Headteacher Vacancy

An exceptional position combined with a high quality of life in North Yorkshire 

Salary range (Band 7)
Closing date for applications: 9th June at 12.00 noon Interviews: 20th to 22nd June.

A unique opportunity has arisen to lead our innovative and successful school which is located in the market town of Richmond. Set against a backdrop of an 11th Century castle overlooking the beautiful River Swale, there are excellent nearby road and rail access to all major routes.
The School has a rich heritage dating back to 1392 – yet a recent multi-million pound BSF investment has created outstanding facilities for education in the 21st century. We sit at the heart of, and share many outstanding links with our local Community. With 1,460 pupils, including a sixth form of 270, we are a large Local Authority community school which is currently progressing towards academy status within a Multi- Academy setting.

As Headteacher you will be responsible for leading Richmond School & Sixth Form College to build on its high standards and academic achievements. You will have a significant track record as a leader and manager and a sound understanding of the demands and skills required to maintain excellent education in a non-selective setting. You will be highly driven, dedicated, passionate and ambitious for the future of all our students.
In our most recent Ofsted inspection (January 2017), inspectors found:

  • The strong leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders has created a culture in which everyone can succeed;
  • Teachers who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subjects, are respected by pupils and have high expectations for all pupils;
  • Pupils who are keen to do well and to succeed in their learning, who are polite, courteous and respect one another and their school; 
  • Classrooms noted for a vibrancy that inspire pupils to learn; 
  • Sixth form students are excellent role-models for younger students in the school.

To arrange a visit in advance of application, please contact Audrey Pledge via the email below or by the school telephone 01748 850111.
Completed application forms should be sent to: apledge@richmondschool.net

Richmond School & Sixth Form College takes its responsibility for safeguarding children very seriously and shortlisted applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS, along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.


Introduction from The Chair of Governors

Dear Potential Candidate


Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of Headteacher at Richmond School & Sixth Form College. We are very excited about the prospect of welcoming a new Headteacher in January 2018. The successful candidate will be joining what is one of the largest, oldest and best performing secondary schools in North Yorkshire.


Our future Headteacher will also be joining the school at an exciting time as we embark on academy status.  The successful candidate will be driving further improvements in our school as we seek to become an Academy Trust.


Over recent years the Governing Board and the Senior Leadership Team have formed a very powerful partnership which we all feel has taken the school a long way towards its ultimate goal of reaching an “Outstanding” OFSTED category. This is a journey on which we are expecting our new Headteacher to continue and ultimately achieve. The future Headteacher will also be expected to help develop strategic plans to support a wider education agenda in the North of England.


If the challenge and opportunity of this headship sounds like something you would be attracted to, then we would welcome receipt of an application and I would like to wish you my personal good luck with that process.

Yours sincerely

James A Robson MBE

Chair of Governors

Contact Us

Richmond School

Darlington Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 7BQ

01748 850111


Sixth Form


01748 828136



Governing Board

The Chair of the Governing Board can be contacted by e-mailing: