Deputy Head (Academic) – Withington Girls’ School


Opportunity to lead the academic life of the North’s leading girls’ independent school.

For September 2022

Three miles south of Manchester’s vibrant city centre, Withington is thriving – a leader both regionally and nationally, with a proud history and inspiring ethos.  There are over 700 girls in this day school, catering for those from 7 to 18.

The school is looking to appoint an outstanding individual in the key role of Deputy Head (Academic).  This is a newly created role and will be integral to the Senior Leadership Team.  The post holder will contribute to the ongoing strategic development of this successful school as well as leading the academic life and will share the school’s commitment to providing the very best educational outcomes in all aspects of school life for every girl.

Outstanding academic results and a forward looking co-curricular programme already characterise Withington.  The new Deputy Head will have the exciting opportunity to take the school on its next stage of pedagogical development.

The Senior Leadership Team benefits from a collaborative, dynamic and productive team spirit and the staff, around 150 in total, are hugely talented, dedicated and committed.

The new Deputy Head (Academic) will be excited about the opportunities for the school in the next stage of its development, will have the ability to contribute both strategically and operationally and will be keen to make a difference.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Helen Flower – Search Consultant

Holly Fitzgerald – Search Consultant


Sarah Evans –  Senior Advisor

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 7 February 2022 at 10:00am (UK).

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application. Please click the “Apply Now” link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application are to be maximum of two pages and should outline the attraction of this position and why candidates feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role. Please address your letter to the Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at Alison can also be reached by calling 01858 383163.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

The safeguarding responsibilities of this post are detailed in the candidate information brochure.


Key Dates

Closing date for applications

07/02/2022 10:00am (UK)

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place on either Monday 14 or Tuesday 15 February 2022. These will take place via MS Teams.

Long List interviews will take place on 2 or 3 March 2022.

Short List interviews will take place on 17 or 18 March 2022 when candidates will be given the opportunity to tour the school.