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The Governors of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford (‘RGS’) and Lanesborough are seeking to appoint a new Head of Lanesborough Prep, a long established and highly regarded school in a quiet residential area of Guildford. 

After 13 years of exceptional service, the current Head, Mrs Clare Turnbull, is moving within the RGS family to establish the Prep Department of RGS Guildford Dubai. Ideally the new appointment would commence in September 2020, but a January 2021 start would also be considered for the right candidate.

Lanesborough was founded in 1930 and acquired by the RGS in 1978 when RGS became independent. Today, Lanesborough operates as a separate academic establishment alongside RGS within the same charity. The Head reports to, and works closely with, the Headmaster of RGS.

As the only boys’ prep school in Guildford, Lanesborough is a thriving, academic school, with around 350 boys aged 3-11 on roll. It is well known for its excellent academic and pastoral strengths, alongside outstanding music departments and strong sport and extra-curricular opportunities for all boys. In the last couple of years, a new performance space and a new sports hall have been opened. Lanesborough also serves as the choir school for Guildford Cathedral. The ISI assessed Lanesborough as excellent in all areas in its December 2019 inspection.

The Governors seek an individual with warmth, energy, outstanding leadership and first-class communication skills, who is excited to be working within the RGS family at a school that is extremely well renowned and regarded. This is a school where ‘the warmth of the community and the enthusiasm of the staff and boys give it a unique character’.

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

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 25th February 2020, 10.00am.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Dr Jon Cox, Headmaster of Royal Grammar School, Guildford 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:

Jonathan can also be reached by calling the Head Office on 01858 383163.

Lanesborough 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 25 February 2020 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews taking place in central London 03 March 2020
  • Preliminary interviews taking place in central London 05 March 2020