Principal, Ely, Cambridgeshire

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King's ElyEly, Cambridgeshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

King’s Ely is a vibrant, forward-looking independent school with a heritage which dates back more than 1,000 years. The schools that make up the King’s Ely family now seek a new Principal, to serve as the overall leader and to act as the Chief Executive Officer and as its most senior representative. The next Principal of King’s Ely will succeed Sue Freestone in August 2019 following fifteen years’ exceptional leadership and service. 

Originally founded to educate the choristers of Ely Cathedral, King’s Ely now looks after the academic and pastoral needs of over 1,000 girls and boys aged 1 to 18 across King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery, King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior Schools. Pupils may board from the age of seven; approximately a quarter of pupils, across the school, choose to do so and the schools also offer a range of flexible programmes to international students. Each school is led by a dedicated Head focusing on the education and development of the students in the School’s care. 

The spirit and feeling of community at King’s Ely is strong as is the School’s determination to instil in its young people a sense of adventure and real enthusiasm for learning. King’s Ely is perhaps best defined by its belief in the individual and the dedication of all its staff, teachers and support staff alike, to enable all of its students to become what they have the capacity to be. 

The Principal is accountable to the Board of Governors for the overall strategic development and management of the Schools to ensure that King’s Ely will continue to both develop and provide high-quality education and outstanding pastoral care for its pupils. The Board of Governors now seeks someone with both educational leadership experience and the ability to lead the School’s wider international growth strategy and future commercial developments. This person’s educational philosophy will be aligned to King’s Ely’s aims and values and he/she will lead collaboratively with a team of experienced and committed Heads. 

Further information on King’s Ely can be found at  

A candidate brief can be downloaded from

Online applications should be sent by Wednesday 11 April to Freddie Dennis at Odgers Berndtson quoting reference CFD/63039. 

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More about King's Ely
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 1 - 18 years
Address: Barton Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1353 660701
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King’s Ely is a mixed, all-through independent Church of England school and sixth form for pupils aged one to 18. It is located in Ely, Cambridgeshire and has just over 1,000 pupils. 

The school can trace its history back almost 1,000 years, and...