Head, Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date:Expiring soon

Peponi HouseNairobi, Kenya

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Excellent, with comprehensive benefits
Contract term: Permanent

New buildings, new opportunities, and an exciting future vision

This is an exceptional opportunity to take over the headship of one of the leading prep schools in Kenya. Located in a leafy suburb of Nairobi, Peponi House is highly regarded and educates almost 400 children aged 6 to 13, from a cosmopolitan mix of local and expatriate families. Noted both for the quality and breadth of its education and for its lively and cheerful atmosphere, Peponi prepares the children for entry to its sister senior school some 30km outside Nairobi, as well as to leading boarding schools, primarily in the UK. The school’s motto “A school of many nations, a family of one” sums it up perfectly.

The current Head, Robert Blake, is retiring after 14 years and his successor will take over a thriving school which is in the process of being almost completely rebuilt.  The new buildings represent a very significant capital investment by any standards and underline the school’s vision of being “the best prep school in sub-Saharan Africa”. This is an adventurous goal and the new Head will be someone who is excited by the professional, academic and pastoral scope it offers.  In parallel, the Kenyan education system is evolving and now seeks to produce self-sufficient children with highly developed “soft skills”, rather than detailed knowledge of obscure facts and figures. Peponi’s inspiring and innovative education exactly meets this national aspiration.

The successful candidate will be a current Head, Deputy or similar, with high quality educational and leadership experience as well as passion, commitment and a degree of resilience. Kenya has its frustrations as well as its joys, so you will need patience as well as energy and drive. Above all, you must really understand prep education and how young children learn and grow.

In return we are offering the chance to enjoy great job satisfaction and achieve a better quality of life in a wonderful location. Nairobi is a bustling city but the school is in a quiet and green suburb and you’ll have easy access to countryside. The Kenyan coast and mountains are world-class destinations.  There will be an excellent reward and relocation package.

A briefing document and an application form can be downloaded from this page. After you have read the briefing, our advising consultant, Simon Shneerson, will be happy to discuss the school and the role in the strictest of confidence. He can be contacted on +44 (0) 7986 100237, seven days a week between 8 am and 9pm UK time, or his e-mail address is info@simonshneerson.com

Closing date for applications: 10 am on Tuesday, 22nd October
First interviews in London: Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November (choice of dates)
Shortlist visits to Nairobi: fly out Saturday 23rd November, return overnight on Tuesday 26th.

Peponi House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants will be subject to child protection screening, including checks with past employers, the UK Disclosure and Barring Service and/or authorities in other countries.



More about Peponi House
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 6 - 13 years
Address: Lower Kabete, PO Box 23203, Nairobi, 00604, Kenya. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +254 202 585 710
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Peponi House is in Lower Kabete, a lovely green suburb to the north west of Nairobi. We have 11 acres of grounds, so there is plenty of room for the 365 children to play and to grow. Classes are kept to a maximum of 20 across the school, with three c...