Head – Wellington School


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This is an exceptional opportunity to join a happy and vibrant co-educational day and boarding independent school with just over 900 pupils, aged 3-18 currently on roll. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in southwest England, the School and town of Wellington are nestled in the beautiful Somerset hills, within easy reach of the extensive countryside and stunning coastlines of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, whilst also being accessible by motorway and fast-speed rail links to urban centres such as Taunton, Exeter, Bristol and London.

The School seeks to provide a rounded and grounded independent education, combining tradition and innovation in its philosophy of promoting outstanding relationships, a love of learning and the pursuit of excellence. The School’s vision is to provide a life-changing, pupil centred, values led education for engaged and ambitious young people who wish to contribute to the School and the wider community. Parents choose Wellington School for its ethos and in the knowledge that their children will be stretched and supported and will develop as well-rounded, articulate and happy individuals.

The Board of Governors are now seeking an inspiring individual who can continue the School’s upward trajectory achieved under Eugene du Toit’s leadership and quickly win the confidence and trust of all members of the School community. The new Head will be forward thinking with an appetite for continuous improvement and with a clear understanding of the independent school landscape, ensuring that Wellington continues to be known for an excellent educational experience supported by outstanding levels of safeguarding, pastoral care, and enrichment opportunities.

Already in Headship or in a senior leadership position, you will be a proven, empathetic and collaborative leader committed to sustaining an environment where you will empower others and inspire a talented leadership team to even greater success. You will be engaging and be keen to embrace Wellington’s position in the local community, living on campus in the Head’s house.

A natural networker, and with the gravitas and charisma to operate as a compelling ambassador at home and overseas, you will be able to clearly promote the distinguishing features of a Wellington education and the benefits of boarding. Your strong commercial instincts and acumen will further develop the ‘business’ side of the School. You will also have the strategic ability to deliver an ambitious and innovative vision which ensures that Wellington continues to flourish in its next phase of development, whilst navigating an unpredictable educational, societal, political and economic landscape with confidence.

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

Camilla Oulton, Search Consultant – camillaoulton@rsacademics.com

Peter Bodkin, Senior Advisor – peterbodkin@rsacademics.com 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 13th February 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 Mrs Anna Govey, Chair of the 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.

  • Wellington School is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect 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.
  • 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 briefing pack and Wellington School’s child protection policy can be found on the School’s website and alongside the application form on RSAcademics’ website.
  • RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

13/02/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on Friday 16th and Tuesday 20th February 2024

Long List interviews will take place with the Governors at Wellington School on Friday 8th March and Saturday 9th March 2024. Candidates will only be required on one of these days.

Final Short List interviews will take place at Wellington School on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March 2024. Candidates will be required to attend on both days.