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Director of Human Resources

Shrewsbury School
£ Competitive based on skills and experience of the successful candidate
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Education, Charities, Not For Profit
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function
CIPD Membership
Non CIPD member

Job Details

Shrewsbury School has a world-class reputation for all-round excellence. Fully co-educational, with a seven-day boarding heartbeat and an integral day community, the school sits within 110 acres of beautiful parkland, wrapped within a loop of the River Severn. Shrewsbury believes strongly in its social mission with extensive outreach, cross-sector partnership and community engagement progammes as well as a deep commitment to life-changing bursaries.

The school is a diverse community of 840 students aged 13-18 and over 500 staff. The wider Shrewsbury family includes five international schools across Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong and India together with a local preparatory school, Packwood Haugh. In line with the work of its most famous alumnus, Charles Darwin, the school has continued to evolve in an innovative and dynamic way.

The post of Director of Human Resources is a senior role which will lead and shape a comprehensive HR function to support close to 600 staff across both Shrewsbury School and Packwood Haugh. The vacancy arises following the departure of the incumbent after 18 years of dedicated service. Working directly with the Head and Senior Leadership Team, whilst reporting to the Bursar, the postholder will provide strategic leadership across the school in all staff-related matters, in line with the School Development Plan.

Shrewsbury is looking to attract an accomplished professional who is motivated by the school’s mission to support young people to flourish and is energised by the idea of working with diverse colleagues within a vibrant and purpose-driven community. The Director will bring their experience and expertise to transform policies and processes and release capacity to provide proactive, effective support for a people-oriented, inclusive and high calibre culture.

This role requires an individual who can work strategically as well as taking a ‘hands-on’ approach in terms of being practical and action-orientated, enthusing their HR team to deliver an outstanding and responsive service. Experience of leading a HR function within an organisation of similar complexity and scale and a successful track record of service delivery and process improvement will be important. Prior experience of working in a school is not essential but the successful candidate should have empathy with independent education and with the ethos of Shrewsbury School.

An attractive package is on offer for the successful candidate including generous annual leave, a defined contribution pension scheme and life insurance, free use of school facilities and a free lunch for much of the year.

This is a full-time/all-year role based centrally on campus at Kingsland House.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are warmly invited to arrange a confidential discussion with Execucare.

Shrewsbury School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.


Shrewsbury School, Independent School of the Year 2020, has a world-class reputation for all-round excellence.


Fully co-educational, with a seven-day boarding heartbeat and an integral day community, we deliver a dynamic education that develops the abilities and enthusiasms of each and every individual girl and boy.


School should be serious fun.  Learning and enjoyment go hand in hand: in the classroom, through a vibrant co-curricular programme and in the communal life of the School.  At Shrewsbury, we aim to provide the most diverse, challenging and supportive environment in which all our children can thrive and exceed their own expectations.  

A great education opens doors  

This means getting the best possible examination results and qualifications.  Academic excellence is achieved through a wide-ranging curriculum that uncovers and encourages a genuine love of learning, alongside inspirational teaching that challenges each pupil to strive for her or his personal best.  However, examination certificates are just one product of education.  Many skills, values and aptitudes do not come with a piece of paper, but they are nonetheless vital for happy and purposeful living.

" A great education nurtures character; and it lasts a lifetime.​​​​​"

The Shrewsbury School motto gets to the heart of our vision: Intus Si Recte Ne Labora – ‘if all is right within, trouble not’.  Ours is not a superficial, skin-deep education but one that seeks to develop the whole person.  If our values are true, and we live by them with honesty and conviction; if we look beyond the surface of things to question and champion independence of mind; and if we learn deeply in order to lead lives of meaning, generosity and purpose, then we will see the full fruits of a Shrewsbury education.

We understand that the choice of the right senior school is as complex as it is important.  With this in mind, a personal visit is the best way to form a view as to what makes Shrewsbury School so special. Our Director of Admissions, Martin Cropper, can support you through this process.


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