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Head of Preparatory School

Head of Preparatory School

Haberdashers' Boys' School


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Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
9 February 2018

Job overview

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School is one of the leading independent day schools in the country. First opened in 1690, the School has a proud tradition of educational excellence and of nurturing the talents and interests of bright boys from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds.

Educating more than 1,450 boys aged 5 - 18 years on a picturesque 100-acre campus in Elstree, the School offers a learning environment which challenges boys to achieve the highest academic standards, and a wide-ranging co-curricular programme to give them a broad range of achievements, and a sense of community and shared values.

The Preparatory School has built a national reputation for academic and pastoral excellence based on the boys’ love of learning both within the classroom and through their co-curricular activities. Located on the main Elstree campus, the purpose built Preparatory School provides a stimulating environment in which 220 boys live and learn. The Pre-Preparatory School is based approximately six miles north on a separate site in a quiet residential area surrounded by woodland and is home to 72 boys.

This position offers an opportunity for a forward-thinking and inspiring leader to build upon the successes of the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools through delivering a collaborative and modern vision which lays the foundations for a world-class education.

Further information on the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools can be found at  

A candidate brief is available from

Application forms, letters of application and CVs should be sent by the closing date, Friday 9 February 2018, to Peter Lawrence, Odgers Berndtson quoting reference PWL/65415.

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School 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 (DBS).

About Haberdashers' Boys' School

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+44 20 8266 1700

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Haberdashers' Boys' School is a large independent school located in the village of Elstree, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1690, the all-through school educates around 1,200 boys aged 5-18, all of whom are day pupils.

The School has a selective admissions policy, with prospective students for the senior school expected to pass entrance exams across a range of subjects. The best-performing boys are interviewed to ascertain their suitability for a place at the School. Entrance to the pre-prep and prep departments is also selective, with assessed playgroup sessions and exams used depending on the boy’s age.


Robert Sykes

Values and vision

Haberdashers' Boys' School maintains rigorous academic standards, in order to allow talented students to achieve their full potential. The School has a strong reputation for academic excellence, and seeks to keep its pupils engaged and interested throughout their time at Habs. It achieves this through the attendance of high-profile speakers and a strong investment in co-curricular activities such as sporting events and school trips, all supported by an array of extensive modern facilities.

Teaching staff

The members of the School's teaching staff are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and reflect the diversity within Habs. All are well qualified and have strong subject knowledge with a deep sense of commitment to the welfare of the boys and to help them achieve their very best. There is a strong sense of community within the common rooms, which are harmonious and dynamic places where staff work hard in a collaborative and purposeful atmosphere. There is a growing international dimension to the work of staff with regular visits overseas and links with the best schools across the globe.

Support for staff at every stage of their career is exceptional, with one of the foremost and forward-thinking professional development plans in the country. Pedagogy and teacher development takes a collaborative approach which is both voluntary and open-minded.  Many teaching staff attend Learning Lunches where their peers will demonstrate new developments or ideas with which they have been experimenting.  In addition, teachers can request specific training which is often run in well attended Twilight Training sessions at the end of a school day.  The School operates an ‘open door’ approach with teachers regularly observing and learning from each other.

To find out more about teaching and learning at Haberdashers', view our video here:

ISI report

“The School fulfils its aim to provide an outstanding educational experience and enable pupils to perform to the highest level of their ability. Pupils make excellent progress and demonstrate exceptional achievement in their levels of attainment and co-curricular activities.”

View Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School's latest ISI report

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