Headteacher - Norton College
Dear Headteacher Applicant
Thank you very much for taking an interest in the position of Headteacher at Norton College. We hope that you will find the information provided a useful introduction to our College and that you will take the opportunity to apply for the post.
Our Trustees and Governors are seeking to appoint a leader who will build on our many strengths. The pupils, staff, parents, Governors and our community are proud of our ‘family feel’ College where students are polite, confident and engaged.
The College is a successful and friendly place located in the town of Norton. Though set in a largely rural area, the town has excellent access to York and Leeds via the A64 and excellent rail links. Norton borders the market town of Malton, the towns only separated by the River Derwent.
We wish to appoint a Headteacher who will continue to take us forward. In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. We have the benefit of a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, supportive parents and Governing Body.
We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our students 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 07976 653898. Steve will also be happy to answer any questions you might have.
We hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply. On behalf of the Trust and governing body, thank you again for your interest in Norton College.
Robert Hall - Chair of the Evolution Schools Learning Trust Karron Young - Chair of the local governing board
Set in rural North Yorkshire, around 15 miles north east of York, Norton is a small town which borders the market town of Malton and is only separated by the River Derwent. Road and rail links form Norton are excellent, putting York and Leeds well within commuting distance.
Our location has far too many benefits to list in full. However, beautiful countryside, easy access to the North York Moors, Coast, National Park, the Howardian Hills and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty make Norton an excellent base within “God’s own country”.
The local area also benefits from high employment though, as many locally based jobs are low skilled and low income, a large number of our residents commute. As with many rural settings, there are pockets of deprivation and some historical lower educational aspirations amongst the community. That said, a significant number of families from outside our official catchment area choose to send their children to us because of our Ethos and Values.
House prices are reasonable compared to larger cities and there are plans to build 800 houses in the area in the next 5-10 years.
All in all, for quality of life, there can’t be many better places to live and work.
The College has a family feel. Staff/student relationships are very good. Indeed, students report that staff ‘go the extra mile’ and really care about them and their learning. The vast majority of students are well behaved, polite, confident and engaged and the vast majority of parents support the College ASPIRE values of high aspirations for every learner to succeed.
However, as with all colleges, we have some students who struggle to regulate their behaviour and Pivotal strategies have been implemented to address this.
Our Pupils benefit from:
- Breakfast provision from 8am
- Educational trips, visits and experiences
- Good sporting facilities – including gym, fitness suite and playing fields
Pupils take part in:
- Christmas concert in the local Church
- Annual production involving all ages
- Charitable activities
And they move on to:
- Russell Group Universities and other Higher Education establishments
Norton College is currently a member of Evolution Schools Learning Trust and an Associate Member of Ormiston Academy Trust (OAT) which provides improvement support. We are looking to join a larger MAT in the near future to benefit from all the associated infrastructure that will bring i.e. HR, Finance, PR, policy, teaching and learning collaboration etc. Trustees and Governors are exploring options in this regard.
Our College community believes each one of us can be truly brilliant. We work hard so that students have the opportunity to climb the mountain to university or a relevant alternative.
In order to achieve our mission, we focus on our core values of ASPIRE. ASPIRE runs through all aspects of college life.
Achievement: I work hard to achieve my full potential.
Self-Belief: I am resilient and believe that anything is possible with effort.
Pride: I take pride in myself, my College and my community.
Independence: I am confident, self motivated and ambitious to achieve.
Respect: I am known and respected as an individual.
Engagement: I engage in all aspects of college life with enthusiasm.
Pivotal: Ready, Respectful, Safe.
We aim to be the college of choice for the local community.
The Senior Leadership Team is as follows:
Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, 3 Assistant Headteachers, A designated Safeguarding Lead and a Business Manager.
We have 47 Teachers (41.5 FTE) including 5 SLT staff (5 FTE). All teachers teach within their specialist field. Maths, English, Science, Expressive Arts and Humanities all have a Curriculum Leader and a Deputy Curriculum Leader. Our SENDCo has 0.75 teaching contact ratio.
Classes are as follows:
- Year 7 - 5
- Year 8 - 6
- Year 9 - 5
- Year 10 - 5
- Year 11 - 6
- Years 12 and 13 - 3
We have 49 support staff totalling 31.27 FTE
- Pastoral - 6.25
- Teaching Assistants - 6.27
- Catering (inc. MDS) - 4.63
- Admin and Finance - 6.81
- Caretaking and Driving - 2.68
- Technicians (inc. lettings staff) - 4.63
All expressed as FTE. Includes 2 SLT members
Staff morale is high and relationships are good across all areas.
Staff view on Headteacher appointment
Representatives from across the staff at Norton were consulted. Their views are summed up as follows:
The staff would like the Governors to appoint a new Headteacher who has a clear vision, is approachable and who will be confident to make decisions. They would like to work under a leader who is person centred and who gets to know students and staff. Firm, fair and consistent with a focus on teaching and learning also featured strongly across their views. The new Headteacher should be able to manage change and good at promoting the basics. An open mind and a sense of humour coupled with energy and experience are also important to staff.
The budget is currently in deficit with a clear debt recovery plan to eradicate this by 2020/2021. The budget prediction is for a cumulative deficit of approximately £80k by the end of August 2020. The budget will return to a balanced position towards the end of the 2020 calendar year and by August 2021 will have a surplus of approximately £40k. In 2021/22 and 2022/23 we will create further in-year surpluses and look to head towards a cumulative revenue surplus balance of circa 3% to 4% of GAG by 31/8/2023.
We were graded “Good” in all categories in October 2013. Since then, there has been a trajectory of continued improvement as evidenced by a range of indicators. High expectations and a focus on high quality teaching in a broad curriculum offer has meant that Norton College routinely performs beyond expectations. In 2017 Grade 5 or better in English and Maths placed us in the top 20% of colleges. In 2017 our Progress 8 figure was 0.21. This figure meant on average, all students achieved almost 1/4 grade higher across all eight of their top GCSEs compared to national expectations.
In 2017 no Year 11s were classed as NEET (not in education or training) for the 3rd year. In Year 13 it is a similarly positive picture with 65% of the year choosing to progress to University. The remainder secured a career of their choice.
Governors receive regular external performance reviews and in 2015 and 2017 an external Challenge Partners Review team, led by an Ofsted trained reviewer, graded the College as securely “Good”. In both years they have identified key elements of leadership and teaching as “Outstanding”.
In September 2017 we were graded as “Good” by Ofsted. A theme running through the report is Ofsted's recognition of the culture of high expectations that we have built on since 2013. They said that leaders had firmly established a culture of ‘ASPIRE’, where pupils are clear about our expectations for them to achieve, develop as an individual and achieve their full potential.
Our Year 11 cohort are on track for FFT50.
There are gaps for disadvantaged learners which require intervention.
Progress is better in Maths than English.
Current College strengths
- Popular College
- Self-improving systems, including resourcing and financial planning
- Calm and stable environment with dedicated and loyal staff team
Current areas identified for improvement
- Parent engagement
- Outcomes for high prior attaining students
- Questioning in lessons
Overall, the relationship is generally good. However, as with all colleges, we have had our problems and it is recognised that the newly appointed Headteacher will need to build and develop stronger relationships. Currently, there is no PTFA.
Our relationship with the Local Authority has been distant since our academisation in 2011. However, we have recently bought back into HR support and one of our former Headteachers joined the Headteacher consultation group. This has improved the relationship though it could be further developed on both sides.
We have a dedicated small team of skilled Governors acting as a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team. They are responsive, challenging, experienced and visible.
We let out our Sports facilities including a Community Gym. We also host events and arrange friendship afternoons and other events for our feeder schools.
We are part of the Ryedale Collaborative – ROOSE (Ryedale Out of School Education) for support with alternative provision.
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.
Norton College, Langton Road, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 9PT
Salary: L22-L28 £68,851 - £79,748 plus assistance with relocation where appropriate
Commencing September 2020
Number on Roll: 782 (with 92 in the 6th form)
Located 12 miles north east of York, Norton College is an exciting place to study and teach. We believe our students can be truly brilliant. A set of core values called ASPIRE shape all our work. These values are coupled with a belief in developing students’ self-belief and then helping them work hard in all that we do together. Families choose us because of our culture of high expectations, yet this is coupled with a “family feel” where students are known and respected as individuals. A strong sixth form enables all our students to stay with us for seven years.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to high quality teaching and learning, ensuring our students are stimulated, confident and engaged. Our curriculum is planned to offer all our students the opportunity for high academic achievement and personal fulfilment through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. We also provide strong pastoral and careers support.
Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (September 2017) this is a real opportunity to make a significant difference in a college, which has clearly identified objectives and a real desire to achieve. There is a clear upward trajectory and your remit will be to improve pupil outcomes and make us outstanding.
The new Headteacher will need the presence, ambition and the expertise to deliver strong, clear leadership, raise aspirations across the college community and build on our improvement plan.
A positive communicator, able to motivate staff and students and positively engage with parents/carers, you must possess the skills needed to raise standards and build effective partnerships. Your ability to manage resources while ensuring our friendly, family culture will be essential to your success.
In all your endeavours, you will have strong support from a dedicated Governing Body.
We very much welcome visits, so if you would like the opportunity to come along and find out more 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.
If you believe you can help us deliver ‘beyond expectations’, we very much look forward to receiving your application.
Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 8 March
Shortlisting: Candidates will be notified by Monday 16 March
Assessment Event: Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March
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.