High Mistress / High Master – St Paul’s Girls’ School

Hammersmith, London

St Paul’s Girls’ School is an iconic school.  Widely recognised as one of the most successful girls’ schools in the world, it was founded in 1904 by the Mercers’ Company, the City of London Livery Company.

For September 2025


GSA/HMC INDEPENDENT DAY SCHOOL 800 girls (aged 11 – 18 with 230 in Sixth Form)

The emphasis on liberal learning was established at St Paul’s Girls’ School from the outset and it finds expression today in an academically adventurous curriculum which encourages intellectual freedom, discovery and the joy of scholarship. St Paul’s provides its students with a lively, creative, forward-thinking and open-minded academic community equipped with excellent facilities for all subjects and activities. There is a vibrant co-curricular life as well as a busy programme of partnership and service activities, demonstrating the importance of collaboration, diversity, and inclusion.      

St Paul’s believes passionately that it is its moral duty to contribute to social mobility through education. The school’s bursary programme currently provides financial support to 10% of students, and the school is at the early stages of an exciting journey to double that figure.

An education at St Paul’s is underpinned by a commitment to supporting student wellbeing, enabling its capable young students to contribute now and in the future. The school values kindness as highly as courage, inclusivity and intellectual curiosity.

To support the curriculum and learning, the school is investing significantly in a programme of building works and refurbishment, including a new Centre for Design and Innovation. 

St Paul’s is also at the beginning of an important new chapter in its history with the recent opening of its first international sister school in Chengdu, China, and plans to develop a network of International schools in China and beyond.

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an extraordinary school. Not only does St Paul’s regularly achieve amongst the best public examination results in the country, but it has a truly distinctive ethos, focused on nurturing creativity, curiosity, and a love of academic discovery. St Paul’s is a school full of opportunity and the new High Mistress / High Master will relish working in such an energising environment, building on the solid foundations of the past to ensure that the education provided today remains forward-looking and responsive to future needs.

The new High Mistress / High Master will have the opportunity to contribute to and shape this vision and to drive it onwards, working closely and openly with a supportive Chair and governing body.

The search for a new High Mistress / High Master for St Paul’s Girls’ School is being led by RSAcademics and the new post-holder will be selected by the Governors, chaired by Mr Simon Wathen, Chair of Governors.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Michael Stephens, Head of Senior School Search: michaelstephens@rsacademics.com 

Diana Vernon, Senior Advisor: dianavernon@rsacademics.com

Claire Oulton, Head of Leadership Appointments UK: claireoulton@rsacademics.com

The deadline for receipt of the application is 10.00am on Tuesday 21st May 2024.

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 Simon Wathen, 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.

  • St Paul’s Girls’ 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

21/05/2024 10.00am

Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams between Thursday 23rd May and Thursday 30th May

Long list interviews with the Governors’ panel will take place at Mercers’ Hall on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the school during the week commencing Monday 17th June

Short list interviews with the Governing Body will take place at Mercers’ Hall on Wednesday 26th June