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Job details
Employer Knighton House School
Location Dorset
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts September 2017

The Governors of Knighton House School are seeking to appoint a new Head with exceptional qualities of leadership, vision and energy.

The post becomes available because the current Head Sarah Wicks is retiring after 22 years of wonderful service to the school. The School Governors will now be appointing an inspiring new Head to refresh and renew the Knighton ethos, while bringing energy and new ideas to the school.

The successful applicant will be a graduate with experience of leadership and teaching this age group. She or he is likely to have held a position of seniority and responsibility in a Prep or Senior school, to have experience of school management and to have strong leadership skills.

The Governors wish to find a dynamic Head who will ensure that Knighton House stays true to its unique nurturing ethos while bringing imagination and vigorous new leadership to this very special place.

The School

Knighton House is an IAPS girls' Prep School, with a girls' and boys' Pre-Prep, in Durweston, Dorset.

There are 120 children on the school roll including 40 in the Pre-Prep.

The school has a unique uniform (red dungarees until Year 7) and a very special ethos. Founded as a ‘home from home’ by John and Peggy Booker in 1950, Knighton pioneered a warm and caring approach to Prep School life - at a time when the norm was very different.

This ‘nurture not pressure’ approach is still the essence of Knighton today. It is an approach that is loved by children and parents but it is also proven to deliver excellent results. All Knighton leavers go on to their first choice senior schools, with a third securing awards and scholarships. The school’s Personal Enrichment Programme looks far beyond the bounds of the Common Entrance and Scholarship curricula. Old Knightonians - including distinguished figures in all walks of life - use the confidence that Knighton gives them to go on to build happy and successful lives.

Knighton House is one of the most beautifully situated schools in the country, set in 30 acres of rolling chalk downland in Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The heart of the school is a large manor house on the old Bryanston Estate that includes classrooms, dormitories and common rooms.

Developing organically the school has added classroom blocks, dining hall and a sports hall, a music school, hard tennis courts and astroturf pitches. After sixty-five years renting this beautiful site from the Crown Estate, in 2015 the School purchased the freehold, further improving its sound financial position.

Knighton House aims to provide an outstanding all round education for its pupils. This is an outdoor school. Pupils are free to roam across the lawns, paddocks, orchards and woods and teachers incorporate the beautiful surroundings into the children’s learning. Riding is a big part of life at Knighton and many girls keep ponies at the school. Sport and music, drama and art are given equal prominence - Knighton’s Hockey teams are developing a strong reputation while its choir, one of the glories of the school, regularly performs in public across Dorset and beyond.

Candidates wishing to apply should:

  • Download the application pack and form
  • Send a CV and a completed application form, with covering letter to Justin Perry, Knighton House Bursar:  
  • For an informal discussion about the post please contact Justin Perry on 01258 450711

Closing Date 16th January 2017

Shortlist interview panels to be held 31st January and 1st February 2017.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: this e-mail and any files attached to it may contain information which is privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us immediately and do not disclose the contents to any other person or take copies. Knighton House School, Durweston, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 0PY Tel: 01258 450711 Registered in England and Wales. Registration No 485057, Charity No 306316

Knighton House School, Dorset
3 to 13 years - Girls' Prep School - Girls and Boys in the Pre-prep - Boarding & Day - IAPS

About the employer

Information about Knighton House School
Org type Mainstream School
Phase Primary
Funding status Independent
Gender Mixed
Age range 3 - 13 years
Denomination Church of England
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Locations and contacts

Blandford Forum
DT11 0PY
United Kingdom