Appointments Vacancies

Head – St Joseph’s College


St Joseph’s College is a leading Catholic independent day school for around 600 boys and girls aged 3 to 18. The Board of Governors are seeking an inspiring individual with an excellent track record in education, who is also a confident networker and possesses strong commercial instrincts for the position of Head.

Required for September 2021

St Joseph’s College is a leading Catholic independent day school for around 600 boys and girls aged 3 to 18 in Reading, Berkshire. It is fully co-educational and consists of the Senior School (ages 11 to 18) and the Prep School (ages 3 to 11). Its ethos and tradition are firmly rooted in the Catholic faith, creating an atmosphere where Christian values are recognised and established. This is reflected in the school motto, ‘Optima Deo’, meaning ‘My best for God’.

The College’s local and national reputation has grown in recent years as witnessed by it being crowned the TES Independent School of the Year for 2015/16. More recently, the College was shortlisted for the TES Wellbeing of the Year Award; recognised as one of the top 25 influencers and innovators in the Independent Sector at the i25 awards; featured in the 2019 Parliamentary Review and was a finalist again at the Independent School of the Year Award.

The Governors of St Joseph’s College are inviting applications from candidates to succeed Andy Colpus, under whose energetic and creative leadership the College has been committed to providing a high quality, affordable independent education, has completed the transition to co-education and has nearly doubled its pupil numbers. The exciting challenge for his successor is to sustain and build on this legacy and to lead the College through its next stages of development.

The Board of Governors are now seeking an inspiring individual who can quickly win the confidence and trust of all members of the College community. Already in a senior leadership position and a practising Catholic, you will have an excellent track record in education which demonstrates your commitment to and alignment with St Joseph’s Catholic foundation and its aims, beliefs, and values.

You will be keen to promote academic rigour within a safe, open and transparent culture supported by excellent pastoral care and to ensure that pupils have access to a wide range of co-curricular opportunities to enhance the breadth of their education and to promote their life skills.

A confident networker, you will be able to market the College effectively in Reading’s highly competitive marketplace to recruit, retain and sustain optimum pupil numbers. Your strong commercial instincts and acumen will further develop the ‘business’ side of the College and your ability as an agile and instinctive strategic thinker will provide an ambitious and deliverable vision for the future development of St Joseph’s College.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are invited to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Helen Flower – or +44 7921587752
Peter Bodkin –  or +44 7821737092

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter, addressed to the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr David Hallé, which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Julia Coffey, Project Co-ordinator (Leadership Appointments) at:

St Joseph’s College is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Child protection screening will apply to this post; successful candidates will be subject to a DBS and other statutory checks.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 03 November 2020 10:00am
  • Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics via Zoom on either 10 November 2020 or 11 November 2020
  • Longlist interviews will take place at St Joseph's College on either 18 November 2020 or 19 November 2020
  • Shortlist interviews will take place at St Joseph's College on 26 November 2020 and 27 November 2020