Chair of Governors – Rugby School Group

Warwickshire

Start date – Summer Term 2024

This is an exciting opportunity for a resourceful and experienced individual with a belief in the power of education to lead the Governing Body of a prestigious international schools group.

The Governing Body of the Rugby School Group is seeking a Chair of Governors to succeed Barry O’Brien, who became a Governor in 2012 and has served as Chair since 2020.

Rugby School is a co-educational boarding and day school situated in Warwickshire. Founded in 1567, it is one of the original ten English public schools. Today, it has over 850 boarding and day students aged 13 to 18. In 2020, it merged with Bilton Grange Preparatory School, with over 380 students aged 3 to 13 and the Little Grange Nursery, which opened in August 2022. Rugby is developing a family of schools around the world, following the successful establishment of Rugby School Thailand in 2017, and Rugby School Japan which opened in September 2023.

The Chair will have a commitment to helping to create, develop and sustain the Rugby School Group. The role is non-executive and pro bono but requires engaged oversight of the strategic development of the Group.  The Chair is supported by an experienced Governing Body and assisted in all aspects of their role by a very able Executive Leadership Team. At a time of unprecedented economic, political and societal challenge for the independent schools sector, the new Chair will need to be robust and well informed, with strong strategic and communication skills and the ability to support the Executive Leadership Team, enabling them to perform to their best.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact any of the following consultants who are supporting the Rugby School Group in this appointment:

Louisa Barham, Search Consultant: louisabarham@rsacademics.com       

Bob Griffin, Senior Advisor: bobgriffin@rsacademics.com

Claire Oulton, Head of Leadership Appointments UK: claireoulton@rsacademics.com

The Rugby School Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory completion of a number of pre-employment checks including, but not limited to, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, Childrens Barred List check, and satisfactory references. 

In line with KCSIE guidance, at the point of offer of a role, the Group will undertake relevant checks on publicly available online and social media presences. Any concerns or issues arising from the checks will be discussed as part of the Safer Recruitment processes. 

It is the Group’s policy to employ the best qualified team and to provide equal opportunity for the advancement of our team including promotion and training and not to discriminate against any person because of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, religion or religious belief, disability or age. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.  

RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.