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Executive Head


Executive Head

Durban Girls’ College was founded in 1877 as the “Durban Young Ladies’ Collegiate Institution” by a group of six Durban Commissioners and Protestant Clergy. In 1905, DGC moved to Musgrave Road, its present site, which was donated by Sir Benjamin Greenacre.

The beautiful original school building is a monument to the spirit of excellence in which the school was established. Over time, the spacious campus has been extended and developed and the present pupils enjoy world-class academic, cultural and sporting facilities and equipment.

The founders and benefactors envisioned our school to be an institution that would provide women with a quality education that would span across generations. For more than a century, our school’s ethos and philosophy have been shaped and developed, resulting in the strong core values and standards that underpin our school today.

The pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of the DGC founders remains in effect today, as our school embraces positive change, reform and the best of new trends in education policy, curriculum development and teaching methods. This proactive and creative management ethos also permeates facets of school life such as staffing and admissions policies.

The outstanding school-leaving results achieved by our Grade 12 girls and the successes of our Old Girls stand as testament to the Durban Girls’ College educational experience.

Combining tradition and innovation, with the aim of educating holistically, typifies the DGC educational approach. The thriving Durban Girls’ College Alumni Association, which is represented on the Board of Governors, is an active custodian of the school heritage and the DGC ethos.

The newly appointed executive Head will have the opportunity to craft a strategy to ensure our school continues to make a meaningful and significant contribution.


To offer a globally relevant, balanced education, to develop significant women, in all spheres of society.


Durban Girls’ College is a Christian School that inspires girls to realise their potential through a unique educational journey built on tradition, innovation, diversity and excellence aimed at enriching our world.


Integrity, Empathy, Courage, Confidence and Commitment

The key purpose of this position is to fulfil the role of Chief Executive Officer of the College and agent of the Board in relation to its decisions. As such the Executive Head shall have authority over the College, Heads and all other staff and organisations or structures involved in or associated with the College.

The key requirements for this challenging and exciting position are:

  • Relevant post graduate tertiary qualification supported by solid experience in a senior leadership position
  • Ability to take dynamic and effective leadership decisions
  • Proven strategic visionary acumen and drive
  • A strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges of leading and managing a South African school in the 21st century in the context of needed national transformation
  • Solid knowledge and experience of corporate governance principles
  • The ability to develop and maintain appropriate partnerships and relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Imagination, agility and resilience are traits the incumbent will exhibit
  • Ability to role model the attributes of a servant leader
  • The ability to manage, mentor and lead a diverse senior executive team

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV as well as a cover letter detailing why they wish to be the Executive Head of Durban Girls’ College to Michele Katz, at the email address below.

The College reserves the right not to make an appointment. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.


Closing Date
Durban Girls College, Musgrave, Durban
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