Executive Headteacher

The Heritage Coast FederationNorth Yorkshire

Fylingdales C.E and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre C.E are caring and supportive primary schools with an incredible warmth and a welcoming family atmosphere. We provide nurturing environments, based on Christian values, where all individuals are treated with fairness, respect and equality and where the interests of our pupils are paramount. 

Flourish, succeed, let your light shine.

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred, Church of England Federation of two primary schools which are near the beautiful seaside resorts of Whitby and Scarborough, on the Yorkshire coast and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Our schools have close contacts with their village communities as well as the local churches in Fylingthorpe, Robin Hood’s Bay, Hawsker and Stainsacre.

The schools work closely with their communities and our core values and Christian ethos, underpin the vision and aims of the Church of England, are demonstrated on a daily basis.

Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the federation, with an ability to effect change at pace and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the school, across the Federation and with their wider communities. You will have recent school leadership experience and be committed to providing the children with a high quality education and environment.

You will be guided by our Christian values, create a safe, caring environment where pupils can thrive emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Our Opportunity

This is a rewarding Executive Headship; you will be able to lead our coastal schools on to the next stages of their journeys: and understand what their journeys might look like as well as having a clear vision for the future development of the Federation.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Executive Headteacher who, as a dynamic, innovative, and experienced professional, will lead the schools to become outstanding and to fully meet the needs of the community it serves, in an ever-changing educational landscape.

In particular, we are looking for an Executive Headteacher who;

  • Has strong leadership and the ability to develop the Federation team, to be their best and to work together as one team for the best of the children and the Federation, whilst still keeping a strong bond as a staff team within each school.
  • Possesses a good understanding of school financial planning, being able to look and recognise the strengths of staff across the two schools and make strategic decisions to safeguard the future of the Federation. Who, through business-like management skills, is able to source funding opportunities to improve facilities and resources for the Federation.
  • Has the experience, motivation and resilience to move the federation forwards and embrace any further challenges.
  • Understands that thriving schools can be the beating heart of a rural community and that their success or otherwise affects the wider community.
  • Will work with the subject leader roles, supporting staff in planning a challenging and engaging curriculum. A professional who shows commitment to the whole breadth of curriculum and a passionate determination to utilise our local areas and creative subjects as part of children’s learning and development.
  • Is aware of their responsibility, as Executive Headteacher of Church of England schools, to maintain their faith commitment and their caring and nurturing environments while continuing to improve our drive to achieve excellent results.
  • Exhibits confidence, empathy and a clear focus on continuing to build a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of staff and pupils.
  • Understands the values of the school in welcoming children and families of all backgrounds and abilities and ensuring that they all have the best support in place to achieve.
  • Is an inspirational leader who is committed to delivering the Schools’ vision for the children, staff and communities we serve.
  • Has the expertise to build a senior leadership team across the Federation to secure leadership capacity for the future.
  • Promotes and enhances the wellbeing of the team, developing a distributed leadership, nurturing opportunities for all staff to learn and grow to their full potential.

We can offer you:

  • Happy, caring and supportive schools, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a passion for learning.
  • Excellent school locations and areas
  • A Governing Body that is committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues - this includes the wellbeing of all staff members – and which is experienced, committed and passionate about our schools and ensuring our children reach their potential.
  • Support from the parents, Local Authority, Diocese of York, and a dedicated staff team.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package through the OA

If you feel ready to be our next Executive Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, passion, commitment and energy to deliver our vision for our wonderful children and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you.  

For more information about this exciting opportunity and how to apply (and view the job description and Person spec) please visit our dedicated campaign site – https://bit.ly/38wpvmD

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role and to arrange a school visit, please call Julie Crichton on 07581143421 or email julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk. Julie has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Key dates:

  • Schools Visits – To be arranged by appointment only, they are only offering visits during the Easter Holidays
  • Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 11th April
  • Shortlisting: Thursday, 15th April
  • Interviews: Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May

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 (see campaign site). This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.


When completing your application, please provide two employment references.


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