Head – Rookwood School

Andover, Hampshire

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This appointment is a great opportunity for an existing or aspiring Head to make a lasting impact.

The Inspired Learning Group is seeking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational senior leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the vision and energy to lead Rookwood into the next exciting stage of its development.

Rookwood School, established over 85 years ago is a non-selective and co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils aged from 2 to 18 located in Andover, Hampshire.

Rookwood’s motto, sapere aude, translated as ‘dare to know’, is clearly seen in every element of the school. Pupils are challenged to have courage, to learn new things, to develop new skills and to deepen their understanding. As a result, pupils leave Rookwood with the essential character traits of integrity, tenacity and respect for others, and with excellent exam results.

Rookwood is a warm, supportive and cohesive school community where dedicated and well qualified teaching and support staff and experienced senior leaders strive to give pupils in all phases a rich educational experience and a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities.

The new Head must be willing to work closely in partnership with ILG, but also have the strength and independence to make their own decisions for the benefit of the School and its community.

In the first instance, interested candidates are warmly invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange an informal and confidential discussion about the role:

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

Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor: AndreaBerkeley@rsacademics.com

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 19 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 Mr James Fowler, Chair of the Rookwood School Advisory Board, Inspired Learning Group. 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.

The Inspired Learning Group is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, identity checks, qualification checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references and registration with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

19/02/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on Friday 23 and Monday 26 February 2024

Long list interviews with the Governors’ Appointment Panel will take place on Friday 8 March 2024 (details to be confirmed)

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the School during the week commencing 11 March

Short list interviews with the Governors’ Appointment Panel will take place at the School on Tuesday 19 March