Crayke Church of England VC Primary 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.

Our school is a friendly, nurturing, hardworking and exciting environment where respect for others and positive attitudes to work and behaviour are firmly embedded. Visitors often say it has a family feel. Our Christian values shape our ethos, the life of the school and the curriculum, whilst at the same time encouraging sensitivity to different viewpoints. Our core values of Respect, Friendship, Forgiveness and Determination are lived out in the daily work of the school. I would encourage you read our 2018 SIAMS Report, as it reflects the way our values and character permeate our whole school community.

We wish to appoint a Headteacher who will build upon the excellent practice and high standards already established in our school. The post holder will need a strong focus on outstanding teaching and learning, the development of every pupil to ensure their best possible progress, working closely with parents and carers and the community, and continuously seeking ways to make further improvements. You will inspire our staff to feel valued and trusted as professionals, whilst being supported and held accountable in their work to flourish as high quality teachers.

You will have the full professional support of the Governing Body but they will challenge you to achieve the best outcomes for our children. The person specification provides the key competencies and qualities we would like to find in our next Headteacher, therefore we would be grateful if you would address these in your supporting information in the application form.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils have for their education. 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 Steve Cooper, Recruitment Adviser at North Yorkshire County Council, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Steve on 01609 536578.

If you are approachable, willing to lead by example, have a strong educational vision, determination, and a desire to work closely with pupils, staff, parents and carers and the community, this could be the job for you! In any case, you can be assured of the full support of the governors, local authority and Diocese of York.

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 Crayke Church of England VC Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Porter
Chair of Governors

Crayke Church of England VC Primary is a thriving and successful ‘family feel’ school with 100 pupils on roll. We are proud of our foundation and the ethos and values are lived out by school leaders and staff on a daily basis, which is fundamental to its success. We are a caring, nurturing and friendly school where respect for others and positive attitudes to work and behaviour are firmly embedded.

Situated 12 miles north of the beautiful and historic City of York and 2 miles east of the thriving market town of Easingwold, we are very much at the heart of the Crayke village community, serving children from a number of local communities. Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and SIAMS, we offer a relevant and exciting, broad and balanced curriculum, where children are encouraged to be independent thinkers and make informed choices about their learning. We consider the skills of communication, numeracy and literacy to be the foundation for our learning and we are proud of our standards and achievements.

We offer extra-curricular activities including sports, music, drama, the arts, gardening and a homework club.

Crayke is very inclusive and provides opportunities for all. Children are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of annual/educational activities including; residential and historical trips, music, sport and the performing arts.

Our Senior Leadership Team is made up of a Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher. We have 3 other FTE Teachers and there is the equivalent of a full time TA attached to each class, including an additional TA who plays a vital role across the school in supporting our pupils with their additional needs (SEND). We also have a School Administrator. Currently, the Headteacher has a 0.4 fte teaching commitment which may vary dependent on changing needs.

Values and ethos
The way in which our school is organised and run, as well as the relationship between the pupils and their teachers is based on the Christian ethos that permeates every aspect of school life. The emphasis is wholeheartedly on working in partnership with parents and carers, children, and the community to provide a first-class education and start in life. We aim to inspire and equip children to learn throughout life and to strive for excellence in their work and relationships.

We promote the personal growth and development of all children, teaching and practising acceptance and inclusion for those of all backgrounds, abilities and beliefs.

We are a caring school serving the whole community, embodying our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness in our nurture and encouragement of all.

Leaders ensure the Christian vision of the school informs and impacts on the whole curriculum resulting in rich and inspiring provision that supports children’s personal, spiritual, moral and cultural development as well as their academic achievement which is consistently high for individual learners.” – SIAMS 2018

“Try your best in everything you do” is what we have embedded in all of our pupils.  We know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners we, as a team of parents and staff, need to be modelling the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process.  The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but at home as well.

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

Current attainment and progress
2018 pupil performance was very good. The 2019 results are equally good.


Crayke Church of England Primary School was judged outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection which took place in October 2012.


"Teaching is outstanding. Lessons are lively, interesting and fun. Pupils learn a lot in a short time. Marking is excellent.”

“Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are busy, happy learners who behave sensibly and responsibly.”

“Pupils feel safe. They enjoy coming to school because the curriculum engages and inspires them.”

- Ofsted


Our judgement is that the school remains outstanding.

In March 2018 the School was judged outstanding by its SIAMS inspection.

“At Crayke Primary school there is a significant and universal commitment by all members of the school community to uphold the Christian character and Christian values of the school in order that every child should flourish as a unique child of God.” - SIAMS 2018


School Development Plan 2018-19 & Three Year Strategic Plan
The School Development Plan and Three Year Strategic Plan aim to prioritise our activities in order that we might meet the school aims to continue to develop as an outstanding school in all areas.  It is our vision that we may work in an ethos of respect and friendship and that there is learning for life for all those working in school.

Strategic Goals:

  • Children reach the highest standards of achievement and personal development across the curriculum.
  • Children develop a love of learning and a passion to aim high, as a result of a highly engaging curriculum.
  • Leaders are highly ambitious and have the necessary drive to ensure the highest standards of achievement for all children.
  • Home and school partnerships are strong enabling children to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.

Specific Challenges - Headteacher Impact

  • To ensure that all pupils make at least good progress from their starting points
  • Plan and implement Curriculum 2020 to meet all requirements in the latest inspection framework
  • Refine the spelling strategy
  • Ensure all lessons remain at least good and often outstanding
  • To maintain high levels of staff and pupil motivation at a time of change for the school
  • To successfully implement a strategy for the delivery of the new requirements for Relationships and Sex Education
  • To further develop an outward-facing school working with other schools and organisations - in a climate of mutual challenge - to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all pupils
  • To work with political and financial astuteness to maintain a healthy school budget

Budgetary Position
As with all schools, budgets are constrained, and require close attention and careful consideration. Our school has a healthy budget surplus and this is projected to be maintained over the next 3 years. Governors have a good understanding of the finances and would take the necessary steps to address any future budget issues.


Our school is at the heart of our community and is well-supported by the governors, the community, parents and carers. Our engagement with parents and carers is invaluable and their support enables the achievement of high educational standards. Our school is active in charity support, awareness and fundraising.

CHASA, Crayke Home And School Association, aims to advance the education of our pupils by developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school, as well as engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which advance the education of pupils.

Links with the Church are strong. We are very proud of our well established partnership with St. Cuthbert’s Church and together we ensure that our pupils and families are at the core of everything we do in school. We enjoy watching pupils grow spiritually, morally and socially within a strong community ethos. Links with the Diocese of York are strong.

Relationships with the Local Authority are also strong and there are opportunities to develop our collaborative working with the local primary schools cluster.

We are a member of the North Star Alliance. All members benefit from collaborative support to improve learning outcomes for pupils, and continued professional development (CPD) for teachers and potential teachers.

Living & Working in North Yorkshire

Easingwold in a small, thriving market town. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, it has a population of just under 5,000. It is located about 12 miles north of York, at the foot of the Howardian Hills. It is the focal point for the numerous villages in the area for public services and economic activity, situated within close proximity to Boroughbridge, Thirsk and Malton.

Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture York is a beautiful, thriving city with low unemployment and highly performing tourism, cultural and entertainment industries. York is the most visited city outside London, and was voted the best place to live in the UK in 2018. It marries a rich history with cutting edge technology, recently gaining UNESCO status as a City of Media Arts.

York isn’t just a great place to visit: it’s a great place to live. It has a vibrant atmosphere, great shopping and eating yet is small enough to retain a friendly sense of community.

There are a variety of residential options, ranging from within the City centre to the handsome surrounding villages. There are clubs, leisure activities and opportunities to cater for all tastes and interests.

York is one of the UK’s best connected cities, served by several main rail lines: you can be in London in under two hours, Edinburgh 2.5 hours. In and around the city there are several park and ride services, a comprehensive bus network and good cycle routes.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live with attractive market towns including Knaresborough, Ripon, Malton, Helmsley, Northallerton and Skipton, traditional seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, the ancient City of York and the delights of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

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.

Useful Links

Crayke Church of England VC Primary School, Crayke, York, YO61 4TZ

Post:  Headteacher

Number on Roll:  100

Commencing:  January 2020

Salary:  L8-L14 £47,501 – £55,064

Crayke Church of England VC Primary School is a happy, lively and highly successful school situated 12 miles to the north of the City of York and just 2 miles east of the thriving market town of Easingwold. Currently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted (2012) and SIAMS (2018), we are at the heart of our community, with a clear vision for the future and serve children from a number of local villages. A popular and oversubscribed school in a lovely village, we have excellent facilities including large and attractive outdoor spaces.

We are proud of our fully inclusive model of education, enabling all children to fulfil their full potential whatever their starting points. Our distinctive Christian ethos and core values of Respect, Friendship, Forgiveness and Determination support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the school.

Currently, the role has a 0.4 fte teaching commitment which may vary dependent on changing needs.

This is an excellent opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction while building upon the high standards already in place. This will mean a strong focus on outstanding teaching and learning, ensuring every pupil makes best possible progress, curriculum development and implementation, and forging ever closer relationships with parents and carers and the wider school community.

An outstanding teaching practitioner able to set and achieve ambitious goals, you will continually seek to raise standards and promote our vision and Christian values in a way that is relevant and inspiring to all.

A proven senior leader and effective communicator, you must have the ability to motivate, inspire and influence our children, staff and the wider school community. A good understanding of SEND is desirable.

In return, you will benefit from strong governor, local authority and diocese support, a highly committed, experienced and loyal staff and ongoing CPD opportunities.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Crayke Church of England VC Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 536578.

We very much welcome school visits. If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve Cooper. Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed below - if these are not possible for you please contact Steve, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

Key dates

School visits:  10:30 Tuesday 10 September, 1:30 Wednesday 11 September and 4:30 Thursday 12 September

Closing date:  Midnight, Sunday 22 September
Shortlisting:  Wednesday 25 September
Interviews:  Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 October

How to apply

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Crayke Church of England VC Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 536578.

We very much welcome school visits. If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve. Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed above - if these are not possible for you please contact Steve, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

Supporting Documents

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.

Last updated: March 2019