Appointment of a Head, Somerset

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Downside SchoolSomerset

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Appointment of a Head

Downside School is situated on an iconic site in rural Somerset where it provides an outstanding boarding and day education for girls and boys aged 11 to 18. It has deep and historic links with Catholic communities worldwide.

Earlier this year, Downside appointed its first lay Chair of Governors, and is now embarking on a new period of change. The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to develop the vision of Benedictine education. The Head will be an outstanding ambassador for the School, building on a strong platform of academic, co-curricular and pastoral success to ensure that Downside is well-equipped to meet the challenges of a changing educational landscape. 

The successful candidate will be a practising Roman Catholic and energetic leader, with first-class strategic skills, strong intellectual abilities and a substantial track record of senior leadership. The Head will inspire a high calibre and committed senior leadership team and engage the entire community in the pursuit of excellence. A strong commitment to Downside’s Benedictine formation and a belief in the continuing value of the School’s links with the English Benedictine Congregation is essential. 

To download the appointment details for this role, including information on how to apply, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference 3416. The closing date for applications is 0830hrs GMT on Thursday 8th March 2018.

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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