Hampsthwaite

Church of England Primary School

 

 

Headteacher

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Applicant,

Thank you very much for taking an interest in the position of Headteacher at Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School. We hope that you will find the information provided to be a useful introduction to our school and look forward to receiving your formal application.

Hampsthwaite Primary is a thriving and successful Church of England school with a 150 pupils, including nursery, on roll. Situated 5 miles from Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, we are very much at the heart of the Hampsthwaite village community. Our school is part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust; a multi-academy trust established in March 2014, currently comprising 8 schools (1 secondary and 7 primary) based in and around Harrogate. The Trust includes both Church of England and community schools.

Our governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths. The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school, where the children thrive in a vibrant, and happy school. Rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and SIAMS, we are a family focused school with a Christian ethos and have an exceptional track record of success, delivering positive outcomes for all pupils regardless of background or ability.

We wish to appoint an inspirational and innovative Headteacher who will nurture, guide and motivate the children and staff to reach their full potential. There will be many exciting challenges ahead and we are seeking a passionate academic leader who understands and can demonstrate outstanding teaching, together with the vision and drive to lead the school forward, together with the ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders. On this journey you will be supported by loyal and experienced staff, excellent relationships with parents/carers, strong links with the Church and a dedicated governing body.

The successful candidate will possess strong strategic leadership and team development skills, ambition, drive and purpose to make a difference.

We would welcome you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our pupils have for their education and teaching staff have for their welfare and development. Such a visit is not a requirement 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 at North Yorkshire County Council, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk). For an informal conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597.

We would like to thank you again for your interest in the post. If you are a leader excited by these opportunities, we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Ashford
Chair of Governors

Overview

Hampsthwaite Primary is a thriving and successful Church of England school with a 150 pupils on roll, which is predicted to rise. 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 friendly school where every person is valued and individuals are encouraged to celebrate their particular interests, skills and talents.

Situated 5 miles from Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, we are very much at the heart of the Hampsthwaite village community. The majority of children at our school are from within the catchment area (currently around 85%). Hampsthwaite’s population is increasing, with a number of ongoing development sites, resulting in the number of out-of-catchment placements reducing every year. Those admitted to Reception out-of-area are typically only those with siblings higher up in the school.

“The success of the school is a joint effort involving staff, pupils, governors and parents. It is a crucial part of the village community, giving everyone associated with it a great sense of pride.” – Ofsted

Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and SIAMS, we aim to offer a provision beyond the basic curriculum; offering a rich variety of extra-curricular opportunity to pupils. Much of this is provided free-of-charge by school staff, at lunchtimes and after school. The range of activities varies each term and takes account of staff skills and pupil interests. We also take part in as many sporting and other opportunities as possible – being an active part of the Harrogate School Sports Partnership and joining in with the likes of the Harrogate Council Debating competition.

“Throughout the school, there is calmness coupled with a buzz of excitement from pupils thoroughly enjoying learning.” – Ofsted

We offer wrap-around care (before and after-school club) which operates during term-time only from 8am to 5:30pm. The club is run by school staff, some of whom also work as Teaching Assistants in the main school and therefore the provision is integrated within the school community.

We also run our own Nursery provision which increased to 26 places in 2016 and expanded to offer 30-hour provision in 2017. The purpose of the Nursery is to provide quality EYFS education and is valued as an integral part of our school.

Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School is very inclusive and provides opportunities for all. All children from Nursery to Year 6 are encouraged to get involved in a number of annual activities including; performing in the full school summer production, music assembly, sports day, running the Hampsthwaite and also Daily Mile, participating in Christmas shows, choir singing at various village locations or joining a club of their choice.

Our school is part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust; a multi-academy trust established in March 2014, currently comprising 8 schools (1 secondary and 7 primary) based in and around Harrogate. The Trust includes both Church of England and community schools.

Staffing

Our Senior Leadership Team is made up of Headteacher, Senior Teacher (in receipt of TLR point) and a teacher who has release time to assist with day-to-day school management tasks. Due to a relatively small staff group, SLT are delegated additional responsibilities, not necessarily linked to their subject. The SLT meets formally fortnightly and at other times as needed.

Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary benefits from a loyal, committed and established workforce. Staff morale is high and this is further reflected by staff turnover which is low. Our staff have grown with the development and strength of our school, with an additional two teachers recruited in 2017. All teachers have Subject Leadership responsibility and their role has been integral in the School Development Plan 2018/19, to ensure curriculum design, implementation and impact is being thoroughly addressed.

“An outstanding teaching team provides the best possible education for pupils. Everyone works together to refine their skills and adjust lessons so that pupils can take the most out of each activity.” – Ofsted

Values & Ethos

The way in which our 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.

“Children’s spirituality is remarkable and they measure their own personal development against the values that the school teaches.” – Ofsted

Our school vision is “learning and growing together with every individual developing their skills, interests and talents, each contributing to the whole in their own creative way.”

This is depicted by a tree, where the trunk forms the core of teaching and learning, and the branches represent each individual pupil with their particular interests, skills and talents. The vision has been developed and refined over a number of years, and is something which is understood by all members of the school community, is interpreted on many different levels and informs decisions in all parts of school life, from governance and policy through to subject leadership and curriculum design and individual lesson planning.

“Outstanding spiritual, social, moral and cultural development contribute to pupils’ excellent behaviour and exemplary levels of safety.” – Ofsted

School Strengths

  • Strong and experienced staff team who work exceptionally well together.
  • The Christian ethos of the school which empowers people to give their best, share practice and be open and supportive with each other.
  • The vision of our school is at the core of decisions we make and underpins everything that we do.
  • The work done on ‘What If Learning’ (2014), Depth of Learning (2016), and whole-school Vision (2018) has built up a learning culture to ensure everyone is engaged with the approach we take to teaching and learning; which is alive, investigative, tailored to children’s needs and interests, and above all, creative.

Short Term Priorities

  • September 2019 brings the start of the school operating 5 class rooms, plus the Nursery provision for the first time in its history.
  • The additional KS2 class and the new Nursery classroom means the organisation of the school in the building will be an infant area (with Nursery) and junior area (of 3 classes).
  • The key priority is the KS2 curriculum, which needs to be remodelled from its current 2-year cycle as the class groupings will not support this model going forward.

Future opportunities

  • Continuing to develop the school’s vision, strategy and role in the expanding locality, as more families move into new homes in Hampsthwaite and the surrounding villages.
  • Work with the Governors to manage the budget to ensure it continues to be sustainable and delivers a rich, broad and diverse curriculum for our pupils.
  • Opportunity to further engage, collaborate and contribute to the wider work and networking of the YCST MAT we are part of.
  • Grow, develop and promote our before and after school provision to serve the needs of our community.
  • Opportunity to make the best creative use of our unique school building and extensive outdoor space.

The pupils’ views

We asked the children for their opinions as to what qualities they would like in their new head teacher and their views can be summarised as someone who:

•  visits every class everyday to say hello and interacts well with the children;
•  is friendly and shares their hobbies with them, such as Lego;
•  is helpful and take the children on school trips;
•  listens to the children’s ideas, problems, issues and guide them;
•  understands Christian beliefs;
•  is creative and helps the children become creative;
•  is fun loving, not too strict but understanding;
•  with whom the children can share everything honestly and openly;
•  who encourages activities in assembly like science experiments; and
•  respects traditions like various competitions, values, after school activities, etc.

Relationships

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

An active and highly enthusiastic PTA raises significant extra funds for school, and organises activities which enrich provision for the children, including discos, family activities and fayres appropriate to the season.

Our school is active in charity support, awareness and fundraising, with pupils raising funds for various charities including Children in Need and Comic Relief. We are a ‘FairAchiever’ Fairtrade school, which is the top Fairtrade status because of the active involvement in promoting Fairtrade throughout the year and with local groups such as the Harrogate Fairtrade group. We have close links with the annual village “Feast” event, leading the Maypole dancing each July Feast. We have received over £1,000 donations from the Feast to enhance outdoor provision this year.

Links with the parish church are strong. The church is used for regular school services and the vicar leads collective worship at least twice a term. Church activities take place in school, the most recent being a ‘think, pray create’ craft project with parishioners to make palm leaves for the village Palm Sunday service.

Links with the Diocese are strong and we shared the work we developed around ‘What If Learning’. We also strong links have through our Diocese Advisor.

The school’s other main relationships are via the Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust. Our school has a strong collaborative partnership with all schools in the Trust, which involves working with all network groups and attending the fortnightly Headteacher group , regular subject leader groups and termly Chair of Governors meetings and Clerks meetings. As part of this, we have also hosted ICT and Senior Leaders networks.

Living & working in North Yorkshire

Hampsthwaite is a large village , just outside Harrogate in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. Harrogate is a three times winner of the ‘Happiest Place to Live in the UK’ award, with a strong and varied economy. It is a vibrant and affluent town, offering a huge range of eating out and leisure opportunities and a wide range of residential properties from period houses to modern builds. The School is based on the popular Western side of Harrogate, close to the A1 and A61 with a station providing rail links to York and Leeds.

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, the Pennines and the stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby are all close by. 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, which will be contested for the fifth time over three days in 2019 as well as the UCI World Championships! The county boasts castles and abbeys, beautiful gardens, and a fascinating industrial heritage. The area also has a thriving tourist industry offering a range of outdoor pursuits including climbing, caving and mountain biking to name but a few. Further afield, the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland are all easily accessible for days and weekends away.

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.

Useful Links:

www.yorkshire.com
www.visitharrogate.co.uk/

Post: Headteacher

Number on Roll: 150 including nursery

Commencing: September 2019

Teaching element: This post includes a teaching commitment

Salary: Scale Point L7-L13  £46,430 to £53,724

Are you a pioneering, visionary leader who can uphold our ‘outstanding’ status and provide exceptional professional leadership for our school, ensuring high quality education for all pupils?

This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the strengths of our school and to continue the journey of this happy, vibrant learning community. Our school sits at the heart of Hampsthwaite village and our Christian values underpin all that we do.

We are looking for an outstanding leader who believes in the potential of every child, is able to support teachers to deliver the highest standards in terms of achievement and behaviour and welcomes the challenges of working in an outstanding school. You will be passionately committed to delivering excellent education for our community and demonstrate the enthusiasm, energy and patience necessary for the role. A strong communicator who understands the importance of being visible and accessible, you will have the ability to forge and promote positive relationships with all staff and our parent community and maintain strong links with the church.

You must be financially astute, possessing the skills to build partnerships, while delivering an outstanding educational provision that is sustainable for the long term. Visible and accessible, you must also be able to interpret and use data to drive performance, further develop our team, effectively deploying staff and other resources and promote a positive team spirit while ensuring our friendly, caring, family culture is maintained.

You will receive positive support from our experienced governing body, all of whom are committed to providing support to ensure your long term success. In addition, we are fortunate to benefit from the excellent support from the Diocese and across the Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust.

For an informal conversation about the role please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School. She can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597.

We very much welcome school visits on dates set out below If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email rachel.wales@northyorks.gov.uk

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. The information in Supporting Information 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 2 employment references. A faith reference is not required.

Supporting Documentation

Job Description
Person Specification

How to Apply

To apply, click on 'APPLY NOW >>' below which will take you to the NYCC website. You should complete and submit the application form available on this site. Please note your application must be made on the supplied form. CVs will not be accepted and should not be submitted with your application.

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. The information in Supporting Information 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 2 employment references. A faith reference is not required.

Key Dates

School Visits: 13.30-14.30 on 2nd & 9th May 2019, by arrangement with Rachel Wales
Application closing date:  Sunday, 12th May 2019 (Midnight)
Shortlisting: Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Interviews: Wednesday 22nd, & Thursday 23rd May 2019

Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School