Director of Admissions and Marketing – Westonbirt School

Gloucestershire

An exciting opportunity for an exceptional strategic thinker to create a world-class approach to admissions and marketing at this award-winning co-educational boarding and day school in the Cotswolds.

Salary: In the region of £70,000-£80,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience

Westonbirt is a co-educational independent boarding and day school for some 760 pupils aged 2 to 18 years, set in 210 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of the Cotswolds, yet only 90 minutes from London. The School was voted ‘Co-educational Independent School of the Year’ at the 2023 Independent School of the Year awards and has been through an extraordinary period of growth and development over the past five years, more than doubling in size and completing a hugely successful transition to co-education.

Since 2018 Westonbirt has been a member of Wishford Schools, a group of nine high-achieving independent schools across the south of England. Wishford’s support enables the School to make bold decisions and invest in facilities such as their impressive new boarding houses and sports campus.

Reporting directly to the Headmistress, this is a newly created role, and the postholder will provide inspirational leadership of the School’s pupil recruitment, marketing and communications activities, developing and implementing strategies to further raise Westonbirt’s profile locally, nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional strategic thinker who will champion the Westonbirt brand and create a world-class approach to admissions and marketing that reflects the scale and scope of the School’s ambition. As a key member of the Executive Team, the postholder will be encouraged to think outside of the box and implement new initiatives.

This is a varied and exciting leadership position suited to a high calibre professional who can demonstrate established and effective leadership skills, combined with extensive admissions and/or marketing experience, commercial acumen, stakeholder management and influencing skills gained from within or outside the sector.

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

Hannah Freestone-Smith: hannahfreestone-smith@rsacademics.com

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 17th June 2024.  

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

You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to the Headmistress, Mrs Natasha Dangerfield. 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: applications@rsacademics.com. Jonathan can also be contacted by calling our Head Office on + 44 (0)1858 383163.

  • Westonbirt School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & 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.
  • 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

17/06/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June

Long list interviews will take place at the School on Friday 28th June

Short list interviews will take place at the School on Thursday 4th July