Head, York

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Queen Margaret's SchoolYork

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Start date: September 2019 (or Easter 2019)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Queen Margaret’s is a boarding school where girls aim high and exceed expectations, where they make friendships that last a lifetime and where they learn to respect individuality and difference. 

Established in 1901, the School has a roll of around 270 girls aged between 11 and 18, of which 70% are Full Boarders and 30% Day Boarders. It is set in the most stunning, rural location, just a few minutes south of the City of York. 

Over the last 30 years or so, the School has benefitted from a programme of significant capital investment resulting in major expansion and impressive new facilities whilst simultaneously cementing its reputation for academic excellence. The culture of the School is constantly to strive for excellence in all fields, including pastorally. It is a school where the girls feel loved and valued and where every talent and potential for talent is cherished and celebrated.

Each year about 50 girls leave to go to top rank universities, but it’s their personal attributes – from self-confidence to soft skills such as communication and teamwork – that launch them into interesting careers. Every independent school says as much, but at QM one only has to meet the girls to see the living proof

The current strategic goals for the School are to:

· Deliver a motivating girl-focused education both inside and outside the classroom

· Provide a first class boarding experience underpinned by compassionate and perceptive pastoral care

· Attract, develop and retain inspirational staff throughout the School

· Ensure the continued development of strong and effective communication throughout the QM Family

· Establish and embed a culture of philanthropy within the School community to enhance facilities and infrastructure, and further support the provision of bursaries

· Maintain and develop the facilities and fabric of the School.

The Governors of Queen Margaret’s now seek to appoint a new Head who will have energy, warmth, integrity and vision, who will act as a role model for pupils and staff and a source of inspiration for prospective parents and donors. 

The successful candidate will need to believe in the values of all-girls’ boarding education and be imaginative in how this is promoted to maintain relevance for the 21st Century. She (or he) will want to play an active role in the day-to-day life of the School as well as be an active and effective ambassador outside the Escrick Park estate, building on the excellent work by Jessica Miles, who leaves in Easter 2019 for the South West of the UK, to  take up the Headship of Monmouth School for Girls.

Closing date for applications: 10.00 on Wednesday 3 October 2018

To have a more detailed conversation about the role with either Margaret Rudland, the Senior Advisor or Helen Flower who is coordinating the search, potential candidates are invited to contact:

Helen Flower - helenflower@RSAcademics.co.uk or 07921 587752

Margaret Rudland -  margaretrudland@rsacademics.co.uk  or 07590 815660 

Further information about the role and details on how to apply can be found here

Queen Margaret’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical. The post is also subject to a negative response to an enquiry as to whether a prohibition order has been made by the Secretary of State.

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More about Queen Margaret's School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Escrick Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6EU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1904 727600
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Queen Margaret’s is an independent school for independent girls. We are a school that encourages every girl to confidently pursue her interests; girls at QM are recognised for their willingness to try everything that life has to offer them.

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