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Founding Principal – Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai



We are leading the search for the Founding Principal of RGS Guildford Dubai, opening in August 2021 in partnership with Cognita.

This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding educational leadership opportunity.  You will be creating and leading a branch of one of the most respected and successful schools in the UK, in a unique partnership with an outstanding global schools group.  As the leader of this new British curriculum, coeducational school for children aged 3-18, your role will be to work with experienced colleagues and partners, and with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, to establish and then lead an innovative and outward looking school of the highest quality, and to do so with energy, pride and integrity.

The partnership between the RGS and Cognita to create this new school in Dubai is truly ground-breaking, bringing together two of the world’s leading educational organisations.  The Royal Grammar School Guildford is one of the most prestigious independent day schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for academic excellence.  Cognita provides a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – equipping young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast changing world.   Collaboration, community and innovation are just some of the many principles that unite the RGS and Cognita.

There is a great deal of excitement about RGS Guildford Dubai and what can be achieved. We consider it an honour to be working with two such inspiring and high-quality educational providers and we wholeheartedly commend this leadership opportunity to outstanding international educators with vision and drive.

Interested candidates are positively encouraged to contact Jean Sullivan or Russell Speirs by email or telephone for an initial, confidential discussion:

Russell Speirs- / +44 7879 607078

Jean Sullivan – / +44 7885 879 887

To apply:

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with their CV and covering letter which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (as PDF files please) to our Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments), Alice Matcham, at:

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 October 2019, 10am

The Royal Grammar School, Guildford and Cognita are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to a range of background checks, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical.

About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 14 October 2019 10am
  • Preliminary Interviews 15 October 2019 to -18 October 2019
  • Long List Interviews - End of October
  • Short List Interviews 04 November 2019 -05 November 2019