Head – Bishop’s Stortford College Preparatory School


The deadline for applications has passed.

Register your details with us now.

September 2024 or January 2025

The Governing Body of Bishop’s Stortford College is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual who will take the Prep School forward into the College’s next exciting chapter, building on the very successful tenure of Bill Toleman.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in junior/ primary leadership, a proven track record of delivering strong academic and pastoral excellence, a passion for education and a commitment to a genuinely holistic education within a day and boarding school environment. In a competitive environment for independent education, the appointee must have the ability to inspire and motivate staff and pupils, winning the trust and confidence of all the stakeholders.

The College is ideally located close to the centre of Bishop’s Stortford a historic market town in Hertfordshire, 27 miles north of central London. Yet despite its central location it occupies a tranquil, spacious site of over 100 acres of land, blending stunning original Arts & Crafts architecture with creative, innovative, modern learning and recreational spaces.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a collaborative and dynamic leader who wants to be part of a team that drives the vision forward, who will work closely with other leaders across the college, ensuring a seamless learning and developmental journey for all pupils. The Governors are, therefore, looking for a Head of Prep School who has the ambition and talent not only to sustain the excellent progress made in recent years, but also someone who will share their vision for the future and have the ability, experience and collaborative leadership style to deliver further development of the College.

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

Louisa Barham, Search Consultant louisabarham@rsacademics.com

Angela Short, Search Consultant angelashort@rsacademics.com

Jo Mackenzie, Senior Advisor  jomackenzie@rsacademics.com

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 February 2024 at 10.00am (UK)

You should submit:

  • A completed online application form (please follow the Apply Now link to download the form).
  • A covering letter addressed to the Chairman of the Governing Council, Mr Guy Baker. 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 Khiloni Aplin, Project Coordinator, at applications@rsacademics.com.  Khiloni can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

Bishop’s Stortford College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding and child protection issues will be discussed throughout the appointment process and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and criminal records and social media checks.

Key Dates

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 February at 10.00am (UK)

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2024

Longlist interviews will take place at Bishop's Stortford College on Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 March 2024

Shortlist interviews will be held at the school on Thursday 21 March 2024