Head – King’s Bruton


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The successful applicant will be a strategic thinker with the ability to inspire and enthuse, to be both sensitive and firm in direction and to be a leader with business acumen and stamina.

Independent, Co-educational, Boarding and Day School

13-18 years


To start in September 2025

The Governors of King’s Bruton are looking to appoint a dynamic and imaginative Head who will build upon the successful progress made over the past fourteen years by Ian Wilmshurst and drive the School forward in the next stage of its development.  The successful candidate will work with the Governors to develop a clear strategic vision for the future of the School, based around its established Christian ethos, values and aims.

King’s Bruton, founded in the 16th century, is in the centre of a glorious country town in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset.  It is the senior school in the Foundation which also includes Hazlegrove and Sunny Hill Nursery.

This appointment is a great opportunity for an existing or aspiring Head to make a lasting impact on this vibrant, happy School of 350 pupils which seeks, above all, to prepare confident and independent young people to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world.

The new Head of King’s Bruton will be expected to embrace and personify the School’s core values in being respectful, loyal and driven to excel.  They will also be a champion of diversity and fairness and will be able to demonstrate real pride in being the public face of King’s Bruton in the wider community.

First class communication skills, a passion for education and the flexibility to adapt to a fast-changing educational landscape will be crucial.  

Potential applicants who would like to find out more about this exceptional opportunity are invited to contact one of the RSAcademics team working on this project for a confidential conversation:

Camilla Oulton, Search Consultant: CamillaOulton@rsacademics.com

Simon Eliot, Senior Advisor: SimonEliot@rsacademics.com  

The deadline for applications is on Tuesday 14th May 2024 at 10.00am UK time.

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 Stephen Edlmann MA (Senior Warden).
  • 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.

  • King’s Bruton 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 on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May

Long list interviews with the Governors’ panel will take place in Somerset (tbc) on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June

During w/c Monday 10th June, short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the School

Short list interviews with the Governing Body will take place at the School on Monday 17th June