L6 – L11
Nun Monkton Foundation Primary School
Start date: September 2021
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L6 – L11
Contract term: Permanent
Teaching commitment: 0.5 fte
Rated as Good by Ofsted, we are a successful, friendly, rural school located centrally within a conservation village between York and Harrogate, with easy access to the A1. The village is approached from the A59 along a 2 mile no through road and lies at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Nidd.
We believe our school is a unique, small and secure place, which inspires a love of learning through the environment, and a passion to aim high. Through inspirational teaching, we develop confident, resilient and creative learners who flourish and feel special. Known in our community for being well behaved, respectful and polite, all our KS1 and KS2 children achieve expected levels or above.
Though small, we have excellent facilities including a Forest School on our doorstep, unlimited access to the village green, a small playground with covered area for outdoor play and wrap around care.
We are seeking to appoint a committed and experienced professional to further shape our improvement plan. The successful candidate will continue to raise standards whilst ensuring our vibrant and happy environment is maintained.
Able to effectively motivate inspire and influence children, staff and stakeholders, you will assume responsibility for all aspects of school life. This will include directing the school’s strategic planning, leading the development of the curriculum and delivering an outstanding provision which meets the needs of all our children. You will also have a 0.5 teaching commitment.
To succeed, you must be a proven leader and manager with outstanding teaching skills and the ability to develop our small, dedicated team while maximising achievement. An excellent communicator, you must also possess the skills needed to maintain and develop our positive relationships with parents while building ever stronger ties with the wider school community. You’ll also need a good understanding of the needs and requirements of a small, rural school.
In return, you will be supported by a strong Governing Body, dedicated staff, the Local Authority, the Boroughbridge and Rural Cluster and North Star Teaching Alliance, which provides us with student teacher placements, NQT, and RQT training, general training, moderation opportunities, networking and collaboration opportunities, the sharing of guest speakers and head teacher breakfast networking meetings.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.nyresourcing.co.uk/headteacher-nun-monkton-primary-school/
If you would like to arrange a visit our school (outside of normal hours) or would like an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact Steve Cooper from NYCC Resourcing Solutions at email@example.com or on 07976 653898. 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.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 March 2021
Shortlisting: Thursday 11 March 2021
Interviews: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 March 2021
When applying please take into account the following:
The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. The information in Supporting Information 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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Local authority maintained school
31 pupils enrolled
3 to 11
About Nun Monkton Primary Foundation School
Nun Monkton School is a unique, small and secure place, which inspires a love of learning through the environment and a passion to aim high. Through inspirational teaching and working as a close knit team, we develop confident, resilient and creative learners who flourish and feel special in this vibrant and happy environment.
One of many small village schools in rural North Yorkshire that has less than 50 on roll, the majority of our children come from the local catchment area. Almost all children are White British and most speak English as their first language.
The school (built circa 1905) faces out onto the village green and is owned by the Dorothy Wilson Trust, a small educational charity, though the fabric is maintained by North Yorkshire County Council. There are classrooms on two floors, a school office and two small group rooms. Many adaptations to the building and outside play area have been undertaken to ensure the school meets the highest educational standards. The school currently hosts the hub for the local community’s broadband access.
Our catchment area is defined by the boundaries of the parish of Nun Monkton including outlying farms, the community of Widdington and the Skipbridge and Gowlands complexes. Currently out of the 37 children on roll, only six are from outside this catchment area.
The proportion of children attending Nun Monkton School who have special educational needs or disability is above the national average though those supported by the pupil premium are below average.
All children, from 5 onwards, are actively encouraged to give everything a try; from sporting activities and theatrical productions in front of a range of audiences, to undertaking a reading in church. Because we have such small, mixed classes, we place great emphasis on developing good communication skills. The teaching staff promote kindness and collaborative behaviours across the school community e.g. older children assist the younger children at breaks and take ownership of being part of a small caring sharing unit.
Our children are confident, respectful and polite. The children play across the age ranges, making allowances for their younger colleagues when playing games like football, and in turn, the younger children learn by example. Children report that they love coming to school, and we receive regular positive feedback from village residents (e.g. when helping at an “open gardens” event a visitor took time to write to the school, highlighting the outstanding helpfulness and friendliness of the Nun Monkton children).
Whilst behaviour is excellent, we do have some children with challenging and complex needs. Two children carry a statement of special educational needs and one child spends two days a week with us and the other three at a special school. Regardless of this, our aim is that all children leave us as mature, well-rounded and articulate young people
We have a very attractive teacher/pupil ratio of one teacher to 12 children, which enhances our ability to value each child as an individual and provide the opportunities for them to develop to their full potential within a caring and secure environment. We encourage a wide variety of experiences, opportunities and skills outside of the National Curriculum and value and recognise non-academic achievements in our assemblies and our world of learning passports.
We are a Forest School, using a section of woodland 150m from the school and provided gratis by a local landowner. The woodland has been adapted for use throughout the school year. Currently, we have one teacher fully trained while another will commence training in April. We make full use of our local environment and the whole school has unlimited access to the village green, which uniquely has open grazing for cows, duck ponds, a maypole, an abundance of flora and fauna and a communal parish football pitch. Being directly outside the school gate, it is used at play and lunch times on a regular basis. This compensates for our rather small playground at the rear of the school, which incorporates a covered area for outside play and provides for continuous access for the EYFS children to pursue a learning through play-based curriculum.
We have responded to the need for wrap around care by providing a daily breakfast club and three after school clubs running until 6:00 pm. Activities are diverse and include a film club, baking and crafts. We participate extensively within the community at events including Feast Day, open gardens, art projects, allotments, conservation projects and surveys of the flora on the village green etc.
We maximise the use of educational visits (linked to topics) to enhance work in school but also value visits purely for enrichment and reward. We have an upper school residential and children regularly take part in inter-school sports events and attend swimming lessons during one term per year.
From Autumn 2017 to the end of the Summer term 2019 we formed an informal partnership with a neighbouring small village school, Great Ouseburn Primary School, and had a shared head (50/50). This framework was put in place after the resignation of our own (full time) Headteacher, when the Governing Body decided that partnership or federation with another small school was something we wanted to explore further, initially on an informal basis.
By summer 2019, our partner school wished to revert to having their Headteacher full time. Their school numbers had increased, their school budget had improved, and they therefore did not wish to pursue partnership or federation. At that point, our Governing Body, also accounting for rising school numbers, an improved budgetary position, and a review of the community/village school framework, decided that a full time Headteacher should be appointed with a part time teaching commitment.
Arranging a visit to Nun Monkton Primary Foundation School
If you would like to arrange a visit our school (outside of normal hours) or would like an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please contact Steve Cooper from NYCC Resourcing Solutions, on 07976 653898. 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.