Head of Leicester Grammar School & Principal of Leicester Grammar School Trust


This dual role provides an exciting and rewarding challenge for an experienced educationalist.

Required for September 2025

The Trustees of Leicester Grammar School Trust are looking to appoint an outstanding individual to the position of Head of Leicester Grammar School and Principal of Leicester Grammar School Trust. A commitment to developing an all-round education and collaborative working are essential skills for the post. The vacancy arises after the retirement of John Watson after six years of excellent service.

Leicester Grammar School Trust is a family of three independent co-educational day schools based in Great Glen, Leicestershire, and educating some 1,500 pupils. The schools are: Leicester Grammar Junior School; LGS Stoneygate; and Leicester Grammar Senior School. The post holder will lead the Grammar School, line manage the heads of the Junior School and LGS Stoneygate and have overall responsibility for all three schools.

This appointment is a great opportunity for an existing Head to make a lasting impact. The new Head will embrace and personify the Schools’ aims of promoting intellectual curiosity and academic excellence, providing a stimulating co-curriculum, including an extensive range of curricular activity, equipping pupils with self-belief and confidence, caring for the well-being of pupils and fostering a generous contribution to charity and community service.

The Head of the Grammar School will have available excellent facilities in a rural setting close to Leicester. It is the Sunday Times East Midlands Independent School of the Year 2024 and its recent inspection report is a testament to the high achievement of pupils alongside strong support for their well-being.

A warm and engaging personality, first class communication skills, a passion for education and the flexibility to adapt to a fast-changing educational landscape will be crucial. The successful applicant will be an experienced educationalist with the ability to inspire and enthuse, to be both sensitive and firm in direction and to be a leader who brings out the best in others. The new Head will shape and drive the Trust’s future through the likely economic and political challenges of the coming years.

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

Angela Short, Head of Search: AngelaShort@RSAcademics.com

Liz Francis, Senior Advisor: LizFrancis@RSAcademics.com

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 31 May at 10.00am UK time.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this webpage 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 Steven Gasztowicz KC, Chairman of the Trustees, Leicester Grammar School Trust. 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.

  • Leicester Grammar School Trust 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

31/05/2024 10.00am

Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams during the week commencing Monday 3 June 2024

Long list interviews with the Trustees’ selection panel will take place via Teams on Monday 17 June 2024

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the school on Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 or Friday 21 June 2024

Short list interviews with the full Governing Body will take place at the school on Wednesday 26 June 2024