Head, Suffolk

Closing date:

Ipswich High SchoolSuffolk

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Invitations are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the role of 

Head, Ipswich High School

With effect from January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

Roll: 460


Age range: 3 – 18 years 

More details about the school can be found at: https://www.ipswichhighschool.co.uk/  

After six years, current Head, Ms Oona Carlin, is moving on to a Principal’s role in the Middle East. As such, the Ipswich High School (IHS) proprietor and Governors are seeking to appoint a new, inspirational Head to lead the school at this exciting point in its 140 year history.

Over the past two years, the school has undergone unprecedented change, transitioning from a girls’ school to coeducational via the Diamond Model. In addition, the school is opening its first boarding house in September 2019 giving a wider market appeal than ever before.

These changes will allow the school, under the leadership of an exceptional new Head with a clear and ambitious strategy, to continue to thrive and grow pupil numbers. 

The school is renowned in the local area for its excellent academic results, particularly at GCSE level which are amongst the very best in Suffolk; and its outstanding pastoral care and enrichment activities. The school’s 87-acre riverside campus provides an inspirational setting for staff and pupils alike and is fundamental to its identity. 

Ipswich High School values the individual, providing opportunities for growth and nurturing interests, encouraging every pupil to be bold and to be themselves. Pupils are aged 3 to 18 and are immersed in a forward-thinking, innovative and tailored curriculum which prepares them to make a significant contribution to others throughout their lives.

The new Head will need to build on the school’s successes to date, developing and implementing strategies for pupil growth, innovative pedagogy and an exceptional pupil experience befitting of such an outstanding school. Working with the school’s highly experienced Senior Leadership Team and knowledgeable Governing body will be crucial to success. It is the intention of the proprietor that the school improves its status to an all-round “outstanding” grading through continuous improvements in teaching and learning, emphasis on development of skills relevant to the 21stcentury and exposure to a broad curriculum for all students.

As Head of Ipswich High School, you will provide professional leadership and change management for the school in line with its ethos, values and vision. You will create a culture of challenge, exceptionally high expectations and support to ensure all students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to excel in today’s world.

The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader with a strong understanding of the expectations of independent school parents and pupils today. They should have exceptional financial management skills, be an outstanding communicator and the gravitas and energy to lead the school. The new Head, supported by an experienced Senior Leadership Team and the new Head of Finance will be expected to bring excellent financial management skills, ensuring the sustainability of the School for decades to come.

This is an exciting time to join IHS. This challenging role will be for you if you are passionate about improving outcomes for young people of all school ages. Those who work for IHS do so because they are values-driven having students’ best interests at heart.

The application from for this post can be downloaded from TES and the job description will be sent to applicants.  Please complete the application form and return it with a cover letter supporting your application to the HR Officer at recruitment@ipswichhighschool.co.uk or by post to the address below.  

If you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date, you should assume that your application has not been successful.

Ipswich High School




Tel: +44 (0) 01473 780201

Web: www.ipswichhighschool.co.uk 

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday, 15th July 

Interview date: Week commencing Monday, 22nd July; TBC

IHS is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will therefore be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as well as providing evidence of qualifications. 

More about Ipswich High School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1AZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1473 780201
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Ipswich High School is the leading independent school in Suffolk for boys and girls, educating hundreds of pupils aged 3-18 from Pre-Prep through to Sixth Form. The school is the only Diamond Model school in Suffolk and will soon be opening a boardin...