Head – The Children’s House School

Islington, North London

An exceptional opportunity for an inspiring Head to develop and build an 11+ prep school based on its record of high academic achievement.

Required for September 2022

The Children’s House School is a leading co-educational independent day school in Islington, North London, currently educating children from Nursery to Year 2. We are delighted to announce that the school will soon be expanding through from Nursery up to Year 6. Our exciting plans for a phased expansion commence in September 2022, with the entry of our first Year 3 cohort.

Our key focus will be preparing children for and supporting parents through the 11+ entry into senior schools in and around London.

The ultimate aim of our development plans is the creation of a dedicated Children’s House Early Years Learning Centre (Nursery, Pre-Reception and Reception from Sept 2024) at Elmore Street and a vibrant home for our Children’s House Preparatory School at King Henry’s Walk (Year 1 to Year 6).

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strategic approach to policy and planning, management skills and business insight. You should bring experience of successful senior leadership in prep school education and a thorough knowledge of the 11+ procedures and practice in London. An engaging individual, you will embrace and be fully committed to the aims, ethos, and values of The Children’s House School. You will be keen to promote academic rigour within a safe and transparent culture supported by excellent pastoral care and to ensure that children have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities. A visible and dynamic leader, you will be instinctively collaborative and be able to inspire confidence across the school community and to communicate openly with parents and other stakeholders. A confident networker, you will be able to market The Children’s House effectively in the competitive London marketplace to recruit, retain and grow pupil numbers in line with the development plans.

The Children’s House School is a registered charity, governed by an elected Council of Management.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are invited to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Kate Howe – katehowe@rsacademics.com or +44 7956 557347

Peter Bodkin – peterbodkin@rsacademics.com  or +44 7821 737092

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics.  To submit your application, please upload your documents according to the instructions on the RSAcademics website.  You should submit the following (both in PDF format):

  • A completed application form (available alongside this candidate information on the RSAcademics website
  • A covering letter addressed to the Chair of the Council of Management, Dawn Brindle. 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 383174.

The Children’s House School is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics via Zoom



Long List interviews held at The Children’s House School



Final interviews held at The Children’s House School