Principal, Cambridge

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Stephen Perse FoundationCambridge

Date posted:
Start date: To be discussed
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

The Governors of the Stephen Perse Foundation are seeking a successor to Ms Tricia Kelleher, the current Principal, who will be retiring in December 2020 after 19 years of highly distinguished leadership. The Governors wish to effect the transition in the role in the academic year 2020-21; the actual start date will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is a successful family of leading co-educational schools providing a world-class education for pupils aged 3-18+. Founded in 1881 as the Perse School for Girls, the SPF family now includes three Pre-prep schools, situated in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden; two Junior Schools (age 5-11), in Cambridge and Saffron Walden; the Senior School in Cambridge; and a Sixth Form College (with boarding) in Cambridge. In 2020 the SPF will open nurseries in Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Madingley extending the age range to one-year olds.

All the schools share the same vision of education. The focus is on the individuality of each child and every child is encouraged to think independently, analytically, logically, creatively and imaginatively. The schools offer a high-quality, broad-based holistic educational experience that nurtures the development of confident, independent thinkers.

The Principal has responsibility for all the schools in the Foundation. He or she will work collaboratively with the Vice Principals and individual Heads to ensure that each school is well resourced, highly successful and fully integrated into the SPF family of schools with coherent leadership and direction.

This significant and important post requires first class leadership and management skills and presents an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and experienced person with proven success at senior level in education.

The Governors are therefore seeking an outstanding leader to consolidate the SPF family of schools and continue the development of a Foundation committed to the pursuit of educational and academic excellence in a 21st century context. The successful candidate will be an inspirational professional with an excellent record of achievement as a teacher and as a school leader who can successfully motivate and manage a talented and dedicated staff. A genuine resonance with the ethos and values of the Foundation is essential.

For more information or an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact:

Helen Flower on +44 (0)7921 587752 /
Michael Spens on +44 (0)7740 783564 /

Further information can be downloaded from

Closing date: 10.00am (GMT) on Wednesday 11th December 2019

The Stephen Perse Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo our safer recruitment checks and child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

More about The Stephen Perse Foundation
Address: Union Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1HF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1223 454700
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We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

We are a family of schools in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden educating boys and girls aged 1 to 18+.

Founded in 1881, our history is part of Cambridge’s rich ac...