Headteacher - Stockton on the Forest CE Primary School
Dear Headteacher Applicant
Thank you very much for taking an interest in the position of Headteacher at Stockton on the Forest Primary School. 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.
The pupils, staff, parents, governors and our community are proud of our school. The atmosphere in school is very pleasant and welcoming. Our children are well-behaved, friendly and engaging.
Our Governors are seeking a new Headteacher who will embrace the opportunity to lead from the front, focusing on raising standards, instilling continuity and further developing our links with the community, including parents and partner organisations.
In the changing educational environment, there will be many exciting challenges ahead. The school has the benefit of a highly committed, experienced, and loyal team of staff, a supportive governing body and good relationships with parents.
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.
We very much welcome school visits. 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 our School.
Chair of Governors
Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary school is a small village school situated approximately four miles north east of York. A strength of our school is the friendly, family like ethos that enables children to feel safe and develop in confidence during their time with us. Whilst a majority of children attending the school come from Stockton-on-the-Forest, a number of families from other surrounding areas of the city like to choose a smaller setting for their child, where they know they will be well cared for as an individual with a unique potential.
The present school caters for children from age five to eleven years and was built in 1976 when the old Victorian school became unsuitable for the demands of a growing village and a changing curriculum. The ‘new school’ was built behind the original school enabling children and staff to transfer from one building to the other with little disruption.
The school building itself is situated at the end of a tree-lined driveway in the heart of Stockton-on-the-Forest. It enjoys the benefit of extensive and mature grounds that adjoin farmland. The grounds have been developed to accommodate a range of stimulating and enjoyable playtime equipment for children including a tyre park, climbing tower and a log walk. There is a hard surfaced playground, which is marked out for football, netball and playtime games and a large grassed area that is predominately used for sports activities and summer time play. The grounds have also been developed to include an enclosed wildlife area which is used to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of nature and the outdoor environment. For children who enjoy quieter activities, our Millennium Garden, created by our parents and governors in celebration of the arrival of the new millennium can be used for reading, drawing and conversation during playtime. Our infant children enjoy the added bonus of an outdoor provision area specifically used as an outdoor learning facility.
In addition to our extensive facilities, our children are able to take part in numerous activity clubs including the following:
- Board/Boxed Games
- Indoor Athletics
- Chill Out
- York City Knights Sport
- Eco Warrior
All parts of the school are suitable for wheelchair access. Internally, the school comprises four classrooms, a communal computer suite, a well-stocked library, a small room for group teaching, a toilet and shower for use by those with a disability, a school hall and kitchen. We are fortunate to have a comparatively large hall that is well equipped with a variety of P.E. apparatus.
There are currently 94 children on roll covering the full primary age range.
The staffing comprises: Headteacher, three full time teachers, one part time teacher, two full time teaching assistants, two part time teaching assistants, a school administration officer, a full time mid-day supervisor, three part time midday supervisors, and two catering staff.
SLT structure: Headteacher and administration officer. Headteacher has 0.3 teaching commitment
SENDCo responsibilities: Currently responsibility is with the Headteacher but there are plans for this role to be taken on by an established member of staff in April 2020.
Experienced, dedicated and hardworking staff team.
Four classes in the school:
- Reception/Y1 class: FTE Teacher and EYFS TA
- Y2/Y3 class: 0.8 teacher plus Headteacher and full time TA
- Y4/Y5 class: FTE Teacher and part time TA
- Y6 class: FTE Teacher and part time TA
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. The governors work closely with the Headteacher to ensure costs are controlled but also enable agility of spending when necessary to maximise use of the resources that become available. Governors have a good understanding of the finances of the school and would take the necessary steps to address any future budget issues.
Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School is a friendly, inclusive, village school where the diverse learning needs of all are met within a stimulating, productive and enriched environment.
The academic, spiritual, social and emotional potential of everyone is recognised and valued.
Everyone is supported to embrace and enjoy the challenges, opportunities and achievements that school, life and learning have to offer.
Personalised learning, tailored to the needs of individuals, provides challenge and support and everyone is encouraged to be the best they can be.
Expectation and standards are high and there are many opportunities to experience success.
Success and achievement are recognised, celebrated and used to inspire and motivate greater aspiration.
Reflection and evaluation ensures that whilst strengths are identified, actions for development are well planned to improve the outcomes for all.
All members of the school community are responsible, tolerant, considerate individuals who work hard to contribute effectively and compassionately to the society in which they live.
At Stockton-on-the-Forest we work hard to provide a safe, happy, warm and welcoming learning environment where children are supported and encouraged to develop their own unique potential. We believe that in order to do this successfully, it is important for us to establish strong relationships with parents and carers, working in partnership to enable children to flourish academically, socially and emotionally. We embrace an ‘open door’ policy where we encourage parents to communicate with the class teacher or Headteacher on any issues relevant to their child’s happiness and development. We are happy to discuss minor issues on an informal ‘drop in’ basis, but ask that if parents have anything major to discuss they telephone the school to make an appointment for a mutually convenient date and time. This enables us to ensure that we are able to give them our fullest attention.
We are proud of our school and aim to make whoever joins us, whether it is for the day or over a longer period, very welcome. We look forward to working with children, parents and carers and the community to provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable and stimulating and enable children to achieve a high level of personal attainment.
To provide a safe, welcoming, caring, stimulating and rich learning environment where everyone feels valued and respected and is encouraged to achieve their full potential.
To provide high quality teaching and learning which encourages individuals to develop as confident, independent, lifelong learners acquiring the life skills necessary to be healthy, responsible and considerate members of a multi-cultural society.
To work closely with carers and the community, challenging and supporting all learners and celebrating achievement.
Current Attainment & Progress
- GLD 75%
- 87.5% of pupils achieved the expected standard in the PSC
- Reading: EXS+ 72.7% GD 18.2%
- Writing: EXS+ 54.5% GD 0%
- Maths: EXS+ 36.4% GD 9.1%
- Reading: EXS+ 80.0% GD 26.7%
- Writing: EXS+ 66.7% GD 0%
- Maths: EXS+ 66.7% GD 13.3%
- Combined: EXS+ 66.7% GD 0%
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The school was judged 'Good' at its last Ofsted Inspection – March 2018.
- Reading is a strength of the school. Children make good progress and attain well.
- Almost all pupils achieve the phonic standard in Y1.
- The school has an outstanding outdoor space which is utilised for PE and outdoor provision.
- All teachers at the school are experienced. Three teachers are UPS3 and one is M6.
- The school has robust systems for securing good curriculum coverage, progression and assessing pupil progress using the Primary Assertive Mentoring system. The systems are used to inform teaching and learning.
School Improvement Priorities
- To develop children’s reasoning skills so that they can use and apply their mathematical knowledge in order to solve problems.
- To review the long term plans for foundation subjects to ensure that the curriculum builds on previous knowledge.
- To maintain the progress made in writing so that as many children as possible meet the standard expected for their age.
To re-develop the outdoor space to provide a KS1 play area that is separate to the KS2 playground.
Small Schools – meet with colleagues from other small schools and share practice/plan joint ventures that improve outcomes for pupils.
Huntington Family of Schools – meet each half term. Transition is the main focus. Share information and plan activities to support the transition of Y6 pupils into Y7.
Sticky Fingers Day Nursery: Member of Stockton on the Forest Early Years partnership. Meet termly to share information and plan activities that support the transition of children from pre-school to school as well as the sharing of policy and practice. Partnership supports the provision of after school and breakfast club for children from our school, and the schools of Sand Hutton and Warthill.
Yorvik school sports network: The mentoring of teachers in PE. The improvement in PE provision for children. Support for achieving the school games award.
Larch Music – The school works with Larch music. Mrs Diane Beale is in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays to deliver peripatetic music to a number of pupils. Mr Henry Bird comes into school on Mondays to deliver guitar lessons. Mrs Beale runs a highly attended singing club in school on Thursdays and delivers music to Y4/5 and Y6 also on Thursdays. Due to the school’s partnership with Larch Music, the children at the school who attend singing club have performed at a number of concerts in the City. They have performed alongside Mrs Beale’s band Generation Groove and the experiences have been invaluable.
Established parent partnership. This is not a formal PTA and therefore there are no committees or formally identified members.
Parents are always encouraged to communicate with teaching staff about pupils needs. There is an Open door policy for ‘passing on’ information but parents are asked to make appointments for more significant issues.
The school hall is occasionally let to members of the community.
The school is local authority maintained and therefore monitored by the City of York council and supported where appropriate.
Our children are drawn from mixed socio economic backgrounds. Houses in the area are a mix of privately owned, rented and social housing.
Full governing body meetings take place each half term.
Governors are experienced, committed and actively involved in the life of the school. They undertake monitoring visits through the role of Link Governors. Governors are supportive of the headteacher but also fulfil their duty in holding them to account.
We are keen to engage with the community and participate in many activities including:
- Harvest Festival, Christmas Service and Easter Service at the local church
- Singing for The Community
- Visiting a local farm at lambing time
- Winter Production - Christmas KS1
- Summer Production - KS2
- School Disco
- Termly Assembly for Classes - Parents & Villagers Welcome
- Summer Fair
- Christmas Fair
- Children in Need fundraising
We also run themed weeks for Science, Arts, Design &Technology, Friendship, E- Safety and World Book Day.
Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York is a beautiful, thriving city with low unemployment and highly performing tourism, cultural and entertainment industries. York’s streets are busy with visitors from all over the world and is the most visited city outside London, and was voted the best place to live in the UK in 2018. It marries a rich history with cutting edge technology, recently gaining UNESCO status as a City of Media Arts.
York isn’t just a great place to visit: it’s a great place to live. York has a vibrant atmosphere, great shopping and eating yet is small enough to retain a friendly sense of community.
There are a variety of residential options, ranging from within the city centre to the handsome surrounding villages. There are restaurants, leisure activities and opportunities to cater for all tastes and interests.
York is one of the UK’s best connected cities, served by several main rail lines: you can be in London or Edinburgh in under two hours. In and around the city there are several park and ride services, a comprehensive bus network and good cycle routes.
Yorkshire has something for everyone: from the rugged Dales and Moors to the gentle Wolds, from genteel Scarborough to the wilderness of Spurn Point and from metropolitan Leeds to market towns like Malton and Beverley. The area was brought to global attention when the Grand Depart of the Tour de France took place in 2014, the success of the event created the Tour de Yorkshire.
Stockton on the Forest CE Primary School, York
Number on Roll: 94
Commencing: April 2020
This is an excellent opportunity for a headteacher to lead, shape and influence our future. We are a friendly school where children are valued, happy and enjoy learning. Currently rated as Good by Ofsted, we have many recognised strengths with no significant improvements identified.
A popular school with committed, experienced, and loyal staff, good relationships with parents and carers and a supportive governing body, there is much to look forward to.
We are seeking to appoint an inspirational, committed and experienced professional with a remit to further shape our improvement plan while continuing to raise standards.
Able to effectively motivate, inspire and influence our children, staff and stakeholders, you will assume responsibility for all aspects of school life. This will include directing our strategic planning, leading curriculum development and, above all, delivering a provision which meets the needs of all our young people.
To succeed, you must be a proven leader and manager with a good understanding of the needs and demands of a rural school and a clear vision for our future. You must also have the ability to maintain and further develop our team, maximise pupil achievement, analyse data and oversee budgets.
In return, we will offer you strong support, the freedom to shape the future of the school and the opportunity for your continued professional development.
We very much welcome school visits. If you’d like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve Cooper or call him on 01609 536578 / 07976 653898. Steve is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Stockton on the Forest CE Primary School and will also be happy to answer any questions you might have.
School visits: 9.30am or 1.30pm on both Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 December
Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 5 January
Shortlisting date: Thursday 9 January
Assessment event: Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 January
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.
Please note, as North Yorkshire County Council are supporting this appointment, all applications must be made online via the NYCC web site. To apply, please click the button below.