Appointment of Head, Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury SchoolShrewsbury

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Shrewsbury is over 450 years old, and as such is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country. Today, it is a 13 to 18 full boarding co-educational school with around 800 pupils (of whom 19% are day pupils). After eight successful years leading the school, Mark Turner is moving to Canada to take up a new headship next summer. The incoming Head will ideally take up the post in September 2018, but the Governors are open to the possibility of a January 2019 start date.

The Governing Body welcomes applications from candidates who have a strong vision about the future of modern, independent education and an understanding of the workings of a school like Shrewsbury. Whilst historically the school has appointed serving heads, the Governors are open to applications from deputies or others who have relevant educational leadership experience and knowledge and an empathy with the type of education Shrewsbury offers. Candidates will also have an enthusiasm for the future possibilities open to the school and a realism about the challenges it faces. The person appointed will be a highly effective leader with knowledge and experience of managing and consolidating change and of co-education and/or boarding.

This is a chance to lead one of the country’s most prestigious boarding schools, known for its distinctive character, rich history and vibrant community. Situated in a beautiful campus overlooking the town and the River Severn, it also has the advantages of a wonderful location, access to the river for rowing, and outstanding facilities. The school took its first female sixth formers in 2008, and girls aged 13+ have been admitted since 2014; they now form about 30% of the pupil body. The incoming Head joins the school at a point where there is a chance to consolidate, reflect, and work with the Governors on deciding Shrewsbury’s next strategic priorities. At the heart of this opportunity, however, is the chance to be the leader of a thriving school community and to inspire and influence all those within it, through strong leadership, a clear sense of direction and a genuine enjoyment of all that a full boarding school has to offer.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Shrewsbury School on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference CUVB. Alternatively email or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by noon on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Shrewsbury School 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 Shrewsbury School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 13 - 18 years
Address: The Schools, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7BA, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1743 280500
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