Head of Senior School – Hulme Grammar School

Oldham, Greater Manchester

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This is a hugely exciting opportunity to join a School that is going places.

Start date – January 2025

RSAcademics is delighted to be assisting the Principal of Hulme Grammar School, Tony Oulton, in appointing a new Head of Senior School, to succeed John Budding on his retirement after a long and distinguished career at the school.

Since 1611, the school has been through many iterations and looks towards the challenges of the future and the sector with optimism and a clear strategy in place. The school’s long history gives a sense of perspective which, together with a core belief in the quality of the offering, shapes strategic thinking and planning for the future.

The new Head of Senior School will work alongside the Principal, be a member of the Executive Team and a key player within the Senior Leadership Team, overseeing the strategy for building on existing strengths in the Senior School provision and bringing fresh eyes and energy to shape its future. The Head of Senior School will be responsible for the day-to-day running of this section of this through-school. They will need to be able to keep one eye on the strategic and the other on the quotidian and be adept at balancing the two simultaneously.

The successful candidate will have extensive leadership experience, excellent academic qualifications and know what excellence in education looks like. They will be dynamic, visionary and energetic and solutions-focused. Aligned with the vision and values of our school, they will soon come to treasure our history but be forward-thinking. They will interact daily with many stakeholders among them staff, parents and pupils and find the busy nature of the role stimulating and exciting. They will have integrity, kindness and courage, being unafraid to do difficult things when needed though be deeply empathetic. They will have a solid grasp of the ISI inspection framework and help the school to be always inspection-ready. They will have strong emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They will contribute to the school’s Executive Team discussions and decision-making about all aspects of school life. They will be a team-player, trustworthy and have good humour in very generous quantities.

If you are looking for a new opportunity in a school where every student is challenged and supported to be their best, where performing in a concert, on the pitch or on the stage is valued as highly as academic results, where the happiness and wellbeing of each individual takes priority, and where students are grounded, well-rounded and big-hearted, then you need look no further. In this role, a lot will be demanded of you but in return you will work alongside brilliant colleagues, have the opportunity to exercise real leadership autonomy, and have the Principal’s unwavering commitment to your professional development and flourishing.

It is both an exciting and hugely rewarding challenge for the right person. 

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

Charlotte Faber, Senior Advisor: CharlotteFaber@rsacademics.com

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

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th June 2024 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 Tony Oulton, Principal. 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.

  • Hulme Grammar School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; 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

14/06/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams during the week commencing Monday 17th June

Short list interviews with the Panel will take place at the school on Monday 1st or Tuesday 2nd July