Headteacher - Craven PRS
Dear Headteacher Applicant,
Welcome to the Craven Pupil Referral Service.
On behalf of the governing body, thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher.
We are a secondary Pupil Referral Service that provides full and part-time education and support for children and young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access mainstream education.
An inclusive service, we pride ourselves on providing pupils with clear aspirations for the future. With high expectations and motivational teaching, this gives pupils opportunities to succeed. Relationships between staff, pupils and families is at the centre of what we do. Providing this holistic approach to individuals is important in the development and resilience to succeed in the future.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and supportive thus enabling pupils to develop spiritually, socially, morally, emotionally and intellectually. Staff work extremely hard to ensure all needs are met.
This is a unique opportunity for you to lead our school, developing its potential and building on our strengths, successes and achievements.
If you are a leader ready to meet these challenges, I look forward to receiving your application.
Chair of Governor
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Craven Pupil Referral Service, The Snaygill Centre, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 2QS
Number of Roll: 10 (low due to Covid)
Target numbers: 23 to 26
Four classes across KS3 & KS4 (variable from year to year)
Located on the outskirts of Skipton, at the eastern end of Craven, we are ideally situated within a main centre of population with good transport links to the Aire Valley through to Bradford and Leeds.
The school’s primary service area is Craven district and its six secondary schools (Settle College, The Skipton Academy, Upper Wharfedale School, Skipton Girls’ High School, Ermysted’s Grammar School and South Craven School). In the last 2 years our intake has been expanded to incorporate some additional pupils from the Harrogate area and a rolling 3 year contract has been developed with Bradford Education Department to take 10-13 pupils per year from the Aire Valley corridor.
Craven PRS benefits from superb premises and facilities that are unusual for a pupil referral unit. Facilities include a dedicated workshop area, for construction teaching, and a garage for motor vehicle education. Externally, the grounds are extensive and include a large football and sports area, climbing traverse walls, a large, grassed area and outdoor seating. The PRS is perfectly sited for access onto the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and owns a fleet of high-quality mountain bikes and kayaks for use in outdoor education sessions.
The school is an attractive well-maintained building with ample space for provision and adjacent car parking. There is external space and provision of a grassed sports area. The school is well equipped, has a pleasant entrance and reception, good security system and a good hall space for communal gatherings, recreation time and lunch. There is also provision for vocational subjects such as catering, motor vehicle, joinery, and art.
In addition to our high-quality educational offer, we also provide the following on a daily basis:
- Allocated keyworker support
- Breakfast club (free to pupils) with hot/cold drinks available.
- Toast (free to pupils) at breaktime.
Our pupils also benefit from:
- Termly ‘theme days’ where pupils have the opportunity to experience things they might not otherwise think of doing. These have included cultural days, international cookery, visits to mosques and Sikh temples and even a day learning about special effects make up and dance moves so that we could re-enact the famous Michael Jackson Thriller video.
- Outdoor Education days for KS3 pupils include activities such as gorge walking, indoor and outdoor climbing, mountain biking and canoeing.
- High quality work experience placements for KS4 pupils are managed by a specialist company that has an excellent record of helping secure apprenticeships for pupils leaving school.
We have a close working relationship with the local Craven secondary schools. Referrals for places are agreed at Craven inclusion panel meetings attended by senior leaders from all schools. We are currently offering 23 North Yorkshire placements available for commission. Whilst we are still supporting Permanently Excluded North Yorkshire students alongside preventative placements at the moment, the aim is that by September 2022 all North Yorkshire placements will be commissioned preventative places. In academic year 2021-22 the commission from NYCC will be for 13 pupils plus the 10-13 from Bradford Council.
Though our pupils can be challenging for the vast majority of the time the atmosphere is calm, friendly and industrious. Almost all our year 11 leavers go successfully on to apprenticeships and college courses.
Vision – To provide a safe and supportive environment where all pupils have high aspirations, thrive, both personally and academically, and succeed in being the best that they can be.
Ethos - We have a very child centred approach with a ‘fresh start’ ethos. We aim to support all things in a child’s life that are a barrier to learning.
Values – honesty, integrity, teamwork, and care.
- Our purpose:
- To ensure pupils have high aspirations for themselves and to support them to achieve to their full potential.
- To develop pupil independence and prepare them for the next stage of their lives.
- To develop healthy, confident young people and prepare them for the next stage of their lives.
- To provide a broad range of experiences and opportunities.
Aspiration – We will have high aspiration for ourselves
Success – We will enjoy success in all aspects of our school life
Perseverance – We will learn to persevere, be resilient and carry on
Independence – We will develop independence and skills for life
Respect – We will respect one another and all other members of the community
Effort – We will work hard to be the best that we can be
The LA has moved to a different funding model that brings the funding for the PRS in line with the national average. For Craven PRS with small numbers and high building operating costs this created a budget deficit. The Management Committee along with the Acting Headteacher developed a strategy to increase income and manage the staffing costs per pupil to a level that met the funding envelope. Therefore, the strategy has a pupil activity target (NYCC commission plus an agreement with Bradford Council) linked to implementing a staffing structure that is cost effective. A key aim of the new Headteacher will be to help ensure this strategy is implemented successfully, thereby securing the long-term provision of a PRS within Craven.
A restructuring has taken place and the following structure is being implemented:
Leadership and teaching
The structure includes two Teachers-in-Charge that will take on middle leadership roles, along with core subject responsibility (English, Maths or Science) and leading a small team of support staff and pupils. These Teachers-in-Charge would be responsible for teaching primarily core subjects (66% of the time) and Leadership & Management (34% of the time). The Headteacher would be responsible for teaching primarily core subjects (34% of the time) and Leadership & Management (66% of the time).
The structure includes Instructor roles. Instructors will deliver vocational and practical subjects, such as Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Construction, Painting & Decorating, Art, Cookery, Hair & Beauty and Sport. The number of Teaching Assistants will increase to support the anticipated, larger pupil cohort.
A new role of Office Manager/Exams Officer is also being recruited. The role will also include office and administrative duties, while we will buy in finance expertise from the LA.
Safeguarding and Pastoral duties and responsibilities will be shared between the new Teacher-In-Charge role and the Attendance & Behaviour Officer.
This staffing model will allow for teaching of four groups, as at present, but group sizes will increase from 5-6 to 7-8 in September 2021.
We ended the 2019-20 financial year with a cumulative deficit of £35K. Through careful management it is anticipated that in financial year 2020-21 a small budget surplus will be achieved (to be confirmed).
The Governing Body are implementing a radical restructuring and have secured a three-year rolling agreement with Bradford Council for a commission of 10 to 13 places which means the overall income of the Craven PRS is maintained.
The projections for the current financial year and the following 3 financial years are as follows:
Ofsted Report October 2018 - Good
Current School Strengths
- We are a small and friendly School where staff know pupils exceptionally well enabling them to build positive working relationships.
- Staff know and understand pupils’ needs. Teachers’ planning of learning is well matched to the different abilities and interests of pupils.
- Most pupils make excellent academic progress from starting points, even those that have previously failed to succeed in other schools.
- Opportunities for pupils to take up to 8 GCSE/level 2 qualifications
- The school’s NEET record is always low and often zero due to excellent working relationships with work experience employers and local colleges and the careers advice and support that pupils receive.
- Behaviour is good and pupils’ wellbeing and self-esteem increases dramatically over time spent at the PRS
Areas identified for improvement
Key Ofsted actions from last report
- Ensure academic targets are sharply focused on individual pupils’ next steps in reading, writing and mathematics and teachers check pupils’ progress to ensure that work is challenging for all pupils
- Improve methods of tracking progress from starting points.
Key areas to improve
- Use of assessment data to inform learning and accelerate progress
- Strengthening of subject leadership and accountability
Listed below are the priorities that form the PRS Improvement Plan (PIP) for 2020-21.
Quality of education
1.1.1 To ensure the quality of learning and teaching remains strong throughout the Covid pandemic.
1.2 To implement a recovery strategy to ensure that pupils make good progress despite loss of learning time.
1.3 To develop classroom strategies that improve pupils’ reading, writing and communication skills.
Behaviour and attitudes
2.1 To ensure good attendance of all pupils and groups of pupils throughout the Covid pandemic and to reduce the level of persistent absence.
2.2 To establish and increase level of engagement in learning of all pupils and groups of pupils.
3.1 To ensure that an age-appropriate, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education programme that meets statutory requirements is in place by April 2021 at the latest.
3.2 To ensure that all KS4 pupils have access to high quality work experience that helps to prepare them successfully for the world of work.
Leadership and management
4.1 To ensure that quality of teaching and learning remains strong during Covid and as pupil numbers increase.
4.2 To ensure that school is as Covid-safe as possible and to maintain high standards of hygiene and safety measures.
4.3 To review leadership and management responsibilities to ensure they meet the current needs of the school.
4.4 To ensure strong levels of leadership and accountability at all levels and across all areas.
4.5 To take positive steps towards meeting financial and other considerations that would allow the PRS to join a MAT or other affiliation.
5.1 To work with all stakeholders to implement a new sustainable model by Sept 2021.
5.2 To ensure the service remains effective during this period of significant change for governors, leaders, staff and pupils.
5.3 To introduce a high-quality vocational curriculum that meets the needs of both short term and long term permanently excluded and preventative pupils by September 2021.
Parents and Carers
Positive relationships are quickly built with parents/carers as they have usually had negative experiences with education establishments in the past. Key workers make regular contact with home and the emphasis is always on the positive where possible. There are regular reviews with parents/carers and any other agencies involved with the pupil are invited to take part where this is appropriate.
Staff and pupils are keen to host and take part in charity events such as the MacMillan Coffee Morning, Children in Need events and are currently raising money to support a local Skipton food bank.
The SEND arrangements in North Yorkshire have recently undergone a review and we are operating within a new framework that includes Locality Boards (which oversee the local strategic plans for SEND in Craven), Inclusion panels, and a Locality Hub which provides additional services such as Educational Psychologists and therapeutic interventions. Following reorganisation of the SEND provision across the county, the LA is moving towards a ‘no permanent exclusion’ policy and there are regular meetings between the LA, locality Headteachers and the 5 Heads of PRS/AP across the county. Since the recent LA reorganisation, the relationship amongst the individual PRS’s and the LA has much improved.
We have a close working relationship with the local Craven secondary schools. Referrals for places are agreed at Craven inclusion panel meetings attended by senior leaders from all schools.
The Management Committee (Governing Body) is extremely supportive of the school and its ethos. Members have a wealth of education experience and knowledge including members who are senior leaders in local secondary schools. The Chair is also a former Principal of an FE College. As such the school leadership has a massive pool of knowledge and experience upon which to draw. Specific examples include safeguarding policy and practice, analysis of progress data and finance There are link Governors for the key areas of learning and teaching, health and safety, safeguarding and outcomes.
The school has a linked Advisor and access to the staff development portfolio of NYCC.
We are also an Associate Partner of Wellspring Multi-academy Trust which has extensive experience of managing PRS provision in the north of England and locally.
We are situated in the North Yorkshire market town of Skipton, a picturesque market town, serving a large surrounding rural area including the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north. Skipton is an appealing place to live, offering excellent primary and secondary schools and a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities.
Geographically, it is ideally situated with easy access not only to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Lake District, the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors but also larger towns such as Harrogate, York, Leeds, Bradford and Manchester.
Rail and road links are excellent; Leeds Bradford Airport is only forty minutes away, Manchester Airport an hour.
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 York Moors, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby. There are ruined castles and abbeys, serene gardens, unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. The area hosted the phenomenal Tour de France in 2014 and has since created the Tour de Yorkshire, an annual event with global recognition. Our success in supporting these events led to Harrogate hosting the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2019.
North Yorkshire has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast. 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. There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic 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 Pickering and Helmsley, traditional seaside towns, the Spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York - the most visited city outside of London. There are 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!
School: Craven Pupil Referral Service, The Snaygill Centre, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QS
Start date: September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
Salary: L17-L21 £62,570 - £69,031
Contract term: Permanent
This is an excellent opportunity for a truly creative and forward thinking professional to make a mark at a school with outstanding potential. Given that Alternative Provision needs to deliver a bigger and broader range of services, while strengthening partnerships and collaborations and seeking new opportunities, your role will be key to ensuring we deliver and commission provision that meets the needs of all our stakeholders.
A warm and friendly school, we are committed to delivering a safe and supportive environment where all pupils learn, progress and have aspirations for the future. As well as benefitting from significant, on-going local authority support, we also have excellent facilities, and committed, pupil centred staff recognised for their outstanding teaching and learning practice.
We are looking for a leader with vision, able to motivate pupils, stakeholders and staff. This will include directing the school’s strategic planning, leading the development of the curriculum and delivering an outstanding provision that meets the needs of our pupils as well as those we serve in the wider and extended education community. You will also lead through a restructuring of our provision.
To apply, you will need a thorough knowledge of national education strategy and the wider context for Alternative Provision, and have the creativity to identify and maximise the potential of the service onsite, across the region and beyond. We believe that the opportunities are boundless, and aspire to be a centre of excellence that delivers innovative solutions that meet a regional need.
You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to network, develop partnerships and collaborations and creatively formulate provision in an environment of constant change.
In return, we will offer you support, the opportunity to develop a truly unique and dynamic provision and access to continued professional development.
Skipton is a picturesque market town, serving a large surrounding rural area including the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the north. It is an appealing place to live, offering excellent primary and secondary schools and a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities.
It is ideally situated with easy access not only to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Lake District, the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors but also larger towns such as Harrogate, York, Leeds, Bradford and Manchester. Rail and road links are excellent; Leeds Bradford Airport is only forty minutes away, Manchester Airport an hour.
For a confidential conversation, or to arrange a visit, please contact Steve Cooper on 07976 653898. Steve is supporting the Governors in this recruitment process.
It is envisaged that day one of the assessment event will be held remotely, with day two being held at Craven PRS.
- School visits: Thursday 15 April, Friday 16 April, Monday 19 April and Wednesday 21 April 2021
- Closing date for applications: Sunday 25 April 2021
- Shortlisting: Wednesday 28 April 2021
- Interviews: Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 May 2021
When applying please take into account the following:
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.
When completing your application, please provide 2 employment references.