THE top job is up for grabs at a popular York primary school.

City of York Council is advertising for a new head teacher at St Oswald's CE School in Fulford with a salary of £59,558 – £69,022 a year.

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The school has 315 pupils and the new head will start in September as the current head, Sue Bland, is set to retire.

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The job description says: "Following the retirement of our current head teacher, this is an exciting opportunity to lead a successful school.

"You will have the opportunity to develop and implement effective strategies, raise standards and continue to improve pupil attainment and progress.

"With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils and the provision that each individual requires, whilst maintaining the ability to balance budgetary constraints.

"If you feel ready to be our next head teacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, commitment and energy to deliver our vision of excellence for our passionate pupils and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you."

York Press: St Oswald's CE School pupils celebrate thier good OFSTED with head teacher Sue BlandSt Oswald's CE School pupils celebrate thier good OFSTED with head teacher Sue Bland (Image: Frank Dwyer)

The school celebrated its 250th birthday in 2021 and was rated 'good' by Ofsted when it was last inspected in 2019.

At that time the report found pupils “behave exceptionally well”, praising them as “highly self-confident, respectful and caring individuals”, and said they were “now making stronger progress than in previous years”.

Inspectors also praised the quality of teaching as “strong”, following “ swift and effective action to improve the teaching of writing and mathematics”.

The report said: “Teachers know their pupils very well and have high expectations of them.

"They ask questions that tackle pupils’ misconceptions.

"As a result, pupils are challenged well and so they are focused and work hard.”

The inspectors praised the “drive, determination and commitment” of head teacher Sue Bland and her deputy and staff, who have “led to rapid improvement in teaching and outcomes".

Anyone wanting an informal, confidential conversation about the head teacher job role, please call Julie Crichton on 07816251317 or email

School visits can be arranged and for a tour hosted by Mrs Bland, please contact the school on 01904 555421 or email  

The closing date for all applications is midnight on February 5.