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What our clients say



Below is the feedback we've received from a number of our clients from across the UK.

Jon Reekie, Chairman of Governors Baylis Court School, Slough

“It was important to us as a Governing Body that all applicants had a positive experience throughout the process and the two assessment days ran smoothly as a result of Hays’ supervision. They handled all feedback to candidates honestly and constructively which saved me time and meant that I could concentrate on the appointment.We believe we have secured an outstanding head teacher, who will lead our school forward, and who would not have applied for the post without the involvement of Hays Leadership. Our consultant was on call for the course of the contract and did everything he could to ensure the process ran smoothly and effectively. I consider the service provided by Hays Leadership to be excellent value for money and would highly recommend to other governing bodies.”

Ruth Crockett, Chair of Governors, Arrow Vale High School, Worcestershire

“During the initial meeting, Hays outlined what they could bring to the appointment process. It was clear that they wanted the outcome for the school to be as successful as we did. Hays listened carefully to what the Governing body wanted from a new Headteacher for the school. In addition Martin spent a full day at the school, consulting with and seeking opinions from a range of stakeholders, to enable him to learn as much about the school as he could. This knowledge and attention to detail was invaluable when he was engaging with prospective candidates and enabled him to give a clear and balanced view of the school to them. The Governing body at Arrow Vale were able to make a very successful appointment, from a strong field, which made the whole process cost effective, by preventing the need for costly re-advertisement. More importantly, the Governing body retained overall control of the whole process whilst having the confidence to delegate a significant proportion of the workload to Hays, which was carried out professionally and effectively.”

George Croxford, Headteacher Royal Wootton Bassett Academy

“I was absolutely delighted with the service I got from Hays for our deputy head teacher vacancy. They took all the hassle out of the process apart from the choice! They carried out the phone interviews and provided a range of candidates who exactly matched what I was looking for. We had an in depth meeting to discuss my requirements for the role and Hays then undertook hour long interviews to test each candidates suitability prior them coming to me. We ended up with a superb Deputy and were delighted with the service. Highly recommended!”

Jane Crow, Headteacher Cardinal Newman School, Luton  

“I was very concerned when, as a result of very unusual circumstances, we found ourselves in the position of having to appoint two new deputy head teachers as experience has shown that appointing a Catholic deputy is a particularly difficult process. We appointed Hays Leadership to support the school through the appointment process and immediately felt confident that we were in good hands. Our consultant worked hard to develop a good understanding of our school context, in particular the Catholic ethos. He quickly grasped the range of skills and attributes that we needed in the new post holders in order to help us on the next stage of our development as an outstanding school. The process was professional and efficient and involved all the key stakeholders – the diocese, students, parents, senior leaders and the Local Authority. Hays acted as central facilitators, meeting the necessary groups, taking their ideas on board for the application pack through to the assessment day design and delivery. We were delighted with the quantity and quality of responses to our advert and application pack, many applicants having been approached by Hays and encouraged to apply from a wide geographical area. Extensive research into each candidate enabled us to discuss fully the strengths and areas for development of the shortlist from the outset. We had a very strong field and as a result I believe we have secured two outstanding deputies. At a time when our leadership team was reduced and working very hard to maintain standards, it was a great relief to trust Hays to manage the workload of a major appointment. The whole process was excellent value for money and I would highly recommend Hays to other governing bodies”

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