Headteacher - Gillamoor CofE 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.

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is situated in the rural, picturesque village of Gillamoor, located approximately 2 miles north of the bustling market town of Kirkbymoorside; nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. A smaller than average primary school (NOR 45), we are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths, with a clear plan for school improvement, regular engagement and consultation with parents and carers, instilling continuity and further developing our links with the community, partner collaborations and our strong pastoral provision.

We are focused on creating an outstanding provision that values personal development, wellbeing and wider curriculum opportunities as highly as academic progress. We asked the pupils what they would be looking for in a new Headteacher. They, like us, are keen to have a Headteacher who will maintain the breadth of the life of the school, including music, sport and forest school activities, in a spirit of fairness, respect, participation and enjoyment.

We believe that Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School has capacity for further improvement and that this is an exciting time for an ambitious leader to make a real difference; increasing our pupil numbers, improving teaching outcomes and continuing our efforts to maintain a positive and robust standing in the local community.

We are supported by a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, receptive parents/carers, a strong governing body and local community that is proud of our School, where pupils are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning.

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 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 Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Harper
Chair of Governors

Gillamoor Primary is a thriving and successful Church of England VC School with 45 pupils on roll. A smaller than average primary school, we are proud of our Christian foundation and our ethos and values are lived out by school leaders and staff on a daily basis, which are fundamental to its success. We are an open, happy and nurturing school, where every person is valued and where we allow the children to develop as children and grow together.

Situated in close proximity to the market towns of Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering, nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, we are very much at the heart of the Gillamoor village community. An established forest school status, we have a broad catchment area, with many children travelling from neighbouring villages to be part of our church school.

We work collaboratively with local primary schools under the Howardian Hills Alliance and Esk Valley Teaching Alliance. We also have good links with Slingsby Community Primary School and the Federation of Hovingham CE and St Hilda’s CE Primary Schools; sharing learning opportunities and educational residential trips. We have a positive relationship with Ryedale School, forming strong bonds for transition to secondary school.

The school was built in 1867 and is now a mix of old Victorian and new buildings, with access to the village playing fields and a chapel just a short walk away, to enhance our onsite facilities. The Victorian building has retained many original features, which brings character as well as challenge. The school building has been transformed to accommodate two class rooms (Reception/KS1 and KS2), an outdoor classroom, a library, group rooms and prayer space.

Our school has a range of pastoral provisions which currently include a breakfast club and after-school club (all ages) where a variety of activities are offered including sports, drama and arts. Cooking, music, private singing lessons and a running club are also included within the school day, allowing for a broad and balanced curriculum. We have a strong local reputation for success in sports and regularly participate in sporting events with neighbouring schools. Swimming is a real strength, with most pupils leaving school with a bronze award and many children achieving gold.

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is very inclusive and offers a full extra-curricular programme, which enriches the lives and raises aspirations of our pupils, affording them opportunities to explore wider Britain including an annual residential trips to Edinburgh and Bewerley Park for the Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils. Educational trips for all year groups are organised to enhance the children’s learning experience including; trips to Beamish Museum, Dalby Forest, Ryedale book festival, theatre outings, local church events and events organised by Children’s University.

“Pupils are proud of their school and all were keen to describe the fantastic opportunities that they have here. Pupils from key stage 2 told me about their annual residential visits to Edinburgh and Bewerley Park and how these were ‘equally amazing’. Younger pupils were keen to tell me about their forest schools work. You also provide pupils with the opportunity to attend a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs.” – Ofsted, July 2019

We have a strong and positive relationship with the Local Authority and Diocese of York and a very supportive Governing Body, who are fully engaged with the strategic leadership of our school.

Due to retirement of our Headteacher in August 2019, we have been receiving short term interim leadership support from the Headteacher at the local Slingsby Community Primary School, with the intentions of appointing an interim Headteacher for 2 terms from October 2019.

Our school has 3 Class Teachers, with the KS1 Teacher as a dedicated Literacy Subject Leader. Teaching Assistants play a vital role across the school in supporting our pupils.

We are incredibly fortunate to have a highly skilled body of teaching and support staff, all of whom are committed to a culture of excellence whilst preserving our warm and nurturing atmosphere which is a feature of the school.

‘We are a small staff with fantastic communication skills meaning that we know our pupils extremely well.’” - Teacher

“Pupils are polite and caring with fantastic behaviour.’’ - Teacher

“The children are fantastic at working together as a whole school.” - Teacher

Current Staff Structure

  • Headteacher with 0.4 FTE teaching commitment and SENDCO
  • 1 KS1 Class Teachers (0.6 FTE established –Literacy Subject Leader responsibilities.)
  • 1 KS1 Class Teacher (0.45 FTE established - Teacher currently on Maternity leave)
  • 1 KS2 Class Teacher (1.0 FTE established)
  • ATA KS1 (1.0 FTE established)
  • ATA KS2 (0.8 FTE established)
  • MDSV
  • PE teacher – Outsourced
  • Bursar (0.8 FTE established)

Values and Ethos

Our School moto is: “It takes a village to raise a child”, which is proudly displayed on a plaque above the school entrance.

The way in which the School is organised and run, as well as the relationship between the pupils themselves and their teachers is based on the Christian ethos that pervades every aspect of School life. The emphasis is wholeheartedly on educating the whole child in readiness for life beyond school.

Our vision “Where god’s love is sow grown and taken home” is to inspire and nurture a love of learning and developing the full potential of each child. We want our children to feel secure and happy and to work to the best of their ability in a stimulating environment.

Our ethos is based on our core Christian values of: Loving and Caring, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Thankfulness, Generosity, Respect and Forgiveness. Our Christian ethos underpins everything we strive for in our school and helps us to achieve excellent relationships with our community, children, parents/carers, staff and governors. 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.

“The school mission and Christian values have a powerful impact on the Christian character of the school and empowers everyone. Relationships are therefore very good and behaviour is exemplary.” – SIAMS 2014

Our aims reflect the Christian values upheld by staff and governors.

We aim to:

  • Provide a high quality education in a happy, Christian learning environment where everyone is respected.
  • Encourage and nurture children as confident individuals to develop and sustain their full potential for a successful future life.
  • Provide our children with the knowledge and understanding to live a healthy, happy and safe lifestyle.
  • Stimulate learning through enquiry, creativity, fun and enjoyment.
  • Foster a greater understanding and respect for others of any culture, religion or group.
  • Enable children to develop self-esteem, independence, confidence, spirituality and motivation through promoting our values of friendship, trust and respect.
  • Encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faiths.
  • Promote Christian values through the learning experiences offered to our children.

Current Attainment & Progress

For the latest school data, please click here.

Ofsted Inspection
Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School was judged “Good” at its last Ofsted Inspection - July 2019.

School Strengths

  • A considerable number of pupils have joined the school in the past two years, meaning that the school has increased in size by one third.
  • A number of these pupils have had negative experiences of school, emotional issues and gaps in their learning. All have settled in well and gained in confidence due to the caring and supportive environment that the school offers.
  • Good parent/carer engagement.
  • A new outdoor classroom has been created and new equipment purchased for EYFS.
  • Reading and sport is a real strength in our school.
  • Passionate governors who are very supportive and have a breadth of knowledge of the school.
  • Nurturing environment where staff and children alike show care and guidance.
  • Children have mindfulness and participate in the HeartSmart programme.
  • A pro-active PTA and an incredibly supporting local community.

School Improvements

  • Implement a greater depth in maths and writing across all year groups.
  • Writing across KS1 and KS2 needs to be developed and staff need to encourage pupil’s attitude towards writing to ensure that pupils make good or better progress.
  • Curriculum needs to be developed further and underpinned with clear rationale.
  • Through high-quality teaching, there is an increased challenge for pupils in KS1 and this is reflected in a greater proportion reaching the higher standard.
  • There is a continued focus on raising attainment in the early years, with clearly identified next steps for children on their learning journey.
  • While attendance has improved, the school must continue to monitor attendance by working closely with parents/carers.

As a school, we are working hard to address all areas identified for improvement and continue to progress the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

School Improvement Development Plan 2018/2019
The current School Improvement Development Plan focuses on improving attendance, enhancing the design of the school curriculum, improving teaching outcomes, further developing the culture and curriculum of the school, school sustainability, raising the schools profile and extending the school provision.

Key priorities:

  • Improve attendance to 96%. Each child now represents 2.17%. April 2.27%. In September each child represented 2.63%.
  • Enhance the design of the school curriculum to set out the aims, values and ambition of the school, and the knowledge, skills, understanding and vocabulary to be gained by pupils. (Linked to SIAMS and subject leader action plans).
  • All teaching to be consistently and securely good with a greater proportion being outstanding to continue to raise the expectations of what pupils can achieve. (See also subject leader action plans).
  • Further develop the culture and curriculum of the school to more securely support the well-being, welfare and mental health of staff and pupils. (Including SMSC).
  • Secure the sustainability of the school.
  • Raise profile of school in local and wider community and extending the school and its uses.

The School Improvement Development Plan can be access here.

SIAMs Inspection
Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School was judged “Good” at its last SIAMs Inspection – November 2014.

Budgetary Position
As with all schools, budgets are constrained. The governors work closely with the Headteacher to ensure costs are controlled but also enable agility of spending when necessary to maximise use of the resources that become available. 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

  • Establishing a nursery provision to provide growth opportunity and sustainability, and to provide quality EYFS education.
  • Plan, develop and implement a strong curriculum for with clear rationale, to meet all requirements in the latest inspection framework
  • Ensure all lessons remain at least good and aim for outstanding in all.
  • Continue to maintain and grow pupil numbers, ensuring we remain an attractive option.
  • Develop KS1 marketing for pupil growth.
  • Remain open to future Federation opportunities.
  • Consider joining the Young Leaders Award Scheme due to its strong links to SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Character Education, Citizenship, RE and SIAMS.
  • Continue and strengthen (formal and informal) partnerships with other schools.
  • Continue to be financially sustainable and able to prioritise allocation of resources to teaching and learning.

Gillamoor Primary School is a much smaller than average primary school, serving the village and surrounding area. The communities we serve comprise a mixture of households in the local employment/self-employment sector (large proportion in agricultural and tourism). Almost all pupils are White British and a lower than average number of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is higher than the national average, while a slightly smaller than average number of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are supported at school action.

Our school is at the heart of the community and our engagement with parents/carers is imperative. We have an ‘open door policy’ where parents/carers are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child’s schooling. While relationships with parents/carers is good, there is challenge with parental expectations around homework and attendance. We maintain communication via a weekly newsletter, information evenings, special assemblies, stay and play sessions and social media channels. We have an active PTA, which raise funds for facilities and equipment. The PTA have previously raised a considerable amount of money for the wider community and are currently funding for improved playground facilities. Parents, carers and grandparents also volunteer within our school to help with activities such as supported reading.

Parents and carers are highly supportive of the school and this is evident in the comments to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View. As one parent wrote:

“The school has consistently provided a supportive and engaging atmosphere that has encouraged my child to grow. He consistently achieves or exceeds his targets and the school has promoted his self-confidence.”

Our school is active in charity support, awareness and fundraising, with pupils leading campaigns on a local and international level including; sponsored walks, food bank donations and shoe box appeal for children in Africa. All funds raised are donated each year to a different charity.

We also work in partnership with Children’s University; a charity that works with schools to develop a love of learning in children, by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. We believe in limitless learning beyond the classroom, which is why we make it our mission to inspire all children to learn beyond the classroom and create wider communities of learning to remove barriers to learning for all our children.

Our school has a positive relationship with the Local Authority and Diocese of York through service level agreements for HR support and a close working relationship with our School Improvement colleagues. We continue to maintain strong links with our Diocesan Advisers, who will provide induction and continued mentoring for the incoming Headteacher.

There are strong links between the school and the local church and as a school we participate actively in the life of the church and of the community. The Church and school are mutually supportive and the pupils and staff are welcomed into the church for key events including, nativity plays, carol services and harvest festivals. Children also participate in writing for the Church magazine and help set up the Church council.

“Partnerships with the church and local community are very strong not only through church services but pupil involvement in writing for the parish magazine. Taking part in Remembrance services and supporting local charities such as Ryedale Food Bank are also ways in which such partnerships are clearly shown.” – SIAMS

With have strong links with the local community and are a school which touches all generations. Our pupils support local fete’s and shows and have previously provided water stations for local 10k run.

As well as a successful partnership between the school, the parents/carers and the pupils; our partnership also extends to working closely with other primary schools within the surrounding areas, including Hovingham, SandHutton, Warthill, Slingsby, Foston, Terrington, Langton and Leavening. We have an informal partnership with Slingsby Community Primary School and the Federation of Hovingham CE and St Hilda’s CE Primary Schools, where we participate in joint school residential visits and share experiences.

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is linked with the Esk Valley Teaching Alliance and Howardian Hills Alliance. All members benefit from collaborative support to improve learning outcomes for pupils and continued professional development (CPD) of teachers and potential teachers. We have recognised that there is potential for developing stronger links with these partners.

Gillamoor is an attractive, thriving rural village, uniquely situated approximately 2 miles north of Kirkbymoorside. A predominantly farming community, this unspoilt working village is nestled on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, offering a rural lifestyle, but within easy reach of the bustling market towns of Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering, with good connectivity to York, Middlesbrough and the Jurassic coastline. With access to stunning walks, picturesque views, squash and tennis courts and golf clubs, there is much to see and enjoy! There are also plenty of children’s activities with weekly football, tennis and dance coaching available. We have a range of local amenities, including a doctor’s surgery, a dental practice, as well as good independent shops. The church also plays an active role in the community, further enhancing the friendly community spirit, where everyone is welcomed. Gillamoor and their neighbouring village Fadmoor often host events in the chapel and village halls, as well as a local produce show, bike riding events and a 10k run.

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.  Sutton Bank Visitor Centre also has a variety of bike trails and walks for all to enjoy.  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

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School, North Yorkshire

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 45

Commencing: April 2020

Salary: L6 – L12 (£45,213 – £52,414)

Creativity, inspiration and achievement is what Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School are all about. Are you ready to come and join us and inspire our children to learn?

Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School is a small, forward thinking village school, nestled on the edge of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. We are well-respected and known for our high standards, exemplary pupil behaviour and a fully inclusive model of education; enabling all children to fulfil their full potential whatever their starting points. Our Christian ethos and core values of Loving and Caring, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Thankfulness, Generosity, Respect and Forgiveness support this model and are lived out in the daily work of the school.

Currently rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted and SIAMS, as a school we have made steady improvements in raising expectations, the quality of teaching and learning on offer and professional development opportunities for our staff. We are proud of our warm and welcoming school, where we value our community and have an ethos of kindness and support for each other, placing a high premium on creating a learning environment in which children thrive in a vibrant, exciting and happy school with a family feel.

Our ambition, and yours, will be that Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School plays a pivotal role within primary education in the area, for promoting the latest developments in teaching, learning and inclusion practices. Our children, who are taken from a broad catchment area, deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and in turn you and your staff will enjoy a fulfilling career, releasing your potential and maximising your impact.

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

Our opportunity
We are looking for a Senior Leader who has strong leadership skills, who can galvanise our staff, parents/carers, children and community to achieve their very best, through shaping and delivering an inspiring vision, which will then lead to significant impact across outcomes, curriculum delivery and teaching and learning.

You will inherit a school which has a strong community ethos and colleagues who are proud to work for a school which puts the whole child and parental engagement at its very heart.

Aspiration, resilience and the ability to build positive and trusting relationships will be in your character as a leader, as you build on a culture of learning and ambition that will see our children develop, grow and contribute an active part in today’s society.

We can offer you:
• A happy and friendly village school, fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment in which to inspire and motivate our children.
• Significant levels of support from the Local Authority, Governing Board, Diocese and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
• Delightful children who respect each other, have a thirst for learning new things and a staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
• An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and the time to make Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary School a beacon of excellence in primary education.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Gillamoor Church of England VC Primary 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:

  • Application Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 1 December
  • Shortlisting: Wednesday 4 December
  • Interviews: Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 December

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.