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Dear Colleague,

Thank you very much for taking an interest in the position of Executive Headteacher at the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation. The four schools within the Federation, which has been in existence since February 2017, all lie within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is a unique position in the county and is suitable for existing Head Teachers, or for Senior Leaders who have had whole school leadership responsibilities.

We are seeking a passionate and committed professional to take the Federation to its next level of development, building on its many strengths and responding to the challenges faced by many rural schools at this time. We are looking forward to working with our new Executive Headteacher to unlock the potential of the Federation and explore exciting opportunities for further development.

Parents, Staff, Governors and our communities are proud of the schools and work together to provide a sustainable educational experience for our children where they are happy, well-behaved and enjoy learning. Three of our schools are Church schools and, as such, display a distinctive Christian ethos.

Our schools are all successful, friendly, village schools and are either Good or Outstanding at OFSTED/SIAMS. All are within commuting distance of Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate, whilst the villages themselves provide a rich variety of traditional Dales style accommodation to buy or rent.

The schools have the benefit of an experienced and loyal team of staff, supportive parents and a hard working and committed Governing Body. The Executive Head will benefit from a very supportive LA School Improvement Service and equally supportive Diocesan advisers.

The Federation is now at an exciting juncture with a bright future ahead. We are seeking a Headteacher with exceptional leadership and management skills who will work with us to build on our successes to improve and maintain the schools at the heart of our communities.

If you have a passion for learning, if you relish a challenge, and have the vision and tenacity to embed success, then we’d be delighted to hear from you. A sense of humour would be appreciated too!

The best way to find out why the Federation is so special is to come and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our children have for their education and to experience the unique nature of this Executive Headteacher role. Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome.  Please email: to make arrangements.

This is an exciting time for our schools and Federation and we look forward to working with the successful candidate to take its development forward.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Vetch

Chair of Governors, Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation

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