Ryvers Primary School, Slough
Ryvers Primary School is a successful foundation school on the outskirts of Slough. The governors approached Hays Leadership in October 2008 to recruit their new Headteacher to be in post for September 2009. As well as candidate generation, Hays Leadership supported the governors through training on the complete assessment process, enabling the governing body to work as an effective team. A successful appointment was made. A thorough debrief and coaching session was also provided for unsuccessful candidates with one of these candidates later securing a Headship elsewhere.
St Catherine’s Academy, Bolton
This new 3-19 Academy is due to open in September 2009 from the merger of a primary school and a secondary school. The sponsors are the Church of England and David and Anne Crossland. The sponsors approached Hays Leadership in July 2008 with the requirement for an experienced Principal to be in post by January 2009. Through proactive search and selection Hays Leadership secured the successful appointment of a candidate undertaking their fourth headship.
The George Eliot School, Warwickshire
The George Eliot School is a proposed national challenge trust school due to open in September 2009. Its trust partners are North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. The school was looking for a step change in ethos and performance and wanted a Headteacher with the ability to deliver this and who had experience of innovative curriculum development. By utilising known contacts we identified schools that had undergone such changes and identified potential candidates. Our competency interviews allowed candidates the opportunity to illuminate their applications and for the Governors to understand the impact the candidates had, had in their current role. A successful appointment was secured within 7 weeks.
Holly Lodge Foundation High School, Sandwell
Holly Lodge Foundation School is a national challenge school with a high ethnic population. When the Governors approached Hays Leadership Appointments it was in the process of changing to trust status and was at the advanced planning stage for a significant BSF partial rebuild, due to commence in September 2009. They wanted to recruit a Headteacher to start in September 2009 with experience of raising standards but who could also maximise the opportunities trust status and the new building could offer the school and who could raise the profile of the school in the community. Through innovative online advertising, search and selection and a focussed assessment and interview process the school appointed an outstanding candidate.
Mount Carmel RC Technology College for Girls, London
Mount Carmel is a small 11-16 Catholic College for Girls in Archway, London. The Principal and Governors approached Hays Leadership Appointments in their search for a new Vice Principal for September 2009. Using careful search and selection, Hays Leadership was able to generate quality candidates whilst being sensitive to the needs of a Catholic school. Support on the assessment day design also enabled the school to feel confident that key skills, attributes and expressions of faith had been accurately assessed. A successful appointment was made.
Nonsuch High School for Girls, Surrey
Nonsuch High School for Girls is an 11-19, foundation selective grammar school in Cheam, Surrey. Following the retirement of their Headmistress, the governors were seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead their already successful school to a further stage of development. Hays Leadership was chosen as the recruitment partner to manage the appointment through a rigorous tendering process. We were commissioned to generate and assess a strong shortlist of candidates who would work in effective partnership with the school community, with the common aim of developing girls into independent, high-achieving, confident young women. Through an intensive two-day assessment process in November 2008, the governors successfully made their appointment for September 2009, enabling an effective handover to take place over the intervening two terms.