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Head – Ashdown House Preparatory School

East Sussex


RSAcademics are delighted to be working with The Cothill Trust who are seeking applications for the position of Head of Ashdown House Preparatory School from September 2019.

Ashdown House is a co-educational IAPS boarding and day prep school, situated on the edge of the beautiful Ashdown Forest in Sussex. It is one of the most well regarded traditional prep schools in the country, with a great heritage and reputation, often described as unique and magical. Children are free to enjoy the beautiful and extensive 40-acre grounds, while living and working in a warm and friendly environment. Founded in 1886, the school prides itself on its wonderful sense of community, which is ingrained in every aspect of school life. The ethos of the school encourages children to express themselves with confidence and to be creative in all that they do, whilst nurturing them in preparation for life beyond Ashdown House.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a well-established prep school in a wonderful setting within The Cothill Trust, a UK charity committed to providing high standard preparatory school education across a diverse range of day and boarding schools.  The new Head will work closely alongside the Trust and its new CEO, Tom Beardmore-Gray, to ensure success and modernisation of the school, benefiting from the resources available to them through the Trust.   Together, you will work to put a strategy in place to take Ashdown House to a new level.

The Directors of the Trust seek an individual with vision, energy, outstanding leadership and first-class communication skills, who is excited to be working with the Trust and a school with a longstanding tradition and a bright future. They will possess strong marketing skills and have the wisdom and expertise to take the school on the next phase of its journey. Ultimately, the individual will have the courage and determination to drive the school and the strategy forward with the Trust.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are invited to contact the following RSAcademics consultants:

Angela Short – or 07786 134195

Charlotte Faber – or 07769 740479

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a short covering letter explaining their reasons for applying. Please also complete and return the ‘Additional Information’ document, the link for which can be found above. There is no need to submit a CV at this stage.

Please email your completed application form, additional information and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Jonathan Barnes: Your covering letter should be addressed to Mr Tom Beardmore-Gray, Chief Executive Officer of The Cothill Trust.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 11th October, 10.00am.

Ashdown House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 11 October 2018 10am
  • First round interviews 25 October 2018 -26 October 2018
  • Final round interviews 03 December 2018