Principal, Girton/Cambridgeshire

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Gretton SchoolGirton/Cambridgeshire

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Start date: January 2019 or ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No



Competitive salary to attract the best candidate.

Following the retirement of the current Principal, the Governing Body is seeking to appoint a new leader to Gretton School: someone passionate, inspirational and visionary; to make a sustained difference as the school continues to develop. 

Gretton School is a popular school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), aged 5 to 19 years old. Located in Girton, Cambridge, the school opened in January 2010. Many families committed themselves to the school long before it was open, demonstrating their desire for the provision of a high-quality education for their children. From the outset, the goal has been to create an inclusive school which reflects these high expectations and aspirations.

Gretton was judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in February 2017. It is well-respected locally and regionally, with proven practice and provision at all levels. Its curriculum challenges and inspires students and staff alike. Hungry for innovation and development, the new Principal will take forward these strong foundations to ensure future success at Gretton School.

You will be a visible and visionary leader, with the gravitas and credibility to motivate and inspire all those involved in our work. You will bring a proven track record, with the drive to ensure sustained success of the school and positive outcomes for all our students.

For further information and an informal (and confidential) discussion please contact

Ms Deb Carr 

Cavendish Education Ltd
5th Floor South
14 Waterloo Place
London SW1Y 4AR

Tel: +44 (0) 203 696 5300

Cavendish Education and Gretton School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to the equality of opportunity and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check along with other relevant employment checks.

The Candidate 

Do you have the vision, passion, knowledge and rigour to lead one of our autism specific schools.

Gretton School is an all through school and it has been educating children from Cambridge and surrounding counties for over 8 years.

In April 2013, it became the first school to join Cavendish Education and has made rapid progress and development to become a successful school gaining NAS accreditation in October 2015.

We are now looking for an exceptional and inspiring Principal to lead Gretton through the next chapter in its history. The new leader will enter a well-established and successful school with much to be proud of and celebrate, but we will not stop there as there is always more to do and achieve. 

We are committed to delivering an outstanding education within an outstanding environment where each child is able to achieve the highest possible outcomes and ensures each student feels valued and unique. 

Joining Gretton School means you’ll continue the great progress the school has made.  Ideal candidates will: 

  • have a very clear understanding of what makes an exceptional school and the skills and character required to develop this (rigorous planning, high expectations, great CPD, strong leadership, honesty, kindness, passion, commitment and resilience)
  • be a great teacher themselves; we are looking for someone who, as a leader of teaching, really knows what great learning looks like in the classroom and how to achieve it
  • be fully aligned with Gretton’s values 
  • be excited by, and committed to, supporting practices that will drive great progress.

In return, you will work with an enthusiastic SLT and will be given the opportunity to broaden and develop your skills. We are committed to providing staff with high-quality and regular CPD. We know that great schools need great senior leaders, which is why we are always keen to hear from people who share our belief that an excellent education is central to transforming lives.

For further information and a confidential discussion  please contact Ms Deb Carr at or call on +44 (0) 203 696 5300

To apply please complete the attached application form or email info@cavendisheducation or

Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Interviews:  Monday, 25th June 2018

Salary: Competitive to attract the right candidate
Start Date: January 2018 or as soon as possible


The Role

The Principal is responsible for providing an outstanding 24 hour curriculum for all pupils at the school. 

The Principal will work with the Head and senior leadership team to establish outstanding care, teaching and learning and an excellent school culture. 

Job location

More about Gretton School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Manor Farm Road, Girton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0RX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 277438
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