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Headteacher - Forest Moor School


Dear Headteacher Applicant,

Thank you for the interest you have shown in the headship of our school.

Forest Moor has an incredibly bright future, and in many ways this is a unique and career enhancing opportunity. Our school provides a vital and important special education for children aged 9 to 16, is a crucial component of North Yorkshire’s network of special schools and key to the Local Authority's inclusion agenda and strategic plan.

I am proud to be the Chair of the Interim Executive Board at a school which is crucial to the future of inclusion across North Yorkshire. Recent turbulence in leadership has impacted on the school's improvement journey and there certainly have been challenges over the last five years. However challenge only makes us stronger and we have a clear plan to make the improvements that are needed.

We are looking for a visionary and strong leader who will develop and build an outstanding provision. What makes us different is that colleague will also work with the Local Authority, the Governing Body and the local school network to help shape the inclusion agenda for the future. This is a unique opportunity to further develop and shape SEMH provision across North Yorkshire, whilst developing your career and realising your ambitions.

You will enjoy the full autonomy of Headship with support from the Governing Body, Local Authority and your local Headteachers as you develop an exciting and vibrant curriculum, look at ways on how we can further use our school site and play a key role within the Locality Education Partnership.

Our ambition is that Forest Moor becomes a centre of excellence for SEMH and in supporting inclusion across a wider family of schools. I hope that this matches with your values and vision and that you feel that you can work with us to make  this a reality.

I encourage you to firstly contact James Annetts at Resourcing Solutions to have an informal and confidential conversation about the role. James can be reached at or 07966 261249. James will also be able to organise a visit for you to come and meet us and see our opportunity first hand, speak with myself regarding the opportunity and Jane Le Sage, Assistant Director Inclusion about the broader strategic vision and support from the Local Authority.

I hope you consider applying for this career defining post.

Yours faithfully,

Phil Bennington, Chair of Governors

Strategic plan

‘A local approach that seeks to put community at the heart of children and young people’s experiences’

Forest Moor is pivotal to the delivery of the Strategic Plan for SEND provision and ensuring that we have the right provision for children and young people with SEMH across the county. You will have the opportunity to work closely with the LA and education settings to maximise inclusive practice and the shaping of provision into the future. Once appointed you will join our Strategic Partnership Board that has been formed to help steer, influence and play a key role in making sure the Local Authority delivers on its Strategic Plan for SEND 2018 - 2023.

Forest Moor will under your leadership become a centre of excellence for SEMH offering a range of pathways to promote inclusion and maximise outcomes for children and young people. There are over 700 more children and young people with EHCPs now than at the beginning of 2016. Although Forest Moor currently has 53 pupils on roll you can see that in order to help meet the increase above, the school and Local Authority rightly has to be aspirational about the growth plans of Forest Moor. However this is not just about growing special school places, it is also about ensuring the whole continuum of provision and support for children with SEMH is fit for purpose across North Yorkshire. Your role is key in achieving this ambition.


See the Strategic plan for SEND education provision 0-25 2018 to 2023 here for information.

We strongly encourage conversations with the Local Authority arranged via James Annetts to discuss the potential further.

On appointment you will further develop our strategic vision now and into the future.


Pupils arrive at our school having experienced difficulties in mainstream provision. We offer a fresh start, and we do not judge our pupils. Our culture is based on establishing strong and respectful relationships between staff and children with every day being a new day.

We work hard to get to know them and their families, to understand what are their goals and ambitions. We also explore the reasons that have often made education less than positive to this point so that we can personalise our provision to meet every one of our pupils’ individual needs. This may include offering therapeutic and pastoral support in addition to a curriculum which is flexible and engaging.


Which embraces challenge, develops confidence and promotes independence.

Every child loves learning. Some just don’t realise it (yet!) Through our extended day curriculum we aim to tap into those moments when children are most ready to learn. Our goal is to introduce challenge gradually, but relentlessly. We won’t accept second best for any of our pupils - but we will support and guide them - never pressure them. We will ensure that all staff know every pupil personally so that every opportunity for learning is grasped. And we will make sure that pupils know what they have learnt and can celebrate their successes with their families.

Flying high…

We inspire our pupils to raise their own aspirations and to achieve great success. We support them to achieve as highly as they can.

We work hard to enable our pupils to flourish in the right environment to meet all of their needs, whether this be full time at Forest Moor or through an individualised package including alternative provision, and support them in their transition to the next phase of their learning or pathway.

You are also encouraged to visit our school website at

Ofsted inspection

We are currently rated ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted following our Section 5 inspection in May 2017. Ofsted visited us for a Section 8 monitoring inspection in January 2019. All stakeholders are clear about the current strengths and key areas for development and actions are being taken to address the key priorities. By working together to provide visionary support and challenge we are determined for Forest Moor in time to be recognised as a good and outstanding school by Ofsted.

You can view all our Ofsted reports here.

Live, work and enjoy!

Darley, the local village to the school, is a thriving rural community based in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Darley in Bloom has won the best Yorkshire Village award several times, and has been voted the Best Village in the UK. The village is on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with outstanding views and excellent local walks and scenic drives. It is also close to Harrogate, which has been voted the ‘Happiest Place to Live in the UK’, with its boutique shops and restaurants; to Skipton, with its award-winning High Street and regular local market; and to Ripon with its historic Cathedral and other buildings. Both York and Leeds are less than an hour away, giving access to theatres, opera and first class sports events, and regular trains from Harrogate connect to both cities. The A1 and M1 motorways are close by, ensuring easy road links throughout the UK.


Locally there is a rich diversity of activities, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Extreme sports such as Via Ferrata, at nearby How Stean Gorge, or climbing at Kilnsey Crag, or canoeing the white water course at Thruscross are on the doorstep, and there are also local opportunities for sports such as sailing, fishing, tennis, bowls, and of course, cricket, with 93 teams participating in the Nidderdale League. The area played host to Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France, with the course passing within one mile of Forest Moor School. Yellow bicycles, flags and bunting were evident all over the Dale and this continues with the Tour de Yorkshire. Both local cycling clubs and those from further afield now head to North Yorkshire to ride the courses, and there is even a local Tour de Nidderdale route.

Leeds, York and Harrogate are vibrant commercial centres with plenty of opportunities for employment, and there are many small businesses dotted around Nidderdale, in amongst the farming and tourist businesses. North Yorkshire is consistently rated in the top quartile for education results and there are a good number of primary and secondary schools in the Harrogate and Nidderdale area. The Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford are nearby, with Colleges also in Harrogate and Skipton.

To find out more about the local area please visit these local websites:

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with close proximity to metropolitan cities of York, Leeds and Newcastle and a journey time of under two hours by rail from York to London or Edinburgh. We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

Headteacher - Forest Moor School

Start date: September 2019
Salary: In recognition of the need to attract high quality candidates, the Governors have set the pay range as L20 to L26, with a relocation package available for the right candidate. The Governors will keep the pay range under review as the school develops and to ensure that high performance by the headteacher can be fully rewarded.

‘Growing, Learning and Flying High!’

If you are a leader who is ambitious, transformational and committed to inclusion across North Yorkshire then this appointment will present you with a unique opportunity.

Forest Moor School whilst small (53 students on roll currently) has exciting plans for the growth of the school over the next five years both in terms of pupils, our curriculum offer and maximising the use of our school site.

In many ways this is career enhancing for a visionary and experienced school leader who will be looking for an opportunity to transform our school and play a pivotal role in working with the Local Authority and key stakeholders as we shape the future of inclusion across North Yorkshire together.

Situated on the outskirts of Harrogate the school provides vital and important special education for children aged between 9 and 16 years of age who require unique and inclusive education. All of our children have an EHCP and travel to us from across North Yorkshire.

Our ambition and yours will be that Forest Moor becomes a centre of excellence for both the provision of SEMH and for promoting the latest inclusive practices within education.

Our children here at Forest Moor deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential, in turn you and your staff will enjoy a fulfilling career, releasing your potential and maximising your impact.

Our opportunity

We are looking for a Headteacher who has strong leadership skills who can galvanise our staff, parents, young people and community to achieve their very best through shaping and delivering an inspiring vision for the future.

In many ways this is a unique professional opportunity that will allow a colleague to develop and build an outstanding provision for our children and young people. Our site has incredible potential for the right colleague to develop - we have an enviable full size sports hall, squash court, outdoor areas, full size workshop and significant space inside of the building. These all lend themselves to a creative and innovative leader’s ambition to develop an exciting and vibrant curriculum.

Aspiration, resilience and the ability to build positive and trusting relationships will be in your character as a leader as you create a culture of learning and ambition that will see our children and young people develop, grow and contribute an active part in today’s society. You will be committed to partnership working, engaging with a wide range of partners to maximise Forest Moor but also to grasp other opportunities to embed inclusion across education.

All stakeholders are firm in their view that Forest Moor has an incredibly bright outlook. We recognise that recent turbulence in leadership has impacted on our progress towards fulfilling our ambition. The targeted and cohesive support provided by the Local Authority, the Governing Body and the local network of SEMH and special schools means that support is in place for this crucial and unique appointment of our next Headteacher.

We can offer you:

  • Significant levels of support from both the Local Authority, Governing Body and a staff team who is experienced, committed and passionate about our school;
  • An opportunity to see the potential that exists here and with clear support given the tools and time to make transformation change, an opportunity to make a difference that is life changing and rewarding;
  • The chance to work with key stakeholders to shape and deliver the future of inclusion across the County;
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package; and
  • Children and young people who will make you proud to be their new Headteacher.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is truly a stunning place to live, work and enjoy. As the UK’s largest county we are known not only for the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, but also for our perfect blend of lively towns and cities, bustling market towns and quaint picturesque villages, in simply stunning landscapes.

Unemployment is low, economies are thriving, over 87 per cent of our children go to a good or outstanding school and our communities are amongst the safest in the country; creating the perfect lifestyle choice for you and your family.

How to apply

We strongly recommend that you contact and visit us so that we can talk with you about this unique opportunity and you will have a chance to see and hear what we have to offer.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, to arrange a visit and full application details please contact James Annetts at North Yorkshire County Council (Resourcing Solutions). James can arrange a conversation with the Chair of Governors, Assistant Director at the Local Authority or school visit to further your interest.

Tel: 07966 261249

Key dates

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 April 2019 at 9am
Shortlisting for interview: Tuesday 9 April 2019
Interviews: Monday and Tuesday 29 and 30 April 2019

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

Forest Moor School 2019