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George Heriot's School


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Role Managed by:

Angus Spratling

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6252


Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 05/11/2020

George Heriot’s is one of Scotland’s foremost schools, steeped in history and tradition. Dating back over 350 years, the School has an enviable reputation for its high academic standards, supportive pastoral care and its extra-curricular life. It is a place where children flourish and are happy.

In 1659 the first 30 pupils came to Heriot’s as Foundationers. The School was founded through the generosity of ‘Jinglin’ Geordie’ Heriot – jeweller to James VI – for the education of Edinburgh’s ‘faitherless bairns’. The Heriot’s Foundation has always been central to our purpose. Heriot’s welcomes boys and girls from age 4 to 18, in a fully co-educational setting; our emphasis is on developing each child’s potential in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. Heriot’s is a family community – Junior and Senior schools together on one campus.

The Board of Governors is seeking to appoint a new Principal to succeed Mrs Lesley Franklin, who is stepping down after 25 years at the School. Building on a strong platform financially, educationally and operationally, the next Principal will be an outstanding educational leader able to develop and deliver the School's strategy and vision, which ensures that it looks to the future with continued dynamism and ambition.

The appointee will be an inspiring leader and a compelling communicator, with strong academic credentials, strength of intellect and business acumen.  He or she will be a highly visible leader, with collegiality and gravitas, working well with a committed staff team and external stakeholders and in close collaboration with the Chair and Board of Governors. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to, and empathy with, Heriot’s heritage, values and ethos and an appreciation of Heriot’s Foundation and the important role it plays in the life of the School today.

This  post  is  considered  Regulated  Work  with  Vulnerable  Children  and/or  Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.  As such, the successful candidate will be required to gain membership of the PVG Scheme.

George Heriot’s School is governed by George Heriot’s Trust, Scottish Charity No. SCO11463.

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