Head, Surrey

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Duke of Kent SchoolSurrey

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive remuneration package. (Permanent or temporary accommodation available dependent on successful candidate’s requirements)
Contract term: Permanent

Duke of Kent School is a small, co-educational, inclusive school in a stunning forest setting in the Surrey Hills, educating 300 children from Nursery to Year 11. We pride ourselves on individual knowledge of our pupils and on using that knowledge to ensure maximum possible development for every individual: academic, social, moral, spiritual, physical and cultural.

Following the appointment of our current Head, Judith Fremont-Barnes, as Head of Milton Abbey School, after seven years of outstanding service, the Governing Body at Duke of Kent School, Ewhurst, Surrey, seeks to appoint a new Head from September 2018 (or January 2019 at latest).

We welcome applications from candidates with

  • a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • significant whole school leadership experience
  • a commitment to inclusive education
  • a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • a commitment to home-school partnership

Key responsibilities include:

  • upholding the Aims and Ethos of Duke of Kent School
  • being accountable to the Governing Body for the smooth running of the School
  • ensuring that all statutory and legal requirements, including those pertaining to Health and Safety and Safeguarding, are fully met and that appropriate records are kept
  • leading and inspiring the pupils and staff


We recognise that some candidates may not have experience of all our key stages (Nursery to Year 11); the successful candidate will at minimum have a deep interest in, and understanding of, child development across the age range.

Please refer to the Candidate Brief for a more comprehensive list of key responsibilities, information regarding the School and full details of how to apply.

Other pertinent information and supporting documents can be found on the School’s website www.dukeofkentschool.org.uk under School Community - Vacancies   

Please right click and open on the link below to view our video where pupils were asked "their views about our new Head":-


How to Apply: Please see Candidate Brief below for full details.
Application is by School Application Form only and should be submitted electronically by email.

The contact person for this recruitment process is our Assistant Bursar (HR and Operations), Rachel Harris, who can be contacted on 01483 277313 or rharris@dokschool.org 

Closing date for applications:  Friday 16th February 2018 at noon.

Preliminary telephone interviews: Friday 23rd / Monday 26th / Tuesday 27th February 2018 (will take place with the School’s appointed external Educational Consultant)

Longlist interviews: Thursday 8th / Friday 9th March 2018 (will take place at the School)

Shortlist (final) interviews: Thursday 15th March 2018 (will take place at the School)

Duke of Kent School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. All teaching staff are required to submit a self-declaration form confirming their suitability to work with children across our age range. Appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and pre-employment checks as detailed in our Recruitment Policy.

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More about Duke of Kent School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 16 years
Address: Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7NS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1483 277313
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Duke of Kent School is a co-educational, independent, all-through school in Ewhurst, in the Surrey Hills. It has around 216 pupils on the school roll, between the ages of 3 and 16. 

Duke of Kent School was founded as a boys' boarding institution...