Head of Senior – St Albans High School for Girls


The St Albans Education Group is looking to appoint a Head of STAHS Senior to give strategic vision and leadership for this prestigious school.

The new Head of STAHS Senior who will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Senior School whilst also playing a key role in developing and delivering the school strategy in line with the STAHS vision and values. Reporting to the Principal of the St Albans Education Group, the Head of Senior will sit on the Executive Team and chair the STAHS Senior School Leadership Team. The successful candidate will take responsibility for maintaining and developing the ethos of the Senior School within the Group, promoting excellence and high expectations of both staff and pupils. They will assist the Principal in providing strategic vision and leadership, working alongside the STAHS Senior School Leadership Team.

The Head of STAHS Senior will be a hands-on and experienced educator whose personal ethos and values are fully aligned with those of the Group and the School. They will have a minimum of five years’ experience of middle or senior leadership in an academically ambitious environment, have a track record of working collaboratively with members of the school community and will be able to communicate effectively and with confidence to parents, pupils and colleagues. They will have a warm, engaging, approachable and supportive personality balanced against a strong work ethic, excellent organisational skills and the ability to delegate responsibility appropriately. Maintaining a visible and consistent presence in the school through regular formal and informal interactions with pupils, parents and staff, the Head of Senior will be well-known and familiar to members of the school community. They will regularly attend events including academic and sporting competitions, music and drama performances, inter-house competitions, whole-school and house assemblies, parents’ evenings and parents’ seminars.

The Head of STAHS Senior will be grounded, reliable, flexible and pragmatic and will be a charismatic ambassador for the School and Group. They will work effectively with different stakeholders, get the best out of the people around them and operate with purpose, integrity, enthusiasm, good humour and tact.

This is a new role that has come about due to the restructure of STAHS’s leadership teams following the formation of the St Albans Education Group. The successful candidate should embrace the opportunity to develop, review and embed the position in the school in collaboration with the Principal.

This position is offered on a full-time basis.

The start date for this position is January 2025, although this may be flexible depending on candidate notice periods.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics in the first instance to arrange an informal and confidential discussion with:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Thursday 6th June 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:

  • A completed application form.
  • A covering letter addressed to the Principal, Mrs Amber Waite. 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 documents please contact Laura Beacon, Project Coordinator (Appointments), at applications@rsacademics.com. Laura can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

  • St Albans High School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & 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 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

Closing date for applications

06/06/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics, via Microsoft Teams, commencing on Tuesday 11 June 2024

Long list interviews will take place at the School on Friday 21 June 2024

Short list interviews will take place at the School on Monday 3 July 2024