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Head – Cumnor House Sussex

Haywards Heath


A wonderful opportunity exists for the next Head of Cumnor House Sussex. This is a thoroughly ambitious and forward-thinking school, which requires someone with inspirational leadership, a thorough knowledge of the latest curriculum developments and outstanding interpersonal skills.

Start date – September 2020

‘Aim High, Be Kind, Dare to be Different’

After 18 years of dedicated and hugely effective service as Headmaster of Cumnor House Sussex, Christian Heinrich is retiring. Much has been achieved under his leadership, and he and his wife Belinda are leaving a happy school that provides a safe and unhurried childhood for active and ambitious children, with a well-deserved reputation for being one of the top prep schools in the country.

The Governors now seek an exceptional person to lead this innovative and successful co-educational day and boarding school into the future. Situated in a magnificent setting, close to the village of Danehill in Mid Sussex, each child is given the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities; form close friendships within a nurturing, family environment; explore their surroundings; and climb trees within a 65-acre site in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. The school is committed to exceptional pastoral care, excellence in teaching and a programme of investment and growth.

The new Head must be able to lead, challenge and inspire both staff and pupils, and build unshakeable confidence with parents. To be successful they will need to have vision, warmth and charisma. They will embrace a child-centric approach to every decision and feel that it is a joy and a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of making every day for the children memorable and enjoyable. It is important that the new Head works with the staff team and has a collaborative and collegiate leadership style. One of the key priorities is to ensure the provision of exceptional teaching and academic excellence whilst maintaining the essential ethos of the school.

A highly competitive remuneration package, including family accommodation in a six-bedroom house on site and favourable school fees remission for children attending the school, is available commensurate with the seniority of the post and the experience of the successful candidate.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the role:

Angela Short: or call her on 07786 134195

Diana Watkins: or call her on 07831 660604

Louisa Barham: or call her on 07770 928537

The deadline for applications is Monday 8th April 2019, 10.00am.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Mr Niall FitzGerald KBE, Chairman of Governors, which explains their reasons for applying.

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

Cumnor House Sussex is committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 08 April 2019 10am
  • Preliminary interviews in Central London 24 April 2019 -26 April 2019
  • Long list interviews 08 May 2019 -10 May 2019
  • Short list interviews 20 May 2019 -21 May 2019