Junior School Head – Colfe’s School, London

An outstanding opportunity for an exceptional candidate to play a key part in the school's development in the years ahead.

RSAcademics are delighted to be assisting the Governors of Colfe’s School with the appointment of a new Junior School Head from September 2022. The successful candidate will be responsible to the Headmaster for the leadership of all pupils in the 3-11 age range, of whom there are currently 440.

Although Colfe’s is amongst London’s oldest schools its present site is modern and extremely well-equipped. This is particularly true of the premises currently occupied by Key Stage 1 and Early Years pupils. Successive teams of inspectors have written warmly about the quality of education provided in the junior school, with Key Stage 1 and Early Years provision being graded outstanding. Junior School pupils have access to the full range of whole school facilities, including the sports centre and swimming pool. In every respect, the junior school is a fully integrated part of the whole and the great majority of Year 6 pupils progress to the senior school as a matter of course.

The senior school itself has seen much progress and improvement in recent years, with 85% achieving A*-B grades at A level and more than 60% of U6th leavers going on to Russell Group universities, including 10 to Oxford or Cambridge in 2021. The strength of our provision in competitive sport throughout the school has been recognized in an Ofsted survey in which Colfe’s was identified as a model of good practice.

The Junior School Head will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in the day-to-day running of the Junior School. He/she will report to the Headmaster and will attend meetings of the whole school senior management team. He/she will also be required to attend Governors’ and Governors’ sub-committee meetings on a regular basis. The Junior School Head will work closely with the Headmaster, Bursar and Governors to define and develop the future strategy of the school. The upward academic trajectory of recent years must be sustained, alongside further consolidation of the school’s reputation for innovative thinking, to define Colfe’s clearly amongst its south London competitors within the independent sector.

The successful candidate will not only match closely the person specification for the job but also demonstrate a capacity for creative thought. An eye for detail will be an essential prerequisite for the day-to-day requirements of the job, as well as a facility for anticipating trouble ahead. The key managerial challenge will be to harness the collective strength of a strong and diverse common room to ensure that the whole exceeds the sum of its parts. More widely, they will build strong personal and professional relationships with key constituencies: pupils, staff, parents, prospective parents and governors.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics by email or telephone to arrange a confidential discussion with the search consultant handling this appointment:

Jenny Funnell: JennyFunnell@rsacademics.com / 07941 221172

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right of this page and upload your documents according to the instructions provided. You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to Mr Matthew Pellereau (Chair of 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 Barnes can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383174.

Colfe’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers, prohibition from teaching and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Preliminary interviews, held virtually, with Claire Oulton, Head of Leadership Appointments and Jenny Funnell, Lead Search Consultant



Long list interviews (held virtually)



Final interviews at Colfe's School