Head Master, Harrow, London

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Harrow SchoolHarrow, London

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Start date: September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Following the decision of Jim Hawkins to take on a senior management role in a global education initiative, after seven outstanding years as Head Master, the Governors of Harrow School wish to appoint an inspiring and exceptional leader to lead the School.  Whilst the school has a distinguished history, and maintains a number of its traditions to this day, Governors recognise the importance of innovation and the need to remain relevant in modern society.  As such, they have been at the forefront of developing a family of Harrow International Schools overseas, and closer to home the School has a significant focus on outreach and public benefit.  The School was founded by John Lyon in 1572, and remains part of the John Lyon’s Foundation which also comprises The John Lyon School and a substantial grant-giving charity, John Lyon’s Charity, which is committed to furthering his vision of educational opportunity.  The School also has a significant alumni association and a successful development office which operates as a separate charity.

The next Head Master will provide strategic direction for Harrow School, while maintaining and developing the strength of the school community, across all areas.  The Head Master will be someone who believes in boarding schools, and understands and enjoys the particular requirements of boys’ education.  The Head Master will be expected to work within the John Lyon’s Foundation and the broader Harrow family, including the Harrow International Schools.

The successful candidate will have a depth of leadership experience and credibility on which to draw, in what is both a demanding role and one that is full of opportunity.  The Governors wish to recruit someone who has intellectual acuity and commercial awareness, together with the outstanding communication skills, necessary for high frequency interaction with both adults and teenage boys alike.  Critically, the next Head Master will be genuinely excited about the chance to lead one of the world’s pre-eminent boarding schools. 

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Governors on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments  using reference CAQSA. Alternatively email belinda.beck@saxbam.com  or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by noon on Thursday 18 January 2018.

Harrow School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all successful applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with any past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Harrow School is an equal opportunities employer.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 13 - 18 years
Address: 5 High Street, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, HA1 3HP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8872 8000
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Harrow School is an independent boarding secondary school for boys aged 13-18. It was established, by royal charter, in 1572 during the reign of Elizabeth I. It is operated as a Royal Charter Corporation, which is a charitable trust whose trustees ar...