Head – The Downs Malvern


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The headship of The Downs Malvern offers the opportunity to lead this most successful, happy and attractive prep school.

The Downs Malvern is a 3-13 IAPS non-selective, co-educational day and boarding school. Its extensive facilities are situated on a beautiful 55-acre site in the village of Colwall, surrounded by the Malvern hills. The school offers an excellent academic education and first-class pastoral care, with a broad and stimulating extra-curricular programme. 70-80% of children progress to Malvern College, although pupils regularly also gain scholarships to a number of other leading senior secondary destinations.

The vacancy arises on the retirement next summer of Sam Cook, who has led the school with distinction for 13 years. The school is very well placed to welcome its next Head, who can build upon his success with the support of a committed staff and Board of Governors. Malvern College is very close to the campus and offers its facilities, expertise and other resources to complement and enhance the education of children at The Downs Malvern.

The Governing Body seeks a contemporary, strategically-minded and innovative educator to harness the tremendous potential of this most positive community and to lead the next stage of its journey. The successful candidate will have a strong academic background and a warmly pastoral outlook, coupled with business acumen and experience of senior leadership in a day and boarding context.

Potential candidates who wish to discuss the post are encouraged to contact the following at RSAcademics:

Louisa Barham, Search Consultant – louisabarham@rsacademics.com or
Bob Griffin, Senior Advisor – bobgriffin@rsacademics.com on 07814-439687

Deadline for applications: Monday 11 October 2021 at 10 a.m.

To submit your application, please click the Apply Now link. You will be taken to our online application portal where you will also be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Should you have any queries related to submitting to your application, please contact Julia Coffey, Project Coordinator (Leadership Appointments) at: applications@rsacademics.com. Julia can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 383163.

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

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Deadline for application

11/10/2021 10:00am UK

Selected candidates will be invited for an online preliminary interview with RSAcademics on either 18 October 2021 or 21 October 2021

Longlist interviews with members of the Governors’ Selection Committee will take place online on either 2 November 2021 or 3 November 2021

Shortlist interviews will take place at the School on 16 November 2021