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Head of Design Engineering

The Stephen Perse FoundationCambridge, Cambridgeshire

We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

I am immensely excited to have been appointed as the Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation and am really looking forward to leading the Foundation in the years ahead. I am excited because all of the evidence I have seen tells me that the Foundation is superbly well placed, both to meet the challenges, and to seize the opportunities, presented by its future as a leader in modern independent education.

Any school, indeed any group of schools, is only as strong as its people. The Stephen Perse Foundation boasts exceptional people across all of its schools and nurseries, and invests in their recruitment, development and empowerment to ensure its pupils benefit from excellent role modelling, outstanding support and exceptional teaching. As incoming Principal, I realise the central importance of continuing this investment.

At the Stephen Perse Foundation, all are united in embracing the modern world and in seeking to help our pupils to find and take their place in it, as confident, socially responsible adults. We seek to attract people who are inspired by this challenge, people who share the Foundation’s values, people who are passionate about our collective vision of developing the change makers of the future.

Richard Girvan


Responsible to: Deputy Head Academic

Location: Senior School/Sixth Form, Cambridge

The Design Engineering Department

The main Design Engineering department is based at the senior school in the STEM building. The main resources include 3 fully equipped mixed materials workshops. Lessons are taught from KS 3 -5 and a full curriculum of exciting designing and making activities is taught by four teachers and supported by three technicians. The department also offers many clubs and extracurricular activities to enhance learning opportunities. At present we offer GCSEs in DT and 3D Design, and A level DT.   

Your Role as a Leader

As a Head of Department, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the Stephen Perse Foundation continues to be an exceptional place to learn. You will act as a bridge between the senior team and your colleagues in the department, translating the big picture into the day-to-day reality of school life and influencing policy.

As a leader of teaching and learning, you will be a role model for your colleagues and will represent the department at Head of Department meetings chaired by the Deputy Head Academic.

Application process

Please apply directly through our online recruitment portal by clicking the Apply button below.

We are unable to accept CVs as a method of application.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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