Appointments Vacancies

Principal – St Mary’s School, Colchester


The Governors of St Mary’s are seeking a Principal to succeed Mrs Hilary Vipond in September 2021 after 25 years of exceptional and dedicated service to the School.

St Mary’s Colchester is an independent school in north Essex, educating some 365 girls aged 3 – 16 with, in addition, provision for boys in St Mary’s Kindergarten. Founded in 1908, the school has an excellent record of academic success alongside a strong reputation for pastoral care.

Set in attractive grounds in North Essex, the School is a global member of the Round Square Organisation and an Eco School. The School is in within easy reach of central London with regular fast trains to Liverpool Street.

The next Principal will take over a thriving community and lead the School to the next stage of its development. The new Principal will lead the School with compassion, vision and drive and will understand, value and develop the School’s ethos and core values whilst building on its many achievements to date to continue the School’s success into the future.

To arrange a confidential conversation about the role, please contact:

Camilla Oulton: or 07375 852560

Barbara Elliott: or 0794 777 4004

The closing date for application is Thursday 12th November 2020 at 10.00am. 

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it with a covering letter addressed to Mrs Elizabeth Bevan, Chair of the Board of Governors, as PDF files please, to RSAcademics’ Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments), Jonathan Barnes at:  Jonathan can also be reached by calling +44 1858 383163.

St Mary’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening. Please visit: to read our Application & Recruitment process explanatory notes.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 12 November 2020 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via Zoom 18 November 2020 -19 November 2020
  • Long list interviews via Zoom 30 November 2020 -01 December 2020
  • Short list interviews will be held at the School during the week commencing 14 December 2020