Director – St Andrew’s School, Turi


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This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced school leader to take on the leadership of an internationally-known school in Africa.

The position will require high levels of educational, community and operational leadership as well as committed strategic leadership in pursuit of the School’s ambitious mission and vision.

St Andrew’s School, Turi is one of the leading international schools in East Africa and is situated within a beautiful 450-acre estate in the highlands of the Great Rift Valley. Founded in 1931, this Christian, independent boarding school offers outstanding British Curriculum education to boarding pupils aged 5-18 years. St Andrew’s comprises two semi-autonomous schools: a Prep School of 250 pupils between the ages of 3 and 13 and a Senior School of 370 students between the ages of 13 and 18. All parts of St Andrew’s share the same educational ethos and approach, guided by the mission of ‘Seeking the Highest – with Christ as our Guide.’ St Andrew’s, Turi aspires to live its mission in all areas of School life, to be genuinely holistic – ‘transforming hearts, minds, bodies and souls’ – and to be a place of trust and respect for the whole community. The pupils are drawn from Kenya, elsewhere in East Africa and across the African continent. It is a truly special place and aims to build on its current strengths with its vision to be the leading international school in Africa.

The Governors seek to appoint a Director to succeed John Baugh, who has led the School with distinction. The School is in a strong position: it achieves excellent academic results, has significantly strengthened its pupil support provision, is committed to a wide-ranging co-curricular programme and has increased the sense of unity and purpose across the Prep and Senior Schools. An important priority for the new Director will be to make the School’s mission and vision, adopted just before the Covid-19 pandemic, truly meaningful within the life of the School and beyond the campus. The School’s strategic plan will be an important tool in this work.

The position would suit an ambitious, committed and forward-thinking leader enthusiastic about joining this unique community of exceptional people within one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. The School requires a leader whose Christian faith is central to their life, educational philosophy and approach to leadership. Given the School’s ambitions, this could be a career-defining role for the right person.

The Governors’ preference will be for the new Director to be in place by January 2022 but are prepared to be flexible for the right candidate.

RSAcademics is supporting St Andrew’s, Turi with this appointment process. For a preliminary, confidential conversation with Jean Sullivan, Head of International Search, or Keith Clark, Head of International Appointments, please contact

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 31 August 2021 at 10:00am (UK)/12:00 (Kenya).

Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics will commence before the applications deadline and early applications are therefore encouraged.

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a CV, international data sharing consent form and a covering letter addressed to Mr Mbuvi Ngunze, Chair of the Board, St Andrew’s School, Turi. The letter should explain your reasons for applying, the relevance of your experience, and how you relate your personal educational philosophy to your understanding of the School and the role.

To submit your application, please click the Apply Now link. You will be taken to our online application portal where you will also be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at Alison can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44(0)1858 383168.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

St Andrew’s School, Turi, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The appointee will undertake his/her role and responsibilities in accordance with St Andrew’s School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines. The successful applicant will be required to undergo all checks relevant to post.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications 31 August 2021 10:00am (UK) / 12:00 (Kenya)

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics colleagues will take place by videoconference in the weeks commencing 23 and 30 August

Longlist interviews will take place by videoconference with members of the St Andrew’s School, Turi Board in mid-September

The arrangements for final round interviews will depend on the travel restrictions in place at that time and the locations of candidates, but ideally these will take place in Kenya as soon as practicable after the longlist interview.