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Pre-Prep School Principal

Highgate SchoolHaringey

Job title: Pre-Prep School Principal

Dates: 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 10th or 11th November at Highgate School. The final round of interviews will take place on 24th or 25th November.

Salary: The School will offer a competitive salary and generous benefits to reflect the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The Principal’s salary is normally subject to annual review.

Reporting to: Head of Highgate School

Location: Highgate, London

Type of position: Permanent – Term Time Only

Start date: The successful applicant will take up the appointment in September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Highgate Pre-Prep is for pupils aged 4–7 and we have around 140 pupils within our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

From September 2021, we move to a three-form entry in Reception and the following two years we will grow into a three-form entry school from Reception to Year 2. We have planned for this expansion and will be embarking upon an exciting new building project to be completed in August 2022. The great majority of pupils transfer at age 7 to Highgate Junior School.

We are a School that takes a creative and reflective approach to education, with a focus on how children learn, not just what they learn. Throughout their time at the Pre-Preparatory School the children develop resilience, creativity and a sense of responsibility not only as a learner but also as a member of the Highgate community and wider society.

The pupils are bright, well-motivated and responsive and the school itself is extremely well-resourced in both human and material terms. With these advantages, the Pre-Prep can afford to be both aspirational and ambitious in the quality of education it offers. It attracts top-class teachers who enjoy the freedom from preparing pupils for entrance tests. It offers a very happy and engaging environment in which to teach and learn.

Responsibilities and duties of Pre-Preparatory Principal

This role offers a fantastic and rewarding career move to lead our award-winning Pre-Preparatory School!

You will lead a dedicated and skilled team of teaching and support staff, as well as directing the wellbeing and education of over 140 pupils aged 4 to 7.

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 Junior 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:

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