Appointments Vacancies

Head – St James Preparatory School

Kensington, Olympia


RSAcademics are delighted to be assisting the Governors of St James Prep School with the appointment of a new Head from September 2020, replacing Catherine Thomlinson after many years of dedicated service to the School.

St James Prep School is a co-educational IAPS day prep and nursery school, located in beautiful modern facilities in Kensington, Olympia. It belongs to the wider group of St James Schools – Senior Girls and Senior Boys. With roughly 200 children currently on roll, aged 2-11, the school caters for children of all abilities, offering a complete educational experience. Children traditionally move on to St James Senior Girls’ School, located on the same site in Kensington, or St James Senior Boys’ School in Ashford, Surrey.

At St James, the happiness and well-being of all are intrinsic to everything the School does. Since its foundation, the School has maintained that a rounded, balanced education is better for the child:  academic success, creative, emotional and spiritual development are not mutually exclusive. This blend encourages an overall love of learning and peace of mind. Peace of mind is a message that goes straight to the heart of what the School is about, and what it delivers.  St James Prep School is non-denominational. Its curriculum seeks to enrich all dimensions of the human being by drawing on the best of the world’s spiritual, cultural, academic and artistic traditions. The aim is to provide an environment in which every individual can truly flourish.

The Governors seek an individual with wisdom, energy, outstanding leadership and first-class communication skills, who is excited to be working within the St James Schools’ group, and a school with strong moral and pastoral foundations. They will possess strong marketing and external relationship building skills and have the vision and expertise to take the school on the next phase of its journey. Primarily, the individual will have an appreciation of the spiritual dimension of the School and the importance of unity, beauty and the real potential of the human being.

A wonderful opportunity exists for the next Head of St James. This is a thoroughly ambitious and forward-thinking school. A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are invited to contact the following RSAcademics consultants:

Kate Howe – or 07956 557347

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

To apply:

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with their covering letter, addressed to Jeremy Sinclair, Chair of the Board of Governors, which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (as PDF files please) to our Project Coordinator (Leadership Appointments), Hilary Battye, at:

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 8th October, 10:00am.

St James Preparatory 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 08 October 2019
  • Preliminary interviews 14 October 2019 -15 October 2019
  • Long list interviews 05 November 2019 -06 November 2019
  • Short list interviews 15 November 2019