Headteacher - Kirkby & Great Broughton CE VA Primary School
Welcome to Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.
‘The exemplary Christian ethos seen in the core values of love, friendship and forgiveness enables pupils to learn, grow and flourish’ (SIAMS)
Thank you very much for taking an interest in the 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.
Our governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on the school’s many strengths and our Christian ethos. We are a warm and caring school where everyone feels valued and can grow in confidence and faith. The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school where children are happy, inclusive and enjoy learning.
A team of dedicated staff and governors inspire children through a broad range of opportunities both in the classroom and the wider world. We are proud of our Christian ethos and our place in the wider community as a fully inclusive primary school with a very good reputation within the locality.
Currently, we share an Executive Headteacher with Carlton, Faceby & Bilsdale schools. This was originally planned as a long term measure but will come to an end in April as the Governors have concluded that the school needs a permanent Headteacher. It is very much intended that ongoing collaboration with Carlton, Faceby & Bilsdale will remain a strong as this is greatly beneficial to all schools. In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead.
I would encourage you to visit our school in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our children 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’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve Cooper at North Yorkshire County Council or call him on 01609 536578. Steve will also be happy 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. On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.
Chair of Governors
Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is situated between the picturesque villages of Great Broughton and Kirkby-in-Cleveland 2 miles south of Stokesley. Built by the Henry Edmonds trust in 1974, the school is well maintained, in no small part due to Diocese of York funding. As a VA school, we are supported by the Diocese and benefit from having our own admissions policy.
Perfectly nestled at the foot of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the villages offer the ideal blend of rural village life - a small, close community which is very open and embracing of new people but is also with easy access to larger nearby towns and within a workable commute from cities such as York, Leeds, Newcastle and Sunderland.
Great Broughton is a thriving community with a village hall at its heart as well as hotel restaurant, two pubs and sports club. There are also a wide range of active community groups and sports teams which provide many social events for residents. The school is in walking distance of the parish church of St Augustine’s in Kirkby in Cleveland.
Rated as Good by Ofsted and Outstanding by SIAMS, we are a successful Voluntary Aided school where ‘A strong sense of values, centred on love, friendship and forgiveness, permeates the school’ (Ofsted). These values are clearly promoted through displays and acts of worship and upheld by pupils in their day-to-day behaviours, both in classes and at social times. Pupils enjoy coming to school because they are well cared for. The Christian ethos is very much reflected in their behaviour and attitudes; they are, in the main, happy, well behaved and generous with kindness.
Currently, we share an Executive Headteacher with Carlton, Faceby & Bilsdale schools. This was originally planned as a long term measure but will come to an end in April as the Governors have concluded that the school needs a permanent Headteacher. It is very much intended that ongoing collaboration with Carlton, Faceby & Bilsdale will remain strong as this is greatly beneficial to all schools and there is potential to collaborate again as part of a Federation.
We provide excellent opportunities for our children to grow in confidence and faith. There is much available to our children including:
- A school field which is larger than average for the size of the school
- Outdoor learning space
- Trim Trail
- Reflective Garden
- Private breakfast, after school and holiday club
- Good connections with (Outstanding) Kirkby and Great Broughton Nursery
- Year 6 Residential to East Barnby
Clubs, events and sports activities include:
- Multi sports – Hartlepool Football Club
- Summer Tennis Coaching
- Peripatetic Music
- School Library
- Crucial Crew
Spiritual and Charitable activities and achievements:
- Worship Team
- Special Mention Worship
- Daily Collective Worship
- Harvest Festival
- Duck Race
- Reverse Advent Foodbank
- Love in a Box
- Friendship for life
- We have also received the Archbishop young leaders award KS1
Kirkby and Great Broughton’s effective Christian vision of ‘love of learning, love of life, love of one another’ is at the heart of school life. Collective worship and RE make very good contributions to the pupils’ personal and spiritual development and to the school’s Christian character. Our Vision and Aims focus on Love and link with the Church of England’s national vision for ‘Education for life in all its fullness’.
Love of Learning, Love of Life, Love of One Another
Everyone in our school is a valued and unique person with different gifts and skills. Guided by strong Christian principles, we work together to nurture the children emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. We encourage them to be confident and enquiring, as well as compassionate and kind, as they strive to achieve their personal best and develop a lasting love for learning and for life.
Our Core Christian Values
Love, Friendship, Forgiveness
‘The exemplary Christian ethos seen in the core values of love, friendship and forgiveness enables pupils to learn, grow and flourish’ (SIAMS)
Current Staffing Model
The current staffing comprises:
- Executive Headteacher
- Head of School
- Four full time teachers
- Two part time teaching assistants
- Two school administration officers
All teachers have subject leadership responsibilities
Support staff carry out pupil interventions within the class on a needs basis
PPA is covered by HLTA.
- Children are taught in 6 classes (2 mixed) as follows:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3/4
- Year 4/5
- Year 6
Each class has a dedicated, full time teacher apart from Year 4/5 where 2 part time teachers share the role.
There is a recognition that staff development will be a key element in the future success of the school.
As with all schools, budgets are constrained, and require close attention and careful consideration. Governors have a good understanding of the finances and are taking the necessary steps to address budget issues.
The school is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted – December 2017. All school Ofsted reports can be found here.
The school is currently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by SIAMS and their most recent report (May 2018) can be viewed here.
School data can be viewed here.
- Stability is 94% which is above the national average (86%).
- Less than half of the pupils live within the catchment area of the school.
- The school is in the lowest 20% of all schools for the number of pupils
- Deprivation Quintile: lowest 20%. The school was in the lowest 20% of all schools for the proportion of FSM
- The school was in the lowest 20% of all schools for the proportion of EAL (0.0%)
- The largest ethnic groups are: White – British (97%).
- The school is below national average for pupils with EHCP/SEND support.
Low numbers of pupil premium
All children have English as first language
Small number of low income families
School Strengths & Priorities
- Governors and leaders are committed to improving the school
- Pupils feel well supported by the nurturing ‘family’ culture
- Pupils show respect towards people’s views. Strong mutual trust and respect between adults and pupils
- School’s Christian values underpin personal development
- The excellent religious knowledge and understanding of the pupils makes a rich contribution to their spiritual and personal development.
- Adults and pupils have positive relationships built on trust and mutual respect
Areas for School improvement
- Develop a whole school curriculum that is effectively planned, monitored and evaluated for impact
- Develop the quality of education ensuring staff use assessment to inform planning and to identify support and challenge for all pupils
- Improve the quality of the teaching of writing throughout the school. Ensure that all staff have the knowledge and skills to sequence the curriculum appropriately and deepen pupils’ knowledge
- Ensure that our Whole School Behaviour Policy is applied consistently by all staff throughout the school
- Develop good, strong leadership across the school that is effective in improving the education and outcomes for all pupils
- The school needs to develop greater staff mobility
- There is potential to collaborate again with Carlton, Faceby & Bilsdale as part of a Federation
We have a good relationship with Local Authority. The Advisory service has been incredibly supportive. However, the recent reduction of LA advisors may have an effect on the amount of support available. We also use the LA HR services. In addition to strong pastoral support, The Diocese of York has provided substantial investment for our buildings program. We have good relationships with both Great Broughton Nursery (Reception) and Stokesley School (Year 6 to Year 7).
We are a member of the Swaledale Alliance. They offer a wide range of training courses and networking events for Staff and Governors.
The fledgling Governing body are fully supportive of the Headteacher and staff and provide critical strategic challenge. They're fully supportive of continued learning and closing training needs. As a VA school the Governing Body, rather than the Local Authority, are the staff employers.
Parents are very engaged and supportive of the school and communications are good including an annual questionnaire. The PTA (Friends of KGB) are very active. Their contributions include arranging:
- Fireworks Extravaganza
- Christmas Fayre
- Children’s tea towels
- Christmas pudding sales
- Christmas cards designed by the children
- A fun quiz night for the grown ups
- A children’s bingo evening
- Children’s art exhibition
- Bag2School collections
- A science fair
We are always active in the community and are involved in many other activities including:
- Termly Church Services
- Steps Service
- Christmas and Summer school performances
- Music Concerts
- Choir visits to local community
Great Broughton is a thriving community with a village hall at its heart as well as hotel restaurant, two pubs and sports club. There are also a wide range of active community groups and sports teams which provide many social events for residents.
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, 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.
Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Kirkby Lane, Kirkby-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS9 7AL.
Number on Roll: 121
Commencing: April 2020
Salary: L9 – L15 £50,026 - £57,986
Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is situated between the picturesque villages of Great Broughton and Kirkby-in-Cleveland 2 miles south of Stokesley. Perfectly nestled at the foot of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the villages offer the ideal blend of rural village life - a small, close community which is very open and embracing of new people but is also with easy access to larger nearby towns and within a workable commute from cities such as York, Leeds, Newcastle and Sunderland.
A small, vibrant, rural primary school, currently rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2017 and ‘outstanding’ by SIAMS in 2018, we are a warm, caring and inclusive school with well-behaved children. Based in the heart of the community, we have strong church and community links. Our curriculum is broad and is underpinned by a strong Christian ethos; ‘Love of learning, love of life, love of one another’
We have good relationships with major stakeholders and are seeking to further develop our networking and collaborative cluster relationships with our neighbouring schools.
The governing body is seeking to appoint a committed and experienced leader with a remit to further shape our school improvement plan. You will raise standards, particularly in developing teaching staff, providing clear leadership and improving outcomes for all our children. You will need to be effective and highly motivated with outstanding knowledge and skills in leadership, communication, team building, goal setting, change management and above all be passionate about teaching and learning and providing our children with an outstanding educational experience. An outstanding practitioner, you must have a clear vision of what education looks like in a Voluntary Aided school.
In return, you will receive support from the governors, parents, diocese, LA and the Swaledale Alliance.
We would very much welcome school visits, so if you would like the opportunity to come along and find out more information about our fabulous school please email Steve Cooper at North Yorkshire County Council or call him on 01609 536578. Steve will also be happy to answer any questions you might have.
We look forward to receiving your application.
School visits: Thursday 23 January @ 10am, Tuesday 28 January @ 1:30pm, Monday 3 February @ 10am
Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 9 February
Shortlisting: Wednesday, 12 February
Interviews: Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 February
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. A faith reference is not required for this post though you may add a faith referee as a third reference on your application.