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Somerset House is a 72-year-old co-Independent Prep School (Grade 000 to Grade 7), situated on the grounds of the historic Cloetenburg farm in Somerset West.

Somerset House has made the choice to be a creative and innovative teaching and learning space. This position will suit a forward-thinking person who is confident in their approach to 21st century education. The school has chosen to be a transformed and relevant space given the context of South Africa in 2020. It is vital that the candidate would be supportive of this vision and be able to continue to lead the school on this journey.

The following attributes will be important:

  • A proven track record with relevant experience in a leadership role.
  • The ability to plot a way forward which has been formulated through a thinking approach rather than based on what others are doing.
  • An attitude where change is embraced as a challenge and opportunity, whilst respecting and building on the traditions of the school.
  • The skill to manage children in a way that grows them as people. The development of self-discipline and empathy in our children is regarded as being of paramount importance.
  • To be balanced in your approach to the wider curriculum in terms of sport and the arts.
  • The ability to work with staff in a supportive but decisive manner, allowing them the space to take risks and teach creatively.
  • Very well-developed conflict management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a strong track record of effective administrative abilities.
  • The ability to participate meaningfully in financial decision making.
  • An ability to sensitively and sensibly engage with children and their parents when necessary.
  • A recognised professional educational qualification and current SACE registration

A detailed curriculum vitae (no more than 5 pages), including the contact details of three referees, and a letter of motivation should be addressed to the Chairman of the Board at


Closing Date
Somerset House, Somerset West, Western Cape
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