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Head – Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire

Settle, North Yorkshire

The Governors of Giggleswick School seek a dynamic and inspirational leader to succeed Mr Mark Turnbull, who will be leaving in December, after seven years of outstanding leadership.

Start date: January 2022

Situated in 215 acres of magnificent countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Giggleswick is one of the leading co-educational boarding and day schools of the north of England with 420 pupils aged 2-18. Established over 500 years ago, the school combines a long history with a truly modern, global approach to education.

The Governors are seeking to appoint an energetic, passionate and charismatic leader with a track record of delivering academic and pastoral excellence, and a commitment to a genuinely holistic education within a boarding school environment. The successful candidate will be creative, open-minded, commercially aware, able to manage change to a successful outcome, deliver results to an excellent standard, and will bring a forward-looking vision for the school and its role within the wider community.

Giggleswick enjoys an enviable reputation for the quality of the education that it offers, based around the core value of wholehearted participation by all members of the community, and for the impressive personal qualities of its pupils and the high standards of academic, sporting and artistic success that they achieve.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact:

Michael Stephens – Head of Senior School Search: 07834 520995 /

Michael Spens – Senior Advisor: 07740 783564 /

The closing date for applications is Monday 17th May 2021 at 10.00am

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Mr Alex Thursby, Chairman of Governors, outlining their reasons for applying. Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Alison Hooper, Project Co-ordinator, at:

Alison can also be contacted by calling RSAcademics’ Head Office on 01858 383163.

Giggleswick School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment by complying with the School’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct at all times. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and The Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 17 May 2021 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via video conferencing 19 May 2021 -21 May 2021
  • Final interviews at the School 11 June 2021