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Principal – The Royal Grammar School Guildford Qatar


The Board of Governors of the Royal Grammar School Guildford Qatar and of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford wish to appoint a Principal to succeed Mr Alistair Downs, the Founding Headmaster. Applications for the post are invited now for commencement in August 2020.

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Qatar opened in September 2016 and has quickly established its Pre-prep and Prep Schools for pupils up to Year 6, and it now needs to meet the demand for places in a Senior School. The building of the Senior School, on the same campus as the other schools, will be complete by September 2020. This is when the first cohort of GCSE pupils will enter Year 10.

The Principal will oversee the Pre-prep and Prep Schools, which have their own leadership structures, and will run the Senior School. The opportunity to establish and develop the identity of the Senior School is a unique one, and so the Governors of the Royal Grammar School Guildford Qatar will appoint somebody with ambition for the school’s success; somebody with the knowledge, determination, resilience and adaptability to ensure that the vision for the school is fulfilled. The ideal candidate will have experience of setting up a school; of the British curriculum (GCSE and A Level); of working in the Middle East; and experience of leadership and management at a senior level.

Further details are in the Candidate Brochure, and interested candidates are invited to contact Peter Lockhart, Jean Sullivan or Michael Weston by email or telephone, for an initial, informal discussion about the post.

Peter Lockhart – Candidate Search Consultant

+44 (0) 7876 354185 |

Jean Sullivan – Head of International Search

+44 (0)7885 879887 |

Michael Weston – Senior Advisor

+44 (0)7581 447049 |

To Apply:

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically (available to download on this page). Please also submit a CV and covering letter in support of your application form which should be addressed to Dr Fadi Jomaa, Chief Executive Officer of Al Qamra Holding Group and Dr Jon Cox, Headmaster of RGS Guildford.

Please email all three documents as pdf files to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 10:00am GMT.

Early application is encouraged as exceptional candidates may be interviewed on a rolling basis. 

It is expected that the successful candidate will be in a position to give notice to the current employer by the end of January.

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Qatar is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to a range of background checks, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical.


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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 26 November 2019
  • Preliminary and longlist interviews via Skype/Zoom from 02 December 2019
  • Final interviews 07 January 2020 -08 January 2020