Appointments Vacancies

Head – Terra Nova School



A unique opportunity to lead a thriving, modern prep school, reinvented for the 21st Century. The Governors are seeking a pro-active, innovative leader for the position of Head.

The Governors of Terra Nova School are inviting applications from candidates to succeed Phil Stewart, under whose guidance Terra Nova has revolutionised its teaching and learning, recruited its first international students and re-established a full seven-day boarding provision.

Terra Nova is an independent IAPS co-educational boarding and day prep school in Cheshire for pupils aged 2½ to 13. Founded in 1897, the school now strives to create a dynamic, progressive and internationally-minded environment that encourages every pupil to explore, question and flourish. With a record 300 pupils on roll and with waiting lists in many year groups, the school is well-funded and plans for further development are in place.

Whilst Terra Nova recognises the benefits of a traditional prep school, it has adopted a firmly forward-thinking attitude, recognising that the school needs to continue and even accelerate its development in order to reflect the future society in which its children will live. The Governors of Terra Nova are determined to continue this pro-active, progressive approach, and are looking for an innovative leader who will set new standards, embrace new educational ideas and guide the school through changing times with vision, diligence, energy and enthusiasm.

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

Angela Short – or 07786 134195
Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

Deadline for applications: Monday, 19th October 2020, 10.00am.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a short covering letter addressed to the Chair of Governors, Mr Will Sillar, 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 please) to Jonathan Barnes, Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments) at:

Terra Nova 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.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 19 October 2020 10.00am
  • First round interviews with Angela Short and Charlotte Faber of RSAcademics via Zoom during the week commencing Monday 26th October, 2020
  • Long list interviews at the school 17 November 2020 -18 November 2020
  • Short list interviews at the school 26 November 2020