Head Teacher – Park School


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For September 2024 (or sooner)

Park School, which has been part of the Forfar Education Group since 2021, seeks a new Head Teacher from September 2024, or earlier, on the departure of Mrs Melanie Dowler. Situated in Bournemouth, Park School educates around 370 children from Nursery to Year 6.  The School enjoys a reputation for excellence in many fields and in 2020 was ranked no.32 in The Sunday Times Top 100 Prep Schools in the UK. It was graded Excellent in all areas in its most recent ISI report of February 2023.

Pupils at Park School demonstrate social awareness, collaborative interaction skills, readiness to celebrate the achievements of others, strong moral understanding and emotional maturity.  The School is in a strong position, but is not complacent. The new Head will build on past success, and will be a proactive and visionary force in meeting the many challenges and opportunities looming on the educational horizon; whilst also being a visible figurehead for the School in the local community.

The Forfar Education Group, which Governs the School, is ambitious for growth.  As an organisation, it looks to recruit talented and ambitious individuals who will share its forward-thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.  Founded in 2016 by CEO John Forsyth, Forfar Education is a family business specialising in the education of children and with an ethos of being: honest, transparent, hardworking and putting the needs of the child first. 

This is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced or aspiring Head to pick up the reins of a popular and successful school and to lead it on the next exciting phase of its journey. In an unpredictable educational, political, economic and social landscape, the role will suit a strong and resilient leader who is able to adapt to and effectively manage change.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 6th February, 10.00am (UK time).

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

Jenny Funnell, Search Consultant: JennyFunnell@rsacademics.com

Charlotte Faber, Senior Advisor: CharlotteFaber@rsacademics.com

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 on the RSAcademics website.

You should submit: 

  • A completed online application form (please follow the Apply Now link to download the form). 
  • A covering letter addressed to Mr John Forsyth, CEO of the Forfar Education Group and Chair of Governors. The letter should be a maximum of two pages and should explain your reasons for applying and outline your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Laura Beacon, Operations Assistant, at applications@rsacademics.com.  Laura can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163. 

Forfar Education Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding and child protection issues will be discussed throughout the appointment process and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and criminal records and social media checks. 

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 the role are indicated 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

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 10.00am (UK)

Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place via Microsoft Teams w/c 12 February 2024

Longlist interviews will take place on Monday 4 March 2024

Shortlist interviews will be held on Thursday 14 March 2024