28 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    5 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    21 November 2021 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    13 October 2021

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Key stages
Early years, KS1, KS2
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
£74,295 - £106,176

Job summary

Salary: L34 – L39 - Relocation Package of up to £5,000 (T&C's apply).

Mowbray School is based over two sites in beautiful parts of North Yorkshire, both sites are set in lovely grounds and our main site has its own 5.5 acre on site farm. The main school is situated in Bedale and caters for children aged 3 to 16. The Satellite School is in Ripon and provides an education for children aged 3 to 11, this was opened to pupils in January 2020. We currently have over 290 pupils on role across both sites and are the largest special school in North Yorkshire.

Mowbray School is thriving, caring and extremely popular, educating both primary and secondary pupils with a variety of learning difficulties and specialist needs. The school is an exciting, busy, high achieving, enjoyable and challenging school in which to work. Our young people are wonderfully interesting, caring and capable; engaging to work with and accepting of each other.
Our school educates and cares for pupils aged three to sixteen years who have an Education Health Care Plan, with a wide range of learning difficulties including:
• Moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties
• Speech, language and communication difficulties
• Physical and sensory impairments
• Dyspraxia
• Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
• Autistic Spectrum Conditions including High functioning autism
• Pupils are grouped into pathways of learning

We are looking for a new leader who is passionate and committed to preparing pupils for adulthood to become independent, autonomous adults who can make a positive contribution to society. We need someone who can lead and inspire teachers to be aspirational for themselves and their pupils; someone who is able to communicate commitment and passion to staff, parents, pupils, partners, outside agencies and stakeholders, someone who leads the way to possibilities.

Our Opportunity
There are few schools in the country which offer the variety of opportunity as this one. Through this appointment you will be able to lead this unique and highly regarded school on to the next stage of its remarkable journey, working closely with North Yorkshire County Council SEND officers to develop and expand provision. You must exhibit confidence, empathy and a clear focus on building a healthy workplace culture to benefit the wellbeing of the staff and pupils.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher to develop and implement effective strategies to raise standards and continually improve pupil attainment and progress. With a meticulous eye for detail, you will must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils with SEND, their progress and attainment and the provision that each individual requires, whilst being able lead us on the journey set out in the vision.

Applying for the job

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, to view the job description & person spec and how to apply please visit our dedicated campaign site – https://bit.ly/3Ao41Ua

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 16
Education phase
School size
265 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 16
Contact phone number

About Mowbray School

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our opportunity of Executive Headteacher at Mowbray School. We have gathered together lots of useful information to help you understand Mowbray, its culture and our students. We hope the position will be one in which you can develop your career whilst making a difference to the lives of our children and young people, families and staff.

Situated in the beautiful rural North Yorkshire, our co-educational special school has two sites, one in Bedale for pupils aged three years to sixteen years and another in Ripon, for pupils aged three years to eleven years. Both school sites work together with the same SLT and follow the same ethos, procedures, curriculum, opportunities and performance ideals.

We are incredibly proud of our school. We promote a warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere at both sites, and place great emphasis on working in partnership with parents/carers, young people, governors, and our communities. We aim to achieve our vision by providing a quality education in a safe and caring environment, where our pupils can enjoy their learning and social experiences.

All our pupils have EHCPs and therefore have an individualised curriculum taking advantage of the environment at school and the learning approach that we take through our different learning pathways, depending on their needs. Personalised learning is at the heart of the journey the children at Mowbray take. The learning during Early Years is through play, once children move into Year 1 and beyond they will begin their journey on a personalised pathway depending on their needs. Please read more on our distinct learning approach below:
• Semi-Formal Pathway
• Formal Pastoral Pathway
• Formal Pathway

We are looking for a new leader to continue the outstanding journey our school is on. Someone who will recognise the skills of the staff and will ensure the achievements of our pupils and students continue to improve. Someone who is passionate about special needs education and will champion the needs of young people who cannot do that for themselves. Someone with drive, enthusiasm and determination to enable the school to continue to progress its vision.

We want your skills as a passionate leader to make a difference, to enhance teaching and learning, enriching the personal development of our young people and ensuring everyone - staff, governors and pupils achieve their potential.

It is important to all at Mowbray that our new Executive Headteacher has a friendly, outgoing personality with a positive outlook, respect for difference, whilst being passionate and committed to enabling learners to aim high.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role 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.
To arrange a school visit by appointment please see the advert for more details of who to contact. To get a feel for our schools, we would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website and take a virtual tour round our school sites Ripon, Bedale and our school farm.

On behalf of the governing body, thank you again for your interest in Mowbray School and we look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,
Robert Dunning
Chair of Governors

Arranging a visit to Mowbray School

To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Julie Crichton on 07581 143421 or @julie.crichton@northyorks.gov.uk

School location

Masham Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2SD

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