Ref: 5819

Ardingly College


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Role Managed by:

Jacob Crossley

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6206


Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 01/06/2022

Ardingly College is one of Sussex’s top-performing all-through day and boarding schools. Providing a rich and contemporary educational experience for girls and boys aged 2-18, the College has established an ambitious and warm environment where students flourish academically, and experience an educational offer designed so they leave the College ‘World Ready’. With an annual turnover of £23m Ardingly College is looking to appoint an inaugural COO to play a key leadership role in helping to position the College for a continued successful future.

Founded in 1858 and part of the Woodard Corporation, Ardingly College is on a strong upward trajectory. The College has invested heavily in its site and infrastructure and - following a restructure which will launch in September 2022 - the College can look to the future with confidence. 

The appointee will offer significant generalist leadership and management experience gained in complex, multi-stakeholder settings. Additionally, he or she will evidence outstanding strategic abilities with the people skills to hold in balance the priorities of a highly capable and well qualified operations community. Energetic, collaborative, and purposeful the new COO will possess excellent relationship-building skills and will work closely with the Head and Governors as well as Senior Academic and Operations Staff. A personal ethos of service is essential as well as a willingness to inspire, further develop and support teams in the pursuit of excellence. Applications are encouraged from existing COOs or Bursars from within the education sector as well as candidates with commercial, charitable, private-sector and public-sector backgrounds.

Ardingly College is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver and a search exercise is being undertaken alongside the public advertisement of this post. Perrett Laver will support the College in identifying a wide and diverse field of suitable candidates and will assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role.

Candidates should submit a full Curriculum Vitae (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) and a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the job description and person specification. Candidates should also complete the application form in full.

Completed applications should be uploaded at:  quoting reference number 5819. The closing date for applications is 8:30 am BST on Wednesday 1st June 2022.

Ardingly College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and the Council of Governors expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post.

The College is committed to the principle of equal opportunities in employment and in equal pay for work of the same or similar nature or work of equal value. The College understands that a robust, fair and transparent recruitment and selection policy plays a central role in achieving this aim. Our full equal opportunities policy is available in the Policy documents section of our website.

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