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Deputy Head: Academic Strategy and Innovation


Herschel Girls School, founded in 1922, situated in Claremont, Cape Town, is an independent Anglican school for girls from Pre-Nursery to Grade 12. We welcome pupils and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Herschel is committed to transformation and is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that gives preference, where appropriate in accordance with its Employment Equity Plan, to candidates from the designated groups. The School reserves the right not to make an appointment. Failure to meet the requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Herschel Girls Senior School seeks to appoint a


to commence duties on 1 July 2021

Herschel Girls School seeks to appoint an outstanding, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking Deputy Head to lead Herschel’s academic strategy. Please note that the descriptors below indicate the focus of this position (Leadership, Academic Strategy, and Innovation). The position would also include the daily administration of academics and the associated deputy-level functions.

We are looking for a person who will:

  • Be an active supporter and implementer of the School’s Transformation, Equity and Belonging philosophy and practice and be genuinely committed to growth and change
  • Uphold the School’s core values, which include dignity, respect, integrity, kindness, courage, authenticity and commitment
  • Be a passionate advocate for the education of young adults
  • Possess a post-graduate qualification and demonstrate a clear capacity to manage and lead in the field of Academics, supported by an impressive track record
  • Possess exceptional communication skills and organisational abilities, and demonstrate an inclusive and collaborative leadership style which inspires teachers and students alike. The candidate will need to provide strong leadership that results in authentic, rigorous and inspiring teaching and learning opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Research academic curricula and assessment strategies to support innovation and the continued growth and development of the school’s academic ethos
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of a School culture and environment which is holistic and enables young women to thrive and to learn to make a difference
  • Be a progressive-thinking, active and valued member of the School’s Senior Executive Team
  • Be skilful and innovative in the use of technology to support the blended learning environment
  • Be supportive of the Christian Anglican ethos of the School.
  • Experience within the Independent Examination Board (IEB) would be an advantage

A letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, three contactable references and proof of SACE registration, as well as a Police Clearance certificate, must be emailed to Mrs Heather Vaughan


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Herschel Girls School, Cape Town
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