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Headteacher - The Rubicon Centre

(Pupil Referral Service)


Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the Rubicon Centre, Pupil Referral Service.

On behalf of the Management Committee, 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. We aim to help all our pupils to become confident, young adults.

Given the complexity of the emerging education landscape nationally and locally, we’re excited about future opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity for you to lead our school, developing its potential and building on our strengths, successes and achievements.

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.

If you are a leader ready to meet these challenges, I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours sincerely,


Mark Barnett

Chair of Management Committee (Governing Body)

Located in Selby, North Yorkshire, we are a PRS working alongside 6 schools in Selby and District as well as several non-north Yorkshire schools whose students have a North Yorkshire address. The schools in North Yorkshire that we service include: Selby High School, Brayton Academy, Barlby High School, Tadcaster Grammar School, Sherburn High School and The Holy Family School, Carlton.

From September 2020 we will offer 30 preventative placements available for commission. From September 2020 we will still support Operantly Excluded students alongside preventative placements with the aim that by September 2022 all placements will be commissioned preventative places. The SEND arrangements in North Yorkshire have recently undergone a review and we are presently moving towards a new framework which will include Locality Boards (which will oversee the local strategic plans for SEND in Selby), Inclusion panels, and a Locality Hub which will provide additional services such as Educational Psychologists and therapeutic interventions.

In addition to our wide ranging education offer, which includes Construction, Hospitality, Art, Hair & beauty also have the following:

  • Breakfast club (free to pupils) with cereals toast and hot/cold drinks available.
  • Friday morning Bacon Butty’s
  • Toast (free to pupils) at Breaktime.
  • Hot/cold meals (bought in from a local secondary school) available at lunch time (free to pupils).

Our students also benefit from:

  • Termly ‘drop down days’ where students have the opportunity to experience things they might not otherwise think of doing. These have included things such as visits to local universities for Year 11’s (Leeds Becket and York St John), Theatre trips, the Deep (Hull), as well as job fares held here at the school with many local and varied employers.
  • Weekly Outdoor Education days - All students in Years 7-10 have a day each week which includes activities such as gorge walking, indoor and outdoor climbing, mountain biking and canoeing. These are all staffed by our own fully qualified outdoor education instructor plus another qualified instructor.
  • Therapeutic services: Our Therapeutic team includes a drama therapist and a Reiki practitioner. The school is acutely aware of the SEMH for the majority of students.

Though our pupils can be challenging for the vast majority of the time the atmosphere is calm, friendly and industrious.

The team will comprise Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, and 7.2 teaching staff, 2 HLTS’s (with added responsibility for exams and reports), a Business Manager (term time only) and a full-time receptionist (term time only).

Included in the above there are 2 members of the extended SLT consisting of an Associate Headteacher (not on the leadership pay spine but a substantive TLR post for Numeracy) and the Business Manager. The Substantive Assistant Head is also the Literacy Lead and SENCO. We also have another member of staff who has recently qualified as a SENCO who now assists the substantive Assistant head in the SENCO role.

All but one of our teaching staff are fully qualified teachers and teach within their specialism which is highly unusual within our type of setting.

The staff are a real asset to the school and there is a genuine team spirit amongst all staff – everyone pitches in when they can see something needs to be done. We also have dedicated supervision time where staff are encouraged to discuss any worries they may have both about their work and their lives in general with a senior member of staff in a completely non-judgemental and confidential way. Staff support is a massive strength of the school. There are regular staff social events and a weekly award for the staff member who has gone above and beyond (voted for by all staff).

Classes are presently a maximum of 4 students, but we are hoping, if we can get some capital funding to extend small specialised teaching spaces, allowing up to 6 students to be taught in a class.

There are presently 2 dedicated Year 11 groups (F/T), 1 Year 11 medical group (hours vary by need), 3 vertical groups of Year 7-10 (mixed by need) and a KS3 part time, one term only, intervention group (3 days a week).

Presently we have a healthy budget surplus that will ensure we are not in a deficit budget despite funding cuts until at least September 2021. Forward planning of restructuring underway to ensure that we do not have a deficit after that.

The school motto is ‘Dream Big, dare to succeed’. We have three school rules – Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. 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. All equipment is provided (including cooking ingredients) and uniform where needed, (plain black and white clothing).

Ofsted Inspection

The school was judged 'Good' at its last Ofsted Inspection – January 2018

School Strengths

  • Subject specialist teachers. Vocational offer (Hair & Beauty, Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Art)
  • Opportunities for Year 11’s to take up to 8 GCSE/Level 2 qualifications including careers.
  • Staff know and understand pupils’ needs. Teachers’ planning of learning is well matched to the different abilities and interests of pupils and therefore most pupils make good progress.
  • Behaviour is good. The school provides pupils with high-quality therapeutic provision. This is making a positive contribution to pupils’ wellbeing and self-esteem.

School Improvement Priorities

  • Improve Gatsby benchmark measures.
  • Further refine the progress tracking.


Headteacher Report September 2019 (includes school data)

School Priorities

  • School Improvement Plan – main priorities
  • Restructure of the curriculum to reflect the new requirements of the preventative placements (2020)
  • Review budget and staffing to achieve best value for money
  • Ensure that we are ‘Ofsted’ ready regarding the new framework

Future considerations

  • To further increase academic achievement for specific students.
  • To increase attendance for specific students.
  • To implement the reorganised LA SEND recommendations.
  • To truly cater for non-permanently excluded students and return as many to mainstream schooling as possible within a set time scale.
  • Secure the budget year-on-year.

The vast majority of students are white British and from diverse social backgrounds. A large proportion of families have external agency support.

Positive relationships are quickly built with parents/carers as they have usually had negative experiences with education establishments in the past. Key tutors make regular contact with home and the emphasis is always on the positive where possible. There are twice termly reviews with parents/carers one of which is a more formal and any other agencies involved with the young person are also invited to this.

We also have a very good relationship with the local foodbank. Students that have passed their food hygiene level 2 prepare meals that can be frozen and donated to the food bank.

There is a very close working relationship with the LA due to the 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.

The Management Committee (governing body) is extremely supportive of the school and its ethos. Governors regularly visit the school and the members have a huge wealth of education experience and knowledge. As such the school leadership has a massive pool of knowledge and experience upon which to draw. Specific example includes safeguarding data analysis and therapeutic strategies.

Selby area

Selby is a small market town, home to the wonderful Selby Abbey, which lies approximately sixteen miles south of York and close to the M1 and M62. There are good links from York and Leeds. The area we service is a mixture of leafy North Yorkshire villages and Selby Town (which has one of the highest levels of need within North Yorkshire).

The town has excellent local amenities with banks, major high street shops as well as a good range of independent shops. The desirability of this area is obvious as there are several new housing developments both within Selby and in the outlying villages.


Living in 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. The area hosted the phenomenal Tour de France in 2014, and due to its success has created the Tour de Yorkshire with global recognition. There are ruined castles and abbeys, serene gardens, unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. Something for everyone!

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.

The Rubicon Centre (Formally Selby PRS), Raincliffe Street, Selby, YO8 4AN

Number on Roll: 31

Post: Headteacher

Commencing:  September 2020 or earlier if possible

Salary:  L17 – L23

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 collaborations and securing new funding streams, 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 benefiting from significant, on-going local authority support, we also have excellent facilities, and committed, student 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 which meets the needs of our young people.

To apply, you will need a thorough knowledge of national education strategy and the wider context for Alternative Provision. The ideal candidate will also possess excellent communication skills and demonstrable 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.

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.

If you have aspiration, we look forward to receiving your application.


Key dates:

School visits: 10:30am on Tuesday 28 January, Friday 31 January & Wednesday 5 February 

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 9 February

Shortlisting date: Wednesday 12 February

Assessment event: Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February


Supporting Documents:

Job Description

Person Specification

Strategic Intent Plan

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