Head – Prestfelde School


The headship of Prestfelde School offers the opportunity to lead one of the best prep schools in the country.

Start date: September 2022 or January 2023

This post offers a competitive salary package, including the possibility of accommodation.

Prestfelde is a 3-13 IAPS, non-selective, day co-educational preparatory school which offers some flexi-boarding, has recently reached record numbers, in excess of 350 pupils, and was short-listed twice in 2021 for major educational awards. It is a member school of The Woodard Corporation. Set on an attractive 30-acre site on the edge of Shrewsbury, it delivers an excellent all-round education based upon high academic standards with first-class pastoral care.

Mrs Fiona Orchard will have enjoyed seven highly successful and fruitful years leading the school, and this vacancy offers the next Head the scope to take forward the Strategic Development Plan, continuing to enhance its all-round offering and facilities.

The Governors are seeking a resourceful, forward-looking educator with strong interpersonal skills, and an ambitious and business-minded approach to the school’s evolution. The successful candidate will have a strong academic background and experience of senior leadership.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are warmly invited to contact the following at RSAcademics:

Angela Short (Head of Search):  angelashort@rsacademics.com
Bob Griffin (Senior Advisor):  bobgriffin@rsacademics.com

The deadline for applications is Monday 7 February 2022, 10.00am

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application. Please click the “Apply Now” link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application are to be maximum of two pages and should outline the attraction of this position and why candidates feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role. Please address your letter to Mrs Katherine Mills, The Clerk to the Governors.

Should you have any queries relating to submitting your application, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments), at applications@rsacademics.com. Jonathan can also be reached by calling 01858 383163.

Prestfelde School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to enhanced DBS and other checks in line with safer recruitment best practice.

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 promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications

07/02/2022 10:00am (UK)

Preliminary Interviews via Teams with RSAcademics



Longlist interviews via Teams with the Governors’ panel



Visits to the School for all short-listed candidates will take place during the week commencing 7th March

Short list interviews at the School