Headteacher - Sutton in Craven C of E (VC) Primary School

Welcome

Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Welcome to our dedicated Headteacher recruitment webpage which aims to provide you with all the information about our school and Headteacher vacancy. We hope that the information we have provided encourages you to make an application.

Sutton in Craven C of E Primary School is a small, mixed class Voluntary Controlled school situated in a cluster of villages half way between Skipton and Keighley.

Sutton C of E Primary is a place where staff, pupils, parents and governors work together as one family, to support our pupils throughout their educational journey. The strength of this relationship makes our school a very special place to be.

We pride ourselves in the development of our children and getting them ready for the challenges of secondary school and life beyond. By keeping each of our 118 pupils at the centre of all that we do, we aim to give a wide variety of opportunities, with pupils often getting involved in clubs and groups.

Our school council gives pupils and parents the opportunity to be actively involved in developing the school. Their views are often eye-opening and give the school important insight into pupils’ daily lives. The parents on the school council have organised many social and fundraising events and are happy to volunteer their time for the benefit of all children in the school.

So what can we offer you?

You will find a loyal and talented staff team, with a mix of experience, who have responded to the many changes in Educational Policy with pragmatism, enthusiasm and an overriding desire to do the very best for the children of our school.

You will work with a Governing Board that is effective, committed and fully understands its dual role of supporting the school while holding it to account. Governors know the school well and this is reflected in the contribution they are able to make. They look forward to welcoming a new Headteacher and supporting them in their own development and that of the school.

You will be welcomed by happy and energetic children, who have great learning behaviours, are ready to take on new challenges and show kindness and respect to everyone in the school community.

We were graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in December 2016 with the inspector commenting ‘Staff have risen to the challenges and high expectations set for them. They have responded very positively to the opportunities given to improve and extend their practice. The vast majority of parents who responded to the Ofsted online survey of their views were very complimentary about the school ……. All the parents and carers with whom I spoke during the inspection were very positive.

We were graded ‘Good’ by SIAMS in October 2016 with the inspector commenting ‘Key Christian values are carefully identified and used to inspire all aspects of children’s academic and personal development. These values now underpin the school community inspiring inclusive care and shared responsibility.

If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email Steve Cooper, HR Adviser, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (steve.cooper2@northyorks.gov.uk). For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Steve on 01609 536578.

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 Sutton in Craven C of E Primary School.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Garner

Chair of Governors

 

School website: http://www.sutton-in-cravencofe.n-yorks.sch.uk/

Located in the village of Sutton in Craven, we are a relatively small “Christian school serving the whole community”. The village is situated in the Aire Valley, adjacent to Crosshills & Glusburn and between Skipton and Keighley. Rated as Good by both Ofsted and SIAMS in 2016, we are a Voluntary Controlled School and as such maintained by North Yorkshire County Council Education Authority. We provide an education for children between the ages of four to eleven and currently have a roll of 118. A caring school with traditional values and we are passionate about learning and strive for excellence. We also provide on-site wrap around care through ’Bobbins’, which is managed by our Governors. Children are predominantly White British. Very few use English as a second language and a lower than average proportion are eligible for free school meals.

Vision, values and ethos
The way in which our school is organised and run, as well as the relationship between the pupils and their teachers is based on the Christian ethos that permeates every aspect of school life.

We create a nurturing, safe and happy environment where children and staff can flourish and fulfil their potential. Our children are encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for learning and exhibit good behaviour which is seen as vital to building positive relationships and to successful learning.

Our Aims
• To provide a safe, secure, caring and stimulating environment which fosters the development of all through support and challenge.
• To promote a positive attitude to learning with an emphasis on self-respect and respect for others, resilience, co-operation and self-confidence.
• To provide high quality teaching and learning which is purposeful, enjoyable and accessible, enabling each individual to make good progress.
• To promote Christian Values and British Values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance) in all areas of school life.
• To have consistently high expectations of all members of the school community.
• To work in partnership with parents, governors and the wider community to ensure the best outcomes for each individual and prepare them for life.
• To provide access to high quality continuing professional development for all members of the school community in order to maximise their potential.

Staffing
The current Headteacher has successfully built a mutually supportive team focused on high achievement for themselves and their pupils. There are lead teachers for key subjects with those responsible for literacy and maths especially active in driving improvement through monitoring, support and training. There is no Deputy Headteacher post in the school.

In addition to the Headteacher, staffing is as follows:

• 5 teachers, 4 classes (year 6 is a job share)
• 3 SEN Advanced Teaching Assistants
• 3.5 fte additional Teaching Assistants
• 2 Kitchen staff
• 1 School Business Manager
• 1 School Administrator
Teaching Assistants play a vital role across the school in supporting all our pupils and provide invaluable support for pupils with additional needs (SEND).

Current Class Structure*
• Blossom Class – Reception & Year 1
• Willow Class – Year 1 & Year 2
• Birch Class - Year 3 & Year 4
• Oak Class - Year 5 & Year 6

* the composition of classes can change from year to year due to different sized cohorts

Current attainment and progress
Following focused interventions after lower than expected achievement, all measures of attainment are now improving and pupils typically make expected progress. For further detailed information about current attainment and progress, the DfE School Performance Tables can be accessed here.

Inspection
Sutton in Craven Church of England VC Primary School was judged ‘good’ at its last Ofsted Inspection which took place in December 2016.

“Children settle well into Reception and are happy. This is because staff communicate regularly and effectively with parents. Home–school relations are good. The children also settle and learn well because your staff ensure that they enjoy varied, stimulating and focused activities that encourage them to be both independent and collaborative in their play and learning.” – Ofsted 2016

“The pupils at the school enjoy a broad curriculum. As well as focusing on the ‘core’ of English, mathematics and science, pupils have opportunities to develop other aspects of their learning and understanding of themselves and the world.” – Ofsted 2016

Ofsted – Areas for improvement
Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:
• Continue to review and refine the impact of their initiatives to improve all pupils’ outcomes in mathematics so that the successes experienced so far are firmly embedded and outcomes continue to improve
• Ensure leadership capacity continues to grow through focused opportunities for all staff to develop and extend their skills as leaders of their subject or area
• Ensure the presentation of work in pupils’ books improves through the rigorous application of the school’s presentation policy.

In October 2016 the School was judged ‘good’ by its SIAMS Inspection with the report available here.

“Key Christian values are carefully identified and used to inspire all aspects of children’s academic and personal development. These values now underpin the school community inspiring inclusive care and shared responsibility.” – SIAMS 2016

“School leaders are actively using Christian values planned into the curriculum and lived out in school life in order to secure continual improvement of all aspects of this church school.” – SIAMS 2016

SIAMS – Areas for improvement
• Make rigorous use of published criteria as part of school self-evaluation in order to identify all the ways this church school may progress towards becoming outstanding.
• Strengthen children’s skills and confidence to approach the ‘big questions’ surrounding ideas of God, belief and faith and to argue logically when meeting conflicting explanations or different points of view.
• Promote a much more ambitious vision for the contributions that children can make to collective worship including opportunities for them to conceive, plan, lead and evaluate both class and whole school activities.

School Priorities
• Continue to improve standards in maths and literacy
• Seamless transition to new Headteacher given that an interim will be in place for the autumn term
• Work with staff and children to maintain GOOD Ofsted rating
• Pave the way to achieving OUTSTANDING
• Maintain the friendly, caring atmosphere
• Maximise outcomes for ALL pupils
• Ensure high quality teaching and learning
• Effectively oversee the financial management of the school budget

Budgetary Position
The budget is secure and sustainable for the next three years. However, as with all schools, budgets are constrained and will require close attention and careful consideration.

Wider community
We enjoy good relationships with parents, primary partnerships (Castle Alliance), South Craven Academy, St. Thomas’ Church, the Diocese of Leeds and the Local Authority.

The school is well thought of in the local community and has a reputation as a caring, inclusive, happy and welcoming school. We play an active role in the community; for example through visiting retirement homes at Christmas, our commitment to Sutton Fun Day and appearances in the local press. It should also be noted that many local residents attended the church school themselves.

Each year our 'Pupil - Parent Council' hold a number of events to raise money for the school, from sponsored walks to cake stalls.
As a result, we have recently:
• paid for the whole school to go to the Pantomime.
• subsidised a number of school trips
• paid the majority of the costs for the school library refurbishment.
• paid for new playground line markings
• paid for the year 6 leaver's gifts

The Diocese of Leeds and the Local Authority provide strong support. The Local Authority were central to our successes with Ofsted.

South Craven School is our main ‘feeder’ secondary. We have a planned number of transition days for year 5 and 6 pupils. In addition, a well-planned and full calendar of enrichment and sport activities for pupils is on offer.

Links with pre-schools are also good, aiding smooth transition to Early Years.

About Sutton in Craven
The community of Sutton in Craven is a well-established ex-mill village, with a wide variety of housing. There are good local amenities, including two primary schools, a chemist, off-licence/village store, and a cricket club. In the centre of the village there is a superb park/playing field and the local area is blessed with many delightful walks alongside the beck and through the surrounding countryside and woodlands, a well-used resource for outdoor activities. Most of our pupils transfer to South Craven Academy situated in Crosshills a neighbouring village. Sutton is easily accessed by road from North Yorkshire, East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Calderdale.

There is a bus service to the towns of Skipton and Keighley and there are railway stations in the nearby villages of Steeton and Cononley providing regular daily services into Leeds and Bradford.

Living & Working in North Yorkshire
Within the county of North Yorkshire are the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby. The area hosted the opening stages of the 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!

For outdoor enthusiasts North Yorkshire has plenty to offer. 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 a premier area for caving while for mountain biking there are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest. Further afield, the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland are all easily accessible for days and weekends away.

There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic, if chilly, 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 Knaresborough, Ripon, Malton, Helmsley, Northallerton and Skipton, the traditional seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, as well as the ancient City of York, the most visited city outside of London. With 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 and a journey time of under two hours by rail from York to London. We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire and Humber regions with all they have to offer.

Useful Links:
www.yorkshire.com
www.suttonincraven.org.uk
www.inspireleadteach.co.uk

Sutton in Craven C of E (VC) Primary School, Main St, Sutton in Craven, North Yorkshire BD20 7JS
Number on Roll: 118
Post: Headteacher
Commencing: January 2020
Salary: L10 – L17 £49,937 - £59,265

“Christian school serving the whole community”

A relatively small, mixed class school we are located in the large village of Sutton in Craven situated between Skipton and Keighley. Rated as Good by both Ofsted and SIAMS in 2016, our ethos is based on Christian values, building thoughtful relationships among everyone within our community.

We are a caring school with a passion for learning and pride ourselves on providing a safe and happy learning environment where children are encouraged and supported to fulfil their potential and expectations are high. The Links with the Church and other local schools are strong.

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational leader with the vision to further shape our future. You will be expected to set ambitious goals and outcomes, raise standards, particularly around numeracy, and promote our vision and values in a way that is relevant and inspiring to young people. A proven communicator and motivator, you must have an understanding of what underpins the distinctive Christian character of a church school and take this in to consideration when developing a high quality curriculum and directing the school’s strategic planning. You will also need the skills to effectively analyse financial and performance data, build upon our community and collaborative networks and most importantly, develop and nurture staff in order to maximise performance, improve learning and ensure resilience.

As in all small schools, the Headteacher will be expected to provide teaching cover when appropriate.

The community of Sutton in Craven is a well-established ex-mill village, with a wide variety of housing. There are good local amenities, including two primary schools, a chemist, off-licence/village store, and a cricket club. In the centre of the village there is a superb park/playing field and the local area is blessed with many delightful walks alongside the beck and through the surrounding countryside and woodlands, a well used resource for outdoor activities. Most of our pupils transfer to South Craven Academy situated in Cross Hills a neighbouring village. Sutton is easily accessed by road from North Yorkshire, East Lancashire West Yorkshire and Calderdale.

Key dates

  • School visits: Monday 1 July at 1.30 pm and Wednesday 3 July at 9.30 am
  • Closing date: Midnight, Monday 26 August
  • Shortlisting: Wednesday 4 September
  • Interviews: Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September

School visits

We very much welcome school visits. If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email steve.cooper2@northyorks.gov.uk. Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed above - if these are not possible for you please contact Steve, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

How to apply

To apply, please click on the button below. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Sutton in Craven Church of England VC Primary School and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 536578.

Supporting Documents
Sutton in Craven - Person Specification
Sutton in Craven - Job Description

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.

Last updated: March 2019