Head of Copthorne Prep School

The Governors of Copthorne Prep School seek a dynamic, ambitious and innovative leader to guide the School through the next exciting period of development and change. An independent school nestled in 55 acres of beautiful West Sussex/Surrey countryside, Copthorne is currently a Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep school for children aged 2 to 13, looking to expand to Year 11 and GCSEs.

Copthorne Prep School is a coeducational independent non-selective day school of some 300 pupils aged from 2½ to13. It has a thriving Day Nursery.

Copthorne Prep offers an outstanding environment in which to work, learn and play. It embraces diversity and provides an education fit for the modern world. An ambitious expansion to 16 is being planned for entry of the first year 9 students in 2023.

Building on the success of the current Head, Chris Jones, the School now seeks a dynamic, ambitious and innovative leader to guide the Prep School through the next exciting period of development and change.

The Head leads a team of highly skilled, dedicated senior leaders, teachers and support staff. Copthorne Prep School is recognized as a special community and family friendly, with each child’s unique development at the heart of its activities both academic and co-curricular. The Prep School feeds into a number of highly selective Independent Senior Schools; however, a highly academic environment does not suit every child and our plans for expansion to 16 aim to harness the emergent market for a non- academically selective Senior School in the local area. The new Head will build on and enhance present relationships with other schools alongside articulating our vision for the expansion of Copthorne Senior School during the next 3 – 5 years.

The Head will drive forwards the reputation of the school. They will be an articulate, persuasive and skilled communicator able to inspire all stakeholders. A talented marketer, able to articulate the very special ethos of Copthorne Prep to all key stakeholders. The School wholeheartedly believes that emotional and social well-being, self-esteem, happiness and confidence are of prime importance and are in themselves inextricably linked to academic progress.

An influential classroom practitioner with a passion to lead a research-led School to develop the various strategies for Learning and Teaching as well as developing the curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st Century and the needs of our learners is essential.

The next Head will have the full support of an active and supportive Board of Governors, a committed Senior Leadership Team, and a dedicated staff body, each equally eager to build upon the School’s many successes.

As we set out to develop the School to a non-selective 2½ to 16 School under a revitalized School vision, this is a truly exciting opportunity for a forward-looking educationalist and proven leader to enhance Copthorne’s existing reputation and to further develop the curricular to GCSE. This position is ideal for a leader having both Prep School and Senior School experience.

Interested candidates are invited to view the ‘Information for Candidates’ document then complete an application form (there is no need to submit a CV) together with a short covering letter addressed to Mrs Kathryn Bell, Chair of Governors, which explains their motivation for applying.

Candidates should then send both documents in hard copy and marked Private & Confidential c/o the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors: Mr Paul Flowerday, Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3HR.

Copthorne Prep School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts are subject to the enhanced statutory checks.

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