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Principal of Woodhouse College / CEO of Frontier Learning Trust

Barnet, London

A rare and rewarding opportunity for an aspirational, inspiring and high performing leader arises from the announcement of the retirement of the Principal of Woodhouse College, John Rubinstein, in Autumn 2021, following eight years of highly successful leadership.

Sixth Form College, maintained, 16-19 mixed (1500 capacity)

Start date: from mid-August 2021 or sooner if possible

Woodhouse College is one of the top-performing sixth form colleges in England, with large numbers of students each year progressing to Oxbridge, medical schools and leading research-intensive universities.  It is academic in focus and appeals to students who are ambitious and, in the main, intend to go on to higher education.  Being 16-19 only, it has the characteristics of a very large school sixth form, yet it has scale, diversity and a liberal, tolerant ethos often associated with colleges.

The College:

  • Is one of the most successful, academic SFCs in England.
  • Has excellent staff, management and governance
  • Enjoys a well-deserved reputation and is over-subscribed
  • Benefits from a sound financial position
  • Has well-maintained buildings on a pleasant campus in North Finchley
  • Is secular, diverse and committed to equalities and inclusion
  • Has an outstanding pastoral support and extra-curricular offer
  • Is focused on continuously improving

Over the last two years, the College has formed a strategic partnership with Imperial College London in order to develop a maths school within our existing grounds; due to open in September 2023.  As a result, the College is converting to academy status on 1st January 2021, when the Principal of the College will also become CEO of the Frontier Learning Trust.  The new Principal will play a key role in working with the Trustees and staff from Imperial in establishing the Imperial College London Maths School and the nascent Trust.

We are seeking an outstanding educational senior leader, with the drive, ambition and ability to turn vision into reality.  Someone who is energetic, effective and a strong communicator; someone who has the skills to support, challenge and inspire staff to do even better; someone who is committed to removing barriers to education and attainment; someone who can work with governors to develop a future vision for the college and the Trust; someone with a strategic understanding of education combined with the passion for student achievement and well-being.  

Applications are welcome from state-funded school, academy and sixth form college sectors and private/independent school and sixth form college sectors.

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

Andrea Berkeley at  / 07894 140301

or Michael Stephens at  / 07834 520995

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th October 2020, 10.00am

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically. Please email PDF versions of your completed application form, together with a short covering letter addressed to Peter Green, Chair of Governors, to Jonathan Barnes, Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments) at:

Jonathan can also be reached by calling RSAcademics’ Head Office on 01858 383163.

Woodhouse College is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We encourage applications from black and minority ethnic groups which are currently underrepresented.

Woodhouse College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical. The post is also subject to a negative response to an enquiry as to whether a prohibition order has been made by the Secretary of State.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 30 October 2020 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via Zoom 04 November 2020 -06 November 2020
  • Longlist interviews 20 November 2020
  • Final shortlist interviews 27 November 2020