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Head of Primary School



Brescia House School is an Independent Catholic day school for girls situated in the heart of Bryanston. Members of staff are expected to uphold and promote the Ursuline ethos. Our environment is a caring one; where we strive to meet the need of each child, pupils are accepted and appreciated for who they are, and are respected and valued as important individuals.

Owing to the retirement of the present Head, the Board of Governors invites applications from suitably qualified educationalists with exceptional and inspirational leadership ability for the above position which is available from Term 2 in 2021.

Key aspects of the position include:

The key purpose of this position is to fulfil the role of Head of the Primary School and have representation on the Board in relation to its decisions. As such, you shall have authority over the Foundation and Intermediate Phases, Heads of Administrative and Support functions, all other staff and organisations or structures involved in or associated with the school.

This is a senior leadership position that will require strategic leadership and thinking as you will be required to lead in stimulating the young minds, the worth and the value of todays and tomorrow’s women in leadership. You must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the opportunities and challenges of leading and managing a South African girls’ school in the 21st century in the context of transformation and diversity, and online learning.

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • A passion for education as a profession and a commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of the school
  • Progressive educational insights, reflecting a broad knowledge of modern and international trends in education
  • The ability to contribute to the development and implementation of strategic planning
  • The embracement of technology in education as a strategic imperative
  • Entrenching a strong performance culture and people management ability
  • Leading, guiding and supporting a diverse staffing complement
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • A sound business and financial management with a focus on future sustainability
  • A willingness for self-development to enhance leadership at the school

Requirements for this position include:

  • Be a South African citizen or hold permanent residence in South Africa
  • Relevant post graduate tertiary educational qualification supported by solid experience in a senior leadership position within an academic institution
  • SACE registration and at least 10 years of relevant teaching experience
  • Adherence to professional ethics and the maintenance of a professional school environment
  • Acknowledged academic standing
  • The ability to take dynamic and effective leadership decisions to manage staff and monitor performance
  • The development & implementation of school policy
  • Excellent planning, organising and administrative skills
  • Solid knowledge and experience of corporate governance principles
  • Strong financial acumen
  • A willingness to embrace, develop and support the cultural, extra-curricular activities and global education programme of the school
  • Excellent people and communication skills

When considering applying for this position you must understand part of your appointment will be required to develop and maintain appropriate partnerships and relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including parents, alumni, the Bryanston Catholic Church, the girls and our broader community.

Further, in line with the values and ethos of the school, the Head is required to be a practising Christian who supports the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church. The incumbent will need to role model Serviam and demonstrate the attributes of a servant leader.

Should you be interested in applying for the above-mentioned position, please forward a full Curriculum Vitae together with a covering letter and the names and contact numbers of two referees via email to Gareth Low at by Monday, 31st August 2020. Please indicate in the subject line Head Primary School Application.

Brescia House School reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post advertised. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment. Failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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Brescia House, Bryanston, Johannesburg
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