Development Director – Hampton School

Hampton, Middlesex

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Hampton is a leading independent day school for boys aged 11-18, renowned for academic and all-round excellence.

Salary: highly competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the post

Located in suburban South West London, Hampton is situated on a beautiful 27-acre green field site, with its Prep and Pre-Prep schools less than a mile away, and benefits from easy access to Central London. For over 460 years, Hampton has been helping boys to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. One of the country’s highest-achieving and most well-resourced independent schools, Hampton is a happy, friendly, and caring community where outstanding, innovative teaching is complemented by exceptional pastoral care.

Hampton is now seeking to appoint an outstanding Development Director to take the lead in creating and delivering the School’s future fundraising and alumni relations strategies. Both will align with the vision, goals and values of the School and The Fitzwygram Foundation (a separate, but linked, charity established in 2016 for the sole purpose of increasing the number of free places offered at Hampton for pupils in financial need).

This is an exciting and distinctive opportunity to build the Development team, further develop relations with a broad network of stakeholders, cultivate an active alumni engagement programme, and raise the income required to significantly increase the number of free places available at Hampton.

Bringing the science of fundraising and contemporary best practice, along with outstanding relationship-building skills, the successful candidate will apply their considerable experience in creating and implementing a £multi-million fundraising strategy to optimise the School’s significant philanthropic potential. They will evidence success in leading and growing teams and building a long-term culture of philanthropy.

The successful candidate will be an inspiring individual with a strong track record in major gifts fundraising and stakeholder relations, and the experience to build and lead a high-achieving team that will support all aspects of a sector-leading fundraising campaign. Experience of working in a UK school environment is not essential, but candidates will be supportive of independent education in general and the Hampton ethos in particular.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange an informal and confidential discussion about the post:  

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 13th February 2024

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this webpage and upload your documents according to the instructions provided.

You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs. The letter should be a maximum of two pages and should explain your reasons for applying and outline your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at Jonathan can also be contacted by calling our Head Office on + 44 (0)1858 383163.

Hampton School 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. 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 the role are indicated in the candidate information.

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

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

13/02/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 19 February 2024

Longlist interviews will take place at Hampton School on Thursday 29 February 2024

Shortlist interviews will be held Hampton School on Wednesday 6 March 2024