Head of Prep, Quainton Hall, John Lyon’s Prep School

Head of Prep, Quainton Hall, John Lyon’s Prep School

For January 2024, though a later start date will be considered

Harrow, North West London

The John Lyon School Board of Governors are looking for an outstanding educationalist to succeed Simon Ford, who has led Quainton Hall with dignity, drive and distinction since 2014. The successful candidate will inherit a thriving prep school in excellent health.

The new Head of Prep will have the opportunity of shaping and implementing the ambitious plans for growth and development put in place by the governors. This includes further cementing the integration of Quainton Hall with the John Lyon Senior School and helping to complete the Senior School’s successful journey to full co-education. The overall aim is to make John Lyon School the best all-round, all-through co-educational school in North West London.

The Prep, whilst operationally independent, derives strength and inspiration from its place within the John Lyon School and the wider John Lyon’s Foundation, not only in terms of public benefit and social outreach domestically through the John Lyon’s Charity, but also through its constructive association with Harrow School and the growing network of Harrow International Schools.

Quainton Hall is a very special and successful school in its own right, but now as part of John Lyon School and with the backing and support of the John Lyon Foundation, it offers a wonderful opportunity for the right person to make a real and lasting contribution to the education of young people in Harrow and beyond.

The successful candidate will be a champion of all-through co-education, have a strong sense of vision and experience of what an excellent prep setting looks like. The individual will be resilient, ambitious and ready to represent the Prep School amongst the wider John Lyon Foundation as part of the John Lyon School Executive Team.

Interested candidates are warmly invited to have an initial, confidential conversation with key members of the team at RSAcademics who are handling this appointment:

Jenny Funnell, Search Consultant: [email protected]

Angela Short, Head of Search: [email protected]

Charlotte Faber, Senior Advisor: [email protected]

The deadline for applications will be 10.00am on Thursday 1st June 2023.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this page and upload your documents according to the instructions provided.

You should submit the following (both in PDF format):

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to Mr Giles Goodfellow KC, Foundation Governor & Chair of The John Lyon School Governors. The letter should explain your reasons for applying.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership appointments), at: [email protected]. Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and pupils. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our pupils and staff.