Gladstone Road 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.

Gladstone Road Primary School is situated in the resort town of Scarborough on England’s North East Coast and is the largest Primary School in the county, with a pupil roll of 777.  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 and partner organisations.

Our school is encountering a period of dynamic change and the Governors are seeking a new Headteacher who will embrace the opportunity to lead from the front, while empowering staff to deliver positive outcomes for all pupils, regardless of background or ability.  We are supported by a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, receptive parents, a strong governing body and local community that is proud of our School, where pupils are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning.

We believe that Gladstone Road 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 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, HR Advisor, 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.

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 Gladstone Road Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Pepper
Chair of Governors

Introduction
Gladstone Road Primary School is situated in the resort town of Scarborough on England’s North East Coast.  A fun, friendly and exciting place to learn and play, our school is located in the Town Centre, predominantly attracting and serving children from the immediate catchment area.  We are the largest Primary School in the county, with a pupil roll of 777.

Our School opened in 1887 and has been organised in various ways during its history. The Victorian building has retained many original features, which brings character as well as challenge. It also benefits from a large extension to its facilities in 2011.  In September 2014 the Infant and Junior Schools amalgamated and we are now a Primary School with four classes in each year group, with the exception of Early Years, where falling rolls reduced numbers coming in at Reception in 2018.

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  gardening, sports, drama and arts.  We have a strong local reputation for success in sports and boast our own orchestra, as well as music clubs and choirs.  Due to its position and limited outdoor space, our school makes use of the outdoor facilities within the community, including the adjacent, co-owned multi-use games area.

We offer a full extra-curricular programme which enriches the lives and raises aspirations of our pupils, affording them opportunities which may not otherwise exist; including trips to London for the Year 5 & 6 pupils.  Educational trips for all year groups are organised to enhance the children’s learning experience, including trips to Whitby, visits to the beach, theatre outings, and exploring art galleries and visiting the sea life centre in Scarborough.

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

Staffing
Gladstone Road Primary School has undergone a substantial staffing restructure which will be imbedded for September 2019.

Under the new structure, our Senior Leadership Team will comprise of a Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and 2 Assistant Headteachers.

We will accommodate 27 class rooms (4 classes per year group with the exception of Year 1 with 3 classes from 2019).  Our Teaching structure will comprise of 4 phase leaders and 2 SEND Co-ordinators, with all teachers having subject leadership responsibility.  Each year group has TA support and there are also specialised teams to support inclusion hubs and SEND pupils.

Values & 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 our values that encompasses every aspect of school life.  Our children are at the core of everything we do and our vision “Learning to Succeed” is to ensure every pupil feels valued as individuals and their achievements are celebrated in a safe and caring environment.

Values

  • Gladstone Road Primary School is a fun, friendly and exciting place to play and learn.
  • Gladstone Road Primary School is a caring community where education, equality, diversity and the wellbeing of all members of the school are at the centre of all we do.

Aims
We want pupils to have:

  • high self-esteem, resilience and aspiration
  • a feeling of being secure, happy, safe and confident with enquiring minds and a love of learning
  • a sense of personal achievement and pride in their school and community

Current Attainment & Progress
There is evidence that the combined reading, writing and mathematics outcomes are improving, with progress scores showing the effectiveness of leadership and management across the school.

  • Approximately 13% of pupils are EAL with 17 different languages as first language
  • Just over 30% pupils are Pupil Premium
  • Mobility in last 12 months has been 12%
  • Total pupils on SEN register 16% including those with EHCPs

For further detailed information of current attainment and progress, the DfE School Performance Tables can be accessed here.

Ofsted Inspection
Gladstone Road Primary School was judged “Requires Improvement ” at its last Ofsted Inspection - July 2017.

Ofsted Key findings:

  • Leaders and managers have not improved teaching or outcomes well enough in key stage 2.
  • The curriculum in subjects other than reading, writing and mathematics is underdeveloped.
  • Pupils’ knowledge of science is weak and the opportunities they have to take part in investigations are too variable between classes.
  • Governors do not check on the outcomes for groups of pupils in sufficient detail to challenge leaders.
  • The pupil premium is not effective in improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in key stage 2.
  • Leaders have not improved the teaching of reading so that it improves pupils’ comprehension skills in key stage 2.
  • Work that is set for pupils, especially the most able, is sometimes too easy.
  • Outcomes in mathematics in key stage 2 are low because pupils have insufficient opportunity to solve problems mathematically.

As a school, we have worked hard to address all areas identified for improvement and continue to progress the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.  A recent LA review  found evidence of strong and consistent leadership in most areas and effective monitoring of teaching is now well established.

“Subject leads demonstrated enthusiasm and conviction, with a good understanding of how they can monitor their subject areas.” – LA Review 2019

“Mathematics is now seen as a strength, following the introduction of a new approach, and English has improved significantly since the introduction of a consistent “guided reading” programme throughout the school.” – LA Review 2019

Ofsted Key Strengths:

  • Outcomes have improved in key stage 1 so that pupils’ achievement is close to the national average.
  • The teaching of phonics is strong in key stage 1 and in the early years.
  • High-quality leadership, teaching and a stimulating curriculum underpin good outcomes in the early years.
  • Pupils behave well in lessons and during lunchtimes and playtimes.
  • Pupils are safe from bullying or harassment.
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school so that all pupils are safe and secure.

School Improvement Development Plan 2018/2019
The current School Improvement Development Plan focuses on reading, mathematics and the wider curriculum, with writing been identified as a priority for the next academic year.

Key Priorities

  • To improve progress and attainment in reading for all groups particularly Pupil Premium and more able.
  • Ensure that the pupil premium funding has positive impact on improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
  • To improve the quality of teaching particularly of basic skills including handwriting and speaking and listening.
  • To improve the teaching of mathematics particularly problem solving and reasoning.
  • To further enhance curriculum planning so that there is a greater clarity in skills and knowledge across all subjects including science.
  • To further develop leadership at all levels particularly governance and subject leadership.

The School Improvement Development Plan can be access here.

Budgetary Position
As with all schools, budgets are constrained.  During Spring Term 2019, our Governors have had to make some hard decisions and as a result we have undergone a significant consultation regarding the staffing structure to address finance issues forecast due to predicted falling roll numbers (birth rate is falling in the locality) and increasing in-year deficits.

Consequently, we have significantly reduced support staff from September 2019.  Although there are still in-year deficits, the school will be reasonably financially secure for the following 3 years due to the balance brought forward at the end of March 2019.

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

  • Consolidate improvements that have already been implemented to teaching outcomes.
  • Following a substantial review of the staffing structure, there is a need to review its effectiveness and consolidate the changes in leadership structure, including the establishment of inclusion hubs and a review of the current provision for EYFS.
  • Further potential reduction in role numbers.
  • Consider admissions, should all other local schools become academies.
  • Quality of support from the Local Authority.
  • No decisions have been finalised regarding academisation or federation, however, we will need to reflect on this in the light of national and local context.

Relationships
The wider community is diverse in socio-economic factors, with the majority of pupils living in the local area.  There is a mixture of owner-occupied, housing association and private rental accommodation, where typically the majority of families reside in Victorian terraced housing.

There are excellent relationships between staff and pupils and it is one of the key elements in the success of our school, and one which the leadership team has been instrumental in developing through leading by example.

Relationships with parents and carers is strong and their engagement with educational standards is good.   We engage and communicate regularly with parents and carers through a variety of methods including; regular updates on Twitter, SMS service, newsletters, parent’s evening and more recently a successful ‘triangle’ event which was very well supported.  We have an open door policy; an ethos we would like to foster and maintain to build strong community relationships.

Our school is also supported by FRoGS (Friends of Gladstone Road); an active PTA who participate in and host events in our local community, raising funds which allow for many enhancement activities as well as improved facilities across the school.

We are active in charity support, awareness and fundraising and have held fundraising activities including non-uniform days to raise money for charity.

Relations with the wider community are good and we are visible in the local community with our school choir performing at local care homes.  As part of the Opportunity Area Funding, we have been given grant funding to work with the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the Hidden Horizons project, focusing on learning in the local environment.

We have a positive relationship with the Local Authority including support from Advisers, Finance and HR.

Gladstone Road Primary School, is a strategic partner of the Scarborough Teaching Alliance, contributing to peer review, the maths hub and the primary teacher training programme.  Many teachers, including all middle leaders have benefited from programmes delivered by the Teaching Alliance.  The school have SLEs who contribute to the subject networks and the Research hub led by the local Research School.  All members benefit from collaborative support to improve learning outcomes for pupils and continued professional development (CPD) of teachers and potential teachers.

Scarborough is part of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area;  a pledge and real commitment to the children and young people who live in the Coastal Area, with the assurance that they are given opportunity to make informed choices and have improved life chances.

As a school, we are taking advantage of the Opportunity Area support, to encourage and enable our pupils to engage in wider experiences available within the community, as part of the focus on social mobility.  Assemblies based on “Where are they now?” have included doctors, scientists and a BAFTA winning Director visiting our school to encourage children to aim high and raise aspirations.

Living & Working in North Yorkshire

Scarborough
Scarborough is the original seaside resort town on England’s North Sea coast with stunning scenery and glorious beaches. Its 2 bays with sandy beaches are split by a headland bearing the 12th-century Scarborough Castle.  The Victorian Central Tramway funicular train links the town centre with South Bay and its harbour.

Scarborough has so much to offer anyone interested in culture and heritage, including a world-class theatre, a thriving live music scene and an active Arts culture.  The magnificent Scarborough Castle towers over the town, overlooking the two sweeping bays.  The spectacular ruins are in the care of English Heritage, and provide a stunning backdrop for re-enactments.  Scarborough has two much-loved Victorian funicular lifts, one of which was the first cliff tram in England.  Lovers of vintage transport will also want to ride on the North Bay Miniature Railway, one of the oldest in the country, which transports visitors in style from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills.

Scarborough also boasts a new Sports Village and clubs and facilities for most sports and physical activity, including opportunities for surfing, outdoor swimming and sailing.  The area is popular with cyclists and has easy access to the North York Moors.

Coventry University opened a purpose-built campus in 2016, providing innovative higher education opportunities based on local employment needs.

Gladstone Road Primary School is close to the Railway Station, with an hourly service to York, giving access to the national rail system (3 hours to London King’s Cross).

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 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.

Useful Links
www.yorkshire.com

www.visitscarborough.com

www.inspireleadteach.co.uk

 

Gladstone Road Primary School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Post:  Headteacher

Number on Roll:  777

Commencing:  January 2020

Salary:  L25 – L31:  £72,119 - £83,528 (relocation package of up to £8,000 available)

If you are a leader who is ambitious, inspirational and committed to excellence then this appointment will present you with a unique opportunity.

Gladstone Road Primary School in Scarborough is on a transformational journey, and as the largest primary school (777 on roll) within North Yorkshire it plays a pivotal role across the area both in terms of teaching and learning and progress and outcomes.

Although currently rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted (2017), 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.

In many ways this is a career enhancing opportunity for a visionary and experienced school leader who is looking to build on solid foundations and make sure Gladstone Road is at the heart of educational change, as we tackle social mobility together on the North Yorkshire Coast.

Our ambition, and yours, will be that Gladstone Road becomes a centre of excellence both within primary education and 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.

Our opportunity
We are looking for a Headteacher who has strong leadership skills, who can galvanise our staff, parents, 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 stable staffing, 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.

All stakeholders are firm in their view that Gladstone Road has an incredibly bright outlook.  We recognise the challenges and opportunities our school community faces serving a coastal area.  The targeted and cohesive support provided by the Local Authority, the Governing Board and the delivery of specialist and targeted projects through the DFE North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area all mean that support is in place for this crucial and unique appointment of our next Headteacher.

We can offer you:
• Significant levels of support from both the Local Authority, Governing Board and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
• An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists here and with clear support, tenacity, energy and the time to make Gladstone Road a beacon of excellence in primary education.
• A Scarborough community which through the Scarborough Teaching Alliance and DFE Opportunity agenda has come together to share best practice and by working together on early years, primary and secondary education projects means that we will make a tangible difference to the social mobility agenda.
• Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package.
• A commitment from the Governing Body to keep the pay range under review to ensure high performance can be fully rewarded.

We are part of the North Yorkshire Opportunity Area that is prioritising improvements to education and numeracy and literacy outcomes, alongside a drive to recruit and retain high-quality, motivated teachers to the area.  Teachers on the North Yorkshire Coast will have unique opportunities to engage in additional professional and leadership development through this programme, as well as access to fully-funded national professional qualifications.

Key dates:

School visits: Thursday 27 & Friday 28 June

Closing date:  Midnight, Sunday 30 June

Shortlisting:  Tuesday 2 July

Interviews:  Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 July

How to apply:

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Gladstone Road Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597.

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 Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed above - if these are not possible for you please contact Rachel, 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.

References
When completing your application, please provide two employment references.

Last updated: March 2019