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St Martin in the Fields High School for GirlsLambeth

We are looking to appoint a Headteacher for our highly successful secondary school in Tulse Hill, South London. We are looking for an exceptional Christian leader with a clear vision and proven record of achieving excellence.

The successful candidate will

  • Be a person of high integrity and sound judgement
  • Fully embrace the school’s heritage and identity
  • Be strategic and bring a clear sense of priority
  • Foster healthy partnerships with local institutions and the wider community
  • Relish the challenges of a new era


St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls is a Church of England School steeped in history and tradition. Originally established in 1699, it is the oldest girls’ school in England and is linked to the church of the same name in Trafalgar Square. The school is committed to closing the achievement gap between advantaged and non-advantaged students and inspiring students to learn. We are very proud of our remarkable history and how we have managed to open the opportunity gaps for our students, creating individuals who are confident, responsible, spiritual and successful.

Throughout our 320-year history, we have always kept a firm eye on securing futures for the young women we teach, something we know will continue for those who come through these historic doors in future years. In 1928, we moved to our current site in Tulse Hill, which was marked with an opening ceremony conducted by the Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. We celebrated our 90th anniversary of this last year, holding our Founders’ Day service in our founding church, one of the most famous churches in London, in one of the most famous squares in the world.


The church and school are dedicated to St Martin of Tours and his inspiring story, riding on a horse and cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar. Encapsulated by the school logo, Caritate et Disciplina, his message of love, selflessness and service remains just as relevant today.

The original philanthropic and charitable connections remain strong, something highlighted by Ofsted, who wrote: “The motto of the school, Caritate et Disciplina – with Love and Learning, is driven by all staff in a common endeavour to improve pupils’ life chances.” As a school, we connect with charitable activities through what we express as our St Martin’s stewardship vision that “Everyone Can Help Others”. We encourage all students to engage in social action and to develop their understanding of courageous advocacy and leadership.

Our Christian ethos is central to the school, and we have maintained our strong, founding Christian values, focusing on service, compassion, justice and perseverance. Because of the importance we place on this ethos, we constructed a chapel, which is used as a space for our students to visit at any time, no matter their faith. This was highlighted by SIAMS, who said: “Students, of all faiths and none, feel welcome and have a sense of value within the community.” We have encouraged the girls to make the chapel their own, and, working with a specialist glass artist, they designed and created stained-glass windows, which were blessed in St Martin-in-the-Fields church and dedicated by the bishop in our chapel.


Please download, complete and return your application to Alicia Reynolds at quoting ‘St Martin’s Headship’ and your name in the subject line by Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at noon.

To arrange a visit to St Martin’s please email the Rev. Erica Wooff, Chair of Governors at

Shortlisting will take place on Thursday, 22 April 2021 with interviews being held on Monday, 26 April 2021 and another day that week. We have visitor parking on site.

For more information about St Martin’s, please visit

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