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  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    24 January 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    20 December 2021

Job details

Job role
Education support
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
£48K - £55K

Job summary

Northern Star Academies Trust

People Director

North Yorkshire

Use your HR Skills to change Lives
We are an ambitious Trust Partnership of primary and secondary schools, providing high quality education which improves the life chances of children and young people in North and West Yorkshire.

You are an ambitious HR professional looking for a dynamic leadership role where you can make your mark. Through your knowledge of workforce and organisational development you’ll support strategic change across the Trust, equipping us for the future. You’ll be in tune with our values as an organisation committed to widening educational opportunity for all.

With eight schools currently employing over 500 people, with plans to grow, we are looking for an individual who will bring an imaginative approach to HR practice to enable our school teams to thrive. Our new People Director will provide the professional leadership we need to help us recruit, develop, support and retain the people we need to succeed.

Find out more at:
Applications closing date: 9am, Monday 24 January 2022
Interviews: Thursday 27 January 2022

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Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
666 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

About Harrogate High School

Northern Star Academies Trust is a partnership of eight schools currently, linked together in three hubs across North and West Yorkshire, in Harrogate, Skipton and Keighley.

The Trust Partnership employs just over 500 people, providing high quality education to just over 3000 pupils.

You can read more about our Trust Partnership in our prospectus, attached as a download.
You can also read our five-year Trust Strategy here:

HR services for schools in the Partnership are provided by a central HR team, established in January 2021. The team currently consists of four people, including the new People Director, supported by an external payroll provider and an outsourced legal advice service.

The team has achieved a great deal in the last 12 months to set up an HR service from scratch, with a common payroll system, centralised recruitment and resourcing, and two HR Advisers working directly with schools. The team has a critical role in ensuring the Trust maintains the highest standards of safeguarding through its employment policies and practices.
Having laid the foundation of a centralised approach, we are now looking to take the HR function to the next level, with a new People Director as the lead HR professional for the Trust as a whole.

About the Role
This is a new role for the Trust, building on the work of the current HR team to equip the Trust with the skills and capabilities we need to meet our ambitious targets.

You will have the front line practical HR experience and credentials that will help us shape HR practice and build effective relationships with school leaders. At the same time, you will have the drive and potential to be an effective professional leader, driving up HR standards across the organisation as a whole. Above all, the Trust is looking for an individual whose personal values are in tune with the organisation’s values, working collaboratively to improve life chances for children and young people.

Northern Star is a Trust that recognises the importance of investing in its people. We are ready to invest in the right person to grow into this role, perhaps as their first significant leadership role, building on the significant HR expertise they already have.

The People Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), who is part of the Trust’s Executive Team along with the CEO and CFO.

If you would like an informal discussion with the COO to help you decide to apply for the role, email: to arrange a telephone appointment.

How to apply
To apply for this role, please complete the attached application form in full. In line with safer recruitment policies, we will not consider incomplete applications.

The deadline for applications in 9am on Monday 24 January 2022.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Arranging a visit to Harrogate High School

If you would like an informal discussion with the COO to help you decide to apply for the role, email: to arrange a telephone appointment.

School location

Ainsty Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4AP

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