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Head – Arnold House School

St John's Wood, London

A unique opportunity to lead a highly-regarded boys’ prep school situated in the residential area of St John’s Wood, London. The Governors of Arnold House School are now inviting applications from candidates to succeed Mr Vivian Thomas who is retiring in September 2021 after 15 years of highly successful leadership.

Founded in 1905, Arnold House is a central London school with exceptional buildings and sports facilities which offers a truly enriching, all-round education. A thriving school with 275 boys aged 5-13, Arnold House is fully committed to outstanding pastoral care allowing each boy to reach his full potential both in the classroom and beyond. The breadth of the curriculum at Arnold House demonstrates the School’s aim to promote learning, personal growth and development with a balance between study, sport, music, the arts and an impressive activities programme.

Well respected by leading senior day and boarding schools with whom the School have strong relations, Arnold House is known for turning out bright, considerate, highly motivated and well-rounded boys who have the self-confidence to go out and make their mark in the world.

As Head of an independent school run as a charitable trust, the successful candidate will be responsible for overall strategic leadership of the School with the full and experienced support of the Governing body.

The Governors seek an individual with a track record of success in leadership, is innovative, ambitious, energetic and has first-class communication skills. A strategic thinker who can lead the School and its community, with a collaborative approach, into the next phase of its life whilst nurturing the School’s traditions, ethos and values.

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

Angela Short – or 07786 134195

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 10.00am.  

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a short covering letter explaining their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a CV at this stage.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Jonathan Barnes at:

Arnold House 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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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 13 October 2020 10.00am
  • First round interviews via Zoom 20 October 2020 -21 October 2020
  • Long List Interviews 05 November 2020 -06 November 2020
  • Short List Interviews 12 November 2020