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Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust Head Teacher Vacancy   

Head Teacher Required at St Benedict's Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy Redcar 

Please go to the following website for more details: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stbenedicts

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher of St Benedict’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy.

St Benedict’s serves the Catholic Community, and the wider community, of the whole town of Redcar which is a very large attractive residential community located where the North Yorkshire Moors meet the North East Yorkshire Coast line. Redcar has a proud history as a fishing community, holiday resort and steel town but is now predominantly a residential area with a wide range and mix of styles and types of housing. Redcar has good communication links with the whole of the Tees Valley and beyond and there are many attractive and interesting places in the area for making a home or for enjoying during times of leisure.

St Benedict’s is a 14 class Primary School which became part of the Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust in September 2015 and shares a site integrated with Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy. The school buildings were completed as part of a PFI project in 2006, with modern attractive buildings and outstanding facilities.

The school is committed to a high degree of corporate working with staff, Governors and Trust Directors, pupils, parents, parish and the wider community all contributing to the life of the school. The school ethos is welcoming with the belief of ‘Together with God we Love, Learn and Grow’.

The Ofsted inspection in November 2013 commented on the skills and determination of the new leadership team, who had been appointed just weeks before, to improve the school’s work. Since then, there has been year on year improvements as all leaders within the school now have a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the quality of teaching throughout all phases. They play an effective role in promoting high expectations and aspirations for all our children.

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools, acknowledged the progress made by the School in his letter dated December 2015:-

“I am writing to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils for the school’s continuing improved performance in national key stage 2 tests. Your school’s results, as published on 10th December, show that you are amongst the 100 top performing schools based on sustained improvement in attainment at level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics each year from 2012 – 2015”.

A recent review carried out by the Diocesan Primary Advisor also identified the following strengths:

  • There is a strong vision and ambition for the school, shared by leaders at all levels including Governors, which has led to a culture of high expectations and a determination to secure and sustain high quality teaching.
  • Leaders, including Governors, have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development, formulated from a well-planned monitoring timetable which leads to weekly reports of actions and outcomes by leaders.
  • Assessment is used effectively in order that staff have a clear understanding of the children’s starting points and so can modify teaching in order that the children achieve well. Assessment is used within lessons to move children on in order to challenge and maximize progress. Consistent application of the school’s marking, feedback and response policy is evident across the school.
  • Children are confident and articulate when talking about their learning, able to explain how to improve their work and further progress.

After a very successful period of time at the school, the current Headteacher is now retiring. Since her appointment, the school has gone from strength to strength and are confident of achieving a good or better judgement at the next Ofsted visit. We therefore wish to appoint a Headteacher who will not only take the school to an Ofsted judgement of ‘good’ but will then move it forward to an Ofsted judgment of ‘outstanding’.

The appointed Headteacher will develop outstanding practice and high expectations within the school, will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, will nurture Catholic values, will build on current strong practice but will also be expected to bring fresh ideas to continue the drive forward.

St Benedict’s is a member of The Landmark Teaching School Alliance which is led by St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy (a designated teaching school) itself part of the Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust together with two other Primary Catholic Voluntary Academies and a Secondary Catholic Academy.

The Governors believe that we offer an outstanding opportunity to take a fully active role in the success of St Benedict’s, and warmly welcome your interest in becoming the Headteacher.

Tony Montague - Chair, St Benedict’s Local Management Board

Francis Campbell - Chair of Directors, Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust

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