Director of Marketing and Communications – Eltham College

Mottingham, London SE9

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Highly attractive remuneration package, reflecting the seniority and significance of the position.

The Eltham College family of schools – which includes Eltham College Junior and Senior Schools and Blackheath Prep – offers an inspiring environment in which both students and staff are supported to learn, develop and thrive. The schools enjoy exceptional reputations for providing children in London and the south-east with an outstanding and well-rounded education.

Founded in 1842, Eltham College is a thriving co-educational community of 1,100 students, including 240 pupils in the on-site Junior School. Recently named “Independent School of the Year 2024 (London)” in the Parent Power, Sunday Times Schools Guide, the School enjoys increasing levels of academic success, excellent co-curricular opportunities and pastoral care. Blackheath Prep is a remarkable school for just over 370 boys and girls aged 3 to 11. Occupying a beautiful five-acre site close to Blackheath village, it merged with Eltham College in April 2023 to form a family of schools.

The Director of Marketing and Communications will shape and instil a new family wide vision, strategy and brand for the Eltham College family of schools.

This is a pivotal new leadership role, responsible for the development and execution of an ambitious and cohesive strategy for marketing and communications to support pupil recruitment and the wider charitable activities of the family of schools.

Reporting directly to the CEO and working as a key member of the Executive Team, the post holder will bring vision, leadership and professional expertise to inspire and engage a diverse community of internal and external stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will be an effective and experienced strategic marketer, with an extensive professional skillset and demonstrable track record in strategic marketing, communications, brand management and leading successful teams – gained from within or outside the education sector. They will have confidence, creativity and charisma, but also demonstrate subtlety and flexibility in order to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the successful delivery of the Eltham College family’s strategic aims. 

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics in the first instance to arrange a confidential discussion with:

Nina Lambert, Head of Marketing Search: NinaLambert@rsacademics.com

Closing date for applications: 10.00am on Monday 13th May 2024.

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

You should submit:

  • A completed application form 
  • A covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Guy Sanderson. 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.

  • Eltham College 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

13/05/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place via Microsoft Teams from Monday 13th May 2024

Long list interviews will take place at Eltham College on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June

Short list interviews will be held at Eltham College on Tuesday 11th June 2024