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Eskdale School opened on Tuesday 24 June 1954 and has always been at the heart of the community. The school is named after Eskdale, a valley that runs from Whitby to Westerdale. Since opening, Eskdale has undergone many changes and the transition to an 11 – 16 school will be its most significant yet, with our Year 10 cohort taking their GCSEs in Summer 2019. With the expansion of school numbers we are looking forward to new classrooms being built in time for September.

The school lies on the edge of Whitby, and has a pleasing open aspect to the rear of the buildings, overlooking farmland. This openness is enhanced by extensive sport and playing fields.

The atmosphere within the school is incredibly friendly and welcoming, a manifestation of our determination to be "a place of belonging and a place of inspiration". The students are confident, communicative, polite, well-mannered, and are at ease when talking with adults. As mentioned in our recent Ofsted:

 “Students conduct themselves in a mature and friendly manner in lessons and as they move around the school at break and lunchtimes. …. Students report that behaviour is good and lessons are rarely disrupted by low-level misbehaviour.”

Spirit of Eskdale School


We can offer you:

  • A dynamic school with a rich and diverse culture
  • Recent inspection affirming GOOD outcome
  • Staff who are positive and dedicated
  • A town base with a rural location
  • A school that is growing rapidly
  • A strong network with schools in the locality
  • Committed governors
  • A strong and effective Local Authority which supports new headteachers with peer mentoring, networks and highly experienced link advisers
  • A place as part of the North Yorkshire Coast opportunity area
  • A thriving commercial environment that will provide employment for our students


We are looking for a leader who:

  • Can work with all stakeholders embedding trust and confidence
  • Develop partnerships leading to strong provision for all students and in particular a rich post-16 provision in Whitby
  • Can further develop, inspire and motivate teams, which will ensure high achievement, particularly for our new KS 4 cohort


Culture ethos and values

‘A place of belonging; a place of inspiration’

We encourage a strong learning culture based on mutual care and respect. This is underpinned by a vibrant curriculum and a collaborative approach to learning for both staff and students that encourages higher achievement. We are an inclusive school where staff actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that, otherwise, could hinder or exclude individual students, or groups of students.


Our Aims

We believe the key to successful learning is to work in partnership with parents and the community to provide a happy, safe, secure environment in which all student are encouraged to work towards their individual potential.

Our vision is for all members of the school community to work together to develop happy, confident and enthusiastic students who thrive in a stimulating and exciting environment – an environment where there is mutual respect - so that each child develops a life-long love of learning.

We aim to:

  • Deliver high quality teaching that enthuses and inspires all
  • Provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment where students feel happy and can achieve their full potential
  • Encourage independence and teach students to be co-operative, respectful, caring and honest individuals who have questioning, enquiring minds and take responsibility for their own actions
  • Encourage self-expression, where students help to influence the direction of given aspects of the school
  • Value the contribution of each and every member of the school community, encouraging self-discipline and mutual respect
  • Aspire to personal excellence and achievement for all



Our commitment to our staff is to seek out, grow and develop ambitious teachers and leaders, providing outstanding and continuous Professional Learning opportunities for all. Strong leadership structures ensure that all staff are well supported whilst setting clear expectations for all to follow. We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of trainee teachers knowing that they will add to the vibrancy of our school.


North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area

This is one of 12 Opportunity Areas set up in a £72 million Government programme to target areas of the UK that face the greatest challenges in relation to social mobility. The initiative represents a concerted effort across education, business and communities to create programmes tailored to what will actually work for very different parts of the country facing very different challenges.

Sir Martin Narey, a government adviser on student’s social care who was also chief executive of the National Offender Management Service, leads the North Yorkshire Coast Partnership Board which covers Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

The North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area builds on pioneering work by North Yorkshire County Council. The Council has already committed £750,000 to an initiative called the Scarborough Pledge to bring about a community-wide shift in attitudes towards expectations for the area’s young people.

The Pledge was established to improve literacy skills; this involves working with partners such as the Stephen Joseph Theatre to provide cultural experiences; and attracting high quality teachers and teaching to the Coast. This work will continue through the Opportunity Area programme.

Opportunity Areas see local partnerships formed with early years providers, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, charities and local authorities to ensure all student have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Jane Douglass is Executive Headteacher of the Esk Valley Alliance which is forming a research school for the Opportunity Area to investigate teaching methods which work best for the coast. She said:

“The opportunity area programme is already making a positive impact on the North Yorkshire Coast – it’s bringing people together and encouraging us to work more effectively together towards a common goal. We look forward to continuing that collaborative approach.”

Social mobility plan


About Living and Working In Our Town

Whitby is a gem, a historic town famous for its fishing, and of course smuggling, in time gone by. It is now one of the top 10 holiday destinations offering the widest range of cultural events possible. From steam trains, and steampunk to goth and traditional folk festivals there truly is something for everyone. Added to this an expanding industrial base, the most recent major investment being with Sirius minerals investing in mining that will extract up to 10m tonnes a year of polyhalite (a fertiliser that will be used worldwide). It is expected to create around 2,500 jobs, including more than 1,000 directly employed by the firm, with the recruitment process ongoing. All in all, the future of Whitby is bright.


About living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is England's largest county and one of the most rural. The area comprises the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby add to the intererst and beauty of the area. 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. 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. 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 7stanes 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, if chilly surfsport 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 Northallerton and Skipton - judged the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times - the traditional seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, the Spa town of Harrogate, as well as the ancient city of York, the most visited city outside of London. There is 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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