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Deputy Head Pastoral – Clifton College (Upper School)



The Deputy Head Pastoral will be a dynamic and innovative individual with experience in a range of pastoral roles, who has a passionate interest in promoting the care and welfare of young people and is now seeking a pupil-facing leadership position.

For September 2021

With one Deputy Head retiring and one returning to Australia, Clifton College has taken the opportunity to review its Senior Leadership Team. The team is being expanded and restructured and the College is now looking to appoint three Deputy Heads for September 2021: Academic, Pastoral and Co-curriculum. This is an unusual and very attractive opportunity for three outstanding individuals to become members of a dynamic new Senior Leadership Team. As part of that team, the successful applicants will work together to realise the College’s exciting and ambitious development plans and to shape the future strategic direction of the school.

Founded in 1862, Clifton College is one of the leading independent boarding and day schools in the UK. The Upper School provides an exceptional all-round education for 724 girls and boys aged 13-18. 300 of these are boarders and 303 are in the Sixth Form. The Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School cater for a further 525 pupils aged 2-13. The College is academically ambitious and is committed to providing a contemporary, challenging and enriching education for all its pupils within a warm, inclusive and spiritual environment.

The boarding ethos of Clifton ensures that community is at the heart of College life with pupil welfare and safeguarding holding primacy. The Deputy Head Pastoral will place pupils at the centre of their work and will lead the pastoral life of this progressive co-educational boarding and day school. He or she will develop further a pastoral culture, shaped by pupil voice, that encourages and promotes diversity and inclusion, and is an exemplar of best practice in supporting pupil wellbeing, mental health, health education and personal safety.

The life of the College is a full one, extending over weekends as well as weekdays. Each member of staff is required to play an active part in the co-curricular life of the College, and to serve as a tutor in a boarding or day House.

The successful candidate will be appointed by, and report directly to the Head of College, be a member of the Upper School Senior Leadership Team and play a key role in the strategic and operational management of the College as a whole.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to develop their senior leadership career within one of the UK’s foremost boarding and day schools.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics by email or telephone, for an initial, informal discussion about the post:

Camilla Oulton, Search Consultant: / +44 (0)7375 852560

Michael Spens, Senior Advisor: / +44 (0)7740 783564

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th February 2021 at 10.00am

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Dr Tim Greene, Head of College, 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 15 February 2021 10.00am
  • First round interviews via video conferencing with RSAcademics 22 February 2021 -23 February 2021
  • Short listed candidates will be invited to visit the school during the week commencing Monday 1st March 2021
  • Shortlist interviews with members of the panel will take place at the school during the week commencing Monday 8th March 2021