Head – Chesham Preparatory School


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The Governors of Chesham Preparatory School are seeking to appoint a Head to succeed Jonathan Beale, after his long and distinguished tenure.

Start date – September 2025

The Governors are looking for a bright, articulate and energetic leader who understands the local educational landscape and who will be the confident and engaging face of the School. It is particularly important for the new Head to personify the distinctive culture and values of Chesham Prep, with a genuinely warm, child-centred and unpretentious approach. This will be demonstrated through a natural aptitude for building relationships with pupils, parents, colleagues and the wider school community. 

Chesham Prep is a highly successful, 3-11 co-educational, family-orientated prep school set in rural Buckinghamshire on a seven-acre site with excellent facilities. Since 1938, it has earned its enviable reputation for both its high standards and nurturing care. Pupils experience a broad, creative curriculum delivered with a commitment to excellence which leaves the children well prepared for senior school transfer to Buckinghamshire grammar schools and senior independent schools.

The successful candidate will make a real and lasting mark on what is already a popular school with a strong local reputation and, with the expansion from three classes to four in Years 3 to 6 underway, there will be opportunities for an ambitious, strategic thinker to use their marketing, networking and communication skills to grow pupil numbers. They will have strong experience of curriculum development, together with an understanding of current teaching and learning practices, not least in respect of the integration of cutting-edge technology within the prep school environment.

If you are excited about taking a creative, energetic and modern approach to leadership, have a zest for life, strong values, a warm and engaging personality and a sense of fun, you will find Chesham Prep a tremendously rewarding place to be.

A competitive remuneration package is available, including on-site accommodation.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact:

Angela Short, Head of Search: angelashort@rsacademics.com

Diana Watkins, Senior Advisor: dianawatkins@rsacademics.com

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 14th May 2024.

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

You should submit the following (both in PDF format):

  • a completed application form;
  • a covering letter addressed to Mr Ben Cartledge, Chair of Governors. The letter should explain your reasons for applying.

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 reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

  • Chesham Preparatory 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

14/05/2024 10.00am

Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams during the week commencing Monday 20th May 2024

Long list interviews with the Governors’ panel will take place at the School on Tuesday 18th June 2024

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the School on Thursday 20th June 2024

Short list interviews with the Governors’ Panel will take place at the School on Friday 28th June 2024.