Head – Ipswich Preparatory School


Ipswich School, of which the Preparatory School is a part, is one of the foremost independent schools in East Anglia.

Required for September 2022

Ipswich School has a long history, established over 600 years ago, and the only school mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. Today, Ipswich School is a co-educational school with over 1000 pupils aged between 3 months and 19 years. The School has been voted Suffolk’s top independent school in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide each year since 2016.

The School is very proud of its academic success which is one of the key features of Ipswich School, coupled with a rich and successful co-curricular life.  Pupils realise their potential through a rounded education which is second to none, and it is firmly believed that extraordinary futures are created for all pupils in a happy, caring, and safe environment, taught by excellent teachers.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an inspiring and highly skilled educationalist to lead the Prep School and oversee The Lodge Day Nursery. The successful candidate will have the strategic vision, drive and experience to build on existing success and develop the Prep School further while also preserving and staying true to its history and tradition.

You should be fully committed to Ipswich School’s core values and bring experience of successful senior leadership in prep school education. 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 co-curricular opportunities. An engaging, visible, and instinctively collaborative leader, you will be able to inspire confidence across all sections of the school and local community, enjoy networking and be able to promote the Prep School extensively.

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 9 February 2022

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

Jenny Funnell: jennyfunnell@rsacademics.com or +44(0)7941221172

Peter Bodkin: peterbodkin@rsacademics.com or +44(0)7821737092

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application. Please click the “Apply Now” link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application are to be maximum of two pages and should outline the attraction of this position and why candidates feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role. Please address your letter to the Headmaster of Ipswich School, Mr Nicholas Weaver.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at applications@rsacademics.com. Jonathan can also be reached by calling 01858 383163.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Ipswich School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining the position.  The Ipswich School Policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders and the Code of Practice relating to the Disclosure and Barring Service are available on request.

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.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

09/02/2022 10:00am

Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on Friday 18 and Tuesday 22 February 2022.

Long List interviews will take place at Ipswich School w.b. 7 March 2022

Short List candidates will be held at Ipswich School w.b. 14 March 2022