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Appointment of Head

Located in the centre of the beautiful and historic university city of Cambridge, The Leys is a leading boarding and day school for 570 girls and boys aged 11 to 18. The Leys enjoys an enviable reputation for its blend of traditional values with an innovative and forward-looking approach to modern education. A determinedly small school where pupils’ educational experience is tailored, and their individual achievements celebrated, The Leys is a diverse, supportive and close-knit community of pupils, staff, parents and alumni.

The Governors now seek an inspirational leader to succeed Martin Priestley when he retires in August 2025, after 11 years of outstanding leadership. The new Head has an exciting opportunity to further develop a highly successful school, propelling The Leys community forward in the continued pursuit of excellence in all areas. The appointed candidate will be an outstanding educational leader able to develop and implement the School’s strategy, articulate its vision with clarity and ensure that it looks to the future with purpose and ambition.

Visionary and charismatic, the successful candidate will possess the leadership abilities to inspire an experienced senior management team and talented staff, and the gravitas to command the respect of parents and pupils alike. A substantial track record of successful senior management experience is essential, as are strong intellectual abilities, a deep understanding of boarding and a strong grasp of the business dimension of modern headship. A genuine commitment to holistic education and boarding, preferably gained through experience, is highly desirable.

To download the appointment details for this role, including information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 7104. The closing date for applications is 08.30 on Thursday 14th March 2024.

The Leys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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