Chief Executive Officer - Scalby Learning Trust  


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to consider the position of Chief Executive Officer of Scalby Learning Trust. This exciting vacancy arises from the retirement of our current CEO David Read this summer. It is a part-time role currently based on a 0.4 FTE flexible hours contract, though this will be regularly reviewed between the incumbent and the board to ensure the contract is commensurate with the requirements of the role.

We are seeking an experienced school leader with a track record of success to continue the development of our successful Trust. This means continuing to improve provision for the youngsters within our schools, developing the support structures to ensure the Trust operates as efficiently as possible and seeking to expand where we are in a position to develop joining schools.

If you regard yourself as a dynamic, personable and principled leader who can develop both systems and people, we would welcome an application from you.

Moreover, if you wish to discuss the post in more detail, please contact James who will be able to organise a further chat and / or visit.

Yours faithfully

Roger Cannon

Chair of Trustees

Scalby Learning Trust was established in September 2018 and currently comprises of one secondary school and two primary schools based in Scarborough. The Trust is founded on improving the education in our coastal locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions.

Our strategic plan

In seeking to realise our mission and achieve our strategic objectives, the Scalby Learning Trust Board are committed to:

  • The principle of meaningful educational partnership between primary and secondary schools.
  • Expanding the number of schools in the MAT where this enhances the education of youngsters already under the care of the Trust and can realistically improve it in the joining school.
  • Sustainable and measured growth as a Trust.
  • Collaborative working with other stakeholders and institutions for the benefit of local youngsters whether they are in the Trust or not.

Strategic Objectives – 2017 – 2020

  • Outstanding academic achievement for all youngsters educated in the Trust.
  • A broad range of educational experiences for all youngsters in the Trust.
  • For all Trust schools to be graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
  • Financial stability for the Trust that facilitates school improvement.
  • Efficient operational infrastructure across the Trust to support school improvement, such as a Trust wide ICT strategy.
  • To provide effective CPD to ensure the development of staff across the Trust.
  • To create a highly effective Executive Leadership Team who work together for the benefit of all schools in the Trust.
  • To maintain and continue to develop a highly effective Trust board with a clear strategy for the development of the Trust.
  • To maintain and develop links with key stakeholders at a local, regional and national level in order to enhance the performance of the Trust.

Our schools

Scalby School
Scalby School is a successful and popular 11-16 community school and in recent years it has become the school of choice in our local community. We were judged ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2019 and have repeatedly achieved results well above the national average over the last decade. Our P8 score has placed us in the top 10% of schools nationally. We are proud of our broad and balanced GCSE based curriculum.

We are:

  • A ‘Good’ school in every area according to Ofsted in 2012 and in 2019.
  • A school with a well above average Progress 8 score because our students exceed expectations.
  • A school with a real focus on teaching and learning through our designated Teaching School status
  • A leading school in the Scarborough and North Yorkshire area with a real focus on making sure all our staff develop professionally.
  • A school where British values are at the heart of our curriculum – so that all our students leave school knowing how to conduct themselves in the wider world.

Newby & Scalby Primary School

We are the school of choice in our community and we are within commutable distance of Whitby, Teesside, York and surrounding areas. Ofsted in 2018 judged us to be ‘good’ in all areas and as a school we are very much outward facing both in terms of teaching and learning and in constantly thinking about how we can improve. As a result, our pupils achieve well. For example, in 2019, 84% of the year 6 cohort reached age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics combined, compared to the national average of 65%.

Since our “good” Ofsted in 2018, we continue to build on our successes and we are a family and a team, where everyone is given the challenge and support to be the best they can possible be in a safe, welcoming and positive environment. Children and staff will work and play together developing skills so that we all become ambitious and reflective lifelong learners as well as being respectful and respected members of the community.

Newby & Scalby Primary School website.

Friarage School

Friarage officially joined Scalby Learning Trust in September 2019 as a sponsored school. We were placed in Special Measures in October 2018 though have moved a long way since then, especially since we started working with the Trust in April 2019. Friarage is now a pleasant, purposeful and well-ordered school, serving some of Scarborough’s most vulnerable learners. It is a real place of community, now on a clear upward path towards improving outcomes for our learners.

For example, in 2019, 38% of our year 6 reached age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics combined, which was 12% higher than 2018 and signified average overall progress for the cohort.

Scalby School is a Lead School of the Scarborough Teaching Alliance (STA) and all member schools benefit from collaborative support to improve learning outcomes for pupils and continued professional development (CPD) of teachers and potential teachers.

The STA has been designated as one of only 11 successful providers to support the delivery of the Chartered College of Teaching, Chartered Teacher Programme (CTeach). The Chartered Teacher Programme is a 15-month teacher certification programme, aligned to the Chartered College's aims to raise the status of the profession and support teachers to acquire the expertise necessary to maintain excellence in teaching and secure the best outcomes for children and young people.

The Trust is a key partner and works closely with the North Yorkshire Opportunity Area where our current CEO sits on the Board. The Opportunity Area is focused on supporting ambition and outcomes n social mobility across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

The Opportunity Area was launched by the government to raise education standards in our area. A better education means giving every child and young person the chance to reach their full potential. The programme has prioritised work to improve early years education, boost literacy and numeracy skills, and help more secondary schools to become good or outstanding.

You’ll find that your salary stretches further on the Yorkshire Coast, offering people a standard of living not available in many other parts of the country.

As well as the main towns of Scarborough and Whitby, the area is dotted with many smaller settlements and villages, offering an affordable lifestyle in a great environment. House prices in the main coastal towns are around £60k below the UK average, whilst average rents (in Scarborough) are almost half the UK average.

If the outdoors is your thing, you have an entire coast line to explore - as well as being in the edge of a national park - The North York Moors - with all that it offers to outdoor enthusiasts. Dalby Forest offers one of England’s best mountain biking venues.

For live music and the arts, you’ll find two theatres in Scarborough, as well as outdoor live music events which in recent years attracted a wide range of artists, from the Kaiser Chiefs to the Beach Boys.

When it comes to nights out, you can choose from the busy atmosphere of the bars and pubs of Scarborough and Whitby, or the numerous country inns and restaurants in rural villages. As a popular tourist destination, our area boasts a selection of boutique hotel and award winning restaurants for those special nights out.

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

Scalby Learning Trust

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

0.4 with some flexibility in hours required

Competitive salary and relocation package available for the right candidate

Come and lead our educational journey across and beyond the North Yorkshire Coast

Scalby Learning Trust is a growing family of schools based on the North Yorkshire Coast. We are poised to grow in the immediate future and our ambition is to welcome new schools into our Trust where we can add capacity, resources, improvement and make sure all our young people have access to the very best education.

As a Trust we have welcomed our first sponsored primary, and added to our central team which includes our Finance Director, Finance Manager and school improvement colleagues working within our lead schools.

Our Trust is currently based at Scalby School in Scarborough with both our founding secondary and primary schools being judged ‘good’ by Ofsted. Our success in making sure that our staff are our greatest resource, with ongoing investment into our teaching and support staff teams has placed us in a good position to meet current educational challenges.

Our Opportunity
Due to the well-deserved retirement of our founding CEO (and former Headteacher of Scalby School) Trustees are looking to appoint a colleague with the vision, ambition, educational knowledge and values to build on and further develop and lead our Trust.

You will be supported and challenged by a moral purpose driven group of Trustees with educational and local knowledge, as well as working closely with a group of Headteachers and Trust colleagues who will look to you for inspired leadership.

Scalby Learning Trust may be currently small in its number of partner schools but we have ambition to grow with the support of the RSC and DFE. In addition we have our own Teaching School (based at Scalby School) and are one of the first 11 schools nationally to deliver the new Chartered College of Teaching Chartered Teacher Programme.

As part of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area you will join a group of schools within an area where tangible impact and investment into sustainable projects are making a difference within social mobility.

What we are looking for in a new CEO:

  • A dynamic and principled leader who puts youngsters at the heart of everything they work for.
  • A warm, approachable person who relates well to all stakeholders.
  • An excellent communicator, able to inspire, persuade and support others.
  • A leader with a track record of school improvement.
  • A leader who has significant experience of managing change.
  • A strategic thinker who can work with others to develop new structures and systems across schools.

What we can offer in return:

  • The opportunity to lead an established Trust with the scope for significant further development.
  • A stimulating and varied role.
  • School and Trust colleagues who will support you and make you proud to lead them.

Lead our Trust and make a real difference to our children and your career in an area that offers so much! To arrange a visit and/or organise a call with Roger Cannon (Chair of Trustees) and David Read the current CEO please contact James on the details below.

Closing date: Monday 9th March at 9am. The date of commencement for this post will be 1st September 2020. Interviews will be held on Wednesday and Thursday 25th and 26th March 2020.

All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

For an informal conversation about the role, to arrange a visit or for an Application Form please contact James Annetts at Resourcing Solutions (North Yorkshire County Council) at or call 01609 534939 / 07966 261249.

Scalby Learning Trust is committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aims 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.