Job Description

Head of Boarding (Live in) – to start September 2023

Full Time / Permanent

St. John’s School requires a Head of Boarding to lead our residential team and to liaise with our sister schools and agents around the world, to promote Boarding, whilst offering a caring, safe and positive environment for Boarders between 11 and 16 years.

We offer a competitive salary, Aviva Pension scheme and the provision of a 2 bedroom flat with beautiful sea views and its own private entrance.

We are an independent day and Boarding school, overlooking the sea, in the beautiful Regency town of Sidmouth, in East Devon, for boys and girls aged Nursery -16. We are a relatively small school that caters for around 160 local day students, combined with a 50 strong contingent of international Boarders from more than 10 countries around the globe.

The majority of our Boarders are EAL, Spanish speakers, arriving for a term from our sister schools across continental Europe, South and Central America. Although they aspire to become fluent in conversational English, most will take part in separate EAL classes at the same time as GCSE or mainstream English. It is possible that some Boarders will sit 2nd Language or even First Language Spanish GCSE.

Academic expectations in the school are high, but we also believe that our students’ ability to communicate successfully, to consider the needs of others and to show drive, empathy, leadership and initiative are all attributes that will help them achieve success as well as make a significant contribution to society in later life.

Our school land extends over many hectares and has its own stream, woodland, horticultural area, along with customary sports pitches, sports’ hall, an indoor / outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. All these facilities lend themselves to outdoor education, creative writing, poetry, outside performances and links with drama and superb weekend play areas for Boarders. It makes a stimulating, learning environment, and a very special “home away from home”.

IES’s mission is to provide excellence in education within an international perspective. The

International Education Systems group (IES) promotes the development of young people who

will have the capacity to contribute proactively to the on-going work towards a better world.

Closing Date: Thursday 30 March 2023 noon

Please note that we are very keen to recruit and will be assessing applications as they are received, therefore we may interview candidates ahead of the closing date.

Further details and an application form are available from our HR Director, Mrs Karen Davies, / 01395 513 984 and on our school website –

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 (DBS).

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From £32,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking

Work Location: In person

Expected start date: 01/09/2023

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