This job expired on 26 November 2023

  • Start date details

    January 2024 start, will consider April 2024 for the right candidate

  • Closing date

    26 November 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 November 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: Standard full time hours

Contract type


Pay scale

MP3-6 + TLR2, £31,750 - £38,810

Additional allowances

TLR 2:1 - £3,017

What skills and experience we're looking for

Come and join a village primary school that is part of an outstanding collaboration of academies who work together to become ‘beacons on the moors’, representing our interconnected rural communities where learning is embedded in the land, working collaboratively to each provide a unique, world-class education to prepare our pupils for the next stage in their life journeys.’

We are looking to appoint a colleague to join us as a ‘Teacher-in-Charge’ and KS2 (Y3-6) Class Teacher. This is potentially an excellent training ground for a Headship or other senior leader role. Regrettably, this opportunity is not suitable for ECTs.

This is a permanent post, ideally to start in January 2024, although an April start will be considered for the right person.

We are looking for:

  • A skilled professional who has an engaging and inspirational style of teaching and can differentiate across KS2.
  • Someone who has the drive and ambition to make sure our children achieve their very best, and promotes academic excellence
  • An established teacher with a flair and passion for primary education who will embrace working and teaching in our school.
  • A professional with senior leadership skills or aspirations to develop these, who can contribute and lead on school development initiatives.
  • A highly-organised individual who is able to manage the day-to-day operation running of a small school, balanced with their own teaching commitment, in the absence of Executive Headteacher (who also leads Glaisdale Primary School).
  • Someone who will embrace our nurture principles and a nurturing approach to supporting children with a range of needs.
  • The ability to act as the deputy designated safeguarding lead.
  • A leader who can support the development of subjects/initiatives across their own school and others.

What the school offers its staff

We can offer you:

  • Delightful children who respect each other, have a thirst for learning new things and a staff culture which allows new members to thrive and develop.
  • Opportunities to further develop your craft and a leadership team that will support your ideas and use school resources to help your career aspirations.
  • Significant leadership experience and development opportunities within Castleton and across the trust.
  • Opportunities to support other schools’ development.
  • A village school where staff tell us they ‘have tailored professional opportunities and are encouraged to play their part in our distributed leadership structure.’
  • Children who love being here and, in their words, ‘Castleton is a happy school and we learn from each other.’
  • An ambitious team and trust with a vision to make their schools ‘beacons on the moors’ – a location of outstanding practice which could be shared with all.

Further details about the role

Context of the school

Castleton School currently has 52 pupils on roll across two classes: Acorns (EYFS/KS1) and Oaks (KS2). Our children love the great outdoors and our rural location provides lots of opportunities for adventurous activities. All our pupils have regular outdoor learning sessions, in our extensive school grounds or within the local area.

We are looking for someone who can continue to nurture relationships with pupils, parents, governors and staff and who takes real pride in being part of our school community.

Castleton and Glaisdale schools share one Headteacher, who is based in each school throughout the week, supported by an enthusiastic team. Castleton and Glaisdale are founding members of a group of schools (West Cliff, Airy Hill, Lealholm, Oakridge, Castleton and Glaisdale), known as the Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust (YEAT), and we work closely to provide support and development opportunities to all staff.

Here at Castleton Primary, we are proud to take our wonderful children from Castleton and surrounding villages. In a small school such as ours, teamwork and excellent communication are vital, and we are looking for someone who is willing to pitch in with all aspects of school life to help us offer the very best experiences to our pupils

Find out more about life at Castleton by visiting our website: https://www.castletonprimaryschool.co.uk/

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Castleton Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
54 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 11

A rural forest school
Our breath-taking rural location is embraced by the school, including use of local woodland to support our high-quality forest school provision. Pupils talk passionately about their local community and its heritage and are also aspirational about their future plans.

We believe that all children should have regular opportunities to engage in outdoor learning.
Our forest school provision provides opportunities for children to develop a wide range of skills, as shown in the document below.
We are fortunate to have extensive grounds, hiding behind our school building, which include tiered gardens with a pond, greenhouse, forest school area, quiet zone and adventure playground. Within these areas, our pupils have frequent opportunities to observe wildlife (we have an owl box and bird houses), learn across different curriculum areas and much more!

Our staff are committed to providing a wealth of opportunities to all pupils. Our broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum is grounded in the locality and we pride ourselves on having strong community links. Pupils are provided with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, excellent resources - including 1:1 iPads – and daily access to our extensive school grounds. Pupils have regular swimming lessons and have the opportunity to compete in cross-school events linked to sports, technology and the Arts. We offer instrumental lessons taught by a peripatetic teacher and we are currently working towards the Arts Award Discover. Many pupils enjoy taking on leadership responsibilities, including being a school council representative.

We are proud to be a founding member of the Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust and opportunities to work collaboratively with pupils from other schools within the Trust are actively planned into the school year. We ensure that pupils from our small village community have opportunities to develop confidence and build relationships with their peers beyond Castleton, in preparation for their eventual transition to secondary school.

Staff have high expectations of all pupils and are keen to develop their resilience, independence and communication skills. Staff, pupils, parents and governors have worked together to create a set of oaths, which aim to enhance pupils’ broader development during their time at Castleton in order to ensure that all pupils are effectively prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.

Arranging a visit to Castleton Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email chloe.bullen@northyorks.gov.uk.

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