Innovation through adaptation

The education sector has time and again demonstrated tremendous heart, resilience, and adaptability over the last couple of years. Circumstances have necessitated great flexibility by educators and pupils alike, and we have seen senior leaders transform these challenges into opportunities for the sector to learn, push boundaries, and evolve.

Moving forwards, schools and educational organisations will continue to explore and innovate in areas such as digital learning, pastoral care and well-being, and new approaches to pupil attainment. Forward-thinking senior teams collaborating in close partnership with supportive, invested Boards will be key to continuing to expand educational horizons.

Specialist leadership advisors to:

  • Independent schools
  • Multi-academy trusts
  • International schools
  • Special schools & SEND organisations
  • Education charities
  • Education regulators

Advisors for the recruitment of:

  • Heads, CEOs and Principals
  • Bursars and Directors of Finance and Operations
  • Chairs and Governors
  • Other C-Suite Management
  • Deputy Heads and Heads of Junior/Prep School
  • Specialist Programme Directors
  • and more…

Our approach

Championing diversity, equity and inclusion



Our experience

Education is a thriving cornerstone of our firm, and we have advised on leadership appointments in the schools sector for over two decades. Our model emphasises working in close partnership with our clients, and we take exceptional care to ensure we understand each organisation’s needs, ambitions, and culture from the outset.

We invest time into getting to know your organisation so that we can advocate thoughtfully and intelligently for you in the marketplace, attracting high-quality candidates who align with your mission and values. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through a clear, effective, and collaborative process to appoint the right candidate for you.

Bringing forward passionate and diverse Board Leaders

Governor and Trustee appointments require a thoughtful, personalised approach to identify qualified senior leaders whose values and leadership style mesh with the ethos of the school and are cohesive with that of the Board and Senior Leadership Team. It is essential that each prospective Chair, Governor, or Trustee is approached by a well-informed advisor who thoroughly understands the Board and the organisation. Through our dedicated board practice, Saxton Bampfylde appoints over 250 Chair and non-executive roles every year. Our networks give us broad cross-sector reach to identify individuals passionate about education with the skillset to support your organisation’s ambitions.

Our Board practice

Changing Lives, Learning Better:
Evolution and Innovation of the Educational Approach

The focus of our latest Schools edition of CANVAS is ‘Changing Lives, Learning better’, exploring a sector driven by a raft of talented, committed and ambitious leaders, supported by individuals and teams who have shown the upmost dedication to education, their pupils and wider communities – thinking about what lies ahead for the education sector.

Read our latest edition of CANVAS

Recent appointments

St George's Edinburgh
Albyn School
Queen Anne's School
Laidlaw Schools Trust
Royal Hospital School
George Watson's College
Aylesbury High School
Deputy Head

Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation
Unicorn School
Academies Enterprise Trust
Head Mistress
Lady Eleanor Holles School
Director of People
Wycombe Abbey
Woldingham School
Bradfield College
Bedales School

Meet our team

Candidate Opportunities

The Glasgow Academy


Closing date: Tuesday 25 Jun 2024

Bellevue Place Education Trust

Headteacher (Whitehall Park School)

Closing date: Thursday 20 Jun 2024

Let’s take it from here


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