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Clifton Green Primary School, York, North Yorkshire

Job details

Job role Teacher, Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary L11-L24

Job summary

The governing body is seeking to appoint a committed and experienced individual able to provide the management and leadership needed to further shape and deliver our school improvement plan. You will raise standards, concentrating on high quality teaching and learning and evidenced by good progress and achievement. You will need to be effective and highly motivated with the ability to develop a curriculum that will ‘uplift and extend’ while developing systems and promoting accountability. A skilled communicator, team builder and goal setter, you must also possess the gravitas to succeed in ensuring our partnership work is both maintained and developed to meet the ever changing needs of the school and the wider school community.

In return, you will receive support from the governors, parents, local authority, local academies and TSAs.

Applying for the job

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Supporting Documentation
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Supporting documents

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 433 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Clifton Green Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email steve.cooper2@northyorks.gov.uk

About Clifton Green Primary School

Situated around a mile north of the city centre in the Clifton suburb of York, Clifton Primary is a 2 form entry school with 444 pupils on roll including a Nursery which operates morning and afternoon sessions.

We serve a mixed catchment, predominantly around the Kingsway area of Clifton. This area mainly consisting of estates and terraced properties. Our pupils have a broad range of abilities with some who are very able and who take part in lots of extra-curricular activities right through to children with special educational needs. Some of these pupils receive support in our Hornbeam SEND classroom. Currently, we have 96 SEND pupils including 10 of those who have EHCPs.

Clifton Green serves an area in York that free school meals and pupil premium figures do not represent accurately. The IDACI (Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indicator) shows the area is in the 6% most deprived in England and 2 of the 3 most deprived neighbourhoods in York (out of 120). It should also be noted that York is in the bottom two funded LAs nationally.

Our children are described as enthusiastic, welcoming, friendly and confident. The school has a vibrant feel and benefits from a happy and supportive community. There is some real creative talent in the school.

That said, we have a broad range of behaviours and sometimes these can be challenging but we have a robust behaviour policy in place. Attendance at the school is above the national average.

Relationships with parents and carers are good. The school is positioned in the heart of the community and we endeavour to be a welcoming and open school for all. We maintain communication with parents and carers in a variety of ways including:

School Magazine - an opportunity to share the fantastic work of our pupils
Website and Facebook - regular communications through online channels of updates and events. This has also provided a platform to share additional learning content during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Letters - important updates given to all pupils to take home
Phone calls - during lockdown staff have been making phone calls to check in on wellbeing of pupils, especially those considered vulnerable.
In addition, we offer:

In-house breakfast and after school clubs, wrap around care from 7.30am – 5.45pm
Snack shack – providing food close to its sell buy date from supermarkets for a donation
Mud Pie Arts work closely with young children to develop speaking and listening through drama
Educational trips and visits supported by having the school minibus
Great use is made of the closeness and facilities of the city e.g. The Rose Theatre Shakespearean productions, the Minster, local libraries, various museums and historical sites.
Y5 residential visit to Carlton Lodge
Y6 annual trip to London and funded one-week Abbey Farm residential for 10 children
Clifton Wood, on school grounds, planted circa 2011 used for Forest School as well as a pond on school property and links with Homestead Park.
Sports Day on the beach in Scarborough
We also attend:

Young Voices concert
Annual Music concert for Y4-6 held at Peter’s School
We host:

Dads’ Breakfast Saturdays
Annual Bonfire Night
Annual Greenfest
Christmas performances
Advent fairs
We are also a Partner School with York Theatre Royal (last year performing Julius Caesar)

We also benefit from strong collaborative partnerships with the following:

Pathfinder TSA – buying in CPD and will have 2 teaching students on their first placement this year
York St John – 2 final year students
Ebor Academy Trust – training and support for apprentices and teaching assistant training level 3
York College – training and support for apprentices (Apprenticeship Awards regional winners of SME category and highly commended in the National Awards
York Schools and Academies Board – advice network is readily available through the regular meetings with the HeadteacherClifton Green Primary School is, above all else, a school at the beating heart of its community. We serve a truly mixed catchment area and thrive on the vibrant mixture of support and challenge that we are able to offer our children and families.

We are, to borrow the phrase, “on a journey”. We have been graded a Good school and currently have a Requires Improvement grading but might have placed ourselves in the new model as having many good features and potentially able to secure a Good grading in the very near future. As it has for many, COVID has changed things, yet it has also underpinned exactly why we are on the cusp of that level of external approval.

The vacancy has arisen following the departure of our Headteacher who was in that position for 9 years. Since September 2019, we have been working with our Acting Headteacher, Miss N Jones. There has been significant turnover amongst the Governing Body during the same time but with a strong body still in place. These changes set the scene for an appointment which will take Clifton Green forward to secure Good and better whilst maintaining its place as a community driven, children centred provision for learning and growth for all.

We have not stood still during the academic year of 2019/20, nor have we hidden away during Lockdown. Our Curriculum Vision, our drive for Inclusion and development of Quality First Teaching are at the centre of our planning. Budget is well managed but not in surplus yet, Staffing is very secure, highly skilled and just as highly motivated to embrace as an opportunity the challenge of re-opening to all. We work closely with our Local Authority, City of York, and benefit from strong relationships with our nearest Academy Trust schools and Teaching School Alliances.

We are a collaborative Governing Body with high engagement in school strategy and are determined to build on some superb foundations as well as to learn from the past challenges that we have overcome. We have implemented a new leadership structure to underpin our vision and have an open mind in this recruitment process to empowering a new visionary and inspiring leader. This is a true and transparent opportunity to lead our school to an outstanding future.

We look forward to your involvement and participation in this process.

Arranging a visit to Clifton Green Primary School

As you will understand, given the current situation with Covid – 19, it may not be possible to visit our school in advance of your application and it is highly likely that the assessment event will take place remotely. However, for an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Steve Cooper (Tel: 07976 653898) who has been engaged by the governors to support this recruitment process.

School location

Kingsway North, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 6JA