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Deputy Head Academic – Clifton College Preparatory School


The College is seeking a dynamic and innovative Deputy Head Academic to guide and support the highest levels of teaching and learning in one of the UK’s leading day and boarding schools.

Start date – September 2021

Clifton College Preparatory School offers first-class teaching and outstanding pastoral care for girls and boys aged 2-13. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and each child is treated as an individual.

Clifton College offers its pupils access to first-class facilities and high quality teaching which work hand in hand to provide a world-class education. Founded in 1862, Clifton College successfully combines a rich heritage with modern state-of-the-art facilities, in the beautiful suburb of Clifton, Bristol. The Preparatory School caters for around 500 pupils aged 2-13, the majority of whom progress to the Upper School. Day pupils and boarders are happy at school and all enjoy the variety and excitement that is all part of Clifton life and the unique House system.

The Deputy Head Academic is accountable to the Head of the Prep School, and responsible for ensuring the highest quality of teaching and learning in the Preparatory School. Working alongside the Deputy Head Pastoral and Assistant Head, the Deputy Academic is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and will contribute significantly to the evolution, development and delivery of the School’s academic and digital strategies.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, with the ability and confidence to work effectively with all of the Clifton College community. He or she will be an outstanding classroom practitioner, with knowledge and understanding of the national and international independent school landscape.

Further information can be found in the candidate information brochure.

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

Louisa Barham: / 07770 928537.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 10.00am.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Mr Jim Walton, Head of the Preparatory School, which explains their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a CV.

The completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files, please) should be emailed to Jonathan Barnes, Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments) at:

Clifton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 03 February 2021 10.00am
  • First round interviews with RSAcademics will take place during the week commencing Monday 8th February 2021
  • Long list interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 22nd February 2021
  • Short list interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 1st March 2021