Appointments Vacancies

Head – Silcoates School

Wrenthorpe, West Yorkshire

Silcoates is an ‘all through’ independent, co-educational day school of around 500 pupils in West Yorkshire. The Governors are seeking an inspirational, dynamic leader who is also a confident networker for the position of Head.

For September 2021 or January 2022

Silcoates is an independent, co-educational day school of around 500 pupils located on a 53 acre site in Wrenthorpe on the outskirts of Wakefield, five minutes from Junction 41 of the M1 motorway and ten minutes from Junction 30 of the M62 motorway. Founded by the Congregationalists, the School takes its name from the original building, Silcoates Hall.  The School celebrated its bicentenary in 2020 and continues to be a vibrant community which expounds high academic standards, coupled with an appreciation that the development of all-round character and life skills are just as important.

Silcoates is an ‘all through’ school, educating children all the way from Pre-School (3years old) to Year 13 (18 years). Many of the pupils begin their life at Silcoates in the Pre-School, others join aged 11 and 16 and at other points in between.

This continuity of education serves to embed the skills and qualities that make Silcoates’ pupils enthusiastic and effective learners and supports the School’s aims of bringing out the very best in every pupil and encouraging every pupil to seize all their opportunities. The School is selective but a flexible curriculum ensures that pupils with a broad range of ability and interests develop their own strengths and aptitudes and achieve much success. A comprehensive range of co-curricular opportunities, in all age groups, aims to inculcate a sense of adventure, confidence and resilience and pupils of all ages are nurtured, supported and safeguarded by a proactive pastoral regime focussed on individual needs.

As a charity, Silcoates School is governed by a Board of Governors, the School’s trustees. Substantial investment has been made in the School facilities over the last few years, with the completion of a MUGA/astroturf pitch and major refurbishment of the academic environment. The School also has aspirational plans for further development over the next ten years.

The Governors of Silcoates School are now seeking a new and inspirational leader to take the School forward in its next phase.  You will be able to demonstrate a strategic approach to policy and planning, management skills and business insight and should bring experience of successful senior leadership in education. An engaging individual, you will embrace and be fully committed to the aims, ethos and values of Silcoates School. You will be keen to promote academic rigour within a safe, open and transparent culture supported by excellent pastoral care and to ensure that pupils have access to a wide range of co-curricular opportunities to enhance the breadth of their education and to promote their life skills. A visible and dynamic leader, you will be instinctively collaborative and able to inspire confidence across the school community and drive continuous improvements in pupil outcomes. A confident networker, you will be able to market Silcoates effectively in a competitive marketplace to recruit, retain and grow pupil numbers.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are invited to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Jenny Funnell –  or +44 7941221172
Peter Bodkin –  or +44 7821737092

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it and a covering letter addressed to the Chair of Governors, Mrs Sue Lee, as PDF files please, to RSAcademics’ Project Co-ordinator (Leadership Appointments), Julia Coffey at:  Julia can also be reached by calling +44 1858 383163.

Silcoates School is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 03 March 2021 10:00am GMT
  • Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams on 08 March 2021 or 09 March 2021
  • Long List interviews will take place on 16 March 2021 or 17 March 2021
  • Short List candidates will be required over two days on 24 March 2021 and 25 March 2021