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Founding Head – Maida Vale School

North West London


If you are an enthusiastic, imaginative and ambitious school leader, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a modern and pioneering school which will seek to be a front-runner in educational practice in London.

RSAcademics are delighted to be assisting the Directors of the Gardener Schools Group in the appointment of a founding Head for their new enterprise, Maida Vale School, a brand new, independent, co-educational secondary school. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to shape a new independent school in North West London. The successful appointee will ideally commence in post January 2020.

Maida Vale School will educate 11-18 year olds, with the roll eventually reaching 600 students. The School will recruit its first student intake for September 2020 and is likely to take pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 in its first year. It will be housed in a large, airy Victorian building, and will be the fourth school founded by Gardener Schools Group, a family-run company which has built three very successful schools in the last 28 years.

Maida Vale School will pursue excellence in all areas but will meet a demand for a modern approach, selective but not simply exam-focused, that will enable it to gain a firm foothold in this environment. The School will provide a greater variety of educational opportunity – academically demanding but with a fresh approach to selection criteria, the flexibility of the curriculum, the shape of the school day and term and the recognition of creativity and talent.

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

Michael Stephens – or 07834 520995

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

To Apply

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically (available to download to the right of this page). Please also submit a covering letter in support of your application form which should be addressed to the Directors of Maida Vale School.

Please email both documents as pdf files to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 19th June, 10:00am.

Maida Vale School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 19 June 2019 10:00am
  • Preliminary interviews in Central London 24 June 2019 -25 June 2019
  • Longlist interviews at the School 04 July 2019 -05 July 2019
  • Shortlist interviews at the School 09 July 2019