Appointments Vacancies

Head – Westminster School


The Governing Body of Westminster School seeks a new Head to succeed Patrick Derham OBE, after six years of exceptional service.

For September 2020 or January 2021

762 pupils – all boys until the Sixth Form when 65 girls join each year; 180 boarders, split across six boarding/day Houses and five day Houses

Granted royal patronage in 1560, Westminster School remains on its original site next to the Abbey and is recognised as one of the foremost schools in the world. It is a centre of academic excellence with a liberal tradition and a vibrant and exciting curriculum and co-curriculum. While academic and cultural attainments are highly prized, the School is fully committed to nurturing each pupil’s spiritual, moral, emotional and physical development and to the preparation of responsible young people for fulfilled lives beyond the School.

The School and its leaders have a strong sense of social responsibility with important school partnerships, including Harris Westminster Sixth Form Academy and The Grey Coat Hospital School, as well as outreach and bursary programmes.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact:

Claire Oulton at or 07738 737482 or

Holly Fitzgerald at or 07801 522913.

To apply:

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with their covering letter which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (as PDF files please) to our Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments), Alice Matcham, at:

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 October 2019, 10am

Westminster School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS and other statutory checks.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 21 October 2019
  • Preliminary Interviews 22 October 2019 to -29 October 2019
  • Long List Interviews 06 November 2019 or -08 November 2019
  • Short List Interviews 22 November 2019