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Junior School Principal

Highgate Junior SchoolHaringey


The Junior School is one of the largest, if not the largest Key Stage 2 Independent Junior School in the country. 

There are 445 pupils from Years 3 to 6 in 5 classes in each of these four year groups. It is a happy, vibrant and busy place where each child feels safe and is valued, nurtured and developed as an individual. 

We are fortunate to be a ‘through’ school where pupils do not face an academic hurdle to transition into Highgate Senior School. This is an opportunity which we embrace by providing a wide and rich curriculum not constricted or constrained by senior school tests or externally imposed curriculum needs. In addition, we see the pupil experience as being a celebration of childhood where every year matters. By way of example, a child only gets one go at being in Year 4 so we must ensure their experience of it is as good as it can be. We are not a ‘prep' school where we are overtly preparing pupils for something better that will come later in their educational journey. Our Year 6 pupils should leave us firmly believing there are no glass ceilings to any aspect of their learning or their wider school experience.

Responsibilities and duties of Junior School Principal

This role offers an exciting and rewarding career move to head up our award-winning Junior School! 

You will lead a vibrant and talented team of teaching and support staff, as well as direct the wellbeing and education of over 400 pupils aged 7 to 11. 

Reporting to the overall Head of Highgate School, you will also play a pivotal role in making strategic leadership decisions alongside the four deputy Heads in the Senior School and the Pre-Preparatory School Principal, and work collaboratively with the Bursar and senior support staff, in addition to senior academic colleagues to benefit the entire School foundation.

To apply:

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Highgate School on this appointment.

Applications should be made via Highgate’s website:

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 24th September 2021. 

Following a meeting on Thursday 30th September, candidates will be notified as to whether they will be invited for preliminary discussions with a consultant at Saxton Bampfylde. These meetings will take place during the week commencing 4th October. 

Subsequent to a shortlisting meeting on Wednesday 13th October/ Thursday 14th October, selected candidates will be invited to a first round of panel interviews. Saxton Bampfylde will notify candidates who are not moving forward. 

The first round of interviews will take place on 3rd or 4th November at Highgate School. The final round of interviews will take place on 17th or 18th November.

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