St George's Edinburgh


Job Reference CASAAA
Closing Date Monday 25 Oct 2021

St George’s School, Edinburgh is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18 and boys aged 3-8, with approximately 700 students. St George’s is a remarkable and unique school founded in 1888 by pioneers of women’s education to promote educational excellence for girls, and it remains committed to providing an excellent education to all its pupils. St George’s is one of Scotland’s largest girls’ schools, and in 2018, celebrated its 130th anniversary.  Set in acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Edinburgh, St George’s is an all-through girls’ school comprising a Nursery, a Junior School, a Lower School and an Upper School and Boarding House. The organisation of the campus allows for a sense of graduation and transition for the girls as they move through the various stages of the School.

Academic results at St George’s are outstanding and approximately 97% of girls go on to university. The curriculum is broad and balanced, as well as being tailored individually. Each pupil is responded to as an individual and the School works in tandem with the parents to ensure the best outcomes for each girl. Co-curricular life plays a strong part in the truly rounded education offered by St George’s, which encourages the girls to develop skills and strengths beyond their academic programme. The array of activities is extensive and concentrates on an inclusive approach which promotes participation. The offering of over 40 clubs and activities means that every girl is given the chance to find an interest which could become a life-long passion and source of confidence and personal development. This is all underpinned by the “YES SHE CAN” approach, embodied in the abundance of strong female role-models.

St George’s is now seeking an outstanding candidate to take up the role of Head. The new Head will be responsible for leading the school and maintaining its excellent reputation. The successful candidate will bring a strong strategic vision to ensure that the School continues to thrive and remain successful. The new Head will be a dynamic and effective leader and highly skilled communicator with the ability to inspire students and staff and a view to maintaining high standards in all areas across the School.

The new Head must have proven successful leadership experience as a Head or Deputy Head in a high-performing school, as well as contributing widely to school life. The successful candidate will bring an understanding and knowledge of, ideally, both Scottish and English education systems, a passion for single-sex education, high academic standards, and an unswerving commitment to excellence.  Above all, they will be an enthusiastic, energic leader with high integrity, honesty, and compassion.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a great leader to continue this School’s success as a leading independent school.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to St George’s School on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference CASAAA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by 10:00 on 25 October 2021.

As educators, the onus continues to be on us to lead, whilst equipping girls with the range of academic and life skills needed to become ‘women of independent mind’ for the future.