Penryn NPC, situated in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is an independent co-educational school with a Christian ethos, linked to
the Methodist Church. Penryn is a member of ISASA and a member of the global Round Square organisation.
Penryn is seeking to appoint an Executive Head who will lead, direct and inspire the school and its community to achieve its vision to be:
a welcoming and inclusive school;
a values-driven school based on the Christian faith, where every scholar is valued as a child of God;
a school of academic excellence with an outstanding professional staff dedicated to teaching and learning and the
personal growth and development of each scholar;
a school dedicated to the responsible stewardship of the earth, instilling a great love and appreciation for God’s
a school that builds integrity and justice through service to others, including working with Penreach;
a school that is innovative, flexible, and future-fit.
The Executive Head will be directly responsible for leading the College (Senior School Grade 8 – 12, IEB and Cambridge
curriculum) as well as have support and oversight of the Preparatory School. The Preparatory Head will report to the Executive Head. The Executive Head will also be responsible for leading Business Services through the Business Service Managers.
Required Education Experience
Relevant professional qualification. Honours degree in Educational Management or Masters in Education would be
7 years of experience in a leadership position in a school structure.
Member of SACE.
Fluent in English and at least one other South African Language.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning and the application of 21st century practices in
High level of technical skills; Microsoft office and Google suites
Excellent communicating, planning, organising, and reporting skills
Good budgeting and analytical skills
Time management, strategic thinking, and problem solving skills
Ability to listen, negotiate and resolve conflict when it arises
Understanding the business of the independent school
Key performance areas
Provide professional leadership within the school
Developing quality teachers through ongoing professional development
Raising learners’ aspirations and attainment
Securing a positive ethos
Maintain high standards of behaviour and academic achievemen
Work with the school Council in determining the strategic vision for the school and the policies that support this
Lead the Senior Management team to ensure that the vision and policies are achieved
Build relationships within the school, the broader educational sector, the community, and donors
Lead, motivate and inspire the staff, scholars, and parents of Penryn
Sound financial administration
Exercise rigorous quality control over income and expenditure
Have a clear and firm understanding of financial demands and be responsible for the financial management of the school
Ensure that school accounts and records are properly kept
Make appropriate use of funds in consultation with relevant stakeholders
Meet weekly with the Business Service Managers
Develop synergies between College, Preparatory, Penreach and Business Services
Support the Penreach vision and activities
Marketing and ensuring a full school
Work with the marketing department to ensure there is a strong marketing plan
Develop and implement transformation and development program
Grow scholar and boarding numbers to reach strategic capacity
Be informed and reflective regarding economic and socio-political trends which may have an impact on the present and future of Penryn
Lead the development and implementation of the Cambridge syllabus alongside our current IEB syllabus
Develop the quality of academic achievement throughout the school.
Profess the Christian faith. The incumbent would lead out of a Christian worldview and seek to discern God’s
purpose for the school. It would mean that they would have an attitude of prayer and a reliance on God’s strength
Demonstrate effective leadership at a senior management level in a school environment. The person must be an
educational leader who is reflective with regard to the practice of teaching and learning and the purpose and value
of schools in our society.
Have the skills and the emotional strength to manage and lead the staff, the scholars, the parents, and the alumni,
who because they are human, fail, and succeed, disappoint, and bring joy. They need to hold an awareness of the
challenges and changes that are inherent in leading a school community in the 21st century.
Effectively deal with crisis, and celebrate success.
Understand the business of running a school, finance, marketing, maintenance, future sustainability, enrolment, and
Understand the regulatory and policy framework within which the school operates in South Africa.
Communicate and hold up a vision for the school, to the staff, the scholars, the parents, and effectively draw people
into that vision so that it becomes a shared vision.
Work with and under the authority of the governance of the school and School Council, and build fruitful and healthy
relationships with all important stakeholders.
Represent Penryn in all public platforms and be the custodian of the Penryn Brand.
Only suitably qualified candidates should apply for this position and by application, the candidate indicate their willingness to
support the Christian ethos of the School. Please prepare an introductory video of yourself and upload it along with your CV,
following the link below (2 minutes’ maximum). On it share a little bit about yourself as well as your reasons for applying for
this position. Applications close on 31 July 2022.
Penryn NPC reserves the right not to make an appointment. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an
interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants are advised that if they have not been contacted within
two weeks of the closing date, it must be assumed that the application has been unsuccessful.
PENRYN NPC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Penryn NPC, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.