Director of Admissions – Marlborough College


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We seek an outstanding individual to lead and transform the admissions function at one of the world’s leading boarding schools.

Founded in 1843, Marlborough College is the largest co-educational full boarding school in the UK, with c1,000 pupils aged 13-18 years. The College is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading boarding schools offering a contemporary, challenging and enriching education. Marlborough is a forward-looking, lively, ambitious community which is inclusive and diverse and where service to others is profoundly important. It is proud of its Anglican heritage and is situated in an historically significant setting of 286 acres, on top of the ancient castle of King John, and on the edge of the attractive Wiltshire market town of Marlborough.

Reporting directly to the Master, this is a pivotal leadership role which, as a member of the Senior Management Team, will be instrumental in helping Marlborough implement an exciting international strategy, achieve pioneering academic ambitions and help create a more diverse College community.

The Director of Admissions will take the lead in developing and delivering an outstanding and highly empathetic admissions experience for prospective parents and pupils in the UK and globally. She/he will ensure that every prospective Marlborough family benefits from bespoke contact, from their first enquiry and visit to the College, to the point of their child’s admission.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for Marlborough’s values and have a demonstrable track record in high quality stakeholder engagement and relationship management gained from within or outside the education sector. She/he will have good knowledge of the independent educational landscape and a keen understanding of the factors which drive parents to consider and invest in an independent boarding education for their children.

The successful candidate will be highly strategic, an articulate, persuasive and credible ambassador for Marlborough College, be able to work effectively with a wide range of people and to lead and manage change. She/he will have the ability to apply sound relationship engagement principles to the College’s particular context.

An excellent remuneration package is offered for the post of Director of Admissions, reflecting the seniority and significance of the position and at the top of the industry norm.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the role:

Louisa Barham, Search Consultant:

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application and CV. 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 Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Master, Marlborough College.

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.

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 17 August 2021

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Marlborough College aims to be an equal opportunities employer and follows recommended safe recruitment guidelines including enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checks.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications 17 August 2021 10.00am

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via video conferencing will be held during the week of Monday 23 August

Long list interviews via video conferencing 03 September 2021

Final interviews at the School 07 September 2021.