Principal, West Sussex

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

Chichester Free SchoolWest Sussex

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £70,370 to £83,528 scale L24 to L31
Contract term: Permanent

Just south of the cathedral city and with easy access to the south coast and the South Downs, Chichester Free School currently has 1000 pupils (420 in Primary, 580 in Secondary) and 120+ staff.  We moved into our brand-new home in September 2018; a purpose-built modern school encompassing the original Convent building, which will allow us to expand to our capacity of 1260 pupils.

We aim to offer children of all abilities and from all backgrounds the opportunity for an excellent education. As an all-through school, we are well placed to really know our students and their families. We nurture, challenge and inspire each individual through a robust academic curriculum, delivered alongside a diverse enrichment programme that supports them to develop their own talents, interests and life skills.

Today we start our search for a new Principal to lead the school on the next phase of our journey and ideally they will be: -

  • An individual who can fully utilise and develop the leadership skills of all colleagues, as well as lead, motivate, challenge and inspire the whole school community.
  • A visionary and inspirational leader, enthusiastic about leading our all through school as it continues to grow and develop by delivering a rich, varied and innovative curriculum offer that meets our pupils needs in an ever-changing world.
  • Passionate about the development of the whole child – education, behaviour and welfare.

In return we will offer you: -

  • A thriving and vibrant inclusive school with a positive ethos and strong core values
  • A passionate hard-working staff who are dedicated to getting the best out of all our pupils
  • A high-quality exciting learning environment
  • Strong partnerships with parents and carers
  • A proactive, supportive and skilled governing body

Potential candidates may call Gay Grimwood, School Business Manager, with any questions on 01243 792690 ext. 211 or email

Informal visits to the school will be held on: Tuesday, 12 February 09:00 -11:00, Wednesday 13 February 09:00 -11:00 and Thursday, 14 February 11:15 – 13:15. Please contact Karie  Wright on 01243 792690 ext. 207 or email: to arrange a visit.

Closing date for applications: Midday on Monday 18 February 2019
First round interviews:  Tuesday 5 March 2019
Second round interviews:  Wednesday 6 March 2019

Please visit our website for details of how to apply and to download a full recruitment pack and application form.

Chichester Free School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to DBS checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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More about Chichester Free School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 19 years
Address: Hunston Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1NP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1243 792690
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Located in the cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex, Chichester Free School is a co-educational, all-through school established in 2013. Providing an education for around 900 pupils aged 4-16 in September 2017 and open a sixth form in Septebmer ...