Appointments Vacancies

Head – Orchard House School

West London

A unique opportunity to lead a highly-regarded IAPS co-ed prep school in the leafy, residential area of Chiswick, London. Dukes Education seeks a replacement for Mrs Maria Edwards, who is retiring at the end of the academic year 2020-2021, after five years of successful Headship at the School.

Orchard House is a West London school situated in two premises with exceptional play areas, making use of the local facilities available for extracurricular activities. A thriving school with 270 children aged 3-11, Orchard House nurtures each child’s individual academic and creative talents with a sense of fun and purpose.  The School fosters a sense of adventure, and all activities take place within an atmosphere of warmth and openness, encouraging pupils in independent thought. Orchard House’s Pupil Pastoral Plan monitors the well-being of each child and was recently shortlisted for a national award.

Orchard House became part of Dukes Education in February 2020.  As part of Dukes, Orchard House continues to lead on all decisions and retain its independence. Dukes adds to this the benefit of the collective, providing security and support, a platform for sharing best practice, and the reassurance of a host of all-through education options.

Dukes Education seeks an individual with a track record of success in leadership, who is innovative, ambitious, energetic and has first-class communication skills.  The successful candidate will be 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:

Jenny Funnell – or 07941 221172

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 10th November 2020, 10:00am.  

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a short covering letter addressed to Libby Nicholas, Managing Director, Dukes Education explaining their reasons for applying. Please also submit your CV.

Please email your completed application form, CV and covering letter (PDF files please) to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator (Leadership Appointments), at

Orchard 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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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 10 November 2020 10:00am
  • Preliminary interviews by Zoom w/c 16th November 2020
  • Longlist interviews 25 November 2020
  • Shortlist interviews 02 December 2020 -03 December 2020