Head of Pre Prep
Runnymede College Pre Prep consists of seventeen classes of boys and girls from 2-7 years old. It currently caters for 349 children. It is located on the same campus as the Prep School and the Senior School allowing us to take full advantage of the wonderful facilities at Runnymede.
The school is seeking to appoint a Head of Pre Prep School from September 2024, or January 2025.
We are seeking to appoint a qualified Head of Pre-Prep to lead this section of the school after the retirement of the current Headmistress in March 2025. This allows for a smooth and supported transition period into the role. The successful candidate will manage a team of teachers and assistants across Pre Nursery, Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. The purpose of the role is to provide a safe, secure and well-organised environment that enables children to thrive as independent learners and engaged, considerate members of the school community. The Head of Pre Prep will be responsible for leading the pastoral provision for Pre Prep School pupils, including safeguarding the wellbeing and safety of pupils. You will work closely with your dedicated leadership team to tailor a consistent approach to pastoral care for all pupils in the Pre-Prep School.
Appointed by and reporting to: The Prep School Headmaster
Leadership and Strategy
- Responsible for the day to day internal management, organisation, operation and administration of the Pre Prep School
- Manage the organisation, assessment and administration of the curriculum in conjunction with Pre-Prep Deputy Head(s)
- Member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) with particular responsibility for the Pre-Prep
- Contribute to devising appropriate strategies to develop the school and support their successful implementation
- Responsible for preparing pupils for a smooth transition into the prep school
- Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Pre Prep
- Manage the EYFS and Key Stage 1
- Attend weekly meetings with the Headmaster of the Prep School
- Draw up a duty rota for the Pre-Prep and carry out a reasonable share of those duties
- Liaise, as appropriate, with other members of the Prep School staff, e.g. Senior Management Team, Heads of Department, and support staff
- Delegate as necessary to ensure that the Pre-Prep fulfils the requirements of the whole school policies
- Ensure Pre Prep policies are updated and compliant with regulations
- Manage/ deliver a programme of inset days, staff meetings and pastoral meetings as required
- Organise appropriate cover within Pre Prep in the event of illness/absence
- Monitor and oversee the ordering, maintaining and updating of resources within the Pre Prep
- Maintain evidence folders for inspections
- Meet with the Powell family often, and write a termly report for them
- Provide written reports for parents at regular intervals as directed by the Prep School Headmaster
- Proof read all reports for the Pre Prep
- Organise educational and recreational outings and visits from speakers
- Organise Pre-Prep events such as the Pre-Prep plays, Sporting events, Summer Fair, Summer Camps
Teaching and Learning
- Lead and manage the development of the Pre-Prep curriculum and ensure that continuity is maintained between the Pre-Prep and the Prep School
- Monitor the quality of teaching and learning in the Pre-Prep and offer support and guidance to teachers as appropriate.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and ensure that a sound system of assessment and record keeping is maintained by class teachers
- Responsibility for the teaching of a year group, displaying a high level of professional ability as an example to new teachers, pupils and others
- Identify any children with educational or emotional needs and, where necessary, to make provision for them with close liaison with the SENCo.
- Maintain close links with the Heads of Departments at the Prep School in all subject areas
- Take appropriate responsibility for the health and safety of pupils, visitors and work colleagues in accordance with the requirements of legislation
Monitoring and reporting behaviour
- Oversee the Pre-Prep School rewards system (House Points, Star Pupil awards), facilitating opportunities for celebration of pupil successes
- Maintain high standards of positive behaviour among the pupils and have due regard for their health and safety both on the school premises and when engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere
- To take overall responsibility for pupil disciplinary procedures and policy, including directing the work of class teachers to investigate and deal with disciplinary cases in all year groups
- Supporting class teachers in the implementation of individual support structures and target setting
- Contribute and participate in Open Mornings, New Pupils’ Days and other school events as required
- Oversee Pre-Prep intranet and website pages, and maintain Pre-Prep presence on social media, contributing regularly to school Twitter and Instagram accounts
- Organise various promotional events to help increase uptake of places
- Be the ‘public face’ of the Pre-Prep and deal with parental concerns in appropriate cases
- Give tours of the school to prospective parents
- Ensure that the Pre-Prep sections of the school website are both vibrant and up to date
- Write regular newsletters to parents
- To ensure a wide range of activities for pupils
- Attend events outside of normal school hours, such as School concerts, Parents Evenings etc
- Ensure all staff are trained and confident in safeguarding children effectively
Staffing and Resources
- Assist the Prep School Headmaster in the employment of new staff
- Oversee procedures to induct new staff
- Be responsible for the professional development (appraisal) of staff
The successful applicant will have:
- a good honours degree from a British University (2:1 or better)
- a PGCE or other qualified teacher status
- recent experience as a teacher in a school in the UK and/or of an international school
Please complete the TES online application form and attach your CV and covering letter.
Final date for applications- Friday 22nd March 2024
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and first round interviews will take place via Zoom/in person on a rolling basis. The final round interview will be held face-to-face at Runnymede College in Madrid. The School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found. If you have not heard from us within six weeks of submitting your application, please assume you were unsuccessful this time.
We are an equal opportunities employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Hiring decisions are based on skills, experience and attributes required for the role. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.
Runnymede is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including check with past employers and the ACRO Criminal Records Office.