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Director of People

Westminster School
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function, Payroll
CIPD Membership
Non CIPD member

Westminster School comprises Westminster School and Westminster Under School, and the subsidiaries and entities under its control. The two schools are part of one charity with one Governing Body, and are managed by separate Heads (the Head Master and Master, respectively). Westminster School is a selective day and boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. With approximately 360 boys in the Lower School and 400 boys and girls in the Upper School, of whom around a quarter board, the school is structured and run as a boarding school, with an extended day and week and a strong House-based system of pastoral welfare, for boarding and day pupils alike. Central to the school’s academic ethos is the dialogue between teachers and their pupils, whether in the classroom or in tutorials, inspiring enjoyment of intellectual enquiry, debate and search for explanation and the development of skills of rational, independent thought well beyond any standard examination syllabus. Together with Westminster Under School, currently an independent preparatory school for boys aged 7 to 13 which is due to expand significantly with the addition of a pre-prep and the addition of girls in 2026, the schools form one of the foremost centres of academic excellence both in this country and internationally. By 2030 both schools will become fully coeducational.

The charity that oversees the two schools is now looking to appoint a senior HR professional to lead its People team. Reporting to the Bursar & Chief Operating Officer, this role will be responsible for the HR department and the Payroll and Pensions team, and for further enhancing and leading the HR, staff training and Payroll and Pensions operations. Working with the Head Master, Master, Bursar & Chief Operating Officer and wider leadership teams, the Director of People will develop and implement the Charity’s People strategy and plan, ensuring it aligns with the values and strategic vision of the Schools and the Charity.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding and experienced HR professional, who will bring the expertise and skills required to be a key member of the senior leadership of the schools and the Charity. With demonstrable experience of developing and leading HR business partnering in support of their organisation’s objectives, they will bring strong management and strategic abilities, with the capacity to improve HR systems and processes, enabling organisational development and change management. Adaptable and innovative, they will be solution-focused, empathetic and resilient.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Westminster School on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference FBLYA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Thursday 15th February 2024.

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