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Head – Barfield Preparatory School

Farnham, Surrey

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a well-established prep school in a wonderful setting within The Cothill Trust, a UK charity committed to providing high-standard preparatory school education across a diverse range of day and boarding schools.

RSAcademics Ltd are delighted to be working with The Cothill Trust and invite applications for the position of Head of Barfield Preparatory School from January 2020.

There is something magical about Barfield which sets it apart, and it is not just the exceptional teaching and the beautiful surroundings. At Barfield, children feel safe and confident enough to be themselves, take risks and discover what excites and inspires them. The school prides itself on having the perfect blend which combines the highest of expectations, excellent academic teaching and learning and outstanding pastoral care, thereby ensuring that children develop and flourish.

Barfield is a co-educational IAPS day prep school, situated in 12 acres of beautiful grounds just outside the market town of Farnham. With approximately 180 children currently on roll, aged 2-13, the school caters for children of all abilities, offering a complete educational experience.

The new Head will work closely alongside the Trust and its CEO, Tom Beardmore-Gray, to ensure success and modernisation of the school, benefiting from the resources available to them through the Trust. Together, you will work to put a strategy in place to take Barfield to a new level.

The Trustees seek an individual with vision, energy, outstanding leadership and first-class communication skills, who is excited to be working with the Trust and a school with a long standing tradition and a bright future. They will possess strong marketing and recruitment skills and have the wisdom and expertise to take the school on the next phase of its journey. Ultimately, the individual will have the courage and determination to drive the school and the strategy forward with the Trust.

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

Jenny Funnell – or 07941 221172

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th May 2019, 10.00am.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Mr Tom Beardmore-Gray, CEO of The Cothill Trust, 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 at

Barfield 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 28 May 2019 10.00am
  • First round interviews (Central London) 03 June 2019 -04 June 2019
  • Final round interviews (at the school) 26 June 2019