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Headteacher - Hunton & Arrathorne Community Primary School


Dear Applicant

Thank you very much for taking an interest in our position of Headteacher. I hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our school and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.

A small, successful village school rated as Good by Ofsted (March 2018) we are located in a lovely rural setting close to the market towns of Richmond, Bedale and Leyburn.

The children, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where children are well-behaved and benefit from the opportunity to build their confidence and independence in the caring and nurturing environment offered by a small village school.

As Headteacher, you will be at the forefront of maintaining and further developing relationships with the wider community, developing our provision and, above all, ensuring that we meet the needs of all our children.

In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. The school needs to maintain and develop ever stronger collaboration while ensuring the school’s ‘family feel’ and good relationships with the wider school community are maintained. In all your endeavours, you will be well supported by the governing body, parents and staff.

I strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our school. Come and see for yourself how we work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children. 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 Steve Cooper at North Yorkshire County Council or call him on 07976 653898. Steve will also endeavour to answer any questions you might have.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply.

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Barber
Chair of Governors


Occupying a characterful, Victorian building, Hunton & Arrathorne Community Primary School (H&ACPS) is situated at the heart of Hunton village. We are located approximately 6 miles from the larger market towns of Richmond, Bedale and Leyburn and 4 miles from Catterick Garrison, the UKs largest garrison town. The Garrison is expanding and offers a supermarket, shops, cinema and leisure centre. Some of the pupils travel to us from the Garrison. Hunton village benefits from a pub and a village shop/post office. It has an excellent village hall which offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages.

Our children also use the village hall for PE and performances. There is a Methodist chapel in the village and the local parish church is at Patrick Brompton. We celebrate festivals in both these churches. There is also a large village green with a beck running through it. This area has play equipment, picnic tables, a wild flower garden and an area for a range of ball sports. It is well used by individuals, families and for village community events. Currently, there are no housing developments but planning has been approved for 13 residences on the north side of the village.

The village has easy access to A1M at Leeming Bar (15 minutes) and a mainline railway station at Northallerton (25 minutes). There is a limited, daily bus service Monday to Friday which provides links to Leyburn and Bedale.

Our children come from Hunton, Arrathorne (1 mile) and outlying farms and houses, Scotton and Catterick Garrison. 10 children are currently from Service families.

Currently, we have 58 pupils on roll. They are cheerful, welcoming, enthusiastic and friendly. Whilst there are pockets of challenging behaviour, the school's reputation in this aspect is good. Pupils can lack resilience at times.

Almost entirely white British children who live in the village or immediate surrounding rural area, 17% come from a service family background. H&ACPS has enjoyed an increase in pupil numbers over the last 3 years and this is projected to continue to rise. We currently have 11 children with identified SEND, this is higher than the national average of 14.6%. These children either have outside agencies involved or they are working on objectives of an age group that is not their own. Their additional needs are met through a range of interventions including specialist speech and language, family outreach worker, CAMHS and the Hearing service. The most recent children’s survey (Spring ’19) (Years 2-6) showed 94% of children enjoyed coming to school. 100% reported “feeling safe”, that they “are expected to work hard” and “that they get help when they need it”. Clubs and extra activities are offered including chess, the “eco” club, sewing and balance bike.

We have:

  • A Silver award for eco schools and are about to submit evidence for Eco school green flag
  • A Silver arts mark
  • A Gold Green Tree School Award.
  • Daily wraparound care staffed by TAs
  • After school clubs led by teachers
  • 'Nectar café' nature garden for outdoor learning complete with large bird hide/outdoor classroom, fire pit, storytelling chair, veg patch
  • Active and successful PFTA

We also:

  • Compete annually in several classes at Wensleydale Tournament of Song – achieving many trophies.
  • Produce popular end of year productions
  • Continue to work towards the new Healthy Schools award.

Motto - ‘caring, aspiring, excelling’
We believe that the key to a productive school life is for children to feel happy and secure which is something we pride ourselves on at Hunton & Arrathorne. Our class groupings are kept small for the core subjects of English and Mathematics and this enables us to really know the children, to meet their needs and to help them to focus on their next steps, to challenge them and to extend their learning.

In order to achieve our aims:

  • We deliver a child centred approach which is holistic and balanced to develop the whole child
  • Our curriculum vision is to develop children as historians, scientist, designers... through focused, enquiry-based learning
  • We have high expectations of behaviour, effort, consideration and respect.


SLT structure

Headteacher and Mrs Robson is senior teacher.


Current Headteacher – Class 3 Year 5/6 teacher, Maths, computing, PSHCE & RSE, MfL.

Mrs Robson – Class 2 senior teacher, year 2/3/4 mainly, y5/6 when team teaching with Mrs Ash. English, PE, SENCO

Mrs Saunders – Class 1 fs2/Y1, EYFS, science, art, history, geography, DT, RE, Eco

Mrs Ash – part time covering y2/3/4 and y5/6 - music lead. Teaches some English and Maths plus art and music. Leads tournament of song and productions.

Number of classes

  • Class 1  = fs 2 & y 1.
  • Class 2 = y 2, 3 & 4
  • Class 3 = y 5 & 6


We have 4 teachers, 3 full time and 1 part time who covers Headteacher non-contact hours plus a teacher ppa session.

Support staff

Mrs Shanley TA supports Class 1 full time as well as MSA and wraparound sessions

Mrs Flannigan TA supports a child 1-1 in year 5 and wraparound sessions.

Mrs Heap works part time supporting class 3 additional needs and wraparound sessions.

Mrs Webster works part time supporting Class 2 and wraparound sessions.

Mrs Godlee works 4 days a week in the office

Staff relationships

We have a very small staff who work as a ‘family.’

Budgetary Position

The 19/20 year General School Revenue Balance is expected to end with a deficit of approx. £1000

The 20/21 year Revenue Financial Forecast is expecting a surplus of approx. +£11000

The 21/22 year Revenue Financial Forecast if predicting a surplus of approx. +£35000.

The surplus going forward is based on maintaining current pupil numbers of 58 for 20/21 and having 60 children in 21/22.

Funding: The 2019/20 and 2020/21 years are based on the soft implementation of the National Funding Formula (NFF). The 2021/22 year has been calculated on the same basis and would be subject to change should the DfE move to the full implementation of the NFF. The funding for 2020/21 is currently out to consultation with schools. The consultation seeks the views of North Yorkshire schools in order to inform the following key decisions: The use of funding from the school’s budget in 2020/21 to support the continuing financial pressures relating to children and young people with High Needs. The level at which the minimum funding guarantee (MFG) protection and associated cap on funding gains which an individual school can benefit from is set. Support Staff - There is a 2% (estimated) pay increase included for April 2020 for all support staff grades. Teaching Staff - There is a 2.5% (estimated) pay increase included for September 2020 across all teaching salary ranges and allowances. The DfE have provided funding in 2019/20 to cover the increased employers’ contribution in relation to teachers’ pensions which rose from 16.48% to 23.68% from September 2019. They have also confirmed that they will provide funding to help schools in meeting the additional costs of the pension increase in future years. At this stage, no further information is available with regard to how this funding will be calculated, therefore schools are advised to assume a cost neutral position until further notification is received. Funding Formula has recently been under consultation, and findings have not yet been reported. Funding has therefore been calculated and included on worst case scenario. Best case scenario would provide a further 15,000 in 20/21 and 7,000 in 21/22. Teaching costs are increasing due to pay award and pension increases. This is covered by grants included in Local Authority income. Other costs continue where applicable as per 19/20.

We were visited by OFSTED in March 2018 and the judgment of ‘Good’. Currently, OFSTED would not plan to revisit for 4 years unless there was a perceived issue with the school – safeguarding, results or certain complaints.



Current school strengths

  • Committed Headteacher and staff
  • Size of school enables every child to be known by every member of staff
  • School life is known to, and involved in, the community
  • EYFS
  • Reading ethos and attainment
  • High standards and expectations of every child
  • Governors who support and visit school
  • Broad and balanced curriculum with enrichment
  • Music – a member of staff is a very talented pianist and composer and prepares the children for the Wensleydale Tournament and any singing that is required for Carol Services, Harvest Festivals or School productions

Current areas identified for improvement

Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:

  • They continue to ensure appropriate challenge in pupils’ learning, particularly for most able pupils, so that a higher proportion of pupils achieve a greater depth in key stage 1 and the higher standard in key stage 2
  • Improvement plans include interim milestones to judge the impact of actions on pupils’ progress
  • Safeguarding and welfare records are more effectively organised to include more detailed recording of specific actions taken, the impact of actions and next steps.

Main School Priorities

  • Maths – reasoning skills
  • English – vocabulary & reading comprehension
  • Wider curriculum – ensuring a cohesive curriculum

Future considerations

  • Future leadership needs to be flexible and creative regarding possible collaboration with other schools where that would be in the bast interests of the pupils at Hunton and Arrathorne CP School.
  • Opportunity to grow the role through forging new links - building on existing dialogue

We work with other schools in the Bedale Cluster where possible. There are inter-school sporting events in which we take part. We also work with local schools to share costs where possible e.g. travelling theatre groups/skipping workshops, transport to joint events. Last year we led a Y5/6 residential visit to London with six other local small schools and this year we are taking Y5/6 for a week’s residential visit to Bewerley Park Outdoor Learning Centre near Pateley Bridge with another local school.

By carrying out activities with other schools the pupils can form friendships with other children who they may also meet with at secondary school.


Parents receive a monthly newsletter and are invited into school for DEEL sessions and parents’ evenings once per term. A pleasing number of parents’ access “wraparound care” for their children available 8am – 9am and 3.15pm – 5pm each day.

In the most recent parents’ survey (Spring ’19) all returnees reported their children felt safe and secure in attending school, that expectations of behaviour were understood and that their children were encouraged to work to their full potential. They also reported that the school has a warm, friendly and caring approach to pupils and that parents were encouraged to support their child’s learning.

The school enjoys excellent support from their PTFA who generate considerable financial support alongside family activities.

Local Authority

The relationship with the Local Authority has historically been good and strong. However, more recent challenges in local authority capacity will inevitably impact upon this. We continue to buy into a number of services from the Local Authority, including; Building and maintenance services; bursary; HR; Cleaning and caretaking; catering; Schools ICT; legal; health and safety and grounds maintenance.

Our Local Authority School Improvement Adviser (SIA) visits once a year to review attainment, progress data and the standard of teaching.


All governors are local; all are engaged; all are positive. Some Governors have many years’ experience; others have more recently joined as vacancies have arisen. Recruitment has been targeted. We have 3 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and 4 co-opted Governors along with the Headteacher. The attendance rate is 89%. The Governing Body has an annual and a five-year Action Plan and undertakes an annual skills assessment. Governors engage in training events to ensure they remain appropriately well informed.

The Governing Body utilises the wide range of skills, experience and enthusiasm offered by its members to support the Headteacher and staff. Ofsted (March 2018) noted that 'governors provide effective support and challenge to the school'.

Each member of the Board has a link role, with a structured timetable for regular, focused school visits. This programme allows governors to fulfil their monitoring role and have an in-depth understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement across all aspects of school life. Governors seek and consider a range of feedback from the whole school community to ensure that they fully understand the differing perspectives of all stakeholders on how the school is performing.

Ofsted also reported that governors help to evaluate priorities, provide sharp analysis of what needs to be done to move school improvement forward and make valuable contributions to the S.D.P. & S.S.E. documents.

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, 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!

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.

Hunton & Arrathorne Community Primary School, Hunton, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 1QB
Headteacher (0.4 fte teaching commitment)
Number on roll: 58
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L7-L13 £47,707 - £55,202
Contract term: Permanent

Caring – Aspiring – Excelling

Currently rated as Good by Ofsted, Hunton & Arrathorne Community Primary School represents an excellent opportunity for a Headteacher to lead, shape and influence our future and ensure our continued success.

Situated in a characterful, Victorian building, we are located in the village of Hunton, approximately 6 miles from the larger market towns of Richmond, Bedale and Leyburn and 4 miles from Catterick Garrison, the UKs largest garrison town.

Caring – Aspiring – Excelling. We believe that the key to a productive school life is for children to feel happy and secure which is something we pride ourselves on at Hunton & Arrathorne. Our class groupings are kept small for the core subjects of English and Mathematics and this enables us to really know the children, to meet their needs and to help them to focus on their next steps, to challenge them and to extend their learning.

The school has strong and positive relationships with parents. Also, governing body is supportive and plays an active role in the school’s development.

We are seeking to appoint a committed and experienced professional to further shape our improvement plan. The successful candidate will continue to raise standards whilst ensuring the ‘family feel’ of the school is maintained.

Able to effectively motivate inspire and influence pupils, staff and stakeholders, you will assume responsibility for all aspects of school life. This will include directing the school’s strategic planning, leading the development of the curriculum and delivering an outstanding provision which meets the needs of all our young people. You will also have a 0.4 teaching commitment.

To succeed, you must be a proven leader and manager with the ability to develop a small team and maximise achievement. An excellent communicator, you must also possess the skills needed to influence stakeholders, particularly in the area of collaboration. In addition, you’ll need a good understanding of how small schools work and an appreciation of the flexibility staff need to display.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper, Headteacher Recruitment Service, North Yorkshire County Council, on 07976 653898.

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

If your ethos matches ours - Caring – Aspiring – Excelling, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Key Dates (Updated 23 March 20)
School visits: Tuesday 17 March @ 9:30, Friday 20 March @ 14:00. 
Closing date for applications: Midnight, Sunday 29 March (this remains the deadline for applications)
Shortlisting: Tuesday 31 March (this remains the intended shortlisting date)
Assessment Event: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April (due to Covid-19 outbreak, this date will likely change)

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