Vice Principal and Head of Senior School, Leeds, LS17 (Alwoodley Gates)

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The Grammar School at LeedsLeeds, LS17 (Alwoodley Gates)

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) is looking to appoint an exceptional leader to the role of Vice Principal & Head of Senior School.  This person will hold whole school responsibilities and form part of an executive leadership team of four (the ELT, with the Principal, Vice Principal & Head of Primary School and Director of Finance and Operations) as well as leading their own 1400-strong 11-18 school.   

GSAL is one of the UK’s leading independent, co-educational day schools with over 2,000 pupils aged from 3 to 18 years.  The Junior and Senior Schools are located on an impressive 128-acre campus on the outskirts of Leeds and the Rose Court Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools are currently situated in Headingley.  As part of its strategic plan, from September 2020, GSAL’s existing primary provision will merge into one 3-11 Primary School on the main Alwoodley campus to join the Senior School.  GSAL offers an outstanding education to its pupils and they, in turn, achieve superb results, both academically and in all areas of wider co-curricular life including sport and the creative and performing arts. 

The ELT, with the governing body, leads on all areas of school strategy; overall vision, educational planning, financial and operational management.  The Vice Principal & Head of Senior School role was developed two years ago, soon after Sue Woodroofe’s arrival as the new Principal. The post falls vacant now following the appointment of Neal Parker to the headship of King Edward VI School, Southampton.   

This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding candidate to play a pivotal role in the strategic development of GSAL under the visionary leadership of a new Principal.  The Vice Principal & Head of Senior School will be accountable to the Principal (and, through her, ultimately to the Board of Governors) for the effective leadership of all aspects of the Senior School, will lead their own school SLT and work closely and collaboratively with the ELT to ensure a stimulating and coherent learning journey for the children across GSAL’s 3-18 continuum.  In addition, the successful candidate will lead on key whole school projects that sit outside the Senior School development plan and support areas of whole school strategic vision.  

Further information on GSAL can be found at:  

A candidate brief including details of the role and information on how to apply can be downloaded from 

Applications should be sent by 17.00 GMT on Friday 28 September 2018 to Odgers Berndtson.  

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) 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.

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More about The Grammar School at Leeds
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 8GS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 229 1552
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The Grammar School at Leeds is one of the UK’s leading independent, co-educational schools for pupils aged 3 to 18, incorporating Rose Court Nursery & Pre-Prep School and our Junior School. This is a selective, fee-charging day school. Some...