Headteacher - Huby C.E. Primary School 

Welcome

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Headteacher recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about the school and current vacancy.  Thank you for taking the time to visit, we hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application to our warm and welcoming school.

There is something very special about Huby C.E. Primary School and we are incredibly proud of our enthusiastic children, supportive parents, inspirational staff and forward thinking governors. We all work together to make Huby a safe, happy and fun place to learn.

Huby C.E. Primary School is a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school, situated at the southern end of Huby village. The school has close contacts with the local churches and community and benefits from support from the Easingwold Primary Cluster, and North Yorkshire County Council.

The school has a warm and welcoming family atmosphere, where, we place a great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, children, governors, diocese and the communities that we serve. We aim to achieve our vision by providing high quality education in a safe and caring environment, where children can enjoy their learning and social experiences. This allows them to achieve their full potential and develop as well behaved, polite, happy and confident individuals.

We believe that Huby has capacity for further improvement and that this is an exciting time for an ambitious leader to make a real difference; enhancing teaching and learning, to enhance the personal development of pupils and ensure all children, staff and governors promote our vision.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please email Julie Crichton, HR Resourcing Adviser, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role or call Julie on 07581143421.

At this time, we are not able to offer school visits, , so one of our very creative teachers has made a short film of life at Huby School, the link can be found in the supporting documents section of this website.

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 Huby Church of England Primary School.

Yours faithfully, 

Andrew Popely
Chair of Governors

The Huby C.E. Primary is a thriving rural school set in the village of Huby 10 miles north of York and is just off the A19. Part of a cluster group of schools - Easingwold, Sutton, Alne, Stillington, Linton, and Crayke, we offer a warm, family friendly atmosphere where children are supported by strong partnerships between staff, parent/carers and Governing Body.

There are 3 new housing developments currently being built in the area, all of which could have a positive impact on our numbers. Currently, 42% of our children are from out of catchment and two children have an EHCP. The vast majority of our children are ‘white British’.

The village shop with integral Post office is run by volunteers. There is a Village Hall, Methodist church and many community run groups such as Brownies/Cub Scouts. The school has close links with the Church based in the neighbouring village of Sutton.

Huby C.E.School has a number of special or unique features to offer our children. Our outdoor swimming pool (Used May - July or when weather dictates) is a popular resource. We have a large range of extra-curricular activities which include Football, Netball, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Cross Country and Music lessons. Having a large playing field, wildlife area and playground enriches the children’s outdoor time. We also provide a wide range of educational trips that both children and staff thoroughly enjoy. Along with our strong pastoral care, we also have a wonderful ‘Buddy’ system. This involves Year 6’s teaming up with new starters to help them through their first term at school, although this normally lasts the whole year. We also have a ‘Buddy Bench’ in the playground. A collective worship is held daily and a new theme is chosen each term to focus on and discuss. In the Summer Term, the theme was Friendship. Huby also has The Green Team that discuss and review eco-friendly ideas and initiatives to be used within the school.

The school is successful and has been judged “good” by Ofsted and SIAMS. The quality of our teaching is consistently good and carefully monitored.

As a school we are performing very well. We strive to achieve good results in all areas but in every case we have the whole child as the priority. We are above national and local averages for reading, writing and maths for our Key stage 2 pupils. Obviously for this year 2019-20 there are no figures available. The children will all be fully assessed again when they return in September so we can provide them with the necessary support and implement the measures required to ensure progress is met.

Governors Role and Support to the School and Headteacher
Governors are assigned to a class to develop pastoral links as well as being responsible for subject areas. Governors are knowledgeable and have an active role in all areas of the school, including finance, health and safety, supporting in the deliverance of the school’s curriculum and reviewing school policies.

The Governing Body will ensure that the Headteacher does not feel isolated or alone and will provide a channel of support on all matters. The well-being of the Headteacher is very important.

The FGB meets 6 times a year and then meets in each subcommittee that they are assigned to. They challenge the Headteacher as a critical friend at each FGB meeting.

They think strategically and have their own Strategic Plan which is a regular agenda item aligned with the school development plan. In doing so they have strategic objectives whilst taking responsibility for the actions outcomes and detailed evidence.

Our staff are our greatest resource and are incredibly committed, loyal and dedicated and always have the best interest of the pupils at heart. Our leaders are determined to find something that every child can shine at. Staff get to know the children in the school very well using this information to personalise opportunities for learning.

Our class teachers lead their support team through shared goals, working in close partnership with parents and carers, Diocese, Governors and the local community, to provide an excellent primary educational experience for all. The Teaching Assistants play a vital role across the school in supporting our children.

Currently the Headteacher has a teaching responsibility of 0.2 FTE. The new Headteacher will be expected to fulfil 0.2FTE teaching commitment so will need to work flexibly and adapt to support the staff with children that have behavioural/SEND issues.

Huby has 4 classes - arranged as mixed age classes but occasionally single year classes within EYFS and KS1 depending on cohort size.

Teachers

  • 3 fulltime, 2 job share 0.6 and 0.4 FTE, 1 teacher covering PPA 0.2FTE, SENDCo

Teaching Assistants

  • 3 GTA’s, 1 ATA, 2 GTASEN – Currently arranged so that each class has a TA assigned to them. All on variable hours contracts to allow for flexibility due to changing numbers on roll. They support individual pupils and groups etc.

Admin staff

  • 3 office staff, 1 member=0.2 FTE mainly deals with all the financial aspect of the school, 2 admin staff job share, 0.6 and 0.4

 

The way in which the school is organised and run, as well as the relationship between the children and their teachers is based on the vision, ethos and values that pervades every aspect of school life. The emphasis is wholeheartedly on educating the whole child in readiness for life beyond school life.

We always look to enhance the personal development of pupils and ensure that children, staff and Governors promote our vision: ‘Only my best will do, be kind to one another’ this enables children to be the best that they can be.

At Huby C.E. Primary School we embrace Christian principals to promote expectations of excellence within our school and community. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” Colossians 3:v 23.

We value every member of the school community which includes the children, staff, governors and parents. We promote high expectations of behaviour and academic excellence across all with everyone always striving to do their best whilst thinking of themselves and others. The school is very warm and welcoming to all. New children/parents, who join us, not in reception, comment on how welcomed they are always made to feel and those that meet our children always say how well behaved and grounded they are.

Our core values underpin all that we do: Kindness, Respect, Truth and Love. We have very strong pastoral care for all, our staff go over and above what is expected of them.

At Huby CE Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and understanding British Values which include:

  • Individual liberty, Democracy, Rule of Law, Mutual respect, Tolerance of other Faiths and beliefs

The Christian values which are associated with these are: Respect, Forgiveness, Friendship, Love, Creativity, Trust, Thankfulness, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, Peace, Generosity, Service, Humility, Responsibility and Perseverance.

This ethos and culture has not come about by accident; it is largely due to the example provided by our current children, leaders, Governors, Diocese and parents and it’s something we are determined to see continue and flourish.

Ofsted and SIAMS Inspection & School Data

In the most recent Ofsted June 2019 pupil’s behaviour was graded as outstanding. The children are respectful and considerate to others, Resilient, Engaged and enthusiastic, Happy & confident and Make good progress and high levels of attainment.

Ofsted - Huby C.E. Primary School was judged “good” at its last Ofsted Inspection - June 2019

SIAMS - Huby C.E. Primary School was judged “good” at its last SIMAS Inspection – June 2015 (Due an inspection during the next 12 months).

Current School Strengths

  • The children are happy, confident enthusiastic learners
  • High academic attainment and progress
  • The school thrives on excellent pastoral care for all pupils and staff
  • Good lasting relationships with all stakeholders
  • A great culture of shared practice
  • Strong staff, the quality of teaching is consistently good or better due to careful monitoring by the Local Authority, leadership and senior team.
  • Governors know the school well and are able to support and challenge – the governors are present in school and are well informed about what is going on.
  • The behaviour is outstanding. Poor behaviour is rare, pupils feel safe in school and trust the adults to solve any issues/conflicts.

School Improvement Plan and Key Priorities

Key Priorities:
Huby C.E. Primary School has a strong development plan and clear vision for our key priorities and will continue to be distinctive as a Church of England school.

  • Acceleration of attainment in maths - This was an OFSTED requirement from our inspection in 2019.  We needed to ensure that there were regular opportunities for the pupils to practice, use and apply their mathematical skills across the wider curriculum, as they currently do with their literacy skills.
  • Stronger attainment and progress across non-foundation subjects - Assessments will take place to assess where they are on the return to school and new priorities to deal with this will be set. We need to get the children back into school and bridge all attainment gaps and bring the children back up to age related expectations as quickly as possible. The school and future Headteacher needs to adapt and change its approach and way of thinking as we still do not know what normal looks like. This could take 3 months or even a year.
  • Mental health and well-being due to Covid-19 - One of the many strengths of our school is that we always put the child’s mental health and wellbeing first.  This has become heightened and pronounced during Covid19 and still needs to be recognised as a Key priority from September when the whole school returns.  If the children are happy and we maintain that enthusiastic fun place to learn the results will follow. We have received letters from parents complimenting the Headteacher and teaching staff for their work so far on this. They have been sending the children to school knowing that they are safe and happy.
  • Develop the staff team and look at the wellbeing of the staff - Maintaining the staff’s development through an ever-changing landscape. We have a young team who have great ideas and we need to keep that going continuing to build their enthusiasm and not lose sight of this.
  • Staff Self Evaluation
  • Meet them early collectively and individually.
  • What can they offer and what would the new Headteacher like to do? Refocus the ‘School development plan’
  • Be open and speak to the staff whilst still being strategic.
  • Have a flexible approach to working with a constantly fluctuating NOR (e.g. Class reorganisation each year)
  • Understand how to work with changing mixed year cohorts and be adaptable to changing curriculum plans and managing these effectively within the school team.

Some of the Key skills and abilities, the new Headteacher needs to address

  • Teaching & The Development of the whole child - Extending Young Leader work in school and in the community (Parents learning with their children, Invite the expertise of parents /community - (To enthuse and ‘Light a spark in our children’ with professions like Pilots, vets’ farmers etc. Further developing/stimulating children’s creativity, divergence of thought, conversation/communication/questioning skills about the society around them and how they can approach the future).
  • Managerial & Team building skills - Have a flexible approach to working with a constantly fluctuating NOR (e.g. Class reorganisation each year).
  • Ability to analyse school data – The Headteacher needs to be able to assess and use data on a local and national level to show the progress and the development of both the school and each individual child. Remembering that the child is the focus within the data. Providing Academic reports and research that allows the school to specifically target areas of need and direct resources (human and financial) to these areas.
  • Adopting Best Practices for the school - Investigate appropriate partnerships to drive priorities – TSA’s, LA, MATS (Outwood), local schools and schools nationally with similar priorities (visit these schools to see best practise). Continuing to build relations with secondary schools.
  • Maintaining strong Christian Ethos and Values within the school - Have experience, knowledge or understanding of how being in a church school affects the daily running of the school. (e.g. Whole school collective worship, church visits for Harvest festival and Christmas celebrations). Visible Christian ethos running throughout the school (e.g. Wall displays in corridors and within classrooms reflective corners). Connections with the diocese and the local church.

Future considerations:

  • To maintain pupil numbers and ensure the school budget remains healthy.
  • SIAMS visit due within the next 12 months – would like to achieve a ’Good’ result in inspection.
  • We have considered Academisation and Federation which have been discussed in great depth and detail with the Full Governing Body. It was decided, in the best interests of the school, not to pursue this at this time.

Budgetary Position

The school is in a strong positive financial position. As a small school it is essential to understand the importance of numbers of children with regard to maintaining the schools healthy financial position. As a result, this will have a bearing on the school action planning process.

Governors will continue to work closely with the Headteacher to ensure costs are controlled (while still enabling agility of spending where 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.

Relationships

(Subject to government guidelines and restrictions due to pandemic)

Parents/Carers

The school has strong relationships with parents/carers and effective channels of communication through email, class Dojo and a weekly Friday Flyer. Class teachers are visible in the playground each day for parents to talk to, or appointments can be arranged through the school reception. The Headteacher should be visible, approachable, dynamic and communicate well. We have an open door policy.

Our parent governors support the governance of the school, in turn governors communicate with parents via ‘Annual report to parents’. All parents are invited to attend and take part in a sporting events which everyone thoroughly enjoys. Our wonderful Parents/Grandparents volunteer to ‘listen to readers’ within school which is educationally enriching the children’s confidence in their reading journeys.

Local and Wider Community

Huby CE Primary school has strong relationships with the wider community including the local village hall and parish council. The school has a strong PTA that runs regular annual events to raise funds for the school, some of which reach out to the wider community which include the annual bonfire and fireworks display and the Summer Carnival are two of the favourites where local bands scout groups and Charities attend.

Jellybeans is a great club for preschool children to start their journey and strengthen their bond and links with Huby school. Huby Voice is village paper magazine, Huby school have a full page Article in each issue to celebrate the progress and achievements of the school and its pupil’s. Each year they create the invitations to the community to attend church services and Christmas plays. We are proud of our Young leader’s programme. Completed by Year 5’s, it involves working with charities supporting causes within the local community.

Visits from Local Businesses (e.g. Nestle) and local people with special skills to encourage children to develop an interest/take part e.g. manufacturing, engineering, Karate and Basic Yoga.

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 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 ‘Grand Depart’ 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 Scar 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 surf sport 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.

Living in York (Huby is 10 miles north of York)
The ancient city of York is a beautiful, thriving city with low unemployment and highly performing tourism, cultural and entertainments industries. York was voted the 'Best Place to Live' by the Sunday Times, in 2018. It’s rich in culture and heritage, a vibrant modern city still making history. It’s a city renowned for beautiful period buildings, historical city walls and the iconic Minster; but also for its cool cafes, destination restaurants, innovative businesses and the fastest internet in Britain. It’s a destination visited by 7 million people every year and is recognised on a regional, national and international stage.

York is a wonderfully compact city with all the amenities one could need whilst also having on its doorstep National Parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, quaint villages and market towns, and the Yorkshire coast.

You can find out more here:

Ofsted and SIAMS Inspection & School Data

In the most recent Ofsted June 2019 pupil’s behaviour was graded as outstanding. The children are respectful and considerate to others, Resilient, Engaged and enthusiastic, Happy & confident and Make good progress and high levels of attainment.

Ofsted - Huby C.E. Primary School was judged “good” at its last Ofsted Inspection - June 2019

SIAMS - Huby C.E. Primary School was judged “good” at its last SIMAS Inspection – June 2015 (Due an inspection during the next 12 months).

Current School Strengths

  • The children are happy, confident enthusiastic learners
  • High academic attainment and progress
  • The school thrives on excellent pastoral care for all pupils and staff
  • Good lasting relationships with all stakeholders
  • A great culture of shared practice
  • Strong staff, the quality of teaching is consistently good or better due to careful monitoring by the Local Authority, leadership and senior team.
  • Governors know the school well and are able to support and challenge – the governors are present in school and are well informed about what is going on.
  • The behaviour is outstanding. Poor behaviour is rare, pupils feel safe in school and trust the adults to solve any issues/conflicts.

School Improvement Plan and Key Priorities

Key Priorities:
Huby C.E. Primary School has a strong development plan and clear vision for our key priorities and will continue to be distinctive as a Church of England school.

  • Acceleration of attainment in maths - This was an OFSTED requirement from our inspection in 2019.  We needed to ensure that there were regular opportunities for the pupils to practice, use and apply their mathematical skills across the wider curriculum, as they currently do with their literacy skills.
  • Stronger attainment and progress across non-foundation subjects - Assessments will take place to assess where they are on the return to school and new priorities to deal with this will be set. We need to get the children back into school and bridge all attainment gaps and bring the children back up to age related expectations as quickly as possible. The school and future Headteacher needs to adapt and change its approach and way of thinking as we still do not know what normal looks like. This could take 3 months or even a year.
  • Mental health and well-being due to Covid-19 - One of the many strengths of our school is that we always put the child’s mental health and wellbeing first.  This has become heightened and pronounced during Covid19 and still needs to be recognised as a Key priority from September when the whole school returns.  If the children are happy and we maintain that enthusiastic fun place to learn the results will follow. We have received letters from parents complimenting the Headteacher and teaching staff for their work so far on this. They have been sending the children to school knowing that they are safe and happy.
  • Develop the staff team and look at the wellbeing of the staff - Maintaining the staff’s development through an ever-changing landscape. We have a young team who have great ideas and we need to keep that going continuing to build their enthusiasm and not lose sight of this.
  • Staff Self Evaluation
  • Meet them early collectively and individually.
  • What can they offer and what would the new Headteacher like to do? Refocus the ‘School development plan’
  • Be open and speak to the staff whilst still being strategic.
  • Have a flexible approach to working with a constantly fluctuating NOR (e.g. Class reorganisation each year)
  • Understand how to work with changing mixed year cohorts and be adaptable to changing curriculum plans and managing these effectively within the school team.

Some of the Key skills and abilities, the new Headteacher needs to address

  • Teaching & The Development of the whole child - Extending Young Leader work in school and in the community (Parents learning with their children, Invite the expertise of parents /community - (To enthuse and ‘Light a spark in our children’ with professions like Pilots, vets’ farmers etc. Further developing/stimulating children’s creativity, divergence of thought, conversation/communication/questioning skills about the society around them and how they can approach the future).
  • Managerial & Team building skills
  • Have a flexible approach to working with a constantly fluctuating NOR (e.g. Class reorganisation each year).
  • Ability to analyse school data – The Headteacher needs to be able to assess and use data on a local and national level to show the progress and the development of both the school and each individual child. Remembering that the child is the focus within the data. Providing Academic reports and research that allows the school to specifically target areas of need and direct resources (human and financial) to these areas.
  • Adopting Best Practices for the school - Investigate appropriate partnerships to drive priorities – TSA’s, LA, MATS (Outwood), local schools and schools nationally with similar priorities (visit these schools to see best practise). Continuing to build relations with secondary schools.
  • Maintaining strong Christian Ethos and Values within the school - Have experience, knowledge or understanding of how being in a church school affects the daily running of the school. (e.g. Whole school collective worship, church visits for Harvest festival and Christmas celebrations). Visible Christian ethos running throughout the school (e.g. Wall displays in corridors and within classrooms reflective corners). Connections with the diocese and the local church.

Future considerations:

  • To maintain pupil numbers and ensure the school budget remains healthy.
  • SIAMS visit due within the next 12 months – would like to achieve a ’Good’ result in inspection.
  • We have considered Academisation and Federation which have been discussed in great depth and detail with the Full Governing Body. It was decided, in the best interests of the school, not to pursue this at this time.

Budgetary Position

The school is in a strong positive financial position. As a small school it is essential to understand the importance of numbers of children with regard to maintaining the schools healthy financial position. As a result, this will have a bearing on the school action planning process.

Governors will continue to work closely with the Headteacher to ensure costs are controlled (while still enabling agility of spending where 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.

The Role

Huby C.E. Primary School, North Yorkshire
Post:  Headteacher
Number on Roll: 96
Commencing:  January 2021
Contract Type:  Full Time 
Salary:  L6 - L10
Contract Term:  Permanent

We are looking for a motivated, inspirational and experienced leader who will lead our school with passion who can harness our vision, ethos and values to inspire pupils, support parents/carers and deliver benefits to the local community.

Huby C.E. Primary School is a voluntary controlled Church of England primary school, situated at the southern end of Huby village. The school has close contacts with the local churches and community and benefits from support from the Easingwold Primary Cluster, and North Yorkshire County Council. The school has a warm and welcoming family atmosphere, where, we place a great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, children, governors, diocese and the communities that we serve.

The school is successful and has been judged “good” by Ofsted and SIAMS. The quality of our teaching is consistently good and carefully monitored.

Our opportunity
This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding leader to lead, shape and further develop our wonderful school. You will be working alongside a committed team of staff and a governing body that is ambitious and has high aspirations for all pupils and staff. You will need to adopt a ‘Whole School’ approach when setting out your plans for the school and have the aspiration, resilience and the ability to build positive and trusting relationships   and build on a culture of learning and ambition that will see our children develop, grow and contribute an active part in today’s society. You will have a teaching commitment of 0.2.

To succeed, you will need the following skills and abilities:

  • Managerial & Team building
  • Teaching (ensuring the development of the whole child)
  • Maintaining our strong Christian Ethos and Values
  • Building Relationships with the local and wider community
  • Ability to analyse school data
  • Adopting best practice

The Governors are looking for a Headteacher with a passion for promoting excellence in teaching and learning and a strong focus on pupils’ achievement and development as well as the ability to deliver positive outcomes for all pupils, regardless of background or ability.

We can offer you:

  • A happy and friendly school, with delightful children who respect each other and have a thirst for learning.
  • A culture which allows all staff to thrive and develop.
  • An opportunity to see the huge potential that exists and the time to make Huby C.E. Primary School a beacon of excellence in primary education.
  • Significant levels of support from the Local Authority, Diocese, Governing Board and a staff team who are experienced, committed and passionate about our school.
  • A Governing Body committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues and including the wellbeing of all staff members.
  • The school is part of a Cluster where the Headteachers meet regularly. This provides a support network for sharing ideas and best practice.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Julie Crichton who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Huby CE Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 07581 143421.

Key dates:

  • School visits:  Due to the government guidelines and restrictions school visits will be arranged once we have shortlisted. One of our very creative teachers has made a short film of life at Huby School, the link is below.
  • Application closing date: Midnight, Tuesday 6th October
  • Shortlisting: Monday 12th October
  • Interviews: 20th and 21st of October

**interview days may change depending on Covid-19 restrictions

Supporting Documents
Person Specification
Job Description

Video - Life at Huby School

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Information
The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.

References

When completing your application, please provide two employment references.