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New Headteacher for Yardley Gobion Church of England Primary School


Yardley Gobion CE School and the wider village community joined together on Thursday 20th September to officially welcome Mrs. Val Griffiths as the new Head Teacher. Mrs. Griffiths joined the school in April but waited for the new academic year to have her official Commissioning Service at St. Leonard’s Church.


The Commissioning Service, officiated by the Bishop of Brixworth, Bishop John, asks the pupils, staff, parents and church to work together to support the new head in their role after the she has committed to work to achieve the best for the pupils in the schools care. The Bishop was aided in the service by Bible readings and prayers from the children and affirmations of support from representatives form the Governing Body, Reverend Diane Whittaker, the parish priest and Peter Cantley, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Peterborough.


Mrs. Griffiths said, “the service was incredibly special, for me and the whole school, and we were so delighted to welcome Bishop John and Peter as our special guests. I have been made to feel so welcome by the parents and wider community since I arrived, this really is a lovely way to make it official”.


The service saw the official presentation of the keys of the school to Mrs Griffiths, alongside lots of singing and laughter. Mrs Griffiths was also presented with a Bible from the Diocese.


“This gathering really represents the family feel of this wonderful school. I am very proud to be leading such an amazing group of staff and pupils and look forward to welcoming new children and families for years to come.”


Headteacher Conference 25th June 2019 Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering

Bookings are now open for our next Headteachers’ Conference on 25th June at Kettering Conference Centre.  We will be focusing on the new Ofsted inspection framework and lessons learnt from Ofsted pilot inspections, curriculum planning, opportunities for coaching Christian values through sport, marketing your CE school, and developing and implementing a vision for life in all its fullness.  We will be joined by Andrew Lakatos (Ofsted Lead Inspector, Diocesan Schools Effectiveness Advisor and former Headteacher) and Ruth Walker-Green (PDET Director of Learning and Achievement and former Headteacher), Andy Wolfe (Church of England Deputy Chief Education Officer - Leadership Development), Nicola Fountain (Headteacher of Rothersthorpe CE Primary School) and Chris Andrew (Director of Project Touchline). 

Bookings can be made through Alex Benoy, DBE Executive Administrator, and online at

The Rutland Learning Trust
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“The caring ethos in your school is a thread running through all aspects of school life. Pupils are proud of their school and they show respect and consideration for each other and their teachers. Leaders and other teachers run the school with its pupils at the centre. Teachers are skilled and enthusiastic, and consistently promote the school’s values. Pupils have an excellent ‘can do’ attitude to their work. Behaviour is excellent and pupils conduct themselves impeccably throughout the school day. They apply themselves to their work enthusiastically. Pupils confidently offer eloquent contributions to class discussions.”  OFSTED 2017

Group 2: Salary Range: Leadership Scale 6 – 14
Number on roll: 150

Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to lead a forward-thinking Church of England primary school at the heart of a vibrant community? Then come and visit our school. The Trustees and Governors would like to appoint an outstanding leader, with enthusiasm, energy and a passionate commitment to making a difference to the life chances of our children in a distinctively Christian environment.

Who are we looking for?

The successful applicant will be an outstanding practitioner with a proven track record of successful leadership and management with a commitment and vision to continue to develop all aspects of our school. We are looking for somebody who:
• Is an innovative, inspirational and strategic leader with a strong Christian vision for excellence and a belief that all children have the potential to succeed.
• Has a thorough understanding of what makes learning successful and how to develop a broad, rich and inspirational curriculum.
• Has the ability to drive forward sustained improvements in achievement and an unswerving focus on sustaining excellence in teaching and learning.
• Has excellent communication skills with the ability to engage, listen to and inspire children, staff, parents and the wider community, and build long lasting partnerships.
• Puts our children at the heart of all they do and has a genuine desire to motivate everyone to succeed and develop a love of learning.
• Is committed to working collaboratively with others to raise standards and aspirations for all children.
• Is committed to their own and others’ professional development.
• Uses evidence-based research to underpin strategic decisions.
• Is an excellent networker, able to seek out best practice and new ideas.
• Has a ‘can do’ mentality and a commitment to making a difference to the life chances of each child, leading them in sharing God’s love.

We can offer you:

• Happy, motivated, confident pupils who enjoy learning
• Children whose learning behaviours are excellent and whose love of learning is infectious
• Strong links with the local church and Diocese
• Forward-thinking, enthusiastic and committed governors
• A fantastic team - supportive and committed staff, dedicated to helping children’s academic, social and emotional development
• Great opportunities for professional and personal development – through the school, Rutland Learning Trust and Rutland Teaching School Alliance.

To arrange a visit or request an application pack, please contact St Nicholas school office on 01572 812337 or via email or visit the school or RLT websites.

Closing date: 12.00 Noon 12th April 2019. Shortlisting: 12th April 2019. Interview date(s): 30th April/ 1st May 2019