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Head of Senior Girls School

Head of Senior Girls School

Merchant Taylors' Girls' School


Attractive package
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
For September 2018
Apply by:
26 September 2017

Job overview

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a family of schools at a strategically important point in their history. Following a comprehensive review of how the four Merchant Taylors’ Crosby schools operate, the Governors have identified a key strategic priority of the two single sex senior schools working together more collaboratively, integrating their shared ethos and approach, and maximising the advantages of a close relationship with each other, whilst each school retains its own identity. The Head of the Senior Girls’ School will be integral in ensuring the Governors realise this vision; a new Head will also be appointed to lead the Senior Boys’ School opening up a genuine opportunity for enhanced collaboration between the schools.

In addition to leading this change, the incoming Head will be responsible to the Board of Governors for the whole conduct of the Girls’ School’s affairs and for promoting its ethos and development in line with the shared vision and strategy for the Merchant Taylors’ family of schools. The Head will provide the leadership and management which will enable the School to give its pupils the “best education for life”, while promoting the highest possible standards of achievement, care and welfare amongst the School’s pupils and staff.

Candidates must show a strong track record of leadership in a school setting as well as excellent communication and change skills. He/she will work in a collaborative manner and be able to adopt a strategic approach to the future of Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, working with the family of schools as a whole.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Merchant Taylors’ Schools on this appointment.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference CAXAB. Alternatively email  or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by 12pm (noon) BST on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

The appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks in accordance with DfE guidance, to satisfactory references, satisfactory clearance from the DBS, proof of identity and qualifications and a satisfactory medical report. Merchant Taylors’ is committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

Merchant Taylors’ Schools, Crosby

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About Merchant Taylors' Girls' School

Merchant Taylors’ is one of the oldest and most highly-respected Girls’ Schools in the North of England.

Founded in 1888 in Crosby, north of Liverpool, the school has a proud record of helping girls to achieve academic success, an extensive programme of enrichment and co-curricular opportunities and an environment that values care and respect for others.

When girls join in Year 7, to the day they leave in Sixth Form, they are encouraged to explore fresh interests, take part in new activities, broaden their horizons and make new friends. Girls are supported to understand the ways in which they can grow as young women of the future by seizing opportunities and challenges and gaining the tools to thrive.

There are also various opportunities to collaborate with the nearby Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, in activities such as drama and music productions, the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and co-educational classes in selected subjects for Sixth Form students.


Mrs Claire Tao

Values and Vision

Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School combines a proud history with a commitment to innovation in education to create the very best platform for the future education of girls.

Girls are encouraged to be ambitious, to develop at a pace that is right for their own talents and needs and have the character and confidence to take risks and try new ways of improving what they do.

Its happy, caring family of staff and pupils underpins everything that is so wonderful about the school. There are strong bonds between girls and their teachers, who encourage each other to promote and support the development of each individual girl. As a result, girls flourish.

The school is rightly proud of its reputation for academic excellence and the breadth of the school curricula allows girls to develop their intellectual curiosity, a real passion for life-long learning and receive a very personalised approach to their studies.


"The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent. High quality aspirational teaching ensures that the school is highly successful in meeting its aim of educating pupils in the fullest sense.

"Pupils are exceptionally self-confident, self-assured and responsible. Relationships across the school are excellent, underpinned by outstanding levels of mutual respect."

View Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School’s latest Inspection report

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