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Head – Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School, Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames

Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School sits within the Surbiton High School Group (including the Boys’ Preparatory School and the Girls’ Senior School). It is also part of United Learning, a successful national group of academies and independent schools.

For September 2021/January 2022

United Learning schools share a mission to bring out ‘the best in everyone’ and to improve the life chances of the children and young people in their care. The organisation’s cluster model enables high quality, bespoke school improvement and wider opportunities for both staff and pupils to work collaboratively.

Formed in 1884, Surbiton High School is known in London for academic excellence alongside a strong pastoral offering. The Girls’ Preparatory School has around 300 girls on roll, aged 4 to 11. RSAcademics is very pleased to be working with the Principal of Surbiton High School and Directors of United Learning to appoint a new Head from September 2021, or soon after.  The current Head, Clemmie Stewart, leaves the School after six and a half very successful years to take on a new role.

Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School is a happy, warm and loving place where pupils are very much at the heart of everything. As soon as you are welcomed through the doors, you will see the vibrant artwork, hear the buzz of engaged learners, and see smiling faces in every corner. The School is proud of the fact that every member of its community is continuously learning and traditional pedagogy is combined with innovative methods within the curriculum. Through the delivery of a broad and enriching programme, girls are encouraged to make links with their learning and study concepts in great depth, thus allowing them to show mastery of ideas.

This is an excellent opportunity for a leader or aspiring leader looking to combine the autonomy of running their own school with the benefit of working within the umbrella of Surbiton High School, whose Principal you will report into, and as part of a national group. United Learning prioritises collaboration, values shared practice and provides high-quality professional development.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to the School and its community. You will model outstanding leadership, have a strong focus on learning and teaching and set high expectations for pupils and staff. Your professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm for education will be evident each and every day, in all that you do. As a personable individual, you will be strong with social media and enjoy the public-facing elements of the role, such as public speaking and presenting.

If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding role within the School and Group, that offers a strong commitment to professional development, and if you have an unshakeable dedication to improving the lives of young people, we encourage you to apply.

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: Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 10:00am

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a short covering letter explaining their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a CV at this stage.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files) to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at, addressing both for the attention of Mrs Rebecca Glover, Principal of Surbiton High School.

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

Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 12 May 2021 10:00am (UK)
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will be held via Microsoft Teams in w/c 17 May
  • Longlist interviews at the School 26 May 2021 -28 May 2021
  • Shortlist interviews at the School 09 June 2021 -11 June 2021