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Headmaster of Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, India (for November 2019 or asap thereafter)

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India


RSAcademics Ltd are delighted to be working with the Board of Governors of Bishop Cotton School as they search for a Headmaster to succeed Mr RC Robinson, who retires after 15 years’ loyal service. Applications for the position are invited now for November 2019 or January 2020.

Bishop Cotton School is one of the oldest boys’ boarding schools in India, and is a leading, academically selective school. Occupying a 56 acre campus in the foothills of the Himalayas in the historic state capital, BCS educates boys aged 5–18 years old, who come from all regions of India and beyond. The school was founded on a traditional British public school model and has developed many of the best features, such as full boarding, a House system, pastoral care, team and individual sports and many other wide-ranging extra-curricular opportunities. BCS is immensely proud of its continuing close links with Marlborough College that were first established by its founding Headmaster, Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton.

The Governors view this appointment as the moment at which to refine and re-define the school, so that boys’ aspirations are increasingly international, enabling them to compete as leaders of their generation not only with the best in India, but also across the world.

The successful candidate, therefore, will be a person who can inspire boys and young men by intellect, by adaptability, by self-discipline and by self-confidence; who can work with a committed and forward-looking Board of Governors; who can articulate a vision and lead a school through significant change; who is diplomatic, energetic and passionate about all aspects of boys’ education.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Jean Sullivan, by email or telephone, for an initial discussion or to arrange a confidential discussion with Aaron Ashton or Mike Weston.

Jean Sullivan – Head of International Search

+44 (0)7885 879887 |

Aaron Ashton – Head of International Leadership Appointments

+44 (0)7584 564944 |

Mike Weston – Senior Advisor 

+44 (0)7581 447049 |

To Apply:

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically (available to download to the right of this page). Please also submit a CV and covering letter in support of your application form which should be addressed to Aaron Ashton, Head of International Leadership Appointments.

Please email all three documents as pdf files to

Hilary Battye, Project Coordinator at

Closing date for applications: Monday 17th June 2019 at 10:00 am (BST)

Bishop Cotton School is aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection; we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to show evidence of their most up to date child protection screening details including checks with past employers and police checks from international school positions held.




About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 17 June 2019 10:00am (BST)
  • Preliminary interviews by Skype/Zoom 21 June 2019 -24 June 2019
  • Longlist interviews in London or Skype/Zoom 01 July 2019 -02 July 2019
  • Final stage interviews at the School 29 July 2019