Appointment Details

St Leonards School

Job Title: Head

Job Reference:DLEB

Closing Date: Monday 12 Oct 2020

St Leonards School is seeking an outstanding candidate to take up the role of Head. St Leonards is a leading HMC and IB World School situated in the heart of the vibrant, historic and cosmopolitan university town of St Andrews. Voted “Sunday Times Scottish Independent School of the Year” for 2019, St Leonards provides top quality boarding and day education for boys and girls aged 5-18. St Leonards is the only IB continuum school in Scotland with all four IB programmes, PYP, MYP, DP and CP. The ethos and approach to learning of the IB permeates all areas of school life, within and outside the classroom.

St Leonards School is committed to preparing pupils for life in its fullest sense. The School’s goal is to bring out the best in each pupil by recognising, encouraging and developing their unique skills. The successful candidate will espouse these values and treat pupils as individuals who think for themselves, with their own aspirations, potential and talents. With approximately 540 pupils, the School offers unrivalled opportunities for sport, music, drama and art, and offers a large programme of co-curricular activities, in addition to close links with St Andrews University.

The new Head will be responsible for maintaining the School’s excellent reputation. Following a period of transition and restructure the School will look to the new Head to lead it through a period of consolidation and take this dynamic school to further heights. As such, the successful candidate will need to be an inspirational leader, with strategic drive, vision and a passion for young people’s learning within the IB programme.

The new Head will be passionate about motivating young people, inspiring academic and intellectual excellence, and great pastoral care. They must have proven successful leadership experience as a Head or Deputy Head or Housemaster/mistress in a high-performing IB school, as well as contributing widely to school life. They will have an enthusiastic “Can do, will do” attitude and will reflect the IB learner profile and approach to life, bringing an open minded, caring, reflective and risk-taking approach to leadership. The successful candidate will continue to build on the high standards and high expectations and will have the demonstrable belief that a range of academic abilities can be developed considerably through sensibly focused endeavour. Above all, the successful candidate will lead by example and work hard and effectively for the children and staff in their care.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a great leader, utterly committed to making a real difference in improving young people’s learning, attainment, and wellbeing.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to St Leonards School on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference DLEB. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 12th October 2020.


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