Head of Junior School – Withington Girls’ School

Manchester

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This is a tremendous opportunity for a current or aspiring Junior School Head to join one of the North of England’s leading girls’ schools.

Required September 2024.

Withington Girls’ School, The Sunday Times’ North-West Independent School of the Decade 2021, is seeking to appoint the next Head of the Junior School on the retirement of Bridget Howard after five years of outstanding leadership.

Withington is a leading independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are attained within a lively, happy and caring environment. Our outstanding record of achievement is complemented by an extensive range of extracurricular opportunities. With a proud history and inspiring ethos – Withington is thriving.

At Withington, we aim to promote a love of learning, engagement with our school’s wide breadth of opportunity and commitment to the highest standards in all that we do for the benefit of our pupils in all aspects of their development. Our commitment is to: intellectually stimulating, innovative and supportive teaching which enables each pupil to fulfil her potential and develop the skills, knowledge and approaches needed not only for success in examinations but for life beyond school. The School believes strongly in enrichment, diversity and extension and our lessons go beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The Head of the Junior School will be a visionary leader and an integral part of our Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The new Head will be expected to develop a strong sense of collegiality, personify an ethos of purposeful “hands-on” energy and to generate a culture of high expectation.

The new Head will greatly enjoy working with a forward-thinking Board of Governors, a dynamic Leadership Team and hugely talented, dedicated and committed staff. Never complacent, we work in partnership with parents, alumnae and the wider school community.

Though currently larger than it has ever been, the Junior School remains a small and friendly School, where girls are individually nurtured to reach their full potential academically and otherwise. The Junior School has its own individual character and personality, housed in a modern, aesthetically pleasing, purpose-built building, but is very closely linked and involved with the life of the Senior School. The girls benefit enormously from contact with Senior pupils, who act as mentors, monitors and club leaders.

The special atmosphere in the Junior School encourages creative and independent thinking and extends each girl not just academically but in every area of her life. In this lively environment, well-structured but warm and friendly, Withington girls flourish and grow into balanced, happy, confident young people. It is a joy to watch them start their journey in the Junior School then progress and develop through their Senior School experience.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a current or aspiring Junior School Head to join one of the North of England’s leading girls’ schools. If becoming the leader of this very special Junior School is a prospect that excites you and you believe you have the requisite skills and experience, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handing this appointment:

Angela Short, Head of Search: angelashort@rsacademics.com

or

Charlotte Faber, Senior Advisor: charlottefaber@rsacademics.com

Closing Date: The closing date for receipt of the application is 10.00am on Monday 5th February, 2024.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on Apply Now on the right 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 Mrs Sarah Haslam, Headmistress. We recommend that your letter is no longer than two pages and it must cover how you believe your personal qualities, skills and experience are relevant for this post and meet the person specification.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at: applications@rsacademics.com. Alison can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.   The School will carry out online searches on shortlisted applicants and all applicants will be required to provide details of their online profile, including social media accounts, as part of their application.

Withington Girls’ School is an equal opportunities employer. It is our policy to employ the best qualified personnel and we are committed to providing equal opportunity in recruitment and employment to all individuals who meet our criteria for the role advertised. We will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. This list is not exhaustive, and candidates will also be considered without discrimination based on socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.

We value the diversity of our staff and do not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination, or victimisation. We achieve this by creating and maintaining a work environment and culture where people from different backgrounds, and with varying lifestyles, interests, opinions, and responsibilities, treat each other with dignity and respect. Our working environment is such that our staff feel safe and are inspired and motivated to be their best.

Our school is dedicated to sustaining and promoting diversity with respect to recruitment, promotion, training, and general treatment during employment. We are actively seeking to extend the diversity of our staff.

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 the role are indicated in the candidate information. 

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

Key Dates

The closing date for receipt of the application is 10.00am on Monday 5th February, 2024

Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th February, 2024

Long list interviews with the selection panel will take place at the School on Wednesday 28th February, 2024

Short list interviews with the selection panel will take place at the school on Friday 8th March, 2024.