Principal – St Clare’s, Oxford


We are delighted to support the appointment of this important role at St Clare's, Oxford.


Boarding & day

ISA, IB, British Council, English UK, ISI, ISI PFE

350 to 500 students (varies over the year)

Founded in 1953 to advance education and international understanding, St Clare’s is a very successful, international residential college based across two campuses in North Oxford. The Sixth Form College offers the IB Diploma Programme whilst the International College provides academic and English language courses for international students aged 18+. The College’s website gives a good indication of the unusual spread of activity.

The Governors wish to appoint a new Principal to replace Andy Rattue who is leaving after seven years, having led St Clare’s through the challenge of the pandemic and unified the organisation and leadership across all streams, confirming St Clare’s status as a highly rated, academically and financially successful college.

The next Principal will have ideally demonstrated a strong commitment to international education together with acute business and marketing acumen.  They will also have shown a sound grasp of the College’s distinctive characteristics of a love of learning, informality and mutual respect within a secure and highly nurturing environment.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post are invited to contact RSAcademics:

Michael Stephens, Head of Senior School Search


Jo MacKenzie, Senior Advisor

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on 4 February 2022.

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 Chair of Governors, Jens Tholstrup.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at Alison can also be reached by calling 01858 383163.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

St Clare’s, Oxford is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to respect this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and a medical. Registered charity number 294085.

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

04/02/2022 10:00am (GMT)

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via MS Teams on Tuesday 8 February (all day), Wednesday 9 February (morning) and Thursday 10 February (morning).

Longlist interviews will take place at St Clare’s College on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February 2022. Please note, this is during the school’s half term.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the school during w/c 28 February 2022, with interviews taking place on Monday 7 March 2022.