Head, Hurst

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Dolphin SchoolHurst

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Dolphin School is an IAPS co-educational day school and nursery – 230 children, aged 3-13

For forty eight years Dolphin students have explored the intellectual world around them and derived a genuine thrill from learning. From Year Two onwards, subject specialist teachers deliver the broad and stimulating curriculum, which combined with an extensive day and residential trip programme, results in children who love coming to school. 

Dolphin children may not realise it, but they are following a carefully structured learning programme, designed to bring out the very best in every child. Whether in Maths, English, Drama or Sport, students regularly win major scholarships to England’s leading public schools. More importantly, the love of learning developed at Dolphin helps them become interesting people, leading fulfilling lives.

Are you a charismatic and brave leader who knows how to instil confidence and respect in staff, parents and students? Are you prepared to lead the school from the front, whether in the common room or with our Year Eights in Italy? Can you be the next champion of the Freedom to Learn?

If so, we’d like you to join us to lead one of Britain’s most ambitious and successful prep schools. 

This may or may not be your first post as Headteacher. What’s more important than experience is a belief in academic rigour and a passion for education rather than the ‘education system’. And what’s absolutely essential is the strength and ability to inspire, communicate, work with, and get the best from everyone within and beyond the Dolphin community.

We look forward to hearing from you.

A candidate brief can be downloaded from Headteacher Candidate Information Brochure

Application forms, together with a covering letter detailing your suitability for the post, should be sent to the Clerk to the Board of Advisors, Dolphin School, Waltham Road, Hurst, Berkshire, RG10 0FR or emailed to bursar@dolphinschool.com

Application Deadline: Monday 18th June 

Dolphin School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the job, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

All successful applicants will be asked to complete PREVENT training, the ‘Channel’ online training software.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 13 years
Address: Waltham Rd, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0FR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 118 9341277
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Dolphin first opened its doors in 1970 as a Montessori Nursery and almost immediately acquired a reputation for instinctive and progressive education, based on sound principles and a philosophy that is maintained to this day.  For over forty yea...