Head, Kent

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The Granville SchoolKent

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


Founded in 1945 by Ena Makin, The Granville School is a thriving, successful prep school with an enviable reputation for excellence. The School is set in five acres of gardens and woodland and is centred on a large, attractive Victorian house. Over the past years, several new specialist buildings have been added so that it is now an impressive campus with exceptional, purpose-built facilities. The School benefits from being close to a mainline station (30 minutes from London) and the busy market town of Sevenoaks.

The Granville School is a non-selective, day preparatory school for girls aged 3 to 11 and boys aged 3 and 4. An educational trust administered by an extremely supportive Board of Governors, this is an exceptional school which combines the very best of Prep school tradition with a vibrant, forward looking outlook where change is embraced and innovation celebrated. Pupils thrive on individual attention and achieve their best in a happy, secure and stimulating environment. Highly qualified, specialist teachers make learning enjoyable, develop enquiring minds and raise levels of expectation. Every year, pupils participate in uniquely Granville festivals known as ‘Spring’, ‘Autumn’, ‘Birds’ and ‘Stirring the Christmas Pudding’. These all help to reinforce both a strong family community and a warm, friendly atmosphere, which are highly valued by pupils, parents and staff.

While the School is non-selective, it successfully nurtures the potential in every pupil and each year the girls achieve impressive results academically as well as in sport, music, drama and art. Many girls gain scholarships to a wide range of excellent senior schools, (including Caterham, Kent College, Sevenoaks, Walthamstow Hall and Woldingham) as well as places at Kent Grammar Schools.

The Head is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the School is inspected by ISI. The most recent ISI inspection took place this year and the school was proud to be rated ‘excellent’ in all areas. The full Inspection report can be read on the School’s website.

Looking to the future, the school aims to continue on its journey of excellence, constantly aiming to improve the standard of teaching and learning, and helping pupils achieve their personal best. There is also a major building and development project on the horizon, to further improve the school’s facilities.

Following nine distinguished years of service to the School, Jane Scott, Headmistress, will be retiring in August 2018. The Board of Governors is currently seeking to appoint her successor, to lead The Granville School from September 2018 in the next phase of its growth and development.

The successful candidate will be a suitably qualified educational leader, with experience and demonstrable success in school leadership at prep/primary level. She/ he will be passionate about achieving excellence throughout the school and will have the ability to win the hearts and minds of the school community and beyond to achieve that vision. He/she will have the charisma and gravitas to inspire, engage and motivate an outstanding staff team, while also recognising his/her own accountability to the School’s various stakeholders. Importantly, he/she will have a deep love of learning, a desire to uphold the traditions of the School whilst adopting an open attitude to change, boundless energy and commitment to the School’s future success.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at edward@lsceducation.com. To apply for the post, please visit www.lsceducation.com

Key dates:

Closing date: 25 September 2017
Shortlist interviews: 9, 10 October 2017 (at The Granville School)
Final interviews: 30, 31 October 2017 (at The Granville School)

The Granville School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

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More about The Granville School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: 2 Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1732 453039
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The Granville School is an independent day preparatory school for girls from age 3 to 11 years and for boys from 3 to 4. The school motto is ‘Caritas et Pietas’ (Love and Service).

Our educational mission is to realise the full potential ...