are also regular events such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter Services both in church and at school. These are well attended by parents. Half termly meetings between Foundation Governors and senior members of staff ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of the school’s status as a church school.


The school regularly takes part in inter-school events.  There are a range of after school sports clubs, e.g. football, netball.  There is a very pro-active PE lead who has an aspirational vision for the future of PE/Sport at the school and plans to make Brayton a flagship for sports in the Selby district.


Links are developing with the local community, e.g. Dawsons, a family-run business opposite school, kindly provide the cakes for the termly “Star Pupil” awards. 


Parents are positive and supportive of both the school and staff; there was 97% attendance at the recent parents’ evening and feedback from those parents who attended was positive; the last summer fair was really well attended. However, we acknowledge that we need to maintain and improve communication with parents.  


Educational relationships  
We benefit from a strong, close relationship with North Yorkshire County Council and the Diocese of York and with schools in the Selby Learning Alliance. We also have strong links with both the Selby secondary schools (the majority of pupils go to either Selby High School or Brayton Academy).  


The Role

We feel that the new Headteacher will need to focus on the following:

  • Improving outcomes;
  • Strengthening the quality of teaching and learning across the school; 
  • Working with governors to improve our financial position;
  • Maintain and develop the whole school team;
  • Further developing communication with staff, parents and the wider community.


We need a Headteacher with a clear vision for the school and who possesses:

  • Proven School Improvement skills;
  • Strong financial awareness;
  • Good business acumen and experience of routine systems;
  • Good communication skills;
  • The ability to embrace the community and be outward looking;

Our new Headteacher will:

  • Be a strong leader, with high aspirations for all pupils (and staff) at the heart of all they do;
  • Be a motivator who can take all staff with them on the journey;

  • Be passionate about the school, its ethos and its place in the community;

  • Have a very clear vision which they can articulate well;
  • Have a proven track record of successful leadership and be able to quickly identify both the potential and challenges of the school;

  • Have up-to-date knowledge and experience of the challenges and requirements of education.

  • Need to be resilient and foster a "can do" attitude

A recent Pupil Voice forum will tell you what our children are looking for in their new Headteacher!


Selby area
Selby is a small market town situated 14 miles (22.5 km) south of the city of York, along the course of the River Ouse. It is dominated by the superb Abbey, founded in AD1069 by Benedict when he saw three swans on a lake in Selby which he interpreted as a sign of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, resulting in the official crest of Selby Abbey, and subsequently, Selby High School.

Selby local government district has a population of 82,900. It is a fairly rural district with a population density well below the national average. Selby town is its only major settlement, with a population of 24,680.
Selby has a growing local economy with new housing and shops being built on the town's outskirts. The riverfront area is also being revamped with modern housing and flats. This is anticipated to bring population growth and enhanced demand for high quality educational places into the future. Selby is ideally located to a whole variety of places, facilities and activities for culture, leisure, commerce and learning.  There is a wide range and variety of housing and prices are below the national average.

The district of Selby is contained within both the Leeds City Region and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnerships. The Leeds E.P. Strategic Economic Plan (2016-2036) describes Selby as follows:

“The district of Selby sits in on the eastern boundary of Leeds City Region within the county of North Yorkshire. Both the market town of Selby and the wider district are home to many highly skilled and paid employees, many of whom travel each day to Leeds, York and beyond. Its economy is characterised by manufacturing, distribution, construction and energy production; drawing its employees from the district’s market towns and villages, as well as neighbours including the East Riding, Wakefield and Doncaster.

Looking ahead, the district has a key role to play in providing space for business growth in the Leeds City Region.”

The unemployment claimant count rate in Selby is around 1.3% (Sept 2016) which is well below the national average.

In short, Selby is a hidden gem, with both its own delights and very easy access to a diverse range of activities and experiences, for individuals and families of all ages.


Living in Yorkshire
North Yorkshire is England's largest county and one of the most rural. The area comprises the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby. The area hosted the phenomenal 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 nearby. Something for everyone!

We have plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast. From the hard gritstone of Almscliff and Brimham Rocks to the limestone of Malham, Gordale and Kilnsey, climbing venues are in abundance. The Yorkshire Dales is the premier area for caving and for mountain biking; there are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest. The Sustrans trail centres are all easily accessible for days and weekends away, as is the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland. There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic surf sport venues 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 Pickering and Helmsley, traditional seaside towns, the Spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York - the most visited city outside of London. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities 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, with little over two hours commute on the main train line to London. We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.


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